Stefan Kanchev was born on August 6th, 1915, in Kalofer, Bulgaria. He studied mural painting in the National Art Academy (1940–1945) in the class of professor Dechko Uzunov, and went on to work in all areas of applied arts. He was an author of numerous covers of books with folklore fairytales, posters, trademarks, postcards, advertisements, forms and envelopes, postage stamps, labels, packaging, etc. But it was his logo work that stands out, ahead of its time due to the simple, yet distinctive form.
Kanchev designed more than 1,000 trademarks and symbols, and in the first world exhibition of trademarks in New York he presented 23 out of the 250 logos on show from designers worldwide.
In 1994 Stefan Kanchev was recognised as one of the top ten designers of trademarks in the world, along with Paul Rand, Saul Bass, and other luminaries. The title was awarded by the International Trademark Centre in Ostend, Belgium.
He died in 2001 at the age of 86.
Many more trademarks on the Stefan Kanchev website.
With much thanks to Andrian Dimitrov, Yana Simeonova, Vladimir Georgiev, and Julia Zidarova for their work documenting the designs. The Bulgarian logo archive displays work from other Bulgarian designers.