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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 14:01

What is in a logo

Written by  Molly Watt
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We are often complimented on our logo.

Molly designed the logo for our charity.

Below she describes how and why she designed it.

The first thing you will notice is the Molly Watt Trust logo is a formation of two hands. 

Having the loss or impairment of the two main senses often means compensating with the powerful sense of touch, hence hands. 

Firstly, having Usher Syndrome in the main means being born deaf. 

Deaf people are usually very visual, 

  1. The two hands symbolise a visual, universally understood to mean ‘okay,’ often used in sign language.
  2. Some deaf only use sign language, a purely visual communication.
  3. Having the two ‘okay,’ signs overlapping and mirrored create a butterfly image. Butterflies do not have ears, and therefore are without the sense of hearing.
  4. Butterflies often have what look like eyes on their wings.
  5. The eyes on my ‘butterfly interpretation,’ also add meaning to the logo.  
  6. People with Usher Syndrome will usually slowly lose their sight though their eyes often look no different.  Some have little sight left after the progression of Retinitis Pigmentsosa.  
  1. The eyes on the ‘wings,’ are green but could be any colour.  The eyes show a determination to never give up. 
  2. Butterflies fly gracefully and effortlessly and when they stop it is usually for a short break and then off they fly again.  This action is often how it feels to have Usher Syndrome.  We cannot stop, cannot give up, keep going as best we can.  The beauty and determination of the butterfly inspires and motivates. Having Ushers syndrome can be hard to stay positive, however the butterfly fly’s no matter what. 
  3. You’ll see the colours of the hands, one red, and one blue. One symbolises deafness, and the other symbolises blindness. Having Usher isn’t about deafness and blindness, its an overlap of the two which create a whole new disability hence the brand new colour in the overlap of the two colours, purple. Usher syndrome is a condition that affects both hearing and sight, it is deaf, blind and deafblind having multi sensory impairment offers a whole new world of challenges. Many do not realise this until they have worked alongside or been told by someone living with Usher Syndrome!
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