Voices of Law’s New Logo!
We have abandoned the image of the pointing king from the Laws of Hywel Dda, and have instead opted for something much more stylised, based on the bracteates of Germany – or rather, a specific type of bracteate.
Bracteates were coins used for local circulation, given that they were the thinnest type of coins, minted on one side only two fragile for long-distance trade or wider circulation, for which the sturdier double-sided pfennigs were used. Consequently, they never achieved acceptance in economically developed areas. The coins were thin enough to be split in two pieces to create small change, hence why the images embossed on the coins were usually symmetrical. See the Money Museum for further information and further examples. [Following the link will lead you to a 12 page .pdf publication with examples of these coins.]
Although the inspiration for our logo comes from German examples, bracteates were a form of currency that also appear in Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia. New finds in England suggest to Charlotte Behr that “the English adopted the idea for these pendants from Sievern in Germany but adapted the concept and iconography for local manufacture.” – see Behr, ‘New Bracteate Finds from Early Anglo-Saxon England‘, in Medieval Archaeology, 54:1 (2010)
Certain bracteate types have a so-called ‘Atemchiffre’or ‘breath’ symbol, which inspired Dr Han Nijdam to put a few examples of this type forward for logo contenders. He supplied us with some examples from vol. 3 the Reallexikon der germanische Altertumskunde, pp. 380-81, and several examples of coins.
We agreed with Han that this would be a great way to demonstrate the tangibility of voice, and so we passed on the figures to our designer Rob Wilson who worked his magic to produce variants on the theme which the committee then voted on. This was the winner – the figure with the best hat!
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