World Happy Human symbols

All over the world, different organisations have come to adopt their own Happy Human logos. Some have chosen to mix theirs with something distinctively patriotic, like a flag or national symbol, while others have chosen simply to put a new spin on theirs. A few examples are given below.

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)

IHEU iheujeseuis

The international umbrella organisation uniting humanists, freethinker, atheist, secularist, and laique groups from around the world, IHEU has an important job to do as an ambassador for the brand of Humanism. Theirs is a traditional take, close to the original Dennis Barrington Happy Human design, but in a distinctive IHEU shade of red.

In a show of solidarity in January 2015, IHEU unveiled a Je Suis Charlie version of its logo, in memory of the Charlie Hebdo team in Paris, whose editors and writers died in a terror attack.

Humanist Society Scotland

HSSThe HSS logo reflects the traditional image of Scotland, which wears a proud blue and white Saltire.


Humanist CanadaHclogo

Humanist Canada is almost as old as the Happy Human, founded in 1968. Its current logo makes subtle reference to the national symbol of Canada, the Maple Leaf, while stretched upwards as if in amazement or viewed from a great height. Its colour, bright red, is also associated with Canada.

Humanisterna (Sweden)

humanisternaAn evolution of the traditional Happy Human, the Humanisterna logo sees the human form reduced to two parallel shapes, with a marble pattern on his head, suggesting a planet cradled and cared for. This logo emphasises and exaggerates the raw geometric qualities seen in the original Happy Human, looking more like an engineering section or a diagram than ever before, but also like a distinctively happy person.

The previous Humanisterna logo adopted a similar stance, but took the form of a traditional Happy Human with rounded arms and legs.

LGBT humanistsLGBT Humanists

Not a nationalistic logo, but a thematic one. The LGBT Humanists, a section of the British Humanist Association, shows two Happy Humans hugging on a purple background to symbolise two people who love each other, making no reference to their gender or sexuality. In a similar, previous logo, one of the Happy Humans wore a pink triangle, a reference to the symbol gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps, before the symbol was reclaimed as a symbol of pride by the LGBT community.

American Humanist Association

AHA logoIn the states, the ‘red, white, and blue’ and the patterning of the American flag can have distinctive political connotations, but the AHA sidesteps those completely with this blue logo which combines a modern design ethos with the timeless Happy Human.