Gateway

Gateway's early success in selling computers directly to consumers was attributed in some degree to its creative marketing efforts, most famously tapping into its rural American ties by shipping its computers out in cow-spotted boxes. Officially adopting the cow-spotted box as its logo in 1998 the company's mark presented the company as friendly and approachable in a technology field which was commonly seen as complicated and intimidating. Although the hand drawn nature of the icon and the soft serif typography have since been refined to look more serious, the logo's metaphorical juxtaposition was a fresh, clever, effective concept which earned the company a powerful voice.

 

Hoovers

A formidable mainstay of the business research industry, Hoovers' brand possesses great name recognition and equity and in choosing to represent itself with a word mark, the company plays to this strength. The logo's horizontal borders and three quarter perspective 'V' injects enough personality to allow it to be distinctive, avoiding the pitfall of many word marks which border on the point of generic disposability (the text could be changed and the mark indiscriminately reassigned to another company with little notice).

 

Three Rivers Press

The old style logo of book publisher, Three Rivers Press, depicts a small boat gently chugging its way upstream in a visual appeal to the times of yesteryear popularly associated with the prevalence of virtues like honor, respect and integrity. In appealing to this imagery and its associations, the mark, in effect, expresses those very qualities upon which the success of literary merchants is founded.

 

Jeep

In employing the distinctive, iconic grill of its flagship vehicle in combination with its strong, single syllable name, Jeep uses two of its most valuable identity assets to great effect in creating a logo which is both practical because of its simplicity and evocative because of its color and imagery.

 

Wonka

The logo of confectionary company, Wonka is a beautifully, carefully and elegantly constructed mark evoking the child-like wonder of its legendary cinematic namesake in order to tantalize not just the taste buds, but the imagination.

 

DTE Energy

DTE Energy (formerly Detroit Edison) enlivens the company's identity by borrowing from ancient greek mythology as a symbol of its focus, to turn what is otherwise a disposable brand with a generic, meaningless name, into a memorable one with meaningful personality.

 

Pinkberry

Pinkberry's logo adopts a simple, minimal style popularly associated with the trendy and upmarket, in a move which clearly portrays its frozen product not as mere yogurt, but a luxury dessert experience.

The company's arrival turned the frozen yogurt world on its head by offering a limited set of unique flavor selections at premium prices, immediately casting its delicacies, not as something sweet for the masses, but something luxurious for the discerning.

Adopting the fictional "pinkberry" fruit as a symbol of its unusual fruit flavors, it became a trailblazer and standard bearer in the premium desserts market, aided by a mark which is a rich visual metaphor for its identity.

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Benny Gold

Reflecting visually with whimsy his design company's founding philosophy about chasing dreams, flying solo and living free, first expressed on a "Stay Gold" sticker posted around the city of San Francisco, the logo of Benny Gold acts also to showcase and exemplifies his design talents and sensibilities.

 

Divino Winery, Colombia

Colombian based winery, Divino is represented by a compact, expressive logo which is quite ingenuis. Playing on its name, a faux "portmanteau" combing two Spanish words, "vino" meaning wine and "divino" meaning "divine", is an angelic wing sprouting from the word mark's leading letter which is often used to represent divinity. Complimenting this is the hand-crafted, rustic feel which plays on the idea that good wine improves with age.

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Villa Grano

The logo of Brazilian bakery, Villa Grano, expresses the freshness and quality of its products with a crisply drawn, stylized visual metaphor incorporating a head of wheat and loaf of bread which is underscored with a refined, uppercase rendering of its name. The word mark's thin strokes mimic those of the icon which allow the elements to compliment, rather that compete with one another.

 

Wingnuts

Tapping into the vintage stunt flying theme with a double entendre referring both to an aerial stuntman and a chicken wing enthusiast, the logo of California based restaurant and bar, Wingnuts, is clever, unique, balanced and beautifully illustrated. The mark clearly paints the Wingnuts dining experience as casual and fun, and is testament that the company understands the importance of a visual identity in creating an effective impression.

 

Walden Media

Evoking the excitement and wonder of youth, Walden Media uses a symbol of childhood - skimming pebbles across the surface of a lake - as an expression of its mission to produce family entertainment, while cleverly hiding it's initial in the motion trails.

 

The Honest Company

Co-founded by Hollywood actress, Jessica Alba, The Honest Company was started in an effort to create "safe, natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly baby diapers and biodegradable wipes, organic bath/skin care and green cleaning products". Alba is quoted as saying, "there are a lot of toxic chemicals in baby products, and these toxic chemicals are linked to not just allergies and asthma, but also autism and ADHD and lots of childhood cancers, and I was horrified that products that were made for babies and children would have these toxic chemicals". With this in mind, the logo of The Honest Company attempts to portray a fresh, natural image and largely succeeds with clean stamp-like mark inset with a clever butterfly mascot whose wings double as leaves.

 

Flying Fish Brewing Company

Flying Fish Brewing Company cleverly adds two propellered wings to a fish skeleton to create a quirky visual metaphor representing the small New Jersey based brewery.

 

Holmes And Yang

Sophisticated and creative, the logo of premium fashion label, Holmes and Yang - the brainchild of actress, Kate Holmes and stylist, Jeanne Yang - uses implied lines to spectacular effect as a way to set its brand apart from the minimalist san serif wordmarks so commonly adopted in the fashion world.

 

Oxford University Press

For a brand with a strong name and significant name recognition, a graphical icon tends weaken the logo by distracting from and competing against it for attention [see Xerox, Wacom]. Oxford University Press plays to its name's strength by emphasizing its scholarly, academic Oxford University association with a customized word mark which fuses some of its letters together to infuse interest, uniqueness and personality to a logo which could easily be boring and disposable.

 

Papyrus

Named after the earliest form of paper crafted from the papyrus plant and specializing in greeting cards, stationery and printing services, the logo of Papyrus reflects the creativity, elegance and eloquence of its products and philosophy in a manner which is unique and memorable. Although the significance of its hummingbird icon is cryptic (symbolizing the legend which "say[s] that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration"), its beautiful rendering and unique color is a visual asset which reinforces the emotive mission of the company.

 

Hero Insurance Services

The logo of now merged insurance company, Hero Insurance Services, featured an anonymous, generic superhero which positioned the company as a trusted and able ally in a world of figurative villains. Suave, novel and confident, its mascot portrays the company as a tenant on the simple, friendly and fun side of the insurance industry town, which as a whole is often associated with stuffiness and complicated bureaucracy. Although this image carries a possible negative connotation for those comforted by the stability and dependability also associated with older institutions, its positioning through this mark likely attracted the business of a younger audience and earned the company the opportunity to prove itself more than a pretty face; to prove that although the company doesn't take itself too seriously, it does its customers and their needs.

 

Bradbury

Proudly adorning the top of Bradbury's single letter monogram is a quintessentially British lion styled in the tradition of those found on coats of arms, symbolizing the sport's heritage and class. Shunning the flashier graphics adopted by its counterparts, the irony is that Bradbury's logo stands out for its restraint, appropriately reflecting the quality and craftsmanship for which the cricket bat manufacturer is renowned.

 

The Rancon Group

The logo of real estate and financial services company, The Rancon Group, evokes wisdom and confidence by embedding a silhouette of the knightly chess piece, as a symbol of strategy, in the negative space of its capital R. In what is an enigmatic field to many, the visual association is both clever and effective in portraying the company as a trusted advisor and safe haven.

 

Three Thieves

The Cooking Channel's Three Thieves show, follows a gang of three "regular guy" wine enthusiasts as they traverse the globe looking both to change the way that the American public thinks about wine and looking for quality wines to bottle and sell for a "steal" under their own label. This unique and fun concept is matched by a complimentary logo which expresses appropriately, if a little cryptically, the identity of the group and its exploits.

 

Ivanka Trump

Sophisticated and stylish, the logo representing the fashion label of Donald Trump progeny, Ivanka, reflects the upmarket, fashion conscious audience to whom its products are targeted. The restrained uppercase serif typography anchors the mark and sets the tone and context in which the stylized monogram conveys luxury rather than frivolity which it would risk doing in isolation.

 

Majestic American Line

Recalling the romantic heyday of luxury train travel, the mark of Majestic American Line both in name and appearance excites the imagination.

 

Henri Ehrhart

Although common in strategy, the monogrammed logo of French winery, Henri Ehrhart is very pleasant in execution, expressing a personal touch to offset its staid, yet sophisticated typography.

 

Clayhouse Wines

Paso Robles based Clayhouse Wines plays to its strength with a logo whose cursive signature reflects the hand-crafted nature of its wines and the four generation legacy of the family owned winery. It's balanced visually with a sophisticated rendering of 'WINES' neatly tucked underneath to create what is a simple, but effective mark.

 

Inventionland

Combining a light bulb and gear wheel, the symbols of ideas and innovation, Inventionland's logo clearly expresses its purpose as an ideas lab with a mark that, although fairly obvious in concept, is sharp in execution.

 

Royal Decree Apparel

Employing royalty implied imagery as an expression of its design themes, Royal Decree Apparel is a fledgling apparel startup whose quality identity serves to lend it credibility as it searches for its voice in a highly competitive and heavily romanticized industry.

 

Hangar 24 Brewery

The logo of Redlands, California based brewery, Hangar 24, which is located in an old War War 2 era building, channels the founder's enthusiasm for vintage aircraft with a nod to the romanticism associated with the Golden Age of Aviation. The brand hitches a ride on the coat tails of early 20th century nostalgia and in so doing clearly defines itself as an unique, authentic, hand-crafted brew on a shelf awash with synthetic competitors. [Also see, alternate versions.]

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WestEnd Films

The logo of London based film financing, sales and production company, WestEnd Films, is a signature-like visual portmanteau of its initials which is both versatile and creative.

 

Mikes Pies

Named for its founder, Mike Martin, a former linebacker for the NFL's Chicago Bears, the logo of Mike's Pies is simple, friendly and distinct, and although not particularly inspiring, it is effective in drawing on the strength of its celebrity association by name and its standard bearing Key Lime Pie by graphic. While its emphasis on the lime is appropriate considering its history and award winning status, it may be a hindrance to its efforts to be known for its other pie and cheesecake offerings.

 

Cadillac

Cadillac successfully evokes quality and class with a logo combining a strong, sterling shield with regal banners evocative of medieval splendor and conquest set inside a greek-style wreath symbolic of greatness.