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Dowling | Duncan Logo Designs

Dowling | Duncan Logo Designs

Dowling Duncan Logo

Two former Pentagram designers have teamed up to join forces, announcing this week that they’ve combined their two independent shops into one international company. John Dowling and Rob Duncan, both formerly of Pentagram’s London office from the late-90s to the mid-2000s (the latter also worked at their San Francisco office), have founded Dowling | Duncan, with the first representing the UK and the second in the Bay Area. Dowling’s work you might recall best was designing those handsome Pantone chip books every firm and agency likely has a few, well-used copies of laying around. Duncan, who was a senior designer at Pentagram, and was also briefly at Apple, has worked on projects for everyone from the GAP to the AIGA. Always nice to see two good people wind up together, even if they are separated by a fairly large distance, and we wish them and their new company all the best.

Via Media Bistro

Below are some of their logo designs, my favourites include Hive & Honey, Town MVP, Rebecca Beeson and NCM Interiors.

Dowlng Duncan Partners Logos

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Logo Of The Month: February 2010

Logo Of The Month: February 2010

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The winner of Logo Of The Month for Feburary 2010 (from the Logo Of The Day website) is the Processed Identity logo.

Processed Identity is a website that allows designers to share the creative processes used to develop visual brand identities. The site uses case studies, articles and discussions to explore the value of a non-stock solution. The identity is a visual representation of a path or process. The path forms the letter P as well as a question mark, expressing the problem that is solved through the creative process.

Congratulations to the designer Steve Zelle.

What are your thoughts on this logo?

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Free Logo Copyright Poster

Free Logo Copyright Poster

Logo Copyright Poster

Top 100 Logos Copyright

This is a personal project that I have been working on. The poster features the (reversed) logos of the top 100 top global brands of 2009 as ranked by Interbrand, formed into the shape of the copyright symbol. The bottom right text says: “Good artists copy, great artists steal” ~ Pablo Picasso.

The idea behind the poster was to question the blurring lines between art, design and copyright. Can one just take a whole series of others work, put it into a new shape and call it art? Or is it design? I think Picasso’s quote also draws on similar thoughts… what’s the difference between copying and stealing? What is the secret to creativity? What did Picasso mean by this quote?

Anyway, you can interpret as you wish. The good news is that it is available as a free PDF under a Creative Commons 2.0 license. This means you CAN copy, print, distribute, display, and use this work for any purpose under the conditions that you give me credit for the work and that you do not make money from it.

>> Download A3 Sized Logo Copyright Poster (4.3mb)

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Logo Of The Month: July 2009

Logo Of The Month: July 2009

SwanSongs Logo

The winner of Logo Of The Month for July 2009 (from the Logo Of The Day website) is the SwanSongs logo.

A “non-profit logo that fulfills musical wishes at the end of life”.

Congratulations to the designer Macnab Design.

What are your thoughts on this logo?

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22 Famous Circle Based Logos

22 Famous Circle Based Logos

Circle Logo Designs

“In logo design, a circle is usually used to convey stability and stasis. It’s the reassuring shape that says, “we’re here, we’re settled, we’re steady, you can trust us.” – John McWade.

Here we showcase 22 famous logo designs based on the simple shape of a circle.

Update:

Here are 50 more Circle based logo designs.

Target

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General Electric

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Starbucks

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Alfa Romeo

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Barcardi

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Mercedes

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Burger King

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Danone

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BMW

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Pepsi

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Fiat

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Jagermeister

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Lotus

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Nissan

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CBS

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Texaco

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AT&T

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Saab

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Dell

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VW

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Xerox

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BP

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Know any other famous circle based logo designs? Let us know in the comments!

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Logo Of The Month: April 2009

Logo Of The Month: April 2009

Logo Of The Month

Logo Of Month - April 2009

The winner of Logo Of The Month for April 2009 (from the Logo Of The Day website) is the logo for Arbeitskreis Vernetzung.

The Logo is for a group (an organization) called “Arbeitskreis Vernetzung”, formed of 4 different social services in Germany and last had been used for an Event called “Tag der sozialen Dienste” (Day of social services). The logo shows 4 people looked at from above, forming a circle (or holding their hands) in an very reduced way. It stands for the 4 organizations the “Arbeitskreis” (Working-Circle (Workgroup)) is formed of.  It shows the unity of these 4 organizations and the “Teamspirit”, just like a football-team sticking together their hands, ready to achieve something. The perspective from above, stands for the fact, that the Group has a vantage point frome above when looking at problems to solve them.” ~ Dominic Rödel

See in use on a flyer here.

Congratulations to Dominic Rödel (the designer).

What are your thoughts on this logo?

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60+ Hand Based Logo Designs

60+ Hand Based Logo Designs




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I’ve recently finished designing a logo for a children’s sign language education program and when I was researching for the project, I found a lot of logo designs based on hands, of which you can find some below. Thought it would be good to share, rather than just sitting on my hard drive. It was interesting to see how similar some of the logo designs were.

All images are © Copyright of their respective owners. Source: Logo Lounge

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Baseball, Football, and Basketball Logo Evolutions

Baseball, Football, and Basketball Logo Evolutions

Sports Logos

I love sports, they are probably my favourite thing to do other then design and the internet. I was trying to come up with an idea on how I could talk about sports and design. I thought I would analyze the logos of teams in different sports. I only analyzed the main logo’s used, and I picked the logo’s that showed major change. I am aware there are many secondary logo’s designed for most clubs, I was concentrating on the main brand of each team.

Here are my conclusions of sports brands;

Simple Modifications: Some logos are just slightly updated to fit with the respected time. A simple colour difference, bolder strokes, size, or detail.

Simplify the logo: Some logos are designed with extreme detail, or are very informative. Later on those logos are simplified, the illustrations and information have been removed and usually a simple icon that represents the brand is used.

Complete overhaul: Some logos go through a totally different look, not keeping any design element from the last. This can be dangerous as you are introducing a new logo, it might not get the thumbs up from the fans and the brand will lack. This is a risky move, but if some teams like to completely refresh their brand or if the franchise isn’t making any money on that brand it might be a successful bargain.

World Series, All Star Games, Super-bowls, Playoffs: These special event logos are usually branded to fit the location. This showcases the growth of a logo as it goes through its annual change. This being said there is always some elements that stay the same in the end.

Major League Baseball Logos

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Boston Red Sox: As you can see the Red Sox have kept with the team history and colours. From the first logo in 1908 with a simple but yet effective logo design, the Red Sox then moved on to a much more detailed logo between 1979-2008. Just recently the 2009 logo returned to the teams original idea.

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Atlanta Braves: Their 1967-1971 logo is more of an obvious logo. When looking at the logo you know everything about the team except for that they play baseball. The best logos are the ones where they leave something for the imagination. This is shown better in 1971 – 1986 when they dropped the location, probably due to the fact that they situated themselves in the league and they are recognized as the Braves. Moving to 1990, the infamous tomahawk takes centre stage. I personally like the most recent logo.

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San Diego Padres: This is interesting as you can see from the images above all the logos are completely different. The only element that is consistent is the name of the team. The first logo 1969 – 1984 is dominant by character illustration. Seven years later the padres dropped the character and colour scheme and went with a traditional baseball typography logo. Again in 2004 the Padres, created a new colour scheme and logo.

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The World Series: The series going back to 1974 and 1975 the logos are nothing more than basic text. Jumping to 1985-87 the logos have taken on more of a design role. The MLB logo has been inserted, and there is more attention on baseball elements. In 1992 – 1999 the logos were given depth, adding shadows, stronger strokes and bolder lines. The logos were contained inside the diamond, which is used in baseball logos often. A globe has been inserted and as you can see the differences are in the colour schemes and in 1999 they have added a different perspective. In 2000-2003 the logos received a much more detailed look. The logos were styled around the team that held the world series, this continued in 04-07 as well. The logos were condensed significantly as the diamond shape was thrown out the window. 2008 was the year of the “Fall Classic” MLB trying to throw back their logo with a much more creditable, mature logo.

MLB All Star Game

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MLB All Star Game: An annual event showcasing the best players in the league. The one obvious trend in the All Star Logo design is that each team holding the All Star Game brands the logo to fit with their club. As you can see from 1938 to 2009 the logos are all different in almost every aspect. I personally like the 1984 Giants and the 2008 NYC logos.

NBA (National Basketball Association) Logos

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New York Knicks: The 1965 – 1976 logo offered a picture-esq logo. The basketball looks very realistic, especially considering its time. Keeping with the same theme, in 1996 the Knicks changed their logo to be more modern by adding a more simplified colour scheme, shaper and bolder lines. The perspective is key for the Knicks logo.

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Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs have gone through a bunch of different logos in the past 60+ years. The first logo through 1947 – 1964, a great character illustration and it leaves a lot to the imagination. Moving to 1971 – 1983 the logo took on a more college basketball look. 1984 – 1994 the logo was simplified to the more popular team name. The current logo is much more aggressive, and bold if you ask me. The orange colours in the others logos feels to soft, the dark red, blue, with the gold and white highlights is bold and tough.

Celtics Celtics

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Boston Celtics: The most successful teams in the NBA, one of the most recognizable brands in the history of sports. 1947 – 1950 button like logo with the name and simple clover icon. Moving to 1961 -1968 the Celtic character was introduced, maybe not successfully but it paved the way for 1969-1978 introduction into the more interesting character. 1997’s logo still stands strong and as it should its a great reflection on what a character can do for your brand. The character is fantastic, very iconic, the logo is timeless, again we see the red basketball and cane.

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Chicago Bulls: I am going to go on record and say this could be the best sports logo of all time. Designed in 1967 by Theodore W. Drake the logo still has not changed since. That would make the design 42 years old. The logo is strong, bold, powerful and aggressive, a great reflection of the bull. The typography sits all so nice between the bulls red tipped horns. Do you agree that this could be the sports logo of all time?

National Football League Logos

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Buffalo Bills: Not sure what happened in 1960-1969, these logo’s are horrible. I don’t know if you can call them logo’s they look like they placed a football player over top of an image of a bull contained in a football. Thankfully in 1974 the Bills had the blue and red charging bison, it’s a great improvement.

Browns Browns

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Cleveland Browns: This is an interesting brand starting 1950-1960 the character logo was a cute little elf illustration. Starting in 1975 – 1995 and then again in 2006 the logo’s have been a football helmet. The fans have been pleading for a new logo, let’s say that again not a new logo but a different logo. Recently the fans have broke out with dog masks and the “Dog pound” has been flying around. So I am very surprised that the franchise hasn’t swung that way. Yeah they have some secondary logo’s but their main logo is still falling short.

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Miami Dolphins: This is a great example of keeping with the same logo and just enhancing it. 1966 was the first year the logo was introduced, a cute dolphin with a Miami football helmet. The logo wasn’t modified until 1974 when it was given a warmer colour scheme and more detail. Not until 1997 did we see a fully enhanced dolphin illustration. The present logo has much more detail, as you can see the emotion and expression of the dolphin. The logo is much more bold, the size, weight of the strokes and highlights have all been enhanced.

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Arizona Cardinals: An example on how simple change can provide different emotions. The Arizona Cardinals original logo from 1994 – 2004 is a solid logo, simple and easy to understand. In 2005 the logo was slightly modified to fit with a faster, and stronger NFL. The Cardinal was tilted slightly, designed more streamlined, and the elements and strokes are sharp.

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Dallas Cowboys: Some people might argue that this should be alongside the Chicago Bulls logo. The star has been around since 1960, the logo was then slightly changed 4 years later. The star still stands strong for the Cowboys. It’s simple and iconic, I wonder if anyone ever thought that they were called the Dallas Stars, interesting seeing there is a Dallas Stars NHL team.

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New England Patriots: This is another example of a detailed logo being simplified. The 1971-1992 logo is a fantastic illustration, I love it… The 2000 logo is totally different, the logo is much more streamlined, but I think the original logo feels stronger and more powerful. I like the new colour scheme, and I would like to see a throwback logo with the current colour scheme.

Super-bowl Logos

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The Super-bowl: the biggest TV event of the year. As you can see it’s come a long way since 1967. The logos have used the powerful roman numeral system. The roman numerals bring the emotion and history of this epic game. Similar to the MLB All Star Games, the logos are branded where the Super Bowl is taking place. In the early years the logos were very basic typography. Top priority was getting the message across showing the roman numeral as the main point of the logo. In recent years, design elements have been added to create the scene. The logos still use the roman numerals as the main focal point, and by adding football elements or city trademarks the logos pull together nicely.

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The Power and Meaning Behind Bank Logos

The Power and Meaning Behind Bank Logos




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Any business that is consistently working with other people’s money should convey professionalism, trust, commitment, and establish a level of confidence in their capabilities to manage money. A bank logo should instantly communicate with an audience and reflect it’s business division as well as it’s trusting personality. This is why it is extremely important for banks to have a well-designed identity. Many bank logos are designed with similar elements such as patriotic icons and colors. It is always a challenge to create original logos for companies offering similar services in a world where designers are finding inspiration in the same places.

How do banks effectively communicate with their audience through their logo? Fortunately, financial and banking services advertise everywhere! We see banking identities on retail branch signs on every street corner, TV commercials, bumper sticks, even on our writing utensils! By using a logo as their main marketing tool, banks possess the power to make you want to bank with them.

The following banks have well-known logos, but do we actually know how and what these logos are telling us?

Citibank, designed by Paula Scher

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The Citibank logo offers security. By incorporating an arc over the lowercase ‘t’ in Citibank you have strong and powerful red umbrella sheltering and taking care of it’s trustworthy patrons.

SunTrust, designed by siegel+gale

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“The new logo is a beacon that reflects the warmth, energy, and diverse range of the SunTrust organization.”-siegel+gale. The use of warm colors express the feeling of internal warmth for the SunTrust brand and it’s local, tight-knit community.

Chase Manhattan Bank, designed by Chermayeff & Geismar

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Chase Manhattan Bank has merged with JPMorgan, yet its original abstract symbol still remains the same. By using the same shape over and over again, this logo reinforces trust. The repetitive symbol establishes a sense of familiarity which makes us feel comfortable trusting them with our money.

Bank of New Zealand, designed by DNA Design Auckland

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Through the use of the color blue alone this logo represents confidence, trust, and loyalty. The typeface, Serrano which was designed specifically for Bank of New Zealand has a very friendly italicized font which is used in their logo. Modern, friendly, and trustworthy, everything you look for in a bank.

Bank of America, designed by Bob Wolf

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The icon used in this logo is meant to represent the USA flag, which shows patriotism. Behold the power of 3’s! The best things in life come in 3’s, so they say. The repetition of the double-lined pattern repeating 3 times shows reinforcement and familiarity. The bright red and blue also draw us in by showing strength, power, trust & excitement.

These are just a few of the bank logos used today that follow similar design notions. The beautiful thing about these logos is the way they communicate with an audience and transmit different feelings and meanings. A logo with no power or meaning behind it is simply nothing more than good design.

For many more bank logos check this post.

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Logo Of The Month: March 2009

Logo Of The Month: March 2009

Logo Of The Month

Youth Forum Logo

The winner of Logo Of The Month for March 2009 (from the Logo Of The Day website) is the logo for Youth Forum.

“This logo is made for Youth Forum, under the name “Forum of the future”. This forum will be held once or twice a year where the top notch people (including prince & princesses) will be hearing the problems of youth and then following it up to solve them.

Basically as per symbol: it consists of speech balloons coming from four sides (problems or opinion from all sides). Different colors : Different problems/opinions. Making shape and the focus is in the middle : means solution (not just useless discussion but with a shape.”

Congratulations to Sajjad Haider Syed (the designer).

What are your thoughts on this logo?

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