Logo Design Love

For graphic designers and all who love logos.

The Dandy faces closure

The Dandy 1987

Britain’s longest running children’s comic, The Dandy, is facing closure after 75 years.

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On circular logos

Banksy CND

The circle is clearly a form humans find easy to remember and recognise.

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Vintage vehicle logotypes

Belvedere logotype

Spied this collection of vintage vehicle logotypes over on the Beast Pieces blog.

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The cost of a Saul Bass logo

Continental Airlines livery Saul Bass

“Continental airlines paid us about a half million.”

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I Love NY logo set for makeover

I Love NY logo makeover

Milton Glaser rightly said, “I saw one that said ‘I Pizza NY’. I don’t get it.”

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Minnesota Zoo logo sketches

Minnesota Zoo logo sketches

The Minnesota Zoo logo combines an ‘M’ with a Minnesota moose.

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“Sharing a Coke”

Sharing a Coke

That was the three-word brief for Jonathan Mak’s recent design.

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The story behind the English National Opera logo

English National Opera logo

“I looked down at my drawing, zeroed in on the face and had one of those rare ‘eureka’ moments.”

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20th century trademarks

20th century trademarks

Published by The Trade Mark Title Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1910-1913.

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“This is what you need — a magic dot.”

Minolta logo Saul Bass

“Gentlemen, we have a very small product. There is hardly enough room on it for a name, let alone a symbol!”

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Kodak logo evolution

Kodak signage

Sad news today that 131-year-old Kodak has filed for bankruptcy.

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British Rail’s double-arrow

British Rail symbol

The company name was shortened to British Rail and Gerry Barney of the Design Rearch Unit conceived the famous ‘double-arrow’, a remarkably robust and memorable icon that has far outlasted British Rail itself and continues to be used on traffic signs throughout the United Kingdom as the symbol for the national rail network and more specifically railway stations on that network.

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More honest logos

Apple logo

Remember those honest logos from back in April? There are more.

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Penguin logo evolution

Penguin logo evolution

I went straight off to the zoo to spend the rest of the day drawing penguins in every pose.

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British Steel logo

British Steel logo

Only later did I discover that steel was bent in order to test its strength — so I used this as a rationale, but I didn’t know that at the time!

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De-cluttered logos

De-cluttered logos

These ones are accompanied by the respective brand names on their websites. Perhaps they’ll move to ditch the name online (as Apple and Nike have).

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Handlettered logos from defunct department stores

Sibley's logo

Lovely collection pieced together by Christian Annyas.

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NeXT logo presentation

NeXT logo book

The only thing Rand knew was that the mysterious NeXT computer was a black cube.

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Mobil logo

Mobil logo sketch

The red O served to help people pronounce the name correctly (Mo-bil, not Mo-bile).

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Famous logos, generic type

Sony logo Copperplate Bold

Thank a type designer who doesn’t settle for just “standard” but knows how to choose, create, or modify an existing typeface to be a memorable and expressive brand mark.

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