Designer: Amijai Benderski (Uruguay); Location: Montevideo, Uruguay; Years: 2017–present

An emerging graphic designer in Uruguay sought to create a universal symbol for peace that could be used freely by people around the world. Existing signs and symbols are linked with problematic meanings, a barrier to unconditional use by all. The V hand gesture signaled victory and resistance, the dove was also a religious symbol, and the 1960s counterculture peace sign was originally designed for a nuclear disarmament campaign. The World Peace Symbol fuses the iconic peace sign within a globe—a representation of our interconnected planet—with lines that connect and radiate from this symbolic ideal of freedom and goodwill.

Image: World Peace Symbol Design Guidelines, 2019; Designed by Amijai Benderski; Credit: © Amijai Benderski