Pretty much the entire internet came together in a rare moment of near unanimity after the Donald Trump – Mike Pence logo was unveiled on July 15th. It only took the campaign one day before they were basically forced to retract their vision and replace it with one that was less, well, terrible. That didn’t stop the collective consciousness of the internet from springing into action, and submitting their own ideas for the campaign’s branding. The crowdsourced solutions to the Trump-Pence logo might be the best thing to come out of the convention this week.
Joe Daley, the founder and CEO of the website LogoMyWay.com, saw the reaction that the GOP ticket’s logo was getting on social media and decided to see if crowdsourcing new designs from the Internet would result in something a bit more aesthetically pleasing than the first offering made by an undisclosed graphic artist, which was apparently at once both at once too fascist, and too phallic, to be taken seriously by the American people.
Daley then issued a call for submissions, and the results were surprisingly, well, not terrible. Sure, there were toilet paper and toupee allusions aplenty, but at the end of the day, the results were by and large a whole lot better than what the campaign was able to come up with on their own. Check out some of the best ones below.
Daley’s call for submissions included three main points to convey in the modified design, the first being « America, » the second « President, » and the third being « Creative. » One of the ways to at least hit two out of those three points was by including some kind of shoutout to the American flag. Most of the logos of this type incorporated a traditional red, white, and blue motif; some also seem to be inspired by Melania Trump’s recent plagiarism gaffe, too.
Trump’s signature physical feature is his hair(piece), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the toupee was another recurring motif in the crowdsourced logo designs from LogoMyWay.com. Tongue-in-cheek, sure. Also, vastly superior to the original effort.
Toilet Paper-Inspired Logos
In a classic case of « Things I can’t un-see, » many designers chose to incorporate toilet paper into their take on what the Trump-Pence logo should look like. To be honest, these are actually hitting all the marks on the submission sheet — there are elements of « America » (by virtue of the color scheme and the flag superimposed on the end of the toilet paper roll); « Presidential » (merely because Trump is now the GOP candidate and not the presumptive GOP candidate); and it surely is « Creative » as well.
Honestly, at the end of the day, though, a classic is a classic.
Hopefully Trump’s graphic design team will be in touch with a few of the talented artists who took time out of their day to respond to this humorous call for work, because the « redesigned » logo released by the campaign seemed to just be an enlargement of the text « Trump Pence – Make America Great Again » with the offending fascist/phallic flag part removed. They’re really not getting the most bang for their buck from their design team!
Images provided by Joe Daley of LogoMyWay.com