36 Logos With Hidden Symbolism
Good logos, as Henderson and Cote (1998) argue, should: speed brand recognition through provoking memory, and give rise to recognition about a familiar set of associations linked to the correct brand.
A good way to do so is by giving viewers a little puzzle to solve. Because everyone likes puzzles, right? When viewers get the hidden message behind the logo, not only there’s this instant satisfaction feeling, but also the logo sticks into their heads, and hopefully communicates the right message.
1. Van Cliburn (Pianist)
2. Spartan Golf Club
An arrow showing up forms a letter “u” and also has a hidden “p” inside. (Designer: m1sternoname)
4. 90 Percent
The logo looks like number “90” and “%” at the same time. (Designer: Action Designer)
6. Wine Searcher
It looks like binoculars and bottles of wine at the same time. (Designer: Itsgareth)
Letter “N” looks like number 2, symbolizing twins. (Designer: Actiondesigner)
Letter “H” looks like chopsticks picking a sushi. (Designer: Type08)
The socket’s expression says it all. (Designer: Fogra)
11. Fresh Fruit Baskets
The basket in the logo is made of fresh orange slices. (Designed by: Siah Design)
12. Push the Bottle
You can see a hand pushing a button inside the bottle. (Designer: Hemisferiod)
Letters “i” and “l” form a pencil. (Designer: reghardt)
You can find a pelican silhouette inside the letter “p”.
There’s a hidden peacock looking to the right representing the company’s motto to look forward, and not back.
16. Mister Cutts
The scissors are transformed to look like a face with glasses and mustache. (Designer: Tabitha Kristen)
Mosleep is an organization of doctors that deals with people having sleeping disorders. The logo is their intial ‘M’ that was designed to also look like a bed. (Designer: Muamer)
18. Killed Productions
Letter “i” is lying as if it was killed. (Designer: Ethereal)
19. Yoga Australia
Woman is making a pose that forms the Australian continent between her leg and her arm.
20. Iron Duck
A hanger looks like a duck. (Designer: Siah Design)
If you look closer you’ll notice the right-pointing arrow in between the ‘E’ and the ‘x’, representing precision and speed at which FedEx works.
Update: Anyone else see the spoon in “Fed” of Fedex? (@lissnup)
A bit provocative logo against Nazism and racism. (Designer: Karl Design)
Those 3 letters in the middle ‘i’, ‘l’, and second ‘i’ represent a family (father, mother and a child, or 2 fathers and a child in some countries)
25. Formula 1
Empty space in the middle creates a number “1″ for “Formula 1″
There’s an elephant trunk inside the letter “e”. (Designer: m1sternoname)
27. Ed’s Electric
The letter “E” is incorporated between plugs.
28. Cafe Click
Coffee steam is made of mouse pointers (Designer: Leo)
29. City Direct
“Notice how the space around the plane forms the letters C and D.” (Tobias) (Designer: Logomotive)
30. Circus of Magazines
Circus tent looks like a magazine (more like a book to me, but still very clever). (Designer: logotomy)
Letter “B” is also a bird.
The Logo depicts ambiguous emotions. (Designer: Siah Design)
33. To Beat or not to Beat
The question mark is made of a belt.
Notice that the word “bar” is darker. (Designer: Sean Heisler)
Just looking at the logo makes you want to press “backspace” and correct the typo. (Designer: JoePrince)
The arrow from A to Z, symbolizes what Amazon is known for selling everything from “a to z” . It also serves as a smile, making the company feel friendly and approachable.
For more check out the logos With Hidden Symbolism PART II
Letters “c” are also cat’s eyes. (Designer: vasvari)
PLease can u create a logo with letter “P” for software company???
My favorites are bckspace and Circus of Magazines :-) I’d like to know if an editor or writer came up with the bckspace logo. It’s interactive and clever.
Reminds me why I was a Typographer :-)
Push the bottle
Yoga Australia and Spartan are the best for me… But they are all very clever….
I wonder if FedEx did that intentionally, or did they noticed the arrow later. Anybody knows?
As a graphic designer, I can affirm that FedEx do it intentionally. They choose the typography first, and saw that they make an arrow. And after, they manipulate the typography to have an arrow. Searching about «negative spaces» in a logo is a part of the creative process, for a brand designer.
Sorry for my poor english, im usually french.
Notice that the middle part of the «E» is not centered, like it supose to be.
How it is possible to come up with something as incredible as Van Cliburn logo. It’s excellent!
A very good list to see when you’re stuck creating a logo:) Thanx.
My favorite one is coffee with arrows :) Really nice insight by designer.
I like the Coffee Click :) And this sushi logo is used by one famous sushi bar in my city;)