is the Logo?
The logo is what distinguishes each international World Youth
Day from the previous one. The image is used for almost all official
documents of each WYD and is used for signs, flyers, banners,
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How are the Logos designed?
After the announcement of each WYD, a committee is formed in
the host country. It is then up to this committee to decide
on the logo. In most cases, the logo selected is from submissions
of youth from the host city. In recent WYDs, the logo has
contained three main elements. For 1997, 2000 and 2002, the
logos have contained four main colors; red, blue and yellow.
Additionally, each logo has contained an image of something
distinguishing the city from any other city in the rest of
the world. In 1997, it was the Eiffel Tower. In 2000, it
was an image of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
Furthermore, a circle in either red or yellow has been incorporated.
Also, a cross typically is included somewhere in the logo.
What does a logo mean?
Let’s look at the logo for the last WYD. The image
not only contains the elements described above, the symbolism
the placement of the images is essential. In this logo, a yellow
circle represents of the youth from around the world. The red
maple leaf symbolizes Canada and is wrapping around the yellow
circle, thus illustrating Canada embracing the youth of the
world. The blue field contains a cross to represent the Christian
youth. The text, in this logo, is written in both English and
French, the two official languages of Canada. Also, the city
and year are written at the bottom.