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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Flying Pig Photography

Formerly known as Southern Wedding Photography, the Flying Pig Photography name was borne out of both the blandness of the former name and a desire to more accurately convey the company's experience and philosophy. The flying pig was selected as the mascot both as a visual way to express fun and fantastical whimsy but also as a metaphor for "something extraordinary". With an elegantly illustrated flying pig set against a sky of navy blue and framed by a puffy cloud for dimension and perspective and anchored with whimsical typography to match, the end result is quite lovely.

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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.

 

Binghamton Senators

Inheriting the DNA of its NHL affiliate team, the Ottawa Senators, the logo of the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators is arguably the perfect minor league logo, reflecting its older cousin's likeness and genetics while sporting its own fun, youthful personality. Its ties to the storied Ottawa hockey franchise afford the team credibility and gravtias, while its caricatured mascot, reminiscent of Asterix characters, plays to the strength of minor league sports which tend to emphasize fun and entertainment over pure competition. Beautifully and expressively illustrated, this mark sets a very high watermark and casts a long shadow over its competition.

 

Ryan Air

The logo of Irish low-cost airline, Ryanair, clearly represents its identity by combining two symbols of its personality - a stylized version of the Trinity Harp, a traditional icon of Ireland, along with the no-frills, uppercase typography of its word mark. As a pioneer in the low cost market and formerly a young upstart, Ryanair's visual identity differentiated it from its older, more staid competitors, but having established itself as a mainstay of the industry, the company faces the challenge of maintaining its brand's equity in an industry dependent upon small customer margins and high customer expectations.

 

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.

 

Sheraton Hotels And Resorts

Symmetrical and conservative, the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts logo accurately reflects and expresses the storied nature of the brand and its heritage as an icon of five-star quality accommodation. Set in an elegantly simple wreath - a symbol of excellence - Sheraton's 'S' icon is a seal which lends itself to necessary versatile application, from stationery and toiletries to billboards and building signage.

 

Country Time Lemonade

Drawing from the happy memories of simpler times and simpler places when fresh lemonade was sold on the corner, Country Time Lemonade's logo is rich in evocative imagery whose associations are both pleasant to the mind and pleasant to the taste.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Xerox

When a brand like Xerox, which has such strong name recognition, adds an icon to its word mark, it only serves to compete for attention, confuses the focus and dilutes the brand's strength.