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Dec 25 2012

Logo Design Styles

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Figural logo design

Figural logo designs might be the most used images in all logo design history. Figural logo designs were most popular in the first half of the 20th century before computers and when drawing skills were highly advanced. In recent decades figural logo designs have disappeared from the graphic design landscape because few designers have the drawing skills to create figural logo designs. Therefore, a figural logo can be a unique and effective logo design approach for any brand identity.
The figure is used to represent the abstract concept of all artist. The figure is raising up a star which symbolizes the idea of art. The figure raising the star shows the artist hanging his work to share with the world. The confetti and streamers running through the figure and the star symbolizes a celebration in the process of the artist sharing his art. He is raising art and it is that act that also raises spirits. It's a celebration of the uplifting effects of art.

Client: Wichita Art Museum event logo design
Industry: Arts & entertainment logo
Style: Figural logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Wordmark or signature mark logo design

Not all logo designs are made with images, some are made with texts and images while others are simply text. A logo design that is only text is called a typography logo, logotype, word mark or signature mark. The type can be very straight forward or illustrated to communicate a specific feeling or attitude. A typographic logo can use a common font purchased from a font house, a modified font, a  hand drawn graphic design font or a computer illustrated font. We rarely use a purchased font for a logotype because anyone can purchase the same font and use it. On the other hand, a specially created font will be unique in the marketplace and be better protected by copyright laws.
Squeezer's Palace is a re-creation of a 70's ice cream store. We developed typography for the logo based on historical 70's fonts. We hand illustrated the logo letterforms to match the essence of the original hand drawn logo. Redesigning the letterforms also allowed us to make the logo more compact and there fore more legible as store signage.

Client: Squeezer's Palace logo design
Industry: Restaurant logo design
Style: Typographic logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Initial logo design

Logo designs that use company initials have been common from the beginning of graphic design, branding and even today in our website design world. An initial logo design is simply a logo that uses the initials of the company name. The key to this common type of logo design a successful logo is developing a truly unique image that holds visual interest.
Shallow Valley Foods uses the "S" and "V" from Shadow Valley.  The 'S" is a geometric and three dimensional ribbon weaving in and out of the "V". The three dimensional effect is done without the use of gradations for better printing and visual impact on virtually any application. The 3D illusion is created with white space to to show one element in front of the other and two shades of red to show depth. The combination of weaving and depth create a visually memorable logo design.

Client: Shadow Valley logo design
Industry: Food service logo design
Style: Initial logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Character logo design

A character logo uses a face or figure in an exaggerated illustration style to tell the most impactful story possible. Character logo designs are most commonly used for major sport franchise logo designs and even local small town sport team logo designs.
The Central Raiders logo design is a character logo illustrated to endow the bandit, the mascot, with extra toughness and meanness. The bandit has been the school mascot for over 50 years so he was maintained as the logo. Elements were added to the bandit such as the hat with the letter "R" and the handkerchief to be sold as merchandise and add extra fan excitement at sporting events.

Client: Central Raiders logo design
Industry: Sports logo
Type: Character logo design
Location: Logo design Wichita, Kansas

 

Animal logo design

Animal logo designs are ancient history in graphic design terms, but as in any endeavor, creativity and a unique perspective applied to tried and true concepts can make a very impressive visual statement. Animals allow for virtually any expressive idea and are universally understood.
The Surfing Bull concept restaurant logo design is a remix of the old boring "Surf and Turf" terminology. Surfing Bull is a steak and seafood restaurant. The logo illustration is based loosely on Cubist drawings by Pablo Picasso which embodies the logo design with a funky alternative look and feel. The bull is actually surfing, riding a wave. The surf board cleverly illustrates the water with it's bottom line.

Client: Surfing Bull logo design
Industry: Food and drink logo design
Type: Animal logo design
Location: Logo design Wichita graphic design

 

Crest logo design

Crest logo designs are a derivative of the old world "coat of arms". A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on a shield or escutcheon or on a surcoat or tabard used to cover and protect armor and to identify the wearer. Thus the term is often stated as "coat-armor", because it was anciently displayed on the front of a coat of cloth. The design is a symbol unique to an individual person, and to his family, corporation, or state. Such displays are commonly called armorial bearings, armorial devices, heraldic devices, or simply armorials or arms. Today we use this concept for logo designs.

Client: Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe vender event logo
Industry: Restaurant logo design
Type: Crest logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

"Modern" logo design

A modern logo design could be almost anything but in the big picture a modern logo is simple and usually literal but heavily stylized with a new typographic feel. The shapes are easy to draw on a computer and consist of geometric shapes cleverly assembled.
The GoJoe's logo design is a steaming cup of coffee held by cupped hands. Hands that seem to hold the cup of coffee with great care and concern as if GoJoe's coffee is special and ready to go. The steam is made of dots that are extrapolated onto other elements of the brand and graphic design. The colors are a modern combination of a toxic blue and a traditional brown.

Client: GoJoe's logo design
Industry: Food and drink logo
Style: Modern logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Simple logo design

The logo design is two arrows interacting with the negative space creating an “N”. The simplicity is what makes the brand logo engaging. The consumers eye and mind fills in the empty space, like a light bulb turning on inside the brain the viewer realizes the logo has just acted out the company name.

Location: Logo design Kansas City
Style: Simple logo design
Industry: Technology logo design

 

Illustrative logo design

The Stables is a creative collective housed in a renovated horse stable originally built in 1929. The logo shows a hard working blacksmith pounding an iron to create. From the figures powerful strike comes forth an explosion of light and creativity complete with a © copyright symbol made from a horseshoe.

Location:Logo design  Wichita kS
Style: Illustrative logo design
Industry: Business service logo design

 

Abstract logo design

LifeVentures offers educational classes and programs for seniors. The educational programs and events include speakers, classes and with every event, class or speaker many seniors naturally gather together making every event a social event. The logo depicts these aspects of the nonprofit organization but moreover the logo is a metaphorical “Tree of Life”. A place to learn, grow and come together.

Location: Logo design Wichita KS
Style: Abstract logo design
Industry: Senior Care logo design

Conceptual logo design

The Anvil logo design is purely conceptual. Anvil is a business created to create new businesses. Like an actual anvil is a tool used to create other tools. Anvil is a metaphor. The brand visual is two steps of an infinite pattern that diagrams infinite creation. For example, the center circle is surrounded by a circle of dots. That (center circle surrounded by a circle of dots) is repeated at the red dot. If the pattern is extended out it would repeat into infinity. The Anvil logo is a perfect example of design style matching the company profile. The idea of the company is conceptual so a simple and clean design puts the idea, the concept,  in the forefront. An illustrative or complex logo design would distract from the conceptual meaning of the logo.

Location: Logo design  Wichita, kS
Style: Conceptual logo design

Industry: Technology logo design

Typographic logo design

For the Timberline Steakhouse and Grill logo design we developed a hand drawn woodcut illustration and graphic design style to match the name and casual eating concept and restaurant atmosphere of the brand. Illustrating the typography made it possible to use large readable type for signage while also giving the logo design an engaging character and style.

Location: Logo design Wichita KS

Style: Typographic logo design

Industry:  Food and beverage logo design