A special exhibition has just wrapped up at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum that delved into the creative process of designing the National Emblem. Visitors at the National Emblem exhibition. — Photo: VNN In 1951, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam identified the need to assert national sovereignty and to assist the development of international relations with the National Assembly. Soon after, the ministry launched an emblem design contest for the then Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Many entries were received but no finalists were selected. Later, painter Bui Trang Chuoc was recommended and selected to be the final designer. Having graduated from L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de L’Indochine (Indochina Fine Arts School), Chuoc had taught graphic design in Da Lat before the August 1945 Revolution. He was a master graphic designer, experienced in creating important designs for bank notes, postage stamps and merit medals. Some of his sketches on tracing paper show the painstaking process it took to achieve perfect symmetry without support of computer algorithms. During his brainstorming process, 94 drafts were narrowed down to 15 options with careful explanatory notes. Inspired by other socialist countries’ national emblems, he put careful thought into what would best represent the nation. To symbolise the country’s progress and transition between… Read full this story
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