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 Link

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  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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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

    Tbh, they look heavily derivative. Replace fish with a moose and voila! Separate company.

    I think you have a singular riff down that will work well for some markets. But I would be hard pressed to believe these are separate companies rather than divisions of the same, given their brand logos.

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    Nice collection.

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    Really inspiring.
    Thanks

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  4. 4

    that´s amazing! Thanks!

    Rego

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  5. 5

    There are many wonderful little works of art here. That does not make them great logos.

    By my count 29 of the 48 are either way too detailed for their own good, or too reliant on color, gradients, and/or shading. And especially – whoever signed off on Xona, Media Factory, and Surround should be taken out behind the woodshed.

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  6. 6

    Can I have one?

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  7. 7

    Hawaii and fold it my top picks. great find and very inspiring!

    Hrvoje

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  8. 8

    Shocked is my favourite there. The double meaning makes it highly memorable

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  9. 9

    Trends for 2009 ?

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  10. 10

    These are pretty to look at, some are clever, but a lot of them are self indulgent ‘web 2.0’ stuff, in my mind.

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  11. 11

    The Twins Logo really inspired me. Using the 2 as an N, Genius! Good collection for the most part.

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    fabulous !

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  13. 13

    I think logo muat easy to implement on any kind media.. print or digital
    Are they do it?

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  14. 14

    Wow! More Web 2.0 logos! Who would’ve thought!? How about some HDR logos, too! Oh and what about some logos w/ soft drop shadows, semi-transparent glossy candy stripes, oh and those buzz-saw starburst things that say ‘NEW!’ or ‘BETA!’ or ‘2.0’ that would be really original and inspiring. My creativity is really flowing now because, well we haven’t seen any logos that look just like these for the past 5 years. Oh and did I mention round hot doggy fonts,,. gotta have that too.

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    Fold It is just absolutely brilliant. There was that split second of “Wait, what am I looking… OHHH!”

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  16. 16

    Great Co(ol)lections

    I love all the designs… espp “three leaves” awesome

    thanks SM

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    I’m gonna have to go ahead and agree with the above posts, and say that the majority of these “logos” are as generic as they come. Slapping a gradient on an asymmetric circle and using some offbeat modern typeface seems to be considered a great logo these days. But what about in 1,5, or 10 years? A great mark should be everlasting. If I want a logo like one of these, I might as well head over to a site like CrowdSpring and get 50 different choices for minimum $.

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    all of them are briliant :)

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    Really nice Interactive logos..

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    i think all design is too soft …maybe trends for logo desing in this several year ?

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    @ MikeH

    I took a trip over to Pentagram per your suggestion (never a bad idea as they are usually the shiznet), and lookie! A groovy typeface with transparencies and all! TRUVIA. I like the package design, but please: Tell me that’s going to be around in a few years? Hardly.

    Maybe it’s planned obsolescence on their part, but I’m NOT impressed with that and a few others that Pgram is showing off (the philharmonic logo is atrocious). So by comparison, I don’t think you have convinced me of anything other than maybe Pgram could use some crowdspring action.

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  22. 22

    My 2 cents is that all of these are too bajsnödiga.

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    thanks for the collections

    Rgds
    Daya.D

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    I used to get my inspiration from Mis i Pile. http://www.misipile.com

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    Love the Twins one.

    So simple, great typeface

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    Wow… just wow… what were these designer been eating? :P … Bump for Fold it, Twins, and Banana Film!!!

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  27. 27

    very nice and inspiring collection.

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    yes! they are the very best! thanks for great inspirational list!

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    Dainis Graveris

    April 1, 2009 10:45 pm

    Excellent compilation and I am really honored to get featured here a little bit with 1stwebdesigner.com logo design trends article :) Thanks!

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  30. 30

    beautiful, but the majority are not “logos”, they are beautiful pictures at best.
    Not because it is “bad” to use color or gradients etc., but because it is bad to do not provide an easily receptable basic form to the eye that can be remembered. Too complex, undefined shapes, too less distinguishion between form and background (shadows and gradients, as well as too many colors do their worst there …).

    Just have a quick look at one of these Logos, scroll down, and try to remember how it looked like. Very difficult in many cases, the ones that work are monochrome or 2-colored, because the designer hat to rely and work hard on the shape, not the fancy. Fancy is okay, if done afterwards.

    Of course there are many that work well (fat moose, modern, and many more). One should compare them to stripped down to black and white versions of the others.

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    The logos are really great but the company names are also very symbolic. So if you have a company name without such a basic it’s more difficult I guess to create a creative logo.
    Most of them are also not recognizable if you have just seen it one/two times.

    But beautiful for the eye ..
    John

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    Some very good..but some are crap!

    -1
  33. 33

    I love the logo of LINK – anyone knows what font they use?

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  34. 34

    cool stuff!
    the “colorful swirly swooshy” style (cocoa stuff and dynamics lab) seems to be the next big thing :)

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  35. 35

    They do look nice but way too many are too complicated for print…

    That said – ‘Shocked’ and ‘Fold It’ are excellent

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    Modern takes it hand down. Love it.

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  37. 37

    Nice list with many creative ‘logos’, but a good logo must have a 1- and 2-colour version that can be used in those cases when CMYK-print is not alternate. Many of the ‘logos’ above loses their functionality and its creative side when all gradients and shades are removed.

    but hey, great inspiration..c”,

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  38. 38

    Some good examples here, although not that many of them feel truely original.

    @Guppy
    Good point, I’m guessing most of these logos belong to companies exclusively targetting the web though?

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    Logos should still work in monochrome so that they can be inverted to be printed onto paper media of white and black, letterheads & fax’s.

    You also have to consider other textiles for branding; t-shirt embroidery, car/van stickers etc.

    Any logo which doesn’t hold up to that in my opinion fails.

    It’s ok to have fancy gradients and shadows provided you can put a black overlay (or inverted white) and still portray the same message.

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  40. 40

    Nice logos, it’s good to see them collected in a pool like way (or pond if you will)

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    Nice creativity, but hardly high end branding. The kind of thing that would work really nicely as a blog logo … but almost definately not as an actual company, in my oppinion. But then proper bradning can cost millions, so we can’t expect too much from logos that have clearly been grabbed from a forum/logo generator somewhere! :p

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    prettyusable.net – Web design blog

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  42. 42

    Lots of pretty logos here – but I suspect alot of them to have troubles when inverting the background (which was a problem with our logo – worked on light backgrounds, not so well on dark ones).

    Surround’s logo looks very similar to one of Norway’s largest media bureau, Carat.

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  43. 43

    Grat examples, I’m a fan of logo art…

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  44. 44

    Thanks very much for featuring some my work ;^)

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  45. 45

    Some great logos and innovative use of type… v.good
    Tim

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    Bojan Stefanovic

    April 2, 2009 1:23 am

    Thanks for featuring my work. However, i do not like the way you presented all of them with tight space around – it really make them look less attractive that way. Also, some of the comments above regarding usage/timeless factor/etc.. are way off… logo generator? pfhh… yes, that’s me :) There are some really good concepts/executions here. Sean O’Grady’s Shocked is my favorite here :)

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  47. 47

    I regocnize a lot of the logo’s from logopond.com.
    You guys made a nice collection.
    Great inspiration

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  48. 48

    Great source of inspiration!

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  49. 49

    oragmi -> origami IMO (second paragraph)

    Anyway this is very nice source of inspiration (as well as the whole website, good job!). I’ve already seen a few of those logos, many of them are amazing and indeed very inspiring.

    Well done as always, thanks for this!

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    Thank you for featuring my work also.

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