Logo Design Examples & Advice

Take a journey through Print’s library of great logos. You’ll find tips and inspiration to help you design a logo and add the needed appeal to your project.

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Airborne Logos

WWII U.S. Army Air Force squadron logos were placed on letterheads or painted on aircraft, but most frequently they were made into patches worn on uniforms. A number of the logos were designed by the Disney Studios, but others were designed by artists who happened to be serving within the various units. They...

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Monogramonics

Not that they ever left, but monograms are back. And they are beautiful to behold. Once the accessory of the aristocratic, the monogram is a vibrant and vital piece of graphic design. Here are some vintage ones to whet the appetite.

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History For The Price Of Peanuts

I can't say I think of Planters' Mr. Peanut as a source of historical data, but this colorful little "Paint Book" from 1935 would seem to indicate otherwise.

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Signs of the Autostrada

Steven Heller points out the graphic design details on road signs found along the Autostrada of Italy. Buckle up, and come along for the ride.

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Marks on China

Despite the crudity of ledger pages, these marks — china pattern maker logos — exude a design elegance consistent with the era in which they were made.

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Dubious Typeface For Sale

Signal is a German script typeface, designed in 1931 by Walter Wege for H. Berthold AG in Berlin. It was inspired by brush script created in the late 1920s and rooted in the sachplakat aesthetic of the time. In 1932, a bolder Block-Signal and lighter Script-Signal were introduced. In a somewhat customized form, it...

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Devolution of a Symbol: The Swastika Through the Years

Of all the symbols and marks produced by ancient and modern peoples throughout the centuries, the swastika is the most contradictory. For thousands of years it was a thing of mystery that surfaced as disparate cultural iconography throughout the Near and Far East, Europe, North America, and Africa, and was presumed by some scholars...

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Giving and Getting Letterhead

There are Dead Heads, Dope Heads, Knuckle Heads, Screw Heads, Shower Heads, Sprinkler Heads, Bald Heads, Jar Heads and Letterheads. The latter is among the small gems of graphic design. These are from a 1932 sample book published in England and used by a small job printer to sell his services. Some are quite...

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Labels of Our Dreams

Just think, getting a label on your Consolidated Edison bill that look like this: These are but a few of the labels produced in 1913 that have a typographic exquisiteness and design nuance that was considered classic. Mailing labels are still very much with us, but the computer print-out variety just doesn’t match-up. For...