Visual Identity System
Nagasaki Hidden Christians

Visual identity system inspired by the Unesco site in Japan, the Nagasaki Hidden Christian Sites. The logo is derived from the map of the area, tracing the 12 locations to make its shape. 
The logo is arranged to create a pattern reminiscent of the stainglass windows seen in the churches of the various locations. Link: Unesco.
The Nagasaki sites are a series of 10 villages containing remains of the Hara Castle and a cathedral from the 17th to the 19th centuries. 
The sites reflect both the era of prohibition of the Christian faith and revitalization of Christian communities after the ban was lifted in 1873.
Despite immense persecution, the Christians in this area continued to practice and share their faith. These sites bear testimony to a unique cultural tradition nurtured by Christians in Nagasaki and carry a theme of strength and hope despite adversity.

The logo went through several revisions to lead to the final design. At first, I took inspiration from classic red Japanese stamps. This eventually changed to focusing on the twelve sites themselves. I considered using twelve crosses, but decided to use a streak that traced the twelve sites.
To include the cross, one design depicted the streak like a house with the cross visible in the window. I decided that the streak alone captured Nagasaki best and took away the window and red circle. I chose red and white as they as Japan’s national colors and yellow since it is a color that symbolizes hope.
Map of the Nagasaki sites

©2020. Made with ︎ by Jamie Noor
©2020. Made with ︎ by Jamie Noor