We had a tip-off this week from a designer who wishes to remain anonymous about some prominent plagiarism that they discovered recently.

It appears that when Harolds, a hotel specialising in business travellers in Cebu City, Philippines opened a couple of years ago they wanted to establish themselves as an upmarket world class hotel. They apparently believed the best way to achieve this was to appropriate the world famous logotype of upmarket London department store Harrods, originally designed by Minale Tattersfield in 1967.

Overlay-Harolds

This one really doesn’t need an overlay as it is clear to see that the logotype has been traced entirely from the Harrods logo, the H, a, r, o, d and s are exactly the same when overlaid though the s has been moved up slightly.

The examples below were sourced from the Harolds website and Google Image Search.

Snapshots-Harolds