12 Famous Record Label Logos To Inspire You

The nominees for the 2022 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are out so now is a great time to explore the world of inspiration that comes from the music industry.

This industry has not only inspired its own members to create masterpieces. It’s also inspired authors, artists, and, yes, even graphic designers.

One place you can see this inspiration is in the logos of record companies. A logo is a very important piece of branding.

It needs to be instantly recognizable, small enough to not detract from cover art or other band materials, and tell something about the company at the same time.

It’s a difficult feat but these twelve record companies nailed it when it comes to creating a powerful logo.

DFA

This first logo shows that you don’t need something smooth and slick to make an impact.

DFA was a label right in the middle of the New York dance punk scene and that vibe is carried right on through the logo with its stick-and-poke tattoo design.

Death Row Records

All the eighties and nineties kids out there will remember the many dramas and controversies that surrounded Death Row records in the early to mid-nineties and beyond.

Suge Knight and his stable of artists were as known for their criminal records as they were for their music.

Their choice of font, color, and image of a man in an electric chair clearly communicates the aggressive and violent mentality surrounding the music and artists.

Zarcorp

Zarcorp was a label that catered to the obscure and alternative. They only produced vinyl records and focused on mostly obscure bands in the electronic and alternative scenes.

Their logo embraces the weirdness and obscurity of the label with its nod to optical illusions that buries the company’s “z” behind overlapping circles.

Blue Note

This seminal jazz record company’s logo (in use from 1939-69) is so iconic that it has come to define the whole genre of jazz music. As simple as it is powerful, the logo calls to mind not only musical notes, but scores as well.

The logo’s simplicity would go on to inspire other record label logos, such as Sub Pop (see #9 on this list).

Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam was one of the first record labels to focus on producing and promoting hip hop music in the early 1980s.

The beauty of their logo was that it calls attention to, not only the first letters of the label’s name, but also highlights the importance of DJs to the early hip hop groups and music.

While the label expanded its stable of artists to include those beyond hip hop, their logo remained an icon of the early 1980s hip hop scene.

Factory Records

It’s rare that a logo becomes as iconic as the brand itself but that’s the case for Manchester, UK-based record label Factory Records.

Rather than trying to create a generic label logo that could encompass many places and genres or trying to create a logo that captures the feeling of a specific genre of music, Factory Records chose to pay homage to their hometown of Manchester.

The stylized cityscape is based on the cityscape of Manchester itself.

Island Records

Sometimes, a logo manages to encapsulate not just the genre represented by their artists, but also the hometown of the label. Island Records is a great example of that kind of label.

The label was founded in Jamaica and rose to prominence with their first big artist, Bob Marley.

The simple palm tree captures the island feeling both, while also being unique enough in its monochromatic color scheme that you know it’s an Island Records logo you’re looking at.

Motown

Many long running labels go through a series of evolving logos throughout their history with each one capturing a moment in time in the history of the label.

Motown has had many logos over the years but none as iconic as the logo from the mid-1960s that became synonymous with the Motown sound.

This logo became such an iconic part of Motown history that the label has gone back to using it in this modern era.

Sub Pop

The stark, bold black and white logo for this Seattle-based record label is one of the reasons this label has become an icon in the music industry over the past three decades.

The bold nature of this logo, and the compact design, was intentional so that it could be used on the front and back of album covers.

Ghostly

You know a logo is a pinnacle of sleek graphic design when some use it to cover the Apple logo on their MacBooks. Ghostly International’s logo is just that kind of design.

Ghostly specializes in blissful electronic music and, in addition to being an impactful design in and of itself, also captures the dreamy, modern feel of the music they are known for.

Earache Records

Going beyond the name, the Earache Records logo lets you know that you’re in for some loud, hard music when you pick up one of their records.

The splatter paint background combined with the harsh-looking font very effectively conveys the label’s hard metal roots and current indie-metal focus.

Warp

Other than a color change, the Warp Records logo has remained constant since the label’s founding.

The logo was designed in 1989 by Ian Anderson of The Design Group and captures the international edginess that has become synonymous with Warp.

12 Famous Toy Brand Logos You Might Know…

And Some You Might Not

The logos for toy companies are more than just the symbol of the brand but are also a promise that you will get the same quality from their toy line that you have come to expect since they started putting products on the market.

Their line of toys has changed over the years with new materials and standards of safety, but the logo still stands for the underlying resolve of the manufacturer to make the best playthings for your children.

The importance of a toy brand is in its niche audience, which is primarily children, who might not know why their favorite toys are made by Mattel or Hasbro but will often affiliate these companies only with selling toys and nothing else.

There have been movies made based on certain toy lines, such as the Transformers and GI Joe movies, but that is as far as they extend beyond their wheelhouse.

The Logos You Love

Here are a few of the more famous toy manufacturer logos you will easily recognize that go back decades and are still thriving to this day:

Mattel

Of the toy dynasties, Mattel is probably the one that comes to mind first if you were asked to name a toy manufacturer off the top of your head.

Started in 1945, Mattel is the brainchild of two founders, is the current holding entity of several toy brands under its umbrella, and the logo has had many changes over the years, all starting from the one displayed here on the left, which ran from 1955 to 1961.


Hasbro

Hasbro was started in 1923 and carried the original name of Hassenfield Brothers, Inc, before being shortened to Hasbro in 1944. Along with the evolving logo that changed roughly every decade since the company’s beginning, the Hasbro boy was also introduced to market their toys on TV using animation.

Today, to ensure their brand is associated with the playfulness of a child’s spirit, the logo features a smile below the company name.


Fisher-Price


Fisher-Price has always been a beacon for fun to children of infant and preschool ages. Their logo was designed to inspire the creativity, growth, and ingenuity of young children while also showing a sense of whimsy.

During the middle years of the brand, the logo got a little stale and dated, so they partnered with Pentagram, a marketing firm, to restore their brand identity as a playful product line.


Playskool


In 1928, two women had a vision. They thought, what if toys could be for more than just play, but open entirely untapped parts of a child’s mind. As teachers, helping children grow to their potential and studied what made children better versions of themselves in the classroom.

They started Playskool based on their observations. The original logo created in 1928 was modified in 2000 from the traditional rectangular version to the oval most widely seen today.


Radio Flyer


Antonio Pasin invented the Radio Flyer wagon in 1917. It is unlikely that, to this day, his labor of love would still be carting children around, or at least their belongings. His original design was entirely composed of steel, with quality wheels to ensure speed and a smooth trip, and those variables are present on the famous logo for this beloved brand.

Lego

More than almost any toy, Legos are the most universally recognized by children and adults alike. The logo was designed in 1934, but the brand didn’t get as much attention from its logo recognition and changed it a few times for the last 64 years, finally nailing it in 1998. They did the best thing they could and kept it big, bright, and very simple.


Nerf

Taking the applications of foam to the next level, Nerf brand toys will always be known for their innovations in playful artillery. The brand name has always been part of the logo, however, the logo colors, the font of the letters, and even the shape have been very fluid, changing wildly over the years.

The letter “e” in Nerf for some of the designs was lower case, yet today’s version is all uppercase in thick block letters.

Some Lesser-Known Logos

These are still common but will never quite hold a candle to the giants of toy manufacturing. Still, they make a great product and are worth your attention.

K’Nex

A proverbial babe in the toy game, K’Nex is not your average building set like the products from Legos. Instead, they went a different direction, making construction toys that help the user learn about kinetics, robotics, and physics.

The Rodon Group developed the logo based on what you are supposed to do when building their products, which essentially, is to connect the pieces. Hence, K’Nex.

Playmobil

Despite being a German toy manufacturer that only opened their line in 1974, Playmobil is to this day Lego’s biggest rival in the building blocks niche.

The first logo was drawn with Playmobil written in Sans Serif in all lower case, above the uppercase word “SYSTEMS.” Later, the “SYSTEMS” had been replaced, not with words, but with a smiling child’s face above the company name logo. It identified the product line as friendly.

A more recent update removed the child’s face but its overall word mark stayed the same.


MGA Entertainment


MGA was founded in 1979 and, while their logo might not look familiar, they are one of the larger toy companies with a reputation for brands that cross a variety of products. Their playthings have the innovation and intuition to predict what the next generation of boys and girls will want.

They had their first major success in 1997. The logo has changed to adding shapes since its release, the placement of “entertainment” has shifted and a more 3d effect overall was added.

Playmates Toys

Playmates was founded in 1966 in China. Their specialty is promotional toys, and despite fluctuating metrics and market volatility, they continue to be a leader in the industry.

Their logo has undergone almost no changes over the years, with one exception, and that is the word “toys” which was added to draw a distinction between their brand and the playmate products sold in Playboy magazine.

Tomy

A Japanese company founded in the 1920s, it was originally called Tomiyama, named after its founder. It is hailed as one of the first toy companies to have an assembly line and a research wing.

In the beginning, they specialized in toy planes and have propelled toy innovations and modernization since its opening. The logo is a pared-down version of the original which said Tomiyama Tomy, and is now just “Tomy.”

Wrapping It Up

Kids don’t look for brands. They know what they like and they gravitate to it. It is the parent’s job to know who makes the product, how they are made, and if they are safe. Consumer reports catch manufacturing problems all the time. The easiest way for you to know which toys are good for children and which might harm them is to look for the bright logos. They are always featured when a brand has trouble.

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10 Famous Motorcycle Logos That Make a Statement

No brand is complete without a logo, even if that logo has the brand name etched into it. But the difference with motorcycle logos is when you see a motorcycle going by and don’t know who makes it, the logo the manufacturer chose is so undeniable, many people can instantly recognize it and use it as the jumping off point for their potential future purchase.

Motorcycles come in many different shapes and sizes, from the chopper, to café style racing bikes, to the one we all know, the Harley Davidson. The identifier that sets these apart has to be unique, and as you will see from our list, there are almost zero similarities between the brands.

So, if you are ready to hit the open road and hear or see a bike you want, look for these and you will see your future of freedom.

Harley Davidson

Despite the company being started in 1903, the world-renown logo wasn’t created until 1910, and is still the same logo for all Harley Davidson products.

The only changes this orange, black, and white symbol has undertaken happened at unique anniversaries within the brand, such as the addition of a “V” to the logo in 1953.

Indian

Indian motorcycles, started in 1901, became one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world due to their innovative designs.

They are known as one of the few companies that adjust their logo with every new product release. It can always be seen on the tank, and at one point, the bikes even had an Indian head on the front fender.

Honda

Not only an auto maker, Honda has a history of building quality products are economical prices, and their motorcycle line is no exception.

From its flagship, The Goldwing, to the Magna, the VTX, and even the GSXR, Honda comes with the tools to impress. The wings on the logo are in reverence to Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.

Titan

Largely custom, Titan has a short but notable legacy because of the sleek and sexy design of their bikes. They were founded in 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona, and designed so the owner could make easy to add upgrades.

The logo was designed to be more hardcore than Harley, more distinct, and have a heavy metal feel, which works in concert with the style of their choppers.

Yamaha

Along with many high-quality Japanese products, the Yamaha motorcycle series aims to please. With its distinct logo, it can be easily recognized even when put next to similar bikes from other Japanese brands like Honda or Suzuki.

The standardized emblem of the triple tuning fork is an update from the original, which was a Chinese phoenix with a tuning fork in its mouth.

Ducati

If you are in the moto racing scene, then you will easily pick a Ducati out of the crowd, but for those who aren’t they made it easy to spot.

Ducati is emblazoned on their café series of bikes, usually with the model like 916 or 616 just below it. The company was started in 1926 in Italy, with the original logo the same shape as their parent company, Lamborghini.

Victory

The “V” on the Victory logo is distinct and a rallying cry to the employees to always push forward despite adversity. The wings in the symbol are for freedom and speed. Isn’t that what riding is all about.

Victory factored all that in when designing their logo and adding it to their line of heavy cruisers and stands by these principles to this day.

Kawasaki

Since the inception of Kawasaki’s high quality motorcycle line after the second world war, the logo has changed with the times, but has always maintained the essence of the original, using the name, or at least the “K”, and showing movement at speed.

However, the newest logo is simply an uppercase K, as the lines to indicate movement were found to be contrived and outdated.

Suzuki

Suzuki has been a world-wide producer of production machinery since the early 1900s, but only started with motorcycle manufacturing in 1922.

Despite the new niche of products, the founder decided his original logo had enough recognition that having a different one for their bikes would be an error, and so, all Suzuki products share this logo.

Triumph

Similar to the concept behind Victory’s logo, Triumph is a testament to the undying spirit of innovation. A British company, it was started as a bicycle manufacturer int eh late 1800s by a pair of German designers, then was shuttered for almost 80 years for many reasons few can nail down.

It resurfaced with many styles of bikes from touring to cruisers and so forth, and the logo is designed to show the company’s resilience.

Final Thoughts

Some motorcycles have a distinctive sound, like Harley Davidson’s, but that can be copied, which was done by Honda in the 80s.

Some bikes have a look that is unique, but at speed, many can resemble others in the same design scheme. But logos are unique, heavily copyrighted, and will always give away what is flying by as you watch in awe.

That is what logo marketing for bikes is all about.

What Are Motion Graphics, And Are They Different From Animation?

Distinguishing motion graphics from animation can be a challenge. Some clients are unsure which one is suitable for their business needs because they think of these terms interchangeably.

So, to try to clear things up, with this post, we’ll compare and explain motion graphics and animations.

To put it simply, motion graphics are actually a form of animation, but not what people generally think of when talking about animation they are familiar with. To most people animation is Sunday morning cartoons, Disney movies, or Pixar films.

Motion Graphics are not quite the same as those types of examples, so the best thing to start with, is to consider animation as a genre and motion graphics as a subgenre.

What Is Animation?

Animation is a broad concept that covers a variety of things. By definition, animation is a technique that creates the illusion of movement by sequentially playing images that appear to flow smoothly like a video. There are five distinct animation styles.

  1. Traditional Animation.

During the analogue era, animations were created frame by frame on paper. Each drawing was transferred chronologically to celluloid to be photographed and converted to film.

  1. Stop Motion.

Also referred to as stop frame animation, this is a technique for capturing animation frame by frame. However, unlike traditional animation, it is created by photographing physical objects/characters rather than drawing them and repositioning them as you photograph each frame.

  1. 2D Animations

2D animations are characters and objects with only two dimensions: height and breadth. Take, for example, Tom and Jerry. They can be drawn the old school way, as in No. 1 above or they can be created on a digital platform. So there is overlap with our first example, depending on the medium you are using.

  1. 3d Animations

3D animations are simulations of the real world. These are animations that are digitally created much like clay is sculpted to give objects and characters three dimensional properties.

They may be turned, moved, and rotated to provide a 360 degree perspective using complex algorithms and digital wireframes and are given texture, color and lighting all within the program used to create them.

  1. Motion Graphics

A motion graphic is a style of animation in which graphics elements such as text, graphic illustrations, video, and pictures are moved around to help explain, or share ideas or teach something.

The term “motion graphics” is self explanatory. Graphics that can change position. The process of giving static images such as shapes, text, and symbols energy through movement and sound is known as motion graphics animation.

Basically, when you animate existing graphics, they become motion graphics.

Making a logo or words spin (animating) is an example of motion graphics.

Another excellent example of motion graphics is converting one shape into another. A straight line that loops into a circle.

To add fun to graph presentations, you can move the graphs or animate pie chart to potion itself on the screen, making it easier for the audience to follow up and grasp the data, regardless of how complex it is.

Broadly speaking, motion graphics is when a designer takes existing components such as photographs, video clips, logos, illustrations, and text and combines them into a video that educates or informs the viewer.

What Distinction Is There Between Motion Graphics And Other Animation?

  1. Time.

Despite the fact that computers have become far more intelligent and software has evolved significantly, a 30 second motion graphic video takes considerably less time to create than a 30 second 2d or 3d animation video.

Motion graphic videos are typically composed of preexisting images and shapes; all that is required is the movement of the images, shapes and the addition of text and sound.

On the other hand, 2d and 3d animated characters and objects are designed entirely from scratch and are highly intricate.

Character development, rigging, rendering, and adding texture, lighting and color take quite a long time and a large amount of effort.

  1. Content.

If you’re still on the fence about whether to use motion graphics or animations in your project, keep content in mind. What are your objectives or the type of information you wish to convey?

  1. Are You Seeking To Educate Or Are You Hoping To Tell A Story?

Motion graphics are dramatic, engaging, and educational. That is why they excel at outlining facts. They help maintain an accurate and informative message while being entirely professional and are ideal for promotional purposes.

Consider the following scenario: you’re watching a promo for a new app, and the only thing on the screen is an image. Sounds dull, doesn’t it. What if the advertisement depicted the app in action?

The screen may be swiping, or the icons can be popping to reveal all of the app’s fantastic capabilities. You’d be proactively interacting with the application, even if it’s only via the screen.

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Additionally, there are times where motion graphics are appropriate.

• Educational videos/materials on a variety of subjects.

• Presentations, particularly those that contain statistics.

• Developing new goods, for example, mobile applications.

Characters in animation have a story. Animation is ideal for brand awareness since it establishes a connection and engages the audience emotionally. You want to cultivate a bond with the customer, not just grab their attention.

  1. Cost.

Inevitably, an animation will cost far more than motion graphics due to the additional time and work required.

Considering video content is 50 times more likely to generate organic search traffic than plain text, it has become an integral aspect of most firms’ marketing strategies.

However, whether you utilize motion graphics or animation should ultimately depend on your end goal and budget.

15 Interesting Facts About Popular Logos

Logos have been around forever, and companies across the globe use their logos to help tell their story and sell their brand. Their logo is representative of who they are and why you should buy from them.

Their logo gets to the heart of their uniqueness, and you can hear it in their stories. We discovered some interesting and cool facts about these 15 logos and thought we’d share them with you.

1. FedEx

The FedEx logo immediately caught the attention of the CEO as he noticed the forward arrow between the E and X. Was this intentional? No. It just happened to be the space between the E and the X. But the designer, Lindon Leader, was very intentional about ensuring that it looked like it stood for something.

So, to make it stand out, he used the right combination of two fonts, Univers and Futura Bold, to make the arrow look natural and unforced. FedEx has been moving forward ever since.

2. Dominos

It can be difficult to keep up when your business is growing by leaps and bounds. Someone should have forewarned Domino’s owner James Monaghan in 1965 when he came up with the logo for Domino’s. At the time of logo creation, Tom only had three Domino’s stores, so the three dots were representative of each store.

The plan was to add a dot for every store thereafter, but the business expanded so fast that he decided to not even do it. Just think, Domino’s logo could have more than 13,000 dots by now!

3. VLC Media Player

If you’ve ever wondered what the cones represent in the VLC Media Player logo, you’re probably overthinking it. Apparently, the students who were responsible for writing the code used what they had. They had collected a lot of traffic cones, so they thought it would be good to use as the logo.

4. Bluetooth

The Bluetooth wireless design was named after King Harold Bluetooth, who ruled Denmark between 958 and 986 CE. During his reign, the king united the tribes of Denmark into a single kingdom.

This analogy fits well for the Bluetooth logo since the technology unifies various devices and makes communication between them easier. The logo is a merging of two Scandinavian runes that represent the king’s initials.

5. Wikipedia

With Wikipedia being an online encyclopedia, ever-knowing to all there is, it’s not surprising that their logo would symbolize the world. The logo represents a globe constructed from puzzle pieces.

Each puzzle piece bears a character symbolizing the multilingualism of Wikipedia, and the missing pieces at the top symbolize the infinity of the knowledge, there’s more to come.

6. Android

It turns out Android can credit the male and female symbols we see on the outside of the bathroom for the inspiration that came for their logo. The logo designer needed to be inspired to create a logo that would include a robot and be easily recognized.

See if you can recognize the ideas he got from the male and female symbols seen universally outside of restrooms. Just goes to show that inspiration can come from literally anywhere!

7. BMW

Although most think the famous BMW logo symbolizes an airplane propeller, it’s much simpler than that. While it is true that the firm’s first technical creations happened to be aircraft engines, the designers chose the logo to represent the Bavarian flag. When you google the Bavarian flag, you’ll get it.

8. Pinterest

Sure, the spelling of Pinterest has the first three letters of the word pin, which symbolizes “pinning” pictures to walls. But if you look closely at the “P”, you’ll notice that the line is literally a pin that you would use to pin pictures to the wall.

9. Uber

Uber’s new logo is more synonymous with the notion that you can find an Uber anywhere you go. The logo was changed from a “U” to a symbol that is meant to resemble an atom. The new logo represents the fact that their cars can be found anywhere, just like bits or atoms.

10. Baskin Robbins

Baskin Robbins started their company in 1945 with 31 flavors of ice cream, and they made a point to include that very important number in their logo. Can you see it?

11. Ferrari

Many people probably think the Ferrari logo symbolizes horsepower, but it doesn’t. Turns out, a horse silhouette was initially painted on the plane of an Italian ace pilot Enzo Ferrari knew. The emblem was later given to Ferrari by the pilot’s mother after he won a very important race, and the rest is history.

12. Lacoste

Rene’ Lacoste made a bet and lost. The bet cost him a crocodile suitcase he desired in a shop window. Had he won his game, he would have won the suitcase. A journalist who overheard the details of the bet wrote an article about a tennis player who hadn’t won his match but fought like a crocodile.

From that point on, the name Crocodile was given to him. It only seemed right to have a crocodile serve as the logo for his company.

13. Starbucks

The inspiration for the Starbucks logo came from a myth of a fairy, a woman who was also a fish who was holding her two tails. You could see the nakedness of the woman in the 1971 version of the logo.

That logo was censored and we now see a more respectable-looking mermaid on the logo. Her hair covers her breasts, and we can no longer see her entire two tails, only the ends of it on both sides of her.

14. MGM

Since 1917, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, also known as MGM, has used seven different lions for the lion roar that accompanies their famous logo. It’s not as easy as you think, though. The lions have to be tamed and trained to roar on cue.

15. McDonald’s

McDonald’s thought that arousing people’s appetite would make them spend more money on their food, so in 1962 they hired a psychologist who came up with the arches. His thinking was that the red tips inside the arches resemble female breasts, which subconsciously reminds people of their happy childhood and arouses the appetite.

McDonald’s has been using the arches ever since. Who knew the favorite take out of so many families with children, had a somewhat NSFW inspiration for its logo?

Evolution Of The Marvel Logo

Marvel, a popular comic and comic film company, has a striking red logo with white lettering. The Marvel logo is bold and powerful, evoking connotations of power and strength. However, the logo has not always been so simple. Check out how this logo has evolved over time.

1939

Before Marvel became Marvel, it was called Timely Comics. Timely Comics’ logo was created in 1939. For this logo, the company’s name is separated by a medieval European heater shield, and it follows the color scheme of red, white, and blue. This color scheme and logo bring to mind Captain America, one of the company’s first bestsellers. Publisher Martin Goodman created this logo.

Then, in 1951, the company became Atlas Comics and had a logo change with the name change. The logo during that time was a globe encapsulated by the word “Atlas.”

By the year 1957, Stan Lee was writing comics for Atlas, and they began using the Marvel Comics name and logo. At the time, it was a black circle with a red background and “Marvel Comics.” In 1960, to compete with DC Comics, their primary competitor, Marvel released a new, less striking logo with “M” and “C” printed above one another.

Soon after, an explosion of popular comics emerged, including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk. With this success, the company decided to change the logo and name to “Marvel Comics Group.” This logo remained pretty consistent throughout the 70s and 80s.

1993

The 1993 – 1996 version of the logo is reminiscent of the MTV logo with a large “M” as the primary feature. The Comics version was bright red with yellow lettering across the M saying Comics. With the introduction of Marvel films, the film version of the logo is slightly different, The bottom part of the “M” looks like old film and even has a gradient color of black to suggest movement. From the film, the word “Marvel” grows in the same coloring.

The film here does appear to be made of something more robust than film, perhaps a metal to represent superhero strength. Splashed across the front in a red script is the word “Films” to make it clear that this logo represented the film component of the business. The wording is also outlined in a thin yellow line to suggest life and even a fire like quality to suggest high action and excitement.

1996

The logo that lasted between 1996 and 2002 is similar to its predecessor with a few changes. In the lower-left, they added a light source that casts a yellowish hue. This also makes it easier to tell that the logo is indeed metal in nature. On the right side, the yellow is contrasted by a cobalt blue, which adds some intrigue and great coloring to the logo. “Films” is also changed to “Studios” to provide more opportunities for featuring the logo in different types of mediums.

2002

The red rectangle with the name “Marvel” written in white capital across the box premiered in 2002 in the later parts of X-Men. Red is a purposeful choice here because the color often represents strength and determination. Most of the letters are attached to one another, except for the final “L.” This logo lasted from 2002 to 2008, and the logos that follow it will remain pretty similar in the general styling of this logo. Marvel used this logo in publications as well as early movies.

2008

With the beginnings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came a new logo. A new version of the red logo will be used from 2008 to 2013. Removing the “studios” designation from the red rectangle, Marvel took the bold red and white logo and added “Studios” across the bottom, framed by a set of parallel lines. The word “Studios” is in all caps, spaced out in a san-serif font different from the bold “Marvel” above it. This version first emerged in the first of the Iron Man movies. It was used until the fifth Captain America movie.

2013

From 2013 to 2016, Marvel ran with a similar concept. However, this time, they removed the “Studios” from the bottom of the red rectangle and put it on a white backdrop. As a result, the font color changed from white to black, and the font became one with cleaner lines and a more squared-off look.

2016

In 2016, a new logo began to be used, and this one is still used today. Now, the red “Marvel” rectangle is smaller and sits to the right of the word “Studios.” Like the other recent iterations, nothing changes about the font or coloring of the word “Marvel” here, only the location. “Studios” then moves from underneath the “Marvel” name to the left of the name.

Like the 2008 version, “Studios” gets its own horizontal, perpendicular lines frame. The logo is clean and striking with a nice, defined look with the red rectangle and the black frame. This logo premiered with the film Doctor Strange.

15 Famous Fashion Logos

Fashion and clothing brands that stick around for many years often become iconic with loyal followers over the years and maybe even decades. The most influential fashion brands also have logos that hold meaning and prestige all their own. The concept of name-brand clothing relies upon easy recognition of a company’s logo.

While fashion adjusts and changes with public preferences, the logos generally remain the same. The best companies will adapt to the changing tide while maintaining the recognition and reputation of their brand. A memorable logo will help a brand do just that. These 15 companies have iconic and recognizable logos to some who may not even closely follow fashion.

Nike

Nike creates athletic clothing and athleasure items for athletes and fans alike. The Nike swoosh is not only on every shoe Nike creates, it is also on many of their clothing items, including t-shirts, hoodies, and hats. The Nike swoosh is also synonymous with its slogan “Just Do It.” Since so many athletes wear Nike clothing, this one has also gained notoriety from who wears the logo. The logo not only symbolizes movement and athleticism, but it also seems like it is in motion.

Chanel

Chanel is a prestigious fashion company known for their high fashion merchandise, jewelry, accessories, and fragrance. Their logo is two interlocking “C”s standing for Coco Chanel, the company’s founder. This logo is so beloved, it adorns almost everything the company produces, even as a belt buckle. The Chanel company name and logo carry an air of wealth and prestige.

Gucci

Gucci sells a wide array of fashionable items. Like Chanel, Gucci’s logo has two interlocking “G”s for Guccio Gucci’s name. Gucci created the logo 11 years after Chanel, so it seems very possible Chanel inspired Gucci. In any case, their logo is also beloved and represents high class and wealth.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is a luxury clothing, accessory, and cosmetic company. Their logo consists of an “L” and “V” linked together. This is possibly one of the most counterfeited logos out there because it is so popular. So prized and recognizable, the company has even used its logo in a popular pattern on merchandise.

Coach

Though Coach is a clothing company, they are best known for their handbags. Their logo is a horse carrying a stagecoach that harkens back to a Victorian era of elegance, prestige, and wealth.

Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban sells luxury sunglasses. Offering both prescription and base models, customers will find their frames in eyeglass stores as well as their website. The casual look of the logo is meant to represent the relaxed, laid-back philosophy of the company. This script-style logo is also on each pair of glasses they create.

Levi’s

Levi’s is best known for its blue jeans, but they have many other clothing items too. The first logo with color on this list, the Levi logo, connotes a note of action and movement with the use of red. Its stylized lines also show customers that their designs are measured and specific.

Hollister

Hollister is a clothing company for teenagers. The relaxed feel of the company is evident from the logo where a seagull flies above the company name atop the state of California. Meant to pull surfer life vibes, this logo is identifiable and reflective of the company’s branding.

The North Face

The North Face is a clothing company that creates outdoor adventuring gear. This logo is usually prominently featured as an icon on the chest of the clothing item. Representing their outdoor roots, the logo was inspired by the Half Dome Peak in Yosemite. The Half Dome has a sheer granite face and three other smooth and rounded sides.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger is an American clothing company, and they market themselves as proud of that fact. So proud, in fact, they have the colors of the American flag integrated into their logo.

Rolex

Rolex is a worldwide name for luxury watches. A grand aspiration for many, their logo plays into the fantasy with a rich, deep green typescript that flaunts wealth. In addition, there’s a gold crown atop the logo to further accentuate the brand’s exclusivity.

Versace

Versace is a high fashion company. Their name and logo get heavy recognition. For the logo, the founder wanted people to be infatuated with the company immediately, so Gianni Versace used the likeness of Medusa, a Greek God. Medusa is best known for being able to turn men to stone with her gaze. That’s one way to capture an audience.

H&M

H&M is a popular fashion brand that brings comfortable, quality fashion to people are a reasonable price. The logo is bright red, relaxed, and playful in capital letters representing their founders’ names: Hennes and Mauritz.

Adidas

Adidas is a sporting goods company making clothing, accessories, and shoes for athletes. The mountains in their logo represent the challenges you have yet to conquer.

Stüssy

Different from many other brands on this list, Stüssy is a streetwear company. Very popular in hip hop and skateboarding cultures, Shawn Stussy used his signature as the logo.

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15 Clever Social Media App Logos

Social media: love it or hate it, the idea of connecting online using some platform or another is here to stay. Most adults have at least one social media account, and now, most teenagers do as well. Even kids in grade school are creating their own social media accounts.

While social media continues to grow, one of the most essential parts of a social media company’s marketing is its logo. Users click on these logos every day when they open the various platforms. Their design needs to be simple and memorable.

It must be simple because the logo needs to slow up nicely on a phone screen. It needs to be memorable so people can easily find it when they look for it on their phones.

Facebook

Facebook was one of the first major social media sites to capture a broad audience. While it has changed a bit from the early days, the idea of connecting people has remained the same. The current Facebook logo is a white, lowercase “f” on a blue gradient background.

The logo for the phone app is similar, except it usually appears in the typical rounded square as an icon. The blue gradient and white f remain, however. The gradient blue in the background gives this logo a feel of movement, representing a platform that is constantly changing each moment a new post is made.

Instagram

While users share articles and all kinds of things on Facebook, Instagram users primarily share pictures and short video clips. For that reason, this platform is very visual, so it makes sense that the Instagram logo would also be very visual. It is colorful and bright because Instagram users generally focus on the positivity in their lives on Instagram.

The white outline of a classic Polaroid camera calls back to earlier versions of the logo, which more prominently featured a camera.

TikTok

The platform TikTok is known for short videos and sound clips that people can use and interact with. The logo looks like an eighth note, but it actually symbolizes a lowercase “d” based on the app’s original name, “Douyin.” This little icon also has echos of red and teal.

These echos are creative because they could represent how different users use sounds and videos within the platform. It also has a slightly distorted appearance to celebrate the fun of attending live music concerts.

Twitter

Twitter is a social media platform where people share status and news updates. While the character count was once limited to 140 characters, it was extended in 2017. The Twitter logo is a bird that symbolizes short bits of information users hare, live birds singing songs. The brand name “Twitter” also means the calling and singing out of birds.

Pinterest

The premise of Pinterest is simple: a platform where users can virtually “pin” ideas to various boards to help them create or bring a vision to life. Meant to mimic the idea of an old-school pinboard, the logo is perfect for that purpose.

With a lowercase “p” in the middle of a red circle, the p looks like an older font, like something you would find in the 1950s when pin boards were popular. The vibrant red represents action because the whole goal of Pinterest is that users will create from their ideas.

YouTube

YouTube is a video sharing platform where people create and view videos made by content creators. The logo for YouTube is simple and straightforward. The mobile logo is a white play button with a red background.

The red helps it stand out, and the play icon makes users feel like they are just pressing play. The website logo includes the red play button as well as YouTube in black spelled out following the play button.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a common social media platform among young social media users. The idea behind Snapchat is that the message disappears after it is read, similar to a real life moment in the hallway or in the lunchroom between friends. The logo is a little white ghost on a yellow background. The ghost represents the idea that the messages do not stick around for long.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social media platform focused on helping people connect and find jobs. The logo for LinkedIn is one of the few logos on a mobile that has part of the name inside of it. On the phone, the logo appears as a blue box with the word “in” written inside. This helps reinforce the idea that LinkedIn can help get people into the positions they want.

Discord

Discord is a popular social media platform for those in the gaming world. The logo plays off this idea and has a small purple logo that looks like a nondescript video game controller. Though there are applications for the platform for those who do not play games, gamers are the primary users.

Twitch

Going along with Discord, a popular social media platform for gamers is Twitch. Users can live stream their gameplay to share it with others using this platform. Through these live streams, gamers learn tips and tricks for playing through their games.

The logo for Twitch is a squared off speech bubble with a quotation mark inside of it. This logo represents the sharing of ideas through the live streams available on the platform.

Wattpad

Wattpad is a platform that creators can use to publish their independent work and find an audience. The logo is very simple but elegantly represents this social media platform; it is an orange “W” written so that it also resembles the squiggle of an artist’s brush. This dual representation shows that writers, even independent ones, are artists.

Nextdoor

Nextdoor is a social media platform that is specific to where you live. So if your house is in a subdivision or community, there’s a good chance it is also on Nextdoor. Users share observations, sales, and concerns with neighbors in their area on this platform.

The logo is a bright green “n” with a little chimney coming off its side. The lime green coloring really stands out among other social media logos. However, since it shares some similarities with Facebook, the act of using just a lowercase letter to identify that app is a smart move.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt is a place for artists to show and share their work. The logo is somewhat confusing to look at initially, but upon further inspection, it is an “A” that has been cut in half then rotated. Since this logo requires an extra minute to study it, the logo wonderfully represents the brand because art also needs a careful eye to study it.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a little different from other social media platforms because its primary purpose is to be a communication tool. It offers free calling and texting. Instead of sharing those calls and messages in public, everything on WhatsApp is private between users.

The logo is purposely similar to other communication apps on Apple. A speech bubble and a phone icon inside, it combines calling and messaging, the two primary kinds of communication on the app.

Peanut

Peanut is a social media app built for moms. It creates a community and opportunity for moms to connect with other moms. The logo is simple and cute, with a white outline of a peanut on a coral background. The logo plays with the commonly feminine color of pink. It includes a peanut icon to help people quickly find it while searching their phones.