Carrefour Logo

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Carrefour Logo
Carrefour is a brand of a French hypermarket chain, which was established in 1958. Today the company has more than ten thousand retail stores mainly across Europe and is one of the most famous shopping destinations.

Meaning and history

Carrefour Logo history


The name of the company, Carrefour, translates from French as “Crossroads”. And the visual identity of the famous store chain has always been based on its name’s meaning. The logo is and was composed of a wordmark and a bright yet laconic emblem.

1960 — 1963

The very first insignia of the company was designed in 1960 and featured a lowercase inscription, horizontally placed inside a white cross, which was located on a dark rhomboid background. It was a graphical interpretation of the crossroads, pretty nice and simple, yet stayed for only three years.

1963 — 1966

The redesign of 1963 brought hew shape to the emblem and new color palette. Now the black lettering was placed on a white horizontal stripe, located on a red circle and two white arrows were pointing the lettering from up and down. The logo also didn’t last long, but the “two arrows” concept became a basis for the brand’s iconic logo design.

1966 — 2009

Miles Newlyn creates the legendary logo in 1966. It hasn’t changed much by today, as it was a brilliant idea and professional execution. The logo is composed of a bold white letter “C” placed on a red and blue rhombus.
It is pretty difficult to see the letter, as the famous emblem is usually seen as two arrows, red and blue, pointing to the different sides of the center. But once you pay attention to the negative space between the arrows — here it is.
The color palette of the visual identity is a tribute to the French tricolor, reflecting the company’s roots and heritage.
As for the wordmark, it was placed under the emblem and drawn in blue.

2009 — Today

Carrefour Logo
The current version was created in 2009, it was a delicate redesign of the previous version, held by Wolff Olins. Not much changed, just the blue color gained a lighter shade and the typeface of the inscription was refined, as well as the contour of the white “C” on the emblem.

Font

The typeface from 1966 was executed in the lowercase and used an old-style font, which was similar to French Typewriter Bold. The “C” on the emblem was executed in the same font, with a bold circle on the ends.
The typeface was changed to a bolder and more modern one in 1985. Now it was a Typewriter Serial Extra Bold, and the first “C” was capitalized.
The current logotype is executed in a more elegant and sleek serif typeface, which is pretty close to Cooper Medium font with its clean lines and rounded serifs, but the letter “C” is modified — its ends have larger circles.
Carrefour Emblem

Review

The iconic French supermarket chain has everything you may need — from fresh foods from all over Europe to outdoor furniture and plants. The selection of items here is really impressive, and all the clothing and homeware goods are sold at pretty affordable prices.
Emblem Carrefour
All the supermarkets have also huge para-pharmacy departments, where a wide range of supplements and hygiene products are available, along with the skin and body care products and perfumes. The stores also affect the selection of make-up and hairstyling goods.
As for the main department, grocery, Carrefour offers a huge range of fresh and frozen meat and seafood, dairy products and cheeses from Italy, France and Germany, charcuterie and bakery, along with fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.
There is also an International department, where you can find groceries from all over the world. A big selection of sauces, frozen foods, and wines.
The culinary section is full of ready to eat and ready to cook dishes, including pasta, salads, pies, meat and vegetarian plates cooked according to the recipes from different cultures.
The company offers a bonus discount card for its customers and constantly run different special offers and deals, where you can collect a point for your purchases. There is also an opportunity to shop online via the Carrefour website or their beautifully designed mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android operating systems.