Scandinavian Airlines System Logo

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The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Scandinavian Airlines System was founded in 1946. The company is best known under the name of SAS, which is the abbreviation of its full name.

Meaning and history

Scandinavian Airlines System Logo history

Before 1983

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The initial badge, used by Scandinavian Airlines System until 1983, looked quite similar to the one we all can see today, but was executed in a black-and-white color palette, and feature a bit more text on it. It was an enlarged slanted “SAS” in all capitals of a fancy custom sans-serif typeface, set above the two-lined inscription, where the upper “Scandinavian” level was executed in a larger size, than the bottom “Airlines System”.

1983 – 1998

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The redesign of 1983 added color to the SAS badge, and not just some, but a lot of it. The abbreviation was now set in muted purple, placed on the left from a geometric emblem, composed of several parallelograms of different thicknesses. Each of the figures was drawn in one of the following colors: red, dark blue, light blue, or yellow, just like the colors of the Scandinavian countries’ flags. The whole composition was underlined by the “Scandinavian Airlines” tagline in all capitals of a straight and simple sans-serif typeface, in the same color as the main logotype.

1998 – 2016

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In 1998 the SAS logo becomes stricter and more laconic, which in this exact case is synonymous with professionalism and trustworthiness. The new composition was based on a simple square emblem set on the left from the plain black title-case logotype, written in a traditional sans-serif typeface with the letters slightly narrowed. As for the emblem, it was composed of a solid blue square with a bold white “SAS” logotype in its corporate typeface placed on it shifted a bit to the bottom.

2016 – Today

Scandinavian Airlines System Logo

The Scandinavian Airlines System logo has a totally utilitarian style. There is nothing but the name of the company. Moreover, even the company’s name is given it its short, not full version.

This approach works pretty well (the SAS logo remains recognizable) as the company is large and well-known.

In spite of its simplicity, the design features symbolic details. The italics create dynamism, while the blue background reminds the sky.