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Within American politics, there are several parties where citizens can become a part of, usually dependent on their viewpoints. It is said that the two most well-known political parties in American are the Democrats and Republicans. Surprising to some, the two parties are represented by the symbols of a donkey and an elephant (respectively).
Initially these animal symbols were used on campaign banners, but over the years they have become two of the most outstanding logos in American politics allowing candidates to introduce their US political logo designs.
To understand the true meaning behind these two popular symbols in politics, let’s take a look at the brief history behind these political logos. We’ll also review how these two animal symbols came to represent the two of the biggest political parties of US.
The Democratic Donkey
The Republican Elephant
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Discussion and Meaning of these Symbols
The Democratic donkey represents hard work, diligence, humbleness and a dedication to the USA. The Republicans however, strongly disagree and consider the donkey a symbol of stubbornness.
On the other hand, the Republican elephant represents intelligence, dignity and is considered as the symbol of strength (as it is seen as the only animal that stood up to a lion). In contrast to this, the Democrats see the elephant as comparable to a circus animal.
Both of these symbols found firm foundation in the growing American pop culture and were copyrighted to represent the two political parties. The political logos have the prominent standardized colors and stars of the American flag. Generally, the Republican elephant logo upholds 3 stars while the Democratic donkey logo design has 4. However, the donkey can also been seen with a variation of 3 stars.
The Man Behind the Logo Designs
Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist, who usually drew satirical cartoons depicting the state of American politics. It was his idea to use the two animals for representing the Democratic and Republican parties. Thomas Nast was born in 1840 and had a great career being a caricaturist, an illustrator and a painter. Apart from the political symbols, he is also well acclaimed for the sketch of fat and jolly Santa Claus carrying gifts for little children (previously, Santa was depicted as skinny). Although the artist died in 1902, his sketches and drawings still live on.
There you go! Wasn’t that an interesting history? Let us know what you think of the Republican and Democratic logos.
Blog Update: 7 July 2015
For a presidential candidate, the first impression they give about their campaign is their logo design. From their on-air personality to the tie they wear, politics is loaded with personal branding.The candidate’s goal is to use personal branding to face opponents and grab that party nomination.
Without taking sides, let’s take a quick look at the top candidates of each party and see how they measure up over the last 20 years. Which political party does the better job with their logo designs overall?