The Dances of Universal Peace Logo


Origin of Our Logo

DUP LogoThe Dances of Universal Peace logo was created by Marc Takaha, a graphic artist and long-time member of the Hawaii Sufi community. In Marc's words, "I originally rendered what Guidance had offered in a form that could for practical reasons be reproduced easily, with some flexibility. From a graphic design perspective, a good logo or "mark", should hold up on its own in black and white. Distilled essence of visual communication is hallmark of effective design. Less is more so to speak. The "Target" mark is an example: simple and instantly recognized. 

"The Dances logo came through while practicing Zikr in the Mentorgarten with Iqbal in the summer of 1983. We were in a standing circle with our ams arms linked and chanting "La Illaha il Allah hu". Well into it, on "hu", I unexpectedly "saw" the design with my third eye. It was designer's dream – to have a solution effortlessly come with absolute clarity. Immediately afterward, I went back to my studio and rendered the design we're discussing today. It is a distilled visual representation of the practice of Zikr: Heart-centered beings linked together as One." - Mark Takaha, 2009


Dances of Universal Peace Logo Policy

(approved Feb, 2010)

The circle of hearts logo is registered to Dances of Universal Peace International. The logo may be used by all members of the Leaders Guild of the Dances of Universal Peace, as well as for official business of the organization. The words "Dances of Universal Peace" should appear near the logo whenever it is used. In the United States, the ‘sm’ (service mark) must appear with and near the circle of hearts; in the rest of the world (c) (copyright) should be shown. The logo may be copied from the following representations. The .JPG files are useful in print publications and the .GIF files are best for web applications. At the bottom of the page are examples of the logo with the words attached. To save any image below to your computer, right click the image and choose "save as" and then location. Click higher resolution .tif version to download a logo to which you must add the (c) or sm mark.

Please do not alter the logo as presented, for example, making the hearts different colors. The logo was designed to be recognizable whether rendered in color or black and white. Altering the logo in such a way weakens its design and waters down the strong association that the Dances of Universal Peace have had with it since 1983.

                   .jpg images for use on the web:

© for use outside USA
sm for use within USA
.gif images for use in publications
© for use outside USA
sm for use within USA


                  Verions with lettering


Click here for High Resolution .tif File





DUP Logo as a "vector" file.  (DUP Logo Vector.eps)

Right click and choose "save file as"