The current official EKA logo was designed by Villu Järmut, who taught graphic design at the Academy for a long time. Järmut based his design on the famous work created by Nikolai Triik from 1905, called The Fire Bearer. A young man carrying a torch, astride a winged stead, resembling Perseus riding Pegasus, from Greek mythology, was depicted on the Art Nouveau-style cover of the first album of the Young Estonia movement.
Through the ages, a mythological winged white horse has been connected, primarily, to the poetry arts, and this image was later also used by the Estonian Writers’ Society.
The exhuberance of Pegasus, along with the flaming torch, thus, the obvious significance of the entire image, is also suitable for characterising young artists and their school. The image of a torch was also in use as a logo in the period when the school was still the State Industrial Art School (1924-1938).
Triik himself taught at the Tallinn Industrial Art School between 1914 and 1918.
In 2006 and 2007, graphic design students Keit Ein and Eerik Kändler were commissioned by the Public Relations Department to create a visual style guide for the EAA. In the course of the work, they also updated the logo, and chose the Adam font, designed by Anton Koovit, an academy graduate, as the official typeface.
Please find the logos in jpg and pdf format below under LOGOS.
The Uniform Cap
In the 1920s, a beige uniform cap with a purple band was adopted by the State
Industrial Art School (and was in use until 1931).
In 1938, the Vartuja students’ society was established at the State Industrial Art
School, which adopted a dark blue, polygon-shaped velvet cap. It had a purple band with a stylised snowflake embroidered in white, on the base, which had a red rhombus in the middle.