Smart Logos with Hidden Symbolism

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July 09, 2010

Logos can convey many ideas in one simple design and as designers we need to be fully aware of any hidden symbolism.

You should be in full control of your design and use symbolism to convey messages to your advantage as this will further the impact of your logo.

For this post, we've compiled some great logos that carry hidden symbolism that you can use for inspiration in your own designs.

Try to figure what the hidden messages are before reading the explanations. Have the designers manage to convey the right messages for these logos? Please let us know in the comments' area.

Amazon.com

The arrow from A to Z, symbolizes what Amazon is known for selling everything under the sun. It also serves as a smile, making the company feel friendly and approachable.


Atlanta Falcons

This logo doubles as an actual Falcon, and an 'F' for Falcons.


Baskin Robbins

This logo subtly incorporates the number "31" that was a big part of their older logo


Chick-Fil-A

The Chick-Fil-A logo incorporates an illustration of a chicken with the 'C' in 'Chick-Fil-A' in a not so hidden way.


City Direct

Thiss one is really hard to see, but if you focus on the black part of the logo, the airplane is surrounded by the initials CD for City Direct.


Eighty 20

This logo was complicated to figure out; the blue squares represent 1's and the gray squares represent 0's. This makes a 1010000 sequence on the top line, represent eighty in binary, and the bottom line reads 0010100, which represents 20 in binary.


Families/Marriage

In the Families logo, the 'i', 'l', and second 'i' are all different sizes, representing the father as the long 'l' and the mother as the longest 'i' followed by the child. The upper case “R”s in the Marriage logo mirror each other with their ends sticking together, representing the bond of a relationship.


Fashion Center

One extra hole was added to the button, to make an 'F' for "Fashion Center".


FedEx

At first glance it's hard to find the symbolism in this logo, but 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.


Forkwire

This online food delivery logo includes a combination of the internet key @ with a fork, representing food as well as the first half of the name – fork, making the utilization of technology in food delivery very clear and obvious for the customers


Formula 1

The negative space in the middle creates the number '1' for "Formula 1".


Fort Worth Zoo

The red 'fw' for Fort Worth also creates an elephant.


Goodwill

Instead of using an uppercase 'G', the logo designers cunningly used a lowercase 'g' to not only represent the first letter of the company name, but to represent a smiley face as well, giving viewers an unconsciously positive perception of the company.


Gotham Books

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The illustrations of a book are stacked on top of each other to simulate a skyscraper - a trademark of Gotham City.


Hartford Whalers

This cleverly designed logo incorporates the tail of a whale, and the Hartford Whalers initials 'H' and 'W'.


LG

Many people believe that the Pac-Man symbol is hidden within the LG logo.


Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers logo uses the team’s initials (M and B) to form a catcher’s glove holding a ball.


Missouri Western State University

The Missouri Western State University's logo has an illustration of the school's mascot-a griffon in the shape of the state of Missouri.


Mosleep

As the name suggests, Mosleep is an organization of doctors that deals with people having sleeping disorders. The logo, for this company is their intial 'M' that was also designed to look like a bed.


NBC

The NBC logo employs a hidden peacock looking to the right representing the company's motto to look forward, and not back.


Pakuy

The Pakuy logo consists of a simple 'P' made of an unfolded box, thus representing the work of the brand which is packaging.


Piano Forest

This logo has the elegant design of piano keys that look like trees to resemble a keyboard


Schizophrenic

This logo shows the ambiguous emotions of a schizophrenic.


To Beat or Not to Beat?

The To Beat of Not to Beat logo uses a belt to make the shape of a question mark, posing the question: To Beat of Not to Beat?


Toblerone

The image of a bear is hidden in the Matterhorn mountain, where the first Toblerone chocolate bar was created.


Unilever

Each icon within the logo represents an aspect of its business. For example, the shirt (below the heart) symbolizes "clothes" and represent fresh laundry and looking good.


Via Rail Canada

The logo successfully incorporates train tracks in the middle.


WSU

In this logo, WSU's initials form a cougar’s head.


Yoga Australia

If you look closely, you can see that this woman is making a pose that forms the Australian continent.


Compiled exclusively for WDD by Zoe Ajiboye.

Did you discover the logo's hidden messages? Do you incorporate hidden symbolism in your logo designs?

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