The Awesome Reason These Companies Erased A, B And O From Their Logos
These three little letters have a huge impact.
Global brands like Google and Microsoft and landmarks like the Sydney Opera House recently compromised their brand aesthetics for a great cause. The letters A, B and O went missing from their logos and signage. They were just a few of the institutions participating in the #MissingType campaign, an effort aimed at attracting international attention to the need for blood donations. A, B and O are the most common blood types.
The campaign just finished up its second (and first international) iteration, and the timing couldn’t be more urgent. In the past decade, blood donations have dropped by a staggering 30%. According to the World Health Organization, in high-income countries, only about 3.3% of people donate blood, while those in low-income countries donate only .5%.
It’s easy to overlook the need for blood donations, but you can be certain these altered icons got some attention. Here are just a few of the emblems that helped illustrate the gap in this crucial necessity.
The campaign finished up on August 21 and involved 25 blood service organizations in 21 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, England and Ireland. It’s seen global success and engagement across social media.
Doing my bit for @GiveBloodNHS. My #MissingType is O- so dropped off a pint tonight. Now for brew&biccy. #giveblood
A busy day as we went on to give blood with my brother who donated for the first time! #giveblood #MissingType
Afsluiter van geweldig leerzame #voka stage bij @RodeKruis! #MissingType
The campaign encouraged individual donors to participate by removing the letters A, B and O characters from their social media handles in addition to donating blood.