The logo is often referred to as the DNA of a Brand. Communicating the brand’s value and function in a simple design isn’t an easy task.
It should reflect the brand and the product in style, look and expression.
To help you get inspired and informed for your own company logo, we have listed the most common types for you.
These logos consist only of the brand name and are stylized, designed fonts.
In addition to the Logo, the company has the font often custom designed for use in all collaterals.
Wordmark logos work especially well when the company name is not too long.
These logos tend to be highly adaptable which is a big advantage.
Simple and bold. The simplified and stylized Image matches the branding values and functions.
A professional pictorial mark logo is instantly recognizable and doesn’t need any additional text. This makes it a little tricky for new brands, but worth it in the long run. Of course you can use it as a combination mark and separate it in the future. A symbol has the advantage that it can tell a story, for instance what the product does or what it represents, you know, since a picture is worth a thousand words…
Abstract marks are as the name says abstract shapes representing the brand. Companies use this form of representation because it gives them the possibility to visualize complex ideas or services. Obviously this gives some room for interpretations which can lead to the wrong message. So a strong concept is crucial.
Companies with long names use initials for their logos. Like the wordmark logos, they are very adaptable as well. Since this types of logos consist of only a few letters, they need a strong, working design to make them work.
Combining a symbol and a wordmark is a widespread type of logo and its often seen as an alternative version of the main logo. Ideally, the elements should work on their own as well as in combination.
Combination mark logos have the advantage of the flexibility of the independent elements. They can be stacked or put side by side without any loss of quality or recognition. Its a very popular choice of logo design.
Those logos have typically a classic, traditional quality. The company name is integrated in the design, becoming one complex symbol. The elements are inseparable from each other. A lot of organizations and schools decide to go with emblem logos, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work for other kinds of businesses, as you can see in the examples.