Kent State University Golden Flashes

Originally known as the Silver Foxes, influenced by the Kent State University president's raising of the breed on his farm, the name was later changed to the Golden Flashes after a college-wide team naming contest following the controversial firing of the president in 1926. The mark plays on the idea of a diving golden eagle (which can reach speeds of up to 150 miles/hour), to create a wholly original and expressive identity - an important ingredient in generating fan enthusiasm and team support.

 

Joliet Slammers

Minor League Baseball carries a tradition of novel team identities and the Joliet Slammers are no exception owing to their logo's visual interpretation of a clever word play on the term "slammers", both a slang reference to a prison and a noun for someone who hits bases loaded home runs.

Depicting a baseball diamond in a prison yard surrounded by barbed wire topped walls overlooked by a guard tower, the logo is vividly illustrated in a symmetrical fashion, interweaving the team's name neatly like a jigsaw puzzle. Compounding the rhetorical double entendre, the team's mascot is a black crow nicknamed, J. Bird from the colloquial term referring to prisoners as jailbirds.

Although the area is well known for its proximity to a couple of large penitentiaries, the risk of its convict association being considered a little unsavory seems to be fairly well neutralized by the logo's cartoonish rendering.

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Johnson's Hot Dogs

Located in Upland, California, Johnson's Hot Dogs presents a warm, friendly impression with its caricatured literal hot dog mascot. Harnessing the power of visual identity to create positive first impressions, the family owned "hot doggery"'s logo punches above its weight with a mark that outshines those of typical locally owned, very small businesses. Shunning the well beaten path of Microsoft Word produced word marks, the logo's strength lies in its distinct imagery and colors which not only sets it apart from competitors, but gives its own business personality.

 

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.

 

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.

 

ITT Industries

What could easily have been a generic corporate identity, taking cues from the name, ITT Industries injects its brand with personality and meaning with an appropriately engineered visual metaphor incorporating the letters 'i', 't', 't'. Elevating the icon to the upper left corner elevates its prominence while the gray-yellow combination creates a serious yet lively feel.

 

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.

 

Humble Pie

Drawn in a style typical of the 1950s, Humble Pie drawns on the equity and romanticism of a simpler era with a fun, friendly mark which aims to graphically mimic the feel and atmosphere of its Arizona based gourmet pizza establishments.

 

Howard Johnson Inn

Although the contrasting red and blue give the mark a one dimensional feel, the punctuating icon above the Howard Johnson typography adds charm to a logo which doubles a roadside sign and presents its accommodation as unabashedly simple, clean and inexpensive.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

Hofstra Pride

New York based Hofstra University's athletics logo is a wonderful, stylized depiction of its mascot, a lion pride. Because it essentially uses a single solid color (and a yellow highlight) the logo lends itself to versatile application, particularly in the area of merchandising.

 

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.

 

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.