In the world of business, logos are super important. Logos are not just fancy symbols; they’re like the faces of brands. Logos show what a brand stands for and can make people feel emotions when they see them. A well-designed logo can create loyal followers through simplicity and memorability. There are several different types of logos that big brands use. Let’s explore these logos to see how they make a brand unique.
Be aware that a logo is the visual representation of a brand’s values, beliefs, and functions. When designing a logo, you need to be confident it will represent the business correctly. There are many considerations to keep in mind such as:
- How the logo will look on products
- How it will appear on advertising and marketing materials
- How it will tie your other branding collateral together
- The thoughts and emotions someone feels when they see your logo (This is weird to think about, but certain colors, shapes, styles, and words all trigger emotional responses which will translate into an emotional response to your business.)
It’s an entire package, not just a small mark. In most cases, it will be the first thing your customers or clients see when they come across your business. No pressure, right?
There are several ideas floating around about what a logo really is. If we were to ask most people what a logo is, they would have a variety of different answers, but they would probably all be right in one way or another. The reality is, that there are a number of different types of logo “marks” you could choose to utilize for yourself. In this article, we’ll briefly explain the 5 main types of logos and show some examples of each you’ll probably recognize.
SYMBOL OR ICON LOGOS
This type of logo represents the company in a simple but bold manner. In most cases, the image is abstract and stylized to give visual interest. Most companies that use this type of logo will have a very simple main logo but may choose to create additional alternative versions that appear a little more flashy. The human mind can easily remember a simple form much easier than a complex one. It’s best to use a simple symbol or icon if you plan on building a large business. You probably recognize symbol logos like Apple, Shell, and Mercedes-Benz.
WORD MARK LOGOS
These are uniquely styled text logos that spell out the company or brand name. Many times, custom fonts are created specifically for brands to use across all their marketing and branding collateral. Some examples include Facebook, Disney, and Sony.
LETTER MARK LOGOS
Lettermarks are exclusively typographic. They use a symbol representing the company through the use of its initials or the brand’s first letter. Many companies choose to use this type of logo because their initials can graphically illustrate the company better than the full name (the name is too long), the name is hard to pronounce, or it’s just not distinct enough to carry its weight. Some companies and organizations that use lettermarks include Hewlett-Packard, Chanel, and General Electric.
COMBINATION MARK LOGOS
These logos combine a wordmark and a symbol or icon to give flexibility for the use of either or both elements across a variety of applications. A well-designed combination mark looks just as good with the elements separate as it does with them together. You might recognize some combo marks like Hawaiian Airlines, Adidas and Sprint.
An emblem logo encases the company name within the design. Some examples include Starbucks, the NFL and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
What kind of logo do you have? Are you looking to get a new logo designed for your company? If you’re looking to get a new logo for your business, reach out to us and we’ll help start the process today!