Probably the most controversial topic to be discussed this side of the elections, the Visit Malaysia 2020 logo’s design has been quite the subject of debate. Now it turns out the lackluster design featuring apes in sunglasses was designed by an in-house senior graphic designer with multiple awards to their name.
Of course, the designer in question has yet to be named, but Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz mentioned that the ministry didn’t spend a cent on it, which wasn’t the result of careful penny pinching but simply because they ministry couldn’t afford so.
“Due to financial constraint to organise a logo competition, the ministry had taken the initiative in utilising our experienced in-house designers, who are also experts in promoting national tourism.”
The abysmal logo inspired local artists to bust out their own designs, which frankly would have done so much better had they been used as the actual logo instead. Like this one below:
Said designer also apparently had a hand in a lot of projects, with Nazri claiming that “The designer had also helped create the Year of Festivals 2015 logo, MOTAC’s logo, MCAT, as well as designing the Malaysian pavilion at the Asean Tourism Forum in Brunei (2010), Cambodia (2011), Indonesia (2012), and Manila (2013),”.
How it ended up this way is anyone’s guess, but we hope that they’ve at least taken away something from the whole fiasco the next time we need a logo with apes on it.