If you are a designer or just an average Joe, you’ve seen hundreds of logos in your lifetime. Being bombarded with advertising, we naturally learn to ignore it. Some companies slack and use Microsoft Word to create their logo. Innovative companies on the other hand, put thought in their logo design.
Have you ever stopped to appreciate the hidden details in a logo? Today we have collected many famous logos that contain hidden messages. Some might be well known, but we hope you will learn about new ones as well!
1. FedEx Logo
You probably already know this one, but for those who do not: Look between the “E” and the “x”. In the white space there is an arrow that subliminally represents speed and precision. Now that we mentioned it, you will probably see the arrow all the time!
2. Amazon.com Logo
The yellow swoosh looks like a smile: Amazon.com want to have the best customer satisfaction. While providing great serve, they want you to know that their store has everything from a to z. Simple yet effective right?
3. NBC Logo
You probably watched their programming in the past, but did you know their logo has a secret Peacock? Ever since they came out with their new logo though, the peacock has been a little harder to spot.
4. Presbyterian Logo
This is the logo of Presbyterian church and it has several hidden messages. If you wish to learn them all, take a look at this article.
5. Goodwill Logo
The “g” in “goodwill” and the smiling face look quite similar huh?
6. Sun Microsystems Logo
This logo was designed by professor Vaughan Pratt of the Stanford University. Having a clever ambigram you can read the brand name in every direction; horizontally and vertically.
7. Elefont Logo
Simple yet effective; part of an elephant’s trunk in the negative space inside the letter e.
8. Baskin Robbins Logo
Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors! The pink in the BR acts as the 31 and as the BR in the logo.
9. LG Logo
Life is good, especially when playing Pac-Man!
10. Snooty Peacock Logo
Snooty Peacock is a jewelry store. Their incredible logo includes a woman wearing jewelry and the negative space peacock.
11. Elettro Domestici Logo
Elettro Domestici is an Italian electric company. Designed by Gianni Bortolotti, the logo uses negative space in a very simple/smart manner.
12. Toblerone Logo
It’s just a mountain, right? Look closer, do you see the bear? There is a bear shape hidden in the negative space within that mountain. This is meant to symbolize the city of Bern, Switzerland.
13. The Pittsburgh Zoo Logo
As you already might have guessed, the monkey and lion are staring at each other.
14. Roxy and Quicksilver Logo
Roxy is a clothing brand for women owned by Quicksilver. The logo is comprised of two Quicksilver logos to make the shape of a heart.
15. Sony Vaio Logo
The Sony Vaio logo symbolizes the integration of analog and digital technology. The “VA” forms an analog wave and “IO” represents a binary 1 and 0.
16. Tostitos Logo
See the two people enjoying the chips and dip? Makes me hungry just staring at it…
17. Carrefour Logo
This French international hypermarket chain translates to “intersection” in English. If you look very closely you will notice that the big “C” in the white space. The two arrows are pointing in opposite directions.
18. The Atlanta Falcons Logo
If you are a sports fan, then this is old news to you. For others who have never noticed, the Falcon is shaped to represent the letter “F”.
19. London Symphony Orchestra Logo
Do you see the “LSO” letters or an orchestra conductor?
20. Hope for African Children Initiative Logo
This non-profit boasts a cleverly drawn map of Africa, the continent being formed out of the white space that separates a child from its guardian.
21. Tour De France Logo
There’s a bicyclist in that logo. Hint: The yellow is a wheel.
22. Milwaukee Brewers Logo
Spoiler: the Milwaukee Brewers is a professional baseball team from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. First you see the baseball mitt. But if you look closely you can see the “m” and the “b.”
23. Unilever Logo
Unilever is one of the biggest producers of food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. They produce a huge amount of different products and they wanted to reflect this in their logo. Each part of the logo has a meaning. You can see bees, birds, dna, corn, flower, palm tree, and much more inside the “U”
24. Eight Logo
A very interesting concept, every single letter is made of the number 8.
25. Chick-fil-a Logo
The Chick-fil-a logo incorporates a chicken into the C.
26. Northwest Airlines Logo
First of all you can see the letters N and W, the first two letters of the brand name. But what most people don’t see is the compass that points to the Northwest, another reference to the brand name.
27. GreenLabs Logo
The tree is meant to represent the brain, thus emphasizing on the strong intellectual capabilities of the company’s staff. “Green Labs,” get it?
28. Museum of London Logo
Looks like a colorful logo right? The design actually represents the geographic area of london as it as grew over time.
29. Facebook Places Logo
Facebook Places, allows you to share where you are with your friends, see where friends are, and discover new places. This is to compete directly with the current leader Foursquare. Looking at the logo, you will notice it is a 4 in a square. This has to be a hit at Foursquare.
30. Eighty-20 Logo
Eighty-20 is a small consulting firm. Kinda like the surreal green screen of The Matrix, Eighty-20 want us to read stuff in binary. The 80:20 rule, otherwise known as the Pareto Principle, was first observed by an Italian engineer-turned-economist by the name of Vilfredo Pareto (1848 – 1923).
The trick is to view the dark squares as 1’s and the light squares as 0’s. Then the top line reads 1010000 and the bottom line reads 0010100, which represent 80 and 20 in binary.