Last Update: February 16, 2010
About the JSA Logo
- Underlying idea and design process
At the 25th Board of Directors' meeting of the Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA) in July 2000, it was agreed to register the society as an incorporated association under Japanese law. Subsequently, at the 26th directors' meeting held in November 2003, plans were laid for reorganizing the society in the process. As part of this plan, it was agreed that the JSA should adopt a logo as a symbol of its identity and solidarity.
At the academic meeting of the 15th JSA Spring Meeting held in May 2003, a survey was distributed to members to gather feedback on three possible designs. Based on the results of this survey, the Board of Directors selected a logo that had drawn a favorable response from many members and made the decision to adopt it as the official logo of the JSA.
- The design
In commissioning the logo, the society asked that the design incorporate the year the society was founded, 1952, and that the design as a whole convey the idea that the JSA is an interdisciplinary academic society. The designer explained that the logo design merges the ideas of "allergy," "academic society," and "environment." The line running through the mark represents the course the society has followed, or its history, since 1952. The large outer circle and the semicircular band inside it symbolize the living environment and its changes, while the inner circle represents, through the contrasting colors, the human immune system and allergic reaction. The color blue, which dominates the design, conveys the image of innovation and symbolizes the society's progress. Variants of the design are possible through the use of red or green.