MUFG Union Bank Logo

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MUFG Union Bank Logo
MUFG Union Bank is a full-service bank with its headquarters in New York City. The number of branches is around 400. It is a subsidiary of holding company MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation.

Meaning and history

MUFG Union Bank Logo history


The history of the MUFG Union Bank logo is closely interconnected with the history of the bank itself, with the mergers and acquisitions that have formed the bank. The roots of MUFG Bank, Ltd, can be traced to Kaspare Cohn Commercial & Savings Bank founded in Los Angeles in 1914. The founding date of the oldest of the acquisitions, The Bank of California, is 1864.

1996 emblem

MUFG Union Bank emblem
In 1996, the bank became known as Union Bank of California. It adopted a logo that was bright and eye-catching, although not perfectly legible. It featured a red box housing the words “Union Bank of California” in white.
The type itself was a pretty legible sans, and the contrast between the lettering and the background did not spoil the legibility. And yet, the proportions of the box made the designers reduce the size of the letters. Due to this, when the MUFG Union Bank logo was not large enough, it was more difficult to figure out what the name of the bank was than in the case of an average bank logo.

2008 symbol

MUFG Union Bank simbolo
The redesign solved the legibility problem. It reflected the new name of the financial institution, MUFG Union Bank (stylized as UnionBank). There were no more red boxes. Instead, you could see the name of the bank in blue over the white background. While there was no blank space between the two words comprising the company’s name, they were separated from each other with the help of the typeface. The word “Union” was given in bold, while the word “Bank” featured a lighter type.
To the left, there was a stylized “U” in red. The letter was comprised of two asymmetrical parts. While the shapes are pretty abstract, they bear a vague resemblance with the fire or birds with their beaks directed upwards.