YesterdaysClues.com

Although logos should typically be as versatile as possible by shying away from a dependence on multiple colors, gradients and intricate details, those which exist solely in the digital realm tend to be afforded greater leniency. The mark of blog, YesterdaysClues.com is a case in point, whose photo realism and vintage style vividly compliments its content which showcases and examines photos, postcards, books, magazines and advertising from the late 19th and early 20th centuries for fascinating clues to unlock the past. [Also see, alternate versions.]

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Whistle Out

Cellphone plan comparison shopping website, Whistle Out, is represented by a happy, friendly word mark punctuated by musical notes emblematic of its purpose to give a friendly, helpful "shout out" to cellphone shoppers.

 

Petopia.com

An early dot-com era online retailer, Petopia.com's logo was a clever word mark whose initial letter doubled as a parakeet to represent its pet supply focus while infusing personality and complimenting its fun, casual typeface to mirror the pet ownership experience.

 

Out of Print

Mimicking the retro style of yesteryear to reflect the classic vintage book cover designs adorning its t-shirts, the logo of Out of Print is a round rubber stamp imprint whose highest use coincided with the golden age of ribbon typewriters. Appropriate not just in style, but also in substance, the name is a play on the words of a book classification or notification, something with which rubber stamp imprints are commonly associated. The irony is that the appropriateness of its mark can also cut the other way as a weakness because although as a name, "Out of Print" is distinct and unique, as a statement it is generic. This potential weakness, though is offset by the context in which its names appears, a good example being its website address, outofprintclothing.com, which clearly describes its mission.

 

Home Away (HomeAway.com)

Vacation rentals website, HomeAway.com, uses a birdhouse to good effect as a visual expression of its competitive advantage in the accommodation industry by reflecting its rhetorical allusion to "a home away from home". The novel graphical approach with its subtle association to a chirping bird, emphasizes the personal, homely nature of the home rental experience in contrast to the traditional big box hotel experience, often summed up by comparing a house to a home.

 

Fandango

Fandango's quirky name is a slight liability because of its Spanish roots and cryptic meaning, but its icon, a capital 'F' stylized as a ticket stub, though a fairly obvious solution, is bold, memorable and recognizable when used as a website icon (its primary application as an online movie ticket reservation service). The blue of the word mark's classic film font contrasts with the orange icon to reinforce these qualities.

 

Expedia.com

Expedia's original founding logo evoked the romanticism of the golden age of air travel when the journey was as important as the destination. The name itself, derived from the term, 'expedition', is a clever expression of the same style, anchored in Helvetica's typography which portrays the idea of an industry mainstay.

 

Evernote

Playing on the legendary perpetual memory of elephants, the logo of Evernote, the web-based note taking and organizing service uses a stylized elephant whose dog-eared ear mimics its paper bookmarking counterpart.

 

Ebay

Although Ebay's name (an abbreviated form of Echo Bay) is cryptic, sustained publicity has turned what is typically a liability into a valuable asset. Its four letter, two syllable name, along with variable character dimensions, bright primary colors and simple typeface combine to create a fun, friendly, approachable logo echoing the feel it aims for in its user experience.

 

DailyLit

DailyLit's mission is to deliver easily digestible literary chunks to readers daily via email to make reading more compatible with the modern lifestyle. It's simple logo is cleverly structured in such a way as to evoke a recognizable literary style with its thin horizontal lines and orientation, serif typeface and book icon while maintaing an air of levity to counter the sometimes intimidating impression of literature.

 

Christian Books Direct

Interesting and creative, the Christian Books Direct logo arranges four upright books viewed from a 45 degree offset perspective to create a cross, the iconic symbol of the Christian faith, to express its mission. Its soft color palette projects a mellow tone while its use of solid colors affords it versatility.

 

Artaissance

Just as a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, the mildly cryptic nature of Artaissance's name is offset by the visual clues offered by its icon, which is a capital 'A' stylized as an easel set against a backdrop mimicking the texture of an artist's canvas. Using a bold red, the authentic, handcrafted feel of the logo effectively matches and represents the nature of its business.

 

Amazon.com

Amazon's iconic logo expresses friendly simplicity with its famous yellow smile cleverly doubling as an arrow pointing from A to Z (as in, Amazon sells everything from A to Z), while the warm yellow color offsets the strength and confidence of its black text. Showing careful attention to detail, the '.com' is de-emphasized with a thinner version of the font and even the edge of the 'a' lines up with the start of the smile on the left while the contour of the 'z' is shaped by the smile's corner on the right.

 

Alibris

While the logo of Alibris (pronounced ?uh-LEE-briss?) is very plain in style its strength lies in the distinct color palette to which it effectively ties its brand. The mark employs overlapping rectangles whose reserved hues of brown, orange and blue evoke antiquity and literature associations in keeping with its role as an "online marketplace for independent sellers of new and used books, music, and movies, as well as rare and collectible titles".

 

AbeBooks.com

Online book exchange, AbeBooks.com (formerly Advanced Book Exchange) which acts as a "liaison between booksellers and book seekers" is represented by a unique, creative icon that doubles as both a book with a ribboned bookmark and a bird in flight as a visual metaphor representing its mission to connect buyers with sellers.