Drawing Inspiration From Creative Logos

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As designers, we are always in constant need of inpiration. Whether it be Web or graphic design, other work to fuel our creativity is essential. Logo design requires the most amount of inspiration, however.

Below we present a showcase of 50 beautiful, clever and creative logo designs that will hopefully inspire you. If you take a closer look at the showcase below, you will notice many trends. Some of these include the usage of simple shapes to create something complex, origami shapes, coloring and transparency trends, and many more.

Why are these logos so excellent? All of these logos use very creative methods to represent the brand through color, shapes, and shape typography. Look at how each of these logos can tell you something about the company that it is supposed to represent. Also note the brilliant color palletes and unique patterns used in many of these. Finally, pay attention to the typography, especially font selection and coloring.

Showcase Of Creative Logo Designs

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/43168
  2. 2 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/50886
  3. 3 http://mabu.dk/#9593
  4. 4 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/52400
  5. 5 http://hiredgunscreative.com/
  6. 6 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/43779
  7. 7 http://denisolenik.com/
  8. 8 http://penflare.com/category/portfolio/
  9. 9 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/52015
  10. 10 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/52222
  11. 11 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/38654
  12. 12 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/50976
  13. 13 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/50173
  14. 14 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/56069
  15. 15 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/42356
  16. 16 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/45725
  17. 17 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/49156
  18. 18 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/46151
  19. 19 http://logofaves.com/2009/03/cafe-melody/
  20. 20 http://www.design-mp.com/
  21. 21 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/28786
  22. 22 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/35898
  23. 23 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  24. 24 http://javoramirezportafolio.blogspot.com/search/label/Imagen%20Corporativa
  25. 25 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  26. 26 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/51990
  27. 27 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/53957
  28. 28 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/9985
  29. 29 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/57788
  30. 30 http://logofaves.com/2009/01/modern/
  31. 31 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Surround_-Record-label/145864
  32. 32 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Studio-8-(Logo-2)/110472
  33. 33 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/42586
  34. 34 http://logofaves.com/2008/11/shareeffect/
  35. 35 http://www.rainfall.ro/brand-design/
  36. 36 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  37. 37 http://www.northcolour.com/
  38. 38 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/53935
  39. 39 http://logofaves.com/2008/12/african-film-club/
  40. 40 http://www.duoh.com/portfolio/category/logos/
  41. 41 http://www.duoh.com/portfolio/category/logos/
  42. 42 http://www.stylestation.net/SSV4/index.html
  43. 43 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/26972
  44. 44 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/25100
  45. 45 http://www.johnboerckel.com/logos.html
  46. 46 http://www.groozdas.com/
  47. 47 http://southcreative.com.au/gold-coast-web-design-portfolio.html
  48. 48 http://logofaves.com/2008/11/estravel/
  49. 49 http://www.logoorange.com/logo-design-09.php
  50. 50 http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/inspiration/logo-design-trends-2009/

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  1. 1

    Wow, our designed ATC Research logo on smashinmagazine, feels good. :D Thank you.

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  2. 102

    I think they’re all pretty much from logopond. A collection from across different sites would’ve had more impact.

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  3. 203

    Castle Print is the best.

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  4. 304

    very nice collection, my favs are the clinica dentaria and the princes street
    overall though i think it’s time to start making more modern logos, a lot tend to come from the same brain cell, if you know what i mean..

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  5. 405

    Creative, yes.
    Practical, some.

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  6. 506

    Thanks for featuring one of my logos! It’s awesome to see it up with so many other great marks. CastlePrint might just be my favorite out of the bunch.

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  7. 607

    Not adding anything new here, but if you strip the colors and effects from most of these logos they fall apart, and a logo shouldn’t need any “modifications”, as some say, to work. It’s not about faxes or small sizes or whatever – a strong mark should retain its integrity when rendered in black and white, without any Photoshop effects.

    Look beyond Logopond, look at Logo Lounge books or any logo book from Rockport and you’ll find plenty of beautiful, inspiring logos.

    This “inspiring” collection should at least be taken with a grain of salt.

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  8. 708

    Coooooooooooooooooool!!llll

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  9. 809

    Beautiful, some of them are full of colors. I love it.

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  10. 910

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  11. 1011

    cafemelody logo , perfect !!

    -2
  12. 1112

    Hey thanks for adding one of my logos.
    You can always check my full portfolio here: http://www.denisolenik.com

    -2
  13. 1213

    wow great article, must bookmark this! ^^,

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  14. 1314

    You forgot logopond

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  15. 1415

    Some solid choices, notably Hawaii, Castle Print, Bananas Films and Studio 8. The rest are largely forgettable.

    -2
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    Eduardo Ascencio

    April 3, 2009 8:51 am

    me encantan estos logos.

    -2
  17. 1617

    Hired Guns Creative

    April 3, 2009 2:31 pm

    Thanks you so much for showing the Alliance For Arts and Culture logo here! We’re quite proud of it.

    There seems to be a bit of criticism of some of the logos and their respective “printability”. This was a concern for us when designing the logo as it had to work well on the client’s website as well as in all of their print media. We have written an article about some of our design challenges here:

    The Alliance For Arts and Culture Logo

    You guys rock!

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    Patrick McDarby

    April 4, 2009 6:47 am

    Some of the comments here are by extremely narrow minded people who think they are designers and only spit up what their teachers taught them. I have been designing logos for over 25 years and what I have learned is that branding has many shapes and forms. All these logos are viable within their marketplace. Some are web 2.0 and can be bought through elance for around $300, Others have slightly more value. This is not an inspiring collection. I’ve seen all this a 1000 times before. Show me something innovative. A mixture of styles that I never seen before.
    I will say there are 2 that deserve credit. Twins for the clever use of the 2 but I’ve seen that idea before with 5ive. The other is the Modern (Monerd) logo for the interesting use of the D and N. Good logos are the ones that have thinking involved. Cleverness. A logo that works on more than one level is on its way to being a brand. It does not have to work in one color either if the business never uses it that way. If you can make make people think about your logo, you’ve won because they will retain the image thought in their brain and that is what a logo is supposed to do.
    Pat

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    Patrick McDarby

    April 4, 2009 6:59 am

    Who said media Factory was a cool logo? That sunk with the Yellow Submarine over 30 years ago!

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  20. 1920

    awsome thanx!

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  21. 2021

    Love the Shocked logo, is brilliant !!!

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    the traditionalist mantra that a logo should work monochrome is fantastic advise to give to a novice or training designer,[ this way it is made sure that the designer logos that are stong in form and thus not reliant on color to achieve it’s impact.] however it reveals a naivety when giving such advise to fellow designers.

    Intelligent execution of color and or texture, gradient etc can clearly still achieve high quality logos, even if the form of the logo is not brilliant.

    The above logos are pretty much all exuding characteristics of last couple of years, [folding, multiply effect, unilever mosaic anyone?!] i dont really see any novel ideas, thats unfortunate, however even lacking this they are generally of a high standard.

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  23. 2223

    There no chance to make better logo for Studio 8.

    It is very very special……..

    Rgds,
    srinu
    +91.996.699.5356

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    Cristhian Bedon

    April 6, 2009 4:04 am

    Nice list here.

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  25. 2425

    Some really good work here, some less so, but all attractive.

    Without having read ALL of the comments, I feel it’s a bit hard to judge any logo out of context. The question is: is it a good fit for the company in question? Maybe it’s a trendy, Web 2.0 company and that approach is perfectly appropriate. Maybe it’s a bank, and it’s really not.

    In any case, I agree that any logo needs to address the needs of being used in print collateral, letterhead, reversed, etc. Many of these logos would be very hard to use like that (tho admittedly, not as difficult as it would have been once upon a time) assuming that the designer didn’t also provide an alternate version for those uses. Having had to use difficult logos in design, both web and print, I know how important that kind of utility is, and it’s something that’s hard to judge until you actually see it in use.

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  26. 2526

    I love the Poseidon logo and Shocked. I think Poseidon is my favorite though. It’s a fish…and a TIE! GET IT?! (I’m not being sarcastic, I love it).

    The Modern Nerd logo is great too, but reading these comments I can see that most people don’t realize that it is indeed “MODERN NERD.” Not MONERD or whatever. So I guess it fails in that sense.

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  27. 2627

    What a surprise to see one of my logos here! [Saturn Electronics]
    I am really happy to see it here in this great collection of logos!
    Smashing Thanks! :)

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  28. 2728

    A lot of these logos do seem to have come from logopond.com.

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  29. 2829

    Very nice!

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  30. 2930

    Twins is fantastic.

    The rest are adequate but not breath taking by any means. The ones that rely on color, I’m afraid, I’ll have to agree with the critical comments made by other people – they simply will not translate well in black and white. To me this is a must for any good, long lasting logo.

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  31. 3031

    expose (April 1st, 2009, 11:35 pm)
    Font is bree
    http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/type-together/bree/

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  32. 3132

    Great works of art, but some over the top with gradients and different colours.

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  33. 3233

    dhanshu

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  34. 3334

    Interesting, however I think they are rather plain, and I think thats what they probably want.

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  35. 3435

    Love them, thanks :)

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  36. 3536

    Awesome Collection………… :)

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  37. 3637

    One or two nice designs here no question but many seem to have taken a significant influence from already existing logos. While I do think that a truly great logo design should transcend any medium, I also feel that lower quality platforms (fax etc) are being phased out in place of high quality and high availability print sources.

    Kit Peverley – Phar Fetched Designs

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  38. 3738

    Excellent collection. I really love this

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  39. 3839

    Great collection. Indeed. It will certainly help me in the insiration process for my logo at “Onde Está O Dinheiro?”.

    Thank you.

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  40. 3940

    Awesome collection :) Thank you for another great article for inspiration.

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    Web Design Company India

    February 24, 2010 7:45 am

    Excellent collection!! Logos are very expressive and brilliant!!

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  42. 4142

    Most of them are a really good mix of a good concept plus an eye-catching illustration. It is true that many of these logos are just conceptual exercises as they aren’t using real company names (which, unfortunately, are usually not as easily related to exciting concepts). And some others might seem overly complex for brand creation.

    Nevertheless, it is true that modern logo design is moving towards more complex trends that remind of detailed illustrations. In a global market with so many brands out there, a little bit more of complexity is usually necessary to achieve some eye-catching, unique appeal to the logo itself.

    So that’s why even I currently embrace that trend of modern logos, while I still recognize the power and deep meaning of simple and clean unique designs.

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  43. 4243

    Busco alguien con inspiración y talento que me regale un logotipo para usarlo como imagen en una revista con temas de Seguridad Pública. URGE juanluis_diaz@yahoo.com.mx

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  44. 4344

    very beautiful!!!
    i love it.

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  45. 4445

    Wow.. I have a couple of favourites here.. fold, hawai, shocked, twins, studio 8.. Cool stuff!!

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  46. 4546

    Each of these designs, to me, Scream out LogoPond. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with LogoPond or the examples given here. Some are creative plays on words, colorful, clever, cute, etc. But, how many of these are real world logos for existing businesses? How many were created for an existing business name and market? How many were simply explorations of how the designer could creatively manipulate a word into a logo? I will grant that being able to take a word or word pairing and turning into something clever is fun to see and gives me some insight, but it is something different than being given a company name that may have nothing immediately tangible to the specific words used and create a logo for that company and industry that is unique.

    I would love to see a collection of innovative logos for actual, real world companies. Sorry if I offend anyone, I do like many of the offered designs as for what they are.

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