So You Think You Know Logos?

Logo trivia and lesser known facts. A somewhat infrequently updated series that takes you behind the scenes of famous logos, the design process & the people who made them. From The Logo! Factor design blog.

March for Science. In logos

The March for Science has plans to take to the streets in over 600 cities across the world. As this is supposed to be a design blog, we’re going to (mostly) ignore the politics and (mostly) focus on the logos.


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The most sinister logo?

Despite regular calls to re-design the mark, the Sherwin Williams Color Your World logo remains one of the oldest and most enduring corporate symbols still in use. It is also pretty sinister..


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The Kiss logo

The Kiss logo, one of the best rock band designs of all time. Where the name came from, who designed it and why the original SS version isn’t used in Germany.


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The Ramones logo

Like most logos, the design for the Ramones was created with a purpose. To brand the group as the quintessential All-American rock band using imagery from The Presidential Seal. And while the Ramones are no more, their legend, and famous eagle, live on.


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The Smiley Face logo. Design trivia & history

With his sunny yellow visage, the Smiley Face has been used on everything from buttons to comic books, video games & movie posters. The story behind the design is a lot less cheerful, with several bitter feuds being fought over the ownership, trademarks & even the bragging rights of who designed it.


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History & design of the recycle logo

The triple arrowed logo has become the ubiquitous symbol for recycling around the world, but did you know the design originally started as a money-making idea for a Chicago-based packaging company? Or that the logo was created as part of a design contest to mark the first official Earth Day?


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The Canadian Flag turns 50

Today is Canada’s “National Flag Day” and an extra special one as the ubiquitous maple leaf turns 50. A look at the sometimes raucous history of Canada’s national identity, as well as the Canadian wordmark, the first of its kind.


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Muse logo

A stunningly simple text logo represents Brit alt band Muse. What’s the font? You’ll have to read to find out. We’ll also take a look at some odd similarities between the Muse debut EP cover and Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi flick, Twelve Monkeys. Filed under famous logos and rock band logo trivia.


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Emerson Lake & Palmer logo

You may not be familiar with English super group Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) or H. R. Giger, the designer of their logo, but you’re probably aware of his illustration and set design work in the movies. Filed under famous logos and rock band logo trivia.


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The Beatles logo

The Beatles are arguably the most popular group of all-time and the Fab Four’s contribution to music and art has spanned generations. But what about the famous Beatles’ logo. Was it designed by a band member or someone else entirely? Filed under famous logos and rock band logo trivia.


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So You Think You Know Logos?

Trivia and lesser known facts about some famous logos. The back stories, evolution, and people responsible for some of the most iconoclastic marks in history. Some lesser known ones too. From The Logo! Factor design blog.

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