From Mobil to Chase Bank, 6 Iconic Logos and How They Came to Be

The Atlantic

Library of Congress logo

“The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and the national library of the United States. This iconic national institution had been using a representation of the dome on top of the Jefferson building as its trademark. This didn’t make much sense to us: As magnificent as this domed building is on the Washington Mall, it happens to be is situated right across the street from a building with a much more famous dome — the Capitol.  But there was an even more significant issue: The architectural silhouette did not convey anything about the substance of the entity it represented. We felt that the national library and the oldest federal institution deserved a symbol that would embody more of its meaning and significance.” (Steven Heller, The Atlantic)

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