I started this project in 2011, as an experiment to see how well I could imitate real logos and reveal what they're really all about.
36-year-old Viktor hails from Uppsala, Sweden and loves nurturing his creative side; he has been a freelance designer for some years now and has worked with the likes of Ray-Ban, Universal Music Group and IKEA. Speaking to Bored Panda, Viktor said he got the idea for these 'honest logos' as a little project to have fun with, and it has grown and grown. "I just wanted to see how well I could imitate real logos, and insert new words and messages into them, to give them more truthful meaning," he told us.
"I just love the process of trying to find the best possible words, ones that either rhyme or look the same visually as the original - it's sometimes hard and takes a long time to scroll through possible words, but sometimes it just takes a few minutes to get idea. This is my favorite part of the whole process; it's like a jigsaw puzzle, looking for the correct pieces."
The redesigned logos can be read as a social critique, exploring themes about capitalism, consumerism and our own habits and behaviors, too. Viktor told us that it was a conscious decision to dig deeper this time, and thought long and hard about how to best represent each and every company.
"Of course, most of them are very critical and harsh, I almost felt bad on a few occasions," he told us. "But if I find something that makes sense and contains some truth, I just have to do it. It's like a graphic designer's version of tourette syndrome haha."
"But yes, I'm also a hypocrite. I use many of these products and services and enjoy them!"
Viktor's goal with this batch of logos was to change the original logo artworks, not just the words, to give himself a new challenge and step up his game a bit. We think he has definitely succeeded!
"I'm probably most happy with the Nestlé (Noethics) logo, changing the little cute and happy bird family into an eagle swooshing down, coming to eat the eggs in the nest, " he said while reassuring us that this is an ongoing project. "There will definitely be more!"