The Oslo logo

The city of Oslo recently published a presentation headlined “Proposal for renewed coat of arms (Forslag til fornyet byvåpen)”. The proposal above caused quite an uproar, as both politicians and the general public were worried what would happen to the old one.

As a designer and a citizen of Oslo, I was offended my self. I understand the old coat of arms is not great as a small logo, but we still have colors in 2018, right? I had to give it a shot:

Simplified Oslo logo with color blindness simulation by Coblis

As the debate continued, a few people were speaking up for the naked woman in the old coat of arms. I myself had never realized there was a naked woman in the Oslo emblem (did you?), but I made an attempt to draw some curves:

Simplified version of the coat of arms of Oslo, including the woman.

Oslo has now changed the presentation headline to “New visual identity in Oslo (Ny visuell identitet i Oslo kommune)”


Notification Levels

Do Not Disturb mode has been around on iPhone since 2014. It’s a great way to turn of sounds and vibrations at night, but it’s pretty much an all-or-nothing solution. Yes, it can make exceptions for your Favorite contacts, but there are definitively situations where you would like something in between.

That is why you need Notification Levels.