Beautiful And Creative Logo Designs For Your Inspiration

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Last week we already presented our first selection of beautiful, clever and creative logo designs1. This post presents the second part of our selection, featuring even more beautiful and creative logos that will hopefully inspire you or at least give you the idea of what the current logo design trends look like.

Just as last time, we focused on logos that use creative methods to represent the brand through color, shapes, and typography. Every design presented below tells 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.

Below you’ll find a collection of 40 more beautiful and creative logo designs to inspire you. Browsing through the showcase, 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. You may want to take a look at the post Logo Design Trends 2009442 for further reference.

40 Creative Logo Designs

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Further Resources

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/01/drawing-inspiration-from-creative-logos/
  2. 2 http://www.logoorange.com/logo-design-09.php
  3. 3 http://www.ocularink.com/
  4. 4 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/44610
  5. 5 http://www.faveup.com/design/9111
  6. 6 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/17928
  7. 7 http://logooftheday.com/2009-02-03-tiny-mouse-design/
  8. 8 http://www.logofromdreams.com/january-032009-adjika/
  9. 9 http://incspring.com/brand_details.php?brand_id=2607
  10. 10 http://www.logofromdreams.com/january-052009-schizophrenic/
  11. 11 http://logofury.com/logo/hopesparks.html
  12. 12 http://www.logofromdreams.com/march-272009-paradox/
  13. 13 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/26042
  14. 14 http://www.faveup.com/design/1799
  15. 15 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  16. 16 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/51899
  17. 17 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/45222
  18. 18 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  19. 19 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/43166
  20. 20 http://siahdesign.com/portfolio
  21. 21 http://www.ocularink.com/
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/LOGO-part-I/89058
  23. 23 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  24. 24 http://www.faveup.com/design/7821
  25. 25 http://www.logofromdreams.com/december-252008-event-guide/
  26. 26 http://logofaves.com/2009/02/horror-films/
  27. 27 http://www.logofromdreams.com/january-292009-dream-marketing/
  28. 28 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/42557
  29. 29 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  30. 30 http://incspring.com/brand_details.php?brand_id=1810
  31. 31 http://www.faveup.com/design/7680
  32. 32 http://www.dache.ch/portfolio/logo/
  33. 33 http://logopond.com/gallery/detail/55747
  34. 34 http://www.logofromdreams.com/logo-of-the-march-2009/
  35. 35 http://logofaves.com/2009/01/play/
  36. 36 http://logofaves.com/2009/03/deep-six-brewery/
  37. 37 http://logofaves.com/2009/01/square-studios/
  38. 38 http://logofaves.com/2008/12/families/
  39. 39 http://www.entzcreative.com
  40. 40 http://logooftheday.com/2009-03-27-obama/
  41. 41 http://www.faveup.com/design/7680
  42. 42 http://logofaves.com/2009/02/raumfilm/
  43. 43 http://logofaves.com/2008/12/more/
  44. 44 http://www.logoorange.com/logo-design-09.php
  45. 45 http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/inspiration/logo-design-trends-2009/

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Matt Cronin is an avid graphic designer, web designer/developer, Cocoa programmer, photographer, digital artist, and the like. He also enjoys writing, and does quite a bit of writing for Smashing Magazine. He is currently working on a startup called VAEOU, which will have new services coming soon.

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  1. 1

    Thanks very much for featuring some of my work.

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  2. 52

    the point is there is never going to be a company that’s called “page fold”. companies that want to get a logo done usually have stupid and empty names.
    it’s a great logo but creating one for a company with the name “company abc” is the real challenge.

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  3. 103

    schizophrenic is pure genius.
    Thanks!

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  4. 154

    My favorites are the “simplier” ones – not fancy gradients, no color overload and all.
    Schizophrenic is just excellent, as well as Paradox. I love the Office Strategies one, clever mix of pin and tower.
    (For some reason, the “Horror Movies” didn’t work. I don’t like it but I can’t find why)

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  5. 205

    My favorites:

    Families – nice and clean,
    Schizophrenic is just fine, but what activity it represents – online sanatorium?

    Horror films is also one of the best together with air turbines

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  6. 256

    Nice collection!
    I made also a list of 35 beautiful logos few days ago
    Thanks!

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  7. 307

    Awesome post, many great logos.

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  9. 409

    While I agree that some of these logos are greative and great, many dont work well as logos – any designer working on corporate identity will tell you that gradients, shadows, blurs and anything of the like that works well for bitmap and web is terrible for print. This is the reason why most corporate identity logos are crafted first in black and white, and only afterwards are a few choice colors selected. The more colors you use the more it costs to print your logo.

    Also, logos with minute details (Illusion Studio or The Creative Company logos, for example) may look good at their intended size, but if they are reduced to say, a 50x50px box, thsoe details are lost and the main image of the logo is unrecognizable. Think of it this way: the Nike Swish is an excellent logo because it works and is recognizable both on the massive scale of a billboard as well as on a tiny web favicon.

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  10. 460

    My favorites are „schizophrenic“ and „HopeSpark“—they even work well for print and other things. Great post!

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  11. 511

    No, the Schizophrenic logo is not in any way genius, clever, or great. It makes me angry to think that the designer didn’t even bother to research the illness before designing it, considering that Schizophrenia has nothing to do with multiple personalities or any kind of mood disorder that could be indicated by the :): symbol (hell, even the first description on the first link that appears on Google will tell you that). This logo just perpetuates general ignorance and makes it out to be a quaint disease in which the person suffering is pleasantly loopy. It really is ignorant and just downright offensive.

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  12. 562

    Great to be featured here again! Thanks. We’re real proud of our logo.

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  13. 613

    Great Inspiration thanks for sharing. Really like the “families” one.

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    “No, the Schizophrenic logo is not in any way genius, clever, or great. It makes me angry to think that the designer didn’t even bother to research the illness before designing it, considering that Schizophrenia has nothing to do with multiple personalities or any kind of mood disorder that could be indicated by the :): symbol (hell, even the first description on the first link that appears on Google will tell you that). This logo just perpetuates general ignorance and makes it out to be a quaint disease in which the person suffering is pleasantly loopy. It really is ignorant and just downright offensive.”

    BINGO

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    heather van de mark

    April 10, 2009 5:41 am

    I’ve seen some of these logos before and I was under the impression that most were made for fictional brands. And while I see the benefit of designers letting loose their creative juices, I also think Jan’s comment about the practically of these as logo/identities more important.

    Maybe they could be separated into in-use logo design vs. imagination logo design. Because it also makes it “easier” to design a logo, if the designer has 100% control over everything–color, tone, company name, company’s business etc.

    I’d like to be inspired by the great works of people who worked within constraints that most projects have.

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    Horror Film my favorite.
    @JAn – That why logos like “Deep Six” never win recognition. Thanks for the reality check.
    @Alicia – Thanks for the info. They got me at first.
    We should have more info on what or who the logo represent.

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  17. 817

    i just love those logotype showoffs they’re way better than all this freebie stuff. Thanks SM!

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  18. 868

    Thank-you for featuring some of my logos here.

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  19. 919

    I love these kind of posts, logos are so important and it can be hard to find good inspiration. Thanks alot!

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  20. 970

    I think a logo needs to be clear on what it’s representing. If your going to have a logo without the name incorporated into the focus of the design, make sure you then label it… like the Obama and Squared Eye… not like the Alight logo. And if your going to incorporate the name into the logo, make sure it’s understandable… the Play and Adjika logos fail on this (I thought they were PBDsomething and Adika, respectively).

    I really like the ones that use the name in the logo, or the illustrative elements in the name, like Swing, Families and Playground

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  21. 1021

    Great collection. Logos can be one of the more challenging design jobs. When my design tank is in “e” I will come here for some inspiration. Thanks SM…cheers.

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    Another beautiful list. “Families” is really a cool type logo.

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  23. 1123

    Day one, page fold, office strategies, nice!

    -W3bDev

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    great logos… SM rocks…..

    Families & swing are rocking

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    The Page Fold logo is the exact same idea as the very first logo in the first roundup: Fold It. Wonder which came first….

    Also, the Horrorfilms one is genius. And the Families logo is classic…check out the rest of Herb Lubalin’s stuff to see what I’m talking about!

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    “Play” logo is very creative.

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    That Sidewinder logo is so sweet :D Took a while to figure out the snake thing :P

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    Thanks for the great collection! I’ll link this post from creativebits.

    I always liked logos with an idea, especially if the meaning is not as obvious at first sight. Here a few more logos that have hidden meanings. I don’t mean to spam, I really just want to share.

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    awesome share thank u :). do u have any art site related logos too ? Blasting Art

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  30. 1480

    Yuhu gracias. Ahora solo falta publicar un libro con todo esto que vais publicando..

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  31. 1531

    Yea I have to say the horror films logo is brilliant. So simple, so effective.

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    Every logo on here deserves to be up here for one reason or another. Just because you might not agree with why one or the other should be up here, it is just your opinion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And just because a designer has to work within “restraints” does not mean that the logo should be or has to be, any less imaginative.

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    these logos were all horrible… disgrace

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  34. 1684

    I really dont know why you guys are posting such crap in your site. If i want to check logo for inspiration. then i will just google it i will get thousands of design for being inspire . pls dont spoil you brand name to post such article thanks I have learn many things from you guys and i really appreciate your work :)

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    I don’t see the relevance of spreading these type of works. The fictional company names and brands are completely inoccuous on their own, and only serve as crutches. “Horror Films”? Really? You shouldn’t confuse the subject for would-be designers by presenting it as “the current trends in logo design” when it isn’t even logo design. It’s pure design masturbation.

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  36. 1786

    absolutely great!
    thanks

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  37. 1837

    these r wonderful i think

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  38. 1888

    very nice logos, beautifull for inspiration..

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  39. 1939

    thnx its nice

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    Lovely logos.

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    nice

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    I liked the Page Fold & Playground logos………. very nice :)

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    tom@plasticprinters

    April 13, 2009 8:10 am

    a lot a great designs here. i think a few might have trouble being converted to b/w and scaled down to 1″ x 1″. good work all around though.

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    I am looking for a logo for a new website I am working on. Budget very limited

    Anyone just starting out who is looking for experience and willing to do inexpensively feel free to contact me:

    coffeefreak ::: at :::: ureach dot com

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    I agree with #59 above. What are these icons going to look like when they’re shrunk down to favicons?

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  46. 2296

    There are some really compelling logos here, while others seem to be art pieces (I think the others have fleshed out what really makes a good logo in terms of communication and functionality). LogoFaves.com is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. I’m a great fan of the Horror Films logo, which I first spotted there.

    I have to say though, that some logos I’m starting to see are a little more than just “inspired” by the Obama logo, and I’m not sure if I like that trend. Has anyone else noticed that?

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    I completley agree with 85. “Made-up’ logos are not examples of good design, it’s just pure ego massaging.

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  48. 2398

    Great Stuff… its gives inspiration to create great stuff.

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  49. 2449

    Very creative and beautiful collection.. LOVELY!

    I specially like – Horror Films, Families and Page Fold Logos. A real thought behind them.

    Great Work. Cheerss!!

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    Great.

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