That innocuous accessory for keeping rain away is now a political symbol.
Over the last week, thousands of protesters have gathered in Hong Kong’s central business district under the umbrella (pun intended) of the non-violent protest “Occupy Central with Love and Peace,” in response to China’s failure to provide universal suffrage. The movement not only has a voice but also a growing series of logos, symbols and smartly crafted designs. Many different images have been posted on twitter and instagram, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Kacey Wong has even set up an Umbrella Revolution logo competition on Facebook. Many of the designs reference the yellow ribbon, a symbol of democracy and universal suffrage.
Some are saying that these protests are losing steam, but the graphic presence of the movement is growing, and the aesthetic is iconic and sleek. Below are a few of the Umbrella Revolution logos that have been posted online.0