China is where every major brand wants to be right now, but western brands regularly fail to find continuity of their visual identity when reinterpreted to Chinese characters.
Coca Cola’s distinctive logo is recognisable worldwide, even when interpreted into non-latin script such as Arabic, Thai or Chinese. Despite having official Chinese names, many Western brands shy away from reinterpreting their logo into Chinese for fear of diminishing their brand identity.
Together with my creative partner in crime, Stephen Wright , I set out to reinterpret six famous Western logos into Chinese characters. We followed the visual code of lines, curves, font style and colour to maintain the distinctive look and feel of the original typography.
The result is six Chinese logos that maintain the brands’ identities and should be recognisable even for non-Chinese readers.
All logos were made using the official Chinese name (where available) or the closest phonetic transcription.
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