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Logos on Pizza

I haven’t posted on Logo Designer Blog for a while (due to a rather full schedule) but when I saw this, I just had to share.

The National Basketball Association thinks it has figured out what fans are hungry for besides a championship: edible team logos. The league recently signed unusual licensing deals with companies that offer these edible  items – and more.  The pizza logos, made of sugar, starch and food coloring, will add about $5 to the price of a pizza. Via USA Today.

So, hot or not?

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New Official Adobe CS5 Logos + Packaging

New Official Adobe CS5 Logos + Packaging

Today (12th April 2010) is the launch day of Adobe CS5 and with the new version comes a whole new set of logos and packaging. After some speculation we now can see the official logos of Adobe CS5, now with 3D and an extra colour added in.

I think it’s a nice gradual change and I think the extra colour will make it easier to distinguish each product rather than the full black letters of the old logos, though I would be interested to know the design decisions behind the 3D aspect on some of the logos – maybe to make them pop more on our desktops?

What do you think?

Adobe CS5 Logos

Adobe CS5 new product packaging:

Adobe CS5 Packaging

CS5 Editions

You can see the new Adobe CS5 logos and product packaging in the official Adobe Store.

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New Adobe CS5 Logos

New Adobe CS5 Logos

Update 12/4/10: New official Adobe CS5 logos have been released as seen below.

Adobe CS5 Logos

Adobe CS5 is being released on April 12th and to go along with the new version, comes a new logo?

Please note I have no confirmation that this logo is official, it has come from the ‘unofficial’ CS5 blog.

I’ve featured the Photoshop icon as an example of the letterpress effect used for the rest of the current Creative Suite (CS4).

What do you think?

Update 29/3/10: Logo above not official

adobe-cs5-logos

It looks like there is going to be a second colour added to each icon of the Adobe CS5 identity system as shown above.

Thanks for the tip Rudolf. Via Inspire.

Be sure to check out the awesome new CS5 features if you haven’t already.

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Taste The Rainbow: A New Logo For Skittles

Taste The Rainbow: A New Logo For Skittles

Skittles New Logo

London designer and designers’ favorite Miles Newlyn worked with Dragon Rouge to create a new logo for the Skittles brand name of candies. His multi-colored tongue concept is a literal though stylized translation of the brand’s slogan, “Taste the rainbow.”

The official Skittles website is worth checking out too.

What are your thoughts?

Via LogoLounge.

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100 Best Global Brands of 2009

100 Best Global Brands of 2009




Best Global Brands

Interbrand in conjunction with Business Week has just released the best global brand rankings of 2009.

The Top 10 Brands of 2009 were:

  1. Coca-Cola
  2. IBM
  3. Microsoft
  4. GE
  5. Nokia
  6. McDonald’s
  7. Google
  8. Toyota
  9. Intel
  10. Disney

>> View the full 100 best global brands on the Business Week web site.

Top 10 Logos

What can we learn from looking at the logos of these top brands?

Based on the 2007 top 50 brands, the % below identifies the percentage of the top 50 brands that hold to this view:

  • The name does not describe the product sold (94%) (ie. in most cases a logo is used to identify a company, not describe what it does.)
  • The by-line tag is not included in the logo (90%)
  • The font style is clean and clear (84%)
  • The logo design uses one colour only (74%) (white & black not counted as a colour)
  • The logo design uses letters only without the symbol (74%)
  • The logo design is a made-up name or ACRONYM (72%)
  • The logo design is rectangular in shape (66%)
  • The logo design is one word only (62%)
  • The logo design includes the trademark symbol (54%) and is placed in the top right (48%)
  • The name is 6 letters or less (52%)
  • The name uses upper & lower case (44%) (excluding ACRONYMS)
  • The background is filled and solid. (52%)
  • The pronunciation includes three sounds/syllables (44%)
  • The predominant colour base is blue (40%)

Best Global Brands 2009

You can also download a poster (PDF) of the 2009 top brands as seen above.

There is also a video to watch regarding the top brands list.

(I apologise for the auto play – I couldn’t disable or link to the video any other way.)

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Logo Design Tips & Interview with LoGoBoom

Logo Design Tips & Interview with LoGoBoom

LoGoBoom

So, who is LoGoBoom and what is his story?

LoGoBoom is Glen Hobbs of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I define myself first as a husband and father. Of course, to be good at that, you’re pretty much obligated to provide a roof over their heads, food on their plates and trips to Chucky Cheese. There’s where design comes in.

As a teen approaching high school graduation back in the same year that George Michael’s “Faith” topped the Billboard 100 (that’s as close as I’m getting to giving you my age) I had zero idea what I wanted to do for a career. It’s not that I was stupid. I was a straight A student with a lot of options. It’s just that none of them was of any interest to me.

One of my older brothers, who was gainfully employed, asked me “So what do you want to do?” We were sitting in our parents’ den watching television. I remember it well. I replied with a confident “I dunno.” He probably said something back or slapped me in the back of the head. I don’t remember that. But at that moment the logo graphics for the television show we were watching animated on. “That. I want to do that.” I said. He simply replied “Well that’s graphic design. There are schools for that.” I don’t think I ever thanked him. Thanks bro! And five bucks to anybody who emails me a correct guess at the name of the show.

What? This is a business? People get paid to do stuff like that? And there I was. Headed down the path. I did no research at all regarding the industry. Knew nothing about what I was getting into. I just enrolled and showed up for the first day of classes knowing absolutely nothing about the world of graphic design. So maybe I was stupid after all. But I remember on that first day thinking to myself “this feels right.” I also met my wife while attending that school. Boy was it ever right. Hi Trish!

Before I fast-forward to modern day… a shout out to a couple of my instructors: to Tony Gresham for challenging me to challenge everything and to James McCullough for encouraging me to trust my instincts. Moving on…

Buginners

What is your typical design process?

See this is tricky. Do I “clean up” the description of my process so I come across as a consummate professional? Or do I lay it on you all candid and raw like? Raw it is. Warning: I am not a good example.

I don’t have a formal process. I don’t have a client questionnaire. I don’t have a contract. We agree on a fee and schedule and then I just listen. I listen to the client (whether in person or via email) describe who they are. What they want. What they need. What they like. What they don’t like. Who they are trying to attracts as an audience. What their challenges are. It’s all there. You know it’s like the old adage that the sculpture already exists in the block of marble…it’s just the sculptor’s job to take away the excess.

My mom used to ask me how I could keep coming up with new ideas. I explained that every client has a unique need. It’s like a math. You never run out of answers because every problem has it’s own solution. But then again, not so rigid as math because with design, every problem can have a million solutions. I just have to find one of them that works.

So here’s what I do. And I even tell my clients this so my ugly habits have already been outed. If I have a set amount of time to work on a logo, I do absolutely nothing with it for the majority of that time. I just go about my business of eating, sleeping, watching the tube, playing with the kids. But it’s in there. In the dusty corners of my mind. Percolating. Some of my best logo designs have happened when I’m driving or showering. Sorry for the visual. But yeah. It just happens. Then once I’ve procrastinated to the point I can’t procrastinate any further, I throw a collection of quick sketches down on whatever paper is handy and dive to Illustrator.

Intex

I don’t peruse references for inspiration. I don’t do much research (unless unfamiliar with the industry I’m designing for). I was always that way with illustration as well. I hated looking at references. A while back I heard an interview with the designers of the new Dodge Challenger. They said, and I paraphrase, that they didn’t want to build a line for line replica of the ‘68 Challenger but rather they wanted to build a car inspired by how we remember the car in our mind’s eye. The audience could relate. It didn’t have to be literal. It just had to make a connection in the mind. Brilliant. I approach things the same way. I trust my instincts of what I think will make that connection for the intended audience rather than getting bogged down in the literal. Of course I was always a terrible illustrator so… whatever.

DocVault Logo

What makes a good logo in your opinion?

I think a good client makes a good logo. You know? I mean a good client will recognize it’s not just their subjective tastes that should shape the design. A good client will let the logo do what it needs to do. A good logo serves business goals. A good logo represents well. A good logo stands the test of time. A good logo is quite often the front door to the company so it should send out the appropriate message. And again, the appropriateness of it is shaped by all kinds of factors that must be considered. So what makes a good logo? I do. I make a good logo. Ok, that’s way over the top shameless self-promotion.

Seville

What makes a good logo designer?

A healthy ego. Emphasis on “healthy”. We have to have an ego to survive in this business. And we have to have an ego to put ourselves out there on a daily basis. Here…look at what I made and critique it unabashedly. It takes self-confidence to do that. But that ego can’t get in the way. We can’t be arrogant. The client isn’t always right…but they are always the client. A designer with a healthy ego will have conviction for his choices but at the same time be open to the thoughts of others. It’s a fine line but ultimately one that determines our success.

Paulien And Associates

What are your main methods of finding new clients and which of those methods work best?

Well I’ve been fortunate enough that clients tend to find me. I have a lot of repeat and referral business locally, nationally and internationally. And I’ve established long-term relationships with a number of agencies and design firms across the country from them seeing my portfolio on-line. I owe a debt of gratitude to sites like this one and LogoPond.com, as many designers do, for evangelizing our talents. Having been in this industry for quite some time, I’m still amazed at the opportunity to work with companies from around the world as if they were just next door. This internet thing just might catch on.

Vende Diamonds

How do you present your concepts to your clients and how many do you usually provide? What final files do you deliver to your client?

Well, as I said above, this internet thing is a game changer. Back in the day I was always able to sit down with a client and present face to face. Today is the age of the pdf. But I do miss some of that direct interaction. I remember when I first started working for a local design firm here in Denver. I was hired specifically for my logo design experience. The owner asked me how many logos I typically presented. I said anywhere from a few to 10ish depending on budget etc. He didn’t say much. So I asked, “How many do you guys typically present?” He said “Usually around 40.” He had a great process. Very informal. We’d present a huge amount of ideas. Some very fleshed out…some quite rough. But we’d just lay them all out on a table. Without fail the client would always react with the thought that there was no way they could decide. The owner would say, “You know, just start by turning over the ones you just absolutely don’t like.” Without fail they would very quickly narrow the focus down to about five concepts making extremely valuable comments along the way.

Asian Pacific Logo

To those of us listening, what they said about the ones they didn’t like was just as important as what they said about the ones they did. We’d then take that narrowed selection and do another study on those. Of course those were pretty large budgets. But it was a great experience in recognizing that initially there are no bad ideas. It’s just that the better ideas will rise up. And it really pushed me to forge ahead once you hit that designer block.

Clearly budget dictates the number of concepts that I present. That’s where the onus is on us as designers to think it through before we design. I think Paul Rand when presenting the UPS logo said he only brought one because it was the right one. It only takes one.

Amory Ross

What final files do you deliver to your client?

Vector files (eps) and raster files (hi and lo res psd/jpg) in cmyk, pms, rgb and b&w. Really whatever the client needs. And I always tell them that I keep files archived so if they ever need a specific format down the road they can hit me up and I’ll get it to them at no charge.

Colony Apartments

Has there ever been a case when the client was not fully satisfied with the suggested logo designs? If yes, how did you handle that? Did you charge extra for the additional designs? How often does this happen?

Absolutely not! Ok, ok. We’ve all encountered this. And really it depends on the circumstances. There are certainly times where the client didn’t like anything and after hearing their comments I could see where I fell short on how I translated their direction. Other times it seems like the client gave inaccurate direction to begin with. I usually tell a client that if they just don’t like anything from my first presentation, I’ll go back to the drawing board at no extra charge. This gives them a level of comfort. And I feel if I miss that badly, it can’t be all their fault. Beyond that, I consider progressive tweaks and revisions to be within scope. But the client can’t contradict themselves or change horses in mid-stream. That will affect the budget.

Colorado Trust Logo

What are your most favorite design resources? What gives you inspiration and where can we find it? How do you deal with creative blocks?

I think I covered this with the discussion of all my bad habits above. But I do very much like sites like this and LogoPond.com. LogoPond is a great community and you will get honest critique so be prepared. But to make it this long in this business I’ve developed a pretty tough skin. As for my inspiration? Every thing and everywhere. I just look around. And if I get blocked… I take a walk and do something completely unassociated with design. Then I come back fresh.

Cafe Papillon

What are your plans for the near future and where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Well for the near future I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m pretty fortunate to be where I’m at and surrounded by people who love me. It ain’t broke so I ain’t fixin’ it. Oh but I really do need to build myself a website to feature my portfolio. I’m a little behind the curve on that one. Did I mention that I think this whole web thing is really about to catch on?

And in ten years? I can’t say. I plan about 2 weeks ahead. Beyond that…it’s a surprise for all of us.

Riverboyne

Lastly, what advice would you give to an aspiring logo designer? And any last words?

Any last words?

Yeah. I’d just like to share a little story. My daughter, Lindy, always offers to help me with logos. She’ll come in my office and ask, “What logo are you working on Dad? Want some help?” She has good ideas. Believe me. A couple of years ago after asking what I was working on she was clearly not interested in the subject matter so she said “I’m going to design a logo for Opal” her little sister who at the time was just crawling. Ok. Fine. You do that.

She goes away with her pencil and paper and comes back in about 10 minutes with this:

Opal

Lindy was six at the time. A six year old was able to connect the letterforms of her sister’s name, Opal, into a personal logo that captured a specific phase of development. I KNOW! CRAZY!

How is that possible? I know for a fact that I would not have come up with that idea were I tasked to do so. There’s no way. But a six year old did. I was humbled. And, of course, extremely proud as I showed the sketch to my designer friends and random strangers.

So what’s the take away from this little story? I don’t know. Maybe it’s that we should never take ourselves too seriously. We’re some of the lucky few that get paid to use our imaginations. My daughters don’t get paid to use their imaginations but they do it every day anyway because it’s fun. It’s fun. We get to work at a job that’s fun. Don’t forget that.

I’m going to go play with my kids now. That’s the best idea I’ve had today.

You can get in contact with Glen on Logo Pond:

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Creating A Logotype – Tips & Case Study

Creating A Logotype – Tips & Case Study

Beolchi-Rangel

A general rule of thumb in logo design is that when you have an original business / product name (ie. Sony, Kodak or Sega) you should keep the design very simple (like all logo designs) and in some cases, this means having no logo at all.

The definition of a logo without a mark / symbol, is a logotype and with a few small, appropriate modifications to a typeface (in this case Gotham Black) you can create a powerful brand identity.

Below you will find a diagram of a logotype designed for a recent client of mine – a business management consulting firm based in Brazil.

In this case, I modified the letters E & L to have angled slopes and to keep consistency, the angles are parallel with the angles found in the letter A , which also has a slight modification.

Beolchi Rangel Logotype

I am in the process of designing the rest of Beolchi Rangel’s marketing material but below you can see how another element has been brought into the design to help create the whole identity.

BusinessCard

Have you ever designed a logotype? Did you find it difficult selling the idea to the client?

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The Harley-Davidson Brand

The Harley-Davidson Brand

Harley Davidson Logo

What do you think of when you see the Harley-Davidson logo? Personally, I think of a rugged, rebellious “bikey” – one with tattoos, beard and a leather jacket.

Stereotypes aside, I find it fascinating that being what the Harley-Davidson brand is (tough & rebellious) it can turn a scrawny office worker into one mean fighting machine – just by slapping a logo on.

This has not been achieved overnight but rather has been built into the culture and beliefs of Harley since its establishment in 1902.

Marketing has played a huge role in this perceived image and I believe the video below is a great example of how they have achieved this.

“We believe the machine you sit on, can tell the world exactly where you stand. We don’t care what everyone else believes. Amen.”

Notice how the last line of the clip, as quoted above, is clear and not distorted? A very powerful, yet subtle, way to send the message right home.

In my opinion, Harley is one of the strongest “brands” in the world – right along side Apple. What about you?

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Logo Design Fun: Games, Parodies & More

Logo Design Fun: Games, Parodies & More




Clowns

Who said logo design had to be all serious? Have fun with these logo games, parodies and more.

Which is the real logo?

Guess what is the correct logo in this fun game. Comes with a timer and all.

Real Logo

Logo Parodies

A few logo parodies.

Logo Parodies

Brand Alphabet

Do you know your brand alphabet? Match each letter to the right brand identity… remember that some of the letters are from the middle of a logo.

LogoAlphabets

Below is another version of spot the logo. Answers here.

Spot The Logo

Your Favourite Logos Go Web 2.0

Your favourite logos now with gloss, reflections and more!

Logo Design Goes Web 2.0

Phallic Logo Designs

Some rather unfortunate logo designs that have come / gone a bit too far.

arlington pediatric center

Bad Logo Designs

On the topic of bad logo design, check out these rather unsightly logos.

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Speech Bubble Logos

Have you ever noticed how overdone speech bubble logos are? Here are just a few.

Speech Bubble Logos

Guess The Logo

Similar to brand alphabet, this is a game that features only part of a logo. Can you guess the logo by only seeing part of it?

guess-the-logo11

Logo Designs After The Recession

As previously posted here on Logo Designer Blog, here are some logo designs after going through the recession.

after-the-crisis-logotypes

Hope this post has lightened up your day… have you got any more logo design fun to share?

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Melbourne’s $240,000 Logo Makeover

Melbourne’s $240,000 Logo Makeover

City of Melbourne Logo

The city of Melbourne, Australia revealed their new brand identity yesterday. The logo was developed by Landor’s Aussie branch. Preliminary research for the logo came in at about $74,000 and the design itself cost $120,000. Those who have rebranded destinations know they should have paid twice that given the politics of the work. ~ Source

Melbourne New Logo

Melbourne’s website quotes CEO Dr Kathy Alexander in saying the City will benefit from the logo in the following ways:

* Consolidation of multiple logos into a single, strong, cutting-edge design
* Better identification of services City of Melbourne is delivering
* Greater brand impact and flexibility
* More cost and time-effective in-house design and brand management

Melbourne Logo In Use

Above you can see the identity system in use.

Below you can experience the new identity via video.

Your thoughts?

Image Sources: The Age + City Council

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