Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa
The School of Law of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, FDUL) is an institution for creation, transmittal and dissemination of Culture and Science in law disciplines and in all other interrelated courses. To design the new FDUL’s logo, two mandatory elements (considering their close relationship with Justice and law symbology) were used: the Sword and the Scale. In addition to this two essential symbols, and to complete the set, a Book and a Raven were added. FDUL has as interest focus the legal disciplines in a teaching perspective, therefore the Book, symbol of knowledge, substantiates this task of FDUL. The Raven, one of Lisbon’s coat of arms elements, sets the relationship with the city where the school is based. But in became noticeable that in the graphic intersections and unions of these 4 symbols they begin to lose their distinctness, consequentially and assuming that Law should be clearly and unequivocally perceived and implemented, we performed a deconstruction exercise that resulted in a casual logo in which icons are separately represented, enhancing their meanings and impartiality, but without losing the sense of ensemble. Together, the Scale and the Sword represent the Law school, the Book and the Raven stand for the University of Lisbon. The logo is black and white as justice itself must be — simple, clear, independent and unequivocal. Legal equality. 

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa


Emídio Cardeira
Miguel Palmeiro

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