Well designed logos can be tricky.
On one hand, you want something which is instantly recognisable and engaging with the audience. But on the other hand, having a boring, straightforward logo can get tiresome. Well designed logos will communicate more about a business than just being a mark to represent you.
People can quickly figure out the gist of a basic logo, and they get bored of it. You need something which is going to encourage people to take another look at the logo – something deeper than just the surface meaning. This could be taking advantage of negative space, or simply playing with text to create images.
A hidden message in a logo is the best way to do that. Here are 20 great examples.
Unilever is an enormous company, with several subdivisions focusing on various elements of their business. Their logo redesign tried to take this into consideration, incorporating symbolic doodles of everything they do into their large “U” branding. It’s smart, and has won plaudits.
Okay, so you see the cross here. But do you see the rest? There’s a bible on a pulpit; a clerical robe; fish on either side; a dove; and flames. This works on lots of levels.
So far, so boring. But the negative space in the yoga woman’s leg is the map of Australia.
This logo should never have been scrapped. You can see all the different components.
Those who don’t know their French ought to be told that “carrefour” means crossroads. You get the arrows, plus the “C” in the negative space.
Trees, right? Well the monochromatic logo also shows a hint of a piano keyboard.
The Guild of Food Writers
You think you’ve got this one licked, right? A pen – that’s the writing bit. But look inside the nib of the pen. There’s a spoon.
Museum of London
London’s an ever-growing city, as demonstrated by the ever increasing blotches in the background of this. It works on many levels.
Schizophrenia is a bipolar personality disorder. This logo represents both the happy and sad times.
Big 10 Conference
The Big 10 conference has 11 members. Problem? No. Check out the negative space.
Delicious European candy. What’s the deal with the logo, though? There’s the mountain, which represents where the chocolate was originally made. Then spot the bear inside it – which were plentiful in the area!
It’s a simple logo, right? The baseball mit – that’s it. Well, that’s wrong. You can spy the “M” and “B” in the mit, if you look a little closer.
Elle Hive Tractors
Again, playing with letters, this logo shows the “E” and the “H”, but also demonstrates a lo-fi tractor.
This is one of the most famous examples of the genre. You can read “Sun” whichever way you look at it.
But if you thought Sun’s was famous, FedEx is the example everyone cites when talking about hidden message logos. The arrow represents the speed and directness of their deliveries.
Amazon stock everything, from A to Z, and do it with a smile. Thus the hidden messages in their logo.
AG Low Construction
Construction companies rely on floor plans. But look a little closer. That spindly outline spells out the name of the company.
Baskin Robbins pride themselves on their 31 flavors of ice cream, which is what you can see in the pink text.
Formula 1 is speedy motor racing, which hasn’t caught on in the US that much. But their logo is universally recognised, and for good reason. The red flares demonstrate the speed – but take a look in the negative space. There’s the “1″ to go alongside the “F”.
Egg & Spoon
I’ll admit this took me a lot of work to understand. You see, I thought this was a boring, basic logo at first. It’s just a lower case E, isn’t it? But then you look closer – and the white space (again) looks like an egg in a spoon.
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