• 05.24.10

BP Logo Gets Oily, Gruesome Redesigns Courtesy of Greenpeace Followers

Greenpeace asks you, gentle public, to redesign BP’s logo to more aptly convey its dirty ways. Skulls and crossbones welcome.

BP Logo Gets Oily, Gruesome Redesigns Courtesy of Greenpeace Followers
BP British poison logo

 You’ve seen BP’s green-and-yellow sunburst logo, right? Seems
completely out of place now that the defining image of the company is a
dark blob spreading across the Gulf. With that in mind, Greenpeace has
put up the Bat-Signal for a fresh logo that better conveys the oil
company’s miraculous ability to ruin the world. (Along those lines, check out this fake BP PR Twitter account. Some tweets: “Negative people view the ocean as half empty of oil. We are dedicated to
making it half full” and “Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the
property of British Petroleum and we WILL sue you.”)

BP parody logo

Greenpeace is entreating all designers, professional and otherwise,
to “design a new logo that’s more suitable to [BP’s] dirty business,”
the organization writes on its Web site. The contest is actually pegged to BP’s
investment in oil extraction from Canadian sand pits, a process said to produce four
times as much CO2
as conventional drilling,
though entrants are free to find inspiration in any of BP’s
unseemly activities.
The winning design will be featured in Greenpeace’s anti-BP campaigns. Submissions
will be accepted through June 28.

Entries are already trickling in. Oil stains and memento mori figure prominently.

BP parody logo

Devastated wildlife is big, too, some more graphic than others.

BP parody logo

Profanity: always popular

BP parody logo
BP activist logo

Obviously, the
contest is meant to provoke and BP won’t actually change its branding. But
it should. All the cool kids are doing it.

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.