Ten Years of ALA Conference Logos

March 18, 2014

I’m not at PLA this weekend — a bummer since I miss my Indiana friends, but understandable since I’m attending other conferences this year. Anyway, with all the PLA goodness in my Twitter feed, I’ve found myself thinking about ALA conference logos. There have been a few over the years that I found especially appealing, and since I’m having a hard time writing about work but want to be blogging again, I thought exploring past logos might be a fun, quick way to get back in the habit of posting.

So, reverse chronologically (and not including PLA because I had trouble finding older logos):

2014
ala-an-14

ala-mw-14

2013
ala-an-13

ala-mw-13

2012

ALA_Anaheim2012_D

ala-mw-12

2011

ala-an-11

ala-mw-11

2010

ala-an-10

ala-mw-10

2009

ala-an-09

ala-mw-09

2008

ala-an-08

ala-mw-08

2007

ala-mw-07

ala-an-07

2006

ala-an-06

ala-mw-06

2005

ala-an-05

ala-mw-05

What do you think? I suppose I expected more red since ALA’s logo is red. I’m not sure if it’s just changing trends in graphic design or my personal preferences or what, but the more recent ones generally look more polished than previous ones (with the exception of Midwinter 2014 being a bit of a throwback and Midwinter 2009 and maybe Midwinter 2006 being weirdly ahead of their time). I think 2008 was just a rough year. My favorite year overall is 2012, but Annual 2014 and Midwinter 2011 are pretty great, too.

When did conferences start having logos? They get harder to find online the farther back I go (which is why the Annual 2005 image is so small — it was the only one I turned up!), which I suppose just reflects the growth of ALA’s Internet presence over time. If anyone has conference guidebooks or badges from decades past, I’d love to see them!

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