Logos are everywhere. On the clothes we wear, on the phones we use, and on the food we buy. While some logos are incredibly straightforward — a letterform or a pictorial representation, some are more complex.
Logos are designed to create a brand for a company or a product. Have you noticed how a good logo becomes instantly associated with a brand? The designers who design the logo usually try their level best to instil trust, loyalty and, of course, a willingness for you to part with your money, all in one simple graphic.
A lot of thought and effort goes behind these logos and here are the stories behind some of the logos you might recognize:
Amazon is a powerhouse when it comes to online shopping, and their logo reflects that. If it weren’t for the arrow, the logo would be a pretty boring one and that arrow has meaning behind it. The idea is that the arrow represents both a smile and it shows that you can buy anything from Amazon: from A to Z.
The FedEx logo has a hidden meaning that is so hidden, that we doubt that you have ever noticed it. The design makes use of something called negative space to convey the company’s core values in the logo, speed and precision. Take another look at the logo and you will see the hidden arrow between the E and the X.
The name of the biggest coffee shop company in the world comes from the novel Moby Dick and picture in the middle began life as a fishtailed siren of the sea. Originally the logo caused controversy because the siren was topless, so the company have toned the image down over the years to the more acceptable one that we know now with her hair tastefully protecting her modesty.
A bit geeky this one, but the logo for the Sony Vaio is pretty clever. The left hand side of the symbol of a wave which represents analogue technology and the right hand side is a 1 and 0 to represent the binary code used by computers. The name itself, Vaio, is an acronym for Video Audio Intelligent Organizer.
The Toblerone Mountain is a depiction of the Matterhorn, which is located between Switzerland and Italy and, if you look carefully, you will see that there is the shape of a bear in the snow. The bear is the official symbol of the town of Bern, which is where the chocolate was first made.
Logos are the chief visual component of a company’s overall brand identity. The logo appears on stationery, websites, business cards and advertising. For that reason, a well-designed logo can contribute to business success, while a substandard logo can imply amateurishness and turn off potential customers. As consumers grow to know, like and trust a specific brand, they are more likely to respond positively to successive encounters with a logo–potentially leading to increased sales or improved mind share within the target market.
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