Duncan Cowie

PhD. History

Project Title:Symbols of Change: A study of the reasoning behind changes to visual representations of the federal government of Canada during the 1960s and 1970s.

My research examines the history of the development and adoption of specific Canadian federal government images, symbols, and typefaces during the 1960s and 1970s. My aim is to determine whether there were conscious or unconscious reasons behind the significant changes to how the federal government, including many separate departments and crown corporations, represented itself visually during this period. In particular, I'm interested in determining whether those graphic representations of the federal government, and the specific design style(s) of those symbolic representations, were chosen for ideological ends, or simply because they fit with the graphic styles of the period.

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