Design Community Mourns Loss of Civil Defense Logo


We can’t remember the last time a logo was eulogized in the NY Times, but the Civil Defense logo, designed in 1939 by Charles T. Coiner, has certainly earned such a distinction. AIGA executive director Ric Grefe bemoans the logo’s passing, while Tom Geismar is especially skeptical about its replacement, which he claims is “more appropriate to an upstart airline.” And Michael Bierut gently weeps:

“I will now go cry for Charles Coiner,” Mr. Bierut said.

Thanks to Katie English and Lee Shiney.