Jawa Logo

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Jawa is a motorcycle brand from Eastern Europe, which was established in 1929 by Frantisek Janicek. Throughout its history, the Czech manufacturer has released dozens of motorbike and moped models, which were especially popular in the 1980s — 1990s.

Meaning and history

Jawa Logo history

1929 – 1931

Jawa Logo-1929

1931 – 1936

Jawa Logo-1931

1936 – 1954

Jawa Logo-1936

1954 – 1961

Jawa Logo-1954

1961 – 1997

Jawa Logo-1965

1997 – Today

Jawa Logo

The name of one of the world’s most famous motorcycle manufacturing company was formed by “Ja”, taken from the founder’s, Frantisek Janicek, surname, and “Wa”, from the “Wanderer”, the moto company Janicek bought from Winklhofer & Jaenike, a German manufacturer, in 1929. This is how the legendary brand was born.

Despite the really long and impressive history of the brand, with dozens of iconic motorcycle models, distributed all over the globe, the company has always been very conservative and stable in everything connected to its visual identity. The Jawa logo has never been redesigned, it could just switch the color palette, but nothing more.

The Jawa badge features a horizontally stretched elliptic shape, a large capitalized lettering, and an abstract geometric image under it. The official color palette of the brand’s visual identity is red and white, where both red details on a white background and its reversed version, are equally often used by the company.

The lettering on the Jawa emblem is set in the uppercase and executed in a simple and neat sans-serif typeface with medium-weight distinct lines and edges. As for the main element in the brand’s visual identity, its graphical symbol, it is composed of a double circle and ten thick faults coming out of it to the sides. The rays do not touch the oval frame of the badge, leaving some free space, which makes the whole composition lighter.

Logo Jawa

The graphical part of the Jawa badge looks like an aviation badge, with its rays forming two wings and representing freedom, motion, and speed. As for the circular element it resembles a wheel, though can also stand for the sun, its energy, and eternity.

In the early years of the company, the circle was replaced by a stylized “FJ” monogram, where two letters merged composing a crest-like shape. Another version featured a bold red letter “Z” for “Zbrojovka”, placed inside the smaller circle.

Font and color

The traditional all-caps inscription on the Java emblem is executed in a classy yet modest sans-serif typeface, which is very close to such famous fonts as Britanica Semi Condensed Black and Cairoli Classic Medium, with their standard shapes and contours of slightly narrowed letters. Though some lines of the Jawa wordmark are modified, it doesn’t make the inscription unique or recognizable, just pure lines and modest confidence.

Jawa Font

The official red and white color palette of the Jawa visual identity uses a dark and calm shade of red, which looks chic and evokes a sense of trustworthiness and stability, while white details elevate the look, reflecting the loyalty and reliability of the brand.

The list of secondary color schemes of the Jawa emblem includes monochrome, gold on black, gold, and burgundy, and black on bright yellow. Sometimes the badge was placed on a contrasting circle, for example, in deep blue color, which made the image complete and added more professionalism and class to the whole badge.