Nothing illustrates success more than success itself. Accordingly, here’s a look at the corporate logos of the top 10 companies in the 2010 Fortune 500 lineup (plus a couple that dropped out this year.) Let’s see what we can learn…
It’s been said that is the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail. The design corollary to that might be, if you’re a logo designer, everything starts looking like a logo. Or at least how things look through the prism of how a logo factors into whatever equation we’re currently trying to make sense of. So, while running the risk of posting yet another worthless “Best Of” post, let’s do just that and take a look at the top ten companies in the 2010 Fortune 500. This was originally intended as a 2009 Fortune 500 corporate logo round-up, but minutes before I hit publish, I realized that the 2010 list was already out on the CNN Money website (the actual magazine version doesn’t hit the stands until May). Luckily, there were few changes (other than two companies getting ‘knocked out’) so after a few quick additions and edits, here is the 2010 version. We’ll try and interpret the design side of things after the jump.
Revenue (in $ millions) 114,552
9. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Revenue (in $ millions) 115,632
8. Ford Motor
Revenue (in $ millions) 118,308
Revenue (in $ millions) 123,018
Revenue (in $ millions) 139,515
5. Bank of America Corp.
Revenue (in $ millions) 150,450
4. General Electric
Revenue (in $ millions) 156,779
Revenue (in $ millions) 163,527
2. Exxon Mobil
Revenue (in $ millions) 284,650
1. Wal Mart
Revenue (in $ millions) 408,214
Missing from last years Fortune 500 top 10:
15. General Motors
Revenue (in $ millions) 104,589 Dropped from #6 in 2009.
26. Valero Energy
Revenue (in $ millions) 70,035 Dropped from #10 in 2009.
What can we learn?
As it’s highly unlikely that the company logos featured above had anything to do with their rise, or fall, on the Fortune 500 list, we probably can’t garner too much ‘let’s do this on our logo’ kind of information. We can however, for interest’s sake, analyze the ten logos and present a completely unscientific set of data that may, or may not, be factored into your next design project. To whit:
• 80% use blue.
• 90% use a sans-serif font.
• Only 2 use an acronym of the full company name.
• 40% only use one color.
• 40% use two spot colors.
• Out of the four logos that employ spot colors, 3 of them use red.
• Only two (AT&T and Ford) are even vaguely realistic or illustrative.
• Only two use a script font.
• 40% use iconic portions that can be ‘free standing’.
• Only one uses a text only approach.
• We’ve only designed logos for one of the top ten.
• Absolutely no cartoon characters. None.
• None of this overused crap either.
• One looks suspiciously like the symbol from The Empire in Star Wars.
• I have no idea what the ConocoPhillips red squiggly thing is (a plane?).
• Can’t say I’m sad to see the Valero logo get bumped out.
And thus concludes our completely meaningless look at the Top 10 Most Valuable Logo Properties of the Fortune 500 list. Sorry, but somebody had to do it.