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Written by Mike Rundle on October 13, 2006
The Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky must really think 9rules is something nifty, because for their “In the Interest of Women” conference (website/logo here) they took a 9rules leaf, flipped it horizontally and turned it green to celebrate their love!
I assume that nobody associated with Toyota did such a thing (probably an underpaid design intern) but I still got a kick out of it. I’ve emailed the person associated with the WHOIS information for their URL, but I’m not holding my breath.
Thanks to sleuth-in-training Brian Brooks for pointing this out in a Note!
Also, just to show the similarities a bit more, I took their logo and layered it over a flipped version of the 9rules logo. The left-most leaf, right-most leaf, and stem all line up perfectly â€” it seems they only took the taller leaves and moved them a tiny bit. Three random coordinate points lining up perfectly in an XY plane is quite the coincidence 😉
Update: I’ve received an email from the legal offices representing the firm who designed the logo, and they maintain that the logo was not ripped off in any way, shape, or form. I’ve replied citing numerous instances where the 9rules logo has been in use before their logo and am awaiting a reply. I’ll let you guys know how it goes down.