UN Logo

UN Logo

The United Nations (or UN) is a multi-purpose international organization established on October 24, 1945 that focuses on economic development, world peace, social progress, human rights, international security and healthcare. Headquartered in New York City and comprising of 193 member states, the official languages of the UN are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

DESIGN ELEMENTS, HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF UN LOGO

Shape and Colors of the UN Logo

The UN logo was designed under the leadership of the famous American architect and industrial designer, Oliver Lincoln Lundquist. His team was given a task to design a badge for the historic 1945 San Francisco Conference at which the United Nations Charter was presented. The globe emblem, which was a creation of the team’s director of graphics Donal McLaughlin, eventually became the prototype for the United Nations logo. It was based on an approximate polar azimuthal equidistant projection surrounded by olive branches.

The distinctive blue color in the logo was intended to be the opposite of red, which is the color of war. The white color, on the other hand, also symbolized integrity, peace and harmony.