City Logo Evolution

In 1968, the City letterhead revealed little more than the City name and address under the administration of the Mayor.

LogoThis was followed by a three-dimensional or expanding “R”, which won a national award. This expanding “R” symbolized continuing growth in Redmond. It had two acceptable versions. One all black and the other in three colors: black for the smallest R, orange for the middle R and gold on the outside R.
logo This design held until 1980 when the next administration adopted the rolling “R”, a derivation of the expanding “R”. The symbol design remained essentially the same with a bar added to separate the “R” from the rest of the letterhead. This logo was available in black and also in selected colors to identify the City departments. Police–blue, Finance –orange, Public Works–brown, Fire–red and Parks–green. The colors for Planning and Executive are unknown.
logoSometime between 1981 and 1986, a design of three standing fir trees with City of Redmond overlapping was adopted for use as the City logo. This logo was on the wood sign that stood in front of the old City Hall and as of 2006, is still on many park signs.

logoIn 1984, the Parks department commissioned the design of a departmental logo. Seattle graphic designer Gary Webster designed this logo using the three standing trees mentioned above and placing them in a circle with the natural images of a river and cloud. Soon after, the Police department incorporated the Parks department logo into their arm patch and other departments began to use it as well.
LogoIn April 1986, the Redmond City Council adopted a new logo for the City, which adapted the Parks logo into one for the entire City. This logo ultimately chose Optima Semi-bold for its logotype font. Optima semi-bold became the official font used on signage throughout the City.


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