Is the Catacombes de Paris' new logo disrespectful?

Les Catacombes de Paris logo
Image: Mo-To

Home to the remains of over six million people, the Catacombes de Paris date back hundreds of years. Originally created to solve the problem of the city's overflowing cemeteries, this ossuary has been transformed and renovated over the decades, with visitors now popping in en masse to take a look at the skulls it contains. And recently the site's branding received an update that evokes its vast underground galleries.

At the heart of this rebrand is a logo design that makes clever use of typography and negative space. Taking advantage of the open counter in the letter 'c', this logo (above) turns the space into a skull with the help of a couple of circles and a triangle. It's a neat way of tying together the Catacombs with a brand identity, with this logo design-cum-monogram providing a shorthand for the attraction.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.