This (left) is how we start drawing birds as very young children. The simple line becomes our symbol for a bird.
A professional graphic designer has continued the use of this symbol in this logo (left). The bird however does not represent any particular bird but is linked to the name of a person/company. Click here
Your task is to design a logo which includes a bird A BIRD LOGO
But first, below is information about birds as symbols. If you want to go directly to the TASK click here
Probably the earliest record of mankind's use of the bird-image as symbol is in a painting in Lascaux cave in southern France - click here and here
Sacred birds appear in abundance in Egyptian art, often representing the soul of a human or a god. In many Egyptian paintings birds represent the various stages of human life the 'Tree of Life' - click here.
There are many examples in ancient mythology of beings with bird heads - click here These include Horus (left) - click here The followers of Horus invaded Egypt in pre dynastic history. At this time he was venerated as a victorious warlord. He became a part of the state religion and was associated with the sun god, Ra. The Egyptian pharaoh was believed to be an incarnation of Horus, and the name of Horus formed part of his name. The pharaoh was said to become Horus after death.
In Greek mythology, the Sirens are creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird - click here and here and here
Birds appear as symbols in many places and periods in art history. As symbols they are more than a representation of the bird itself. They often symbolize a specific quality like love, peace, strength or bravery.
PHOENIX (left) Although the phoenix legend is common to many ancient civilizations, the origin of the myth of the Phoenix is attributed to the Egyptians â€” a civilization obsessed with the search for eternity. The phoenix symbolizes immortality, resurrection and life after death.
Birds as symbols of countries The Australian continent is home to many unique birds and animals. Two of these original fauna in Australia have become national symbols and appear on the Australian Coat of Arms (left, and see page 2) - the Kangaroo and the Emu. Emu (left) AUSTRALIA click here and here