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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings

Ever wondered what company logos mean and whats the significance behind them? Wonder no more!

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


You might think the arrow does nothing here. But it says that amazon.com has everything from a to z and it also represents the smile brought to
the customer's face. Wow, that is quite deep.
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings

Eighty-20 is a small consulting company which does sophisticated
financial modeling, as well as some solid database work. All their work is highly quantitative and relies on some serious computational power, and the logo is meant to convey it.

People first guess that 20% of the squares are darkened, but that turns out to be false after counting them. 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.

Kinda like the surreal
green screen of The Matrix, they want us to read stuff in binary

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


Am not sure how many of you have noticed a hidden symbol in the Federal Express logo.
Yeah, I am talking about the 'arrow' that you can see between the E and the x in this logo. The arrow was introduced to underscore speed and precision, which are part of the positioning of the company.
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Paul Rand (who designed the iconic IBM logo in 1972) designed this 'eye bee M' logo in 1981. I like that they are quite relaxed about the logo, unlike certain other companies who do not like the logo to be tampered with in any way even for internal promotions

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


The SUN Microsystems logo is a wonderful example of symmetry and order. It was a brilliant observation that the letters u and n while arranged adjacent to each other look a lot like the letter S in a perpendicular
direction. Spectacular.

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


The above are two magazines from the Readers Digest stable. Again, the attempt to communicate what it is about quite figuratively through the logo catches my attention.

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


This was a logo created for a puzzle game called Cluenatic. This game involves unravelling four clues. The logo has the letters C, L, U and E arranged as a maze. and from a distance, the logo looks like a key


Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


This logo is too good. For the name Eight, they have used a font in which each letter is a minor adaptation of the number 8.
History Of Company Names

Hewlett-Packard
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
Yahoo!
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.
Xerox
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The Greek root "xer" means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his
Product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing
Wet copying.

Sun Microsystems


Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.
Sony
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
From the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
SAP
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
"Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by four ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Application s/Projects' group of IBM.
Red Hat
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap
(with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and
Had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat
Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

Oracle
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the
CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such).
Motorola
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was
Called Victrola.
Microsoft
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was
Removed later on.


Intel
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company 'Moore Noyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.
Hotmail
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for
The mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters "HTML" - the programming language used to
Write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.
Google
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google
Cisco
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The name is not an acronym but an abbreviation of San Francisco. The company's logo reflects its San Francisco name heritage. It represents a stylized Golden Gate Bridge.
Apple Computers
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock.
Apache

Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server - thus, the name Apache.
Adobe
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The name came from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock

8 Fish
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Four fish in orange are clear and evident but on a closer look you will see 4 more fish in opposite direction.
5.10
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
When seen in upside position the logo shows a very clever blend of the numeric’s of 5 and10.
ASP
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The logo shows merger of the lower case letters "A", "S" and "P". I think the first two letters are quiet easily figured out but "P" being the shortest of the three letters is losing its legibility.
Big Ten
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The Big Ten collegiate conference has eleven schools therefore, using the negative space, number "11" is hiding within the logo name
Bistro
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
At the first glance you might not see what my eyesight witnesses here…. you would see two wine glasses but I see three wine bottles. What do you see?
Blade
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Take a closer look and you will find a knife integrated in the alphabet “a”…it explains the purpose of a blade.
Cafe Melody
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
It’s a top view of a coffee cup, creates the alphabet “C” and on to highlight the melody part it looks like a volume button.
Brand Union
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Using different geometrical shapes, the word “Brand Union” make you confuse while reading it.
Child of the King
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The logo is a clever example of utilizing negative space with a child’s pic integrated in a painted hand print.
Concealed
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The “Black and White” graphics show the silhouettes of two running children with a dove forming between their clasped hands.
Fish
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
You all must think that this logo is an example of brilliant typography rather than negative space utilization but however I think the designer has beautifully used the shape of the fish to merge the alphabets.
etfi
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
This is a logo for a broadcasting organization but let me highlight the exclusive part of this design…the alphabets "F" and "I" remarkably fit within the letters "E" and "T"
Flightning
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
If you flip the letter “f” in opposite direction, you will see an image of a plane taking off.
Fit
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The designer has made an attempt to explain the meaning of the word “fit”. The alphabet “i” fits in so well that the logo delivers the message clearly.
Elefont
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
I notice two creative aspects of this logo. An elephant’s trunk is making its way through the letter “e” and at the same time it makes us pronounce the word “elephant” in a new way.
Grace Hospice
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
I can make you find three things in this small logo: A face of a lady with orange hair, a dove and the orange part makes us perceive a tree.
Hammer
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The integration of the letter "H" with the hammer is outstanding and a little difficult to find at first glance.
1 Here There
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
I don’t claim this logo to be a clever example of negative space use. However, utilizing the mirror image, the designer has given a new meaning to the logo, just like negative space logos.
Lady Rocket
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
In the first glance you will catch the silhouettes of a lady but on a closer look you will see a rocket outlined in the top part of the figure.
Nicholson
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Honestly speaking…I don’t know much about this logo but found it amazingly creative to show the letter “N”I will really appreciate if any of you could tell about the company this logo belongs to so I can give the real credit.
New Man
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
I would add my personal favorite, the reversible Newman logo. This logo is the best example of simple but clever logo…what say?
Hug a Panda
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
I was amazed to find this cute little panda encircled in this logo…don’t you think this is brilliantly done.
Piece
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
This logo has been designed by Felix Sockwell showing a child’s figure face integrated with a flight of a dove.
Pencil
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The space between the letters “i” and “l” has been carved in a way to look like a pencil.
Piano Forest
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


To explain the name of the logo, piano keys have been designed like tall tress of the forest.
Sink IT
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings


To explain the action of the word, very playfully the designer has made the letter “i” sink into the negative space…..great idea!!
Treacy Shoes
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The hidden shoe packed between the company initials conveys the company message in a very stylish and interesting way. 
Truce
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Upside down or backward/forward, no matter in which direction you look at this logo. The designer has made the point that it reads “truce” from every direction.
Urban Chic
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The idea of utilizing the white space between the bristles of comb to portray the urban life makes this logo loveable.
USA Network
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
It is an old but ever living example of utilizing the negative space. I could not stop myself from praising the stylish integration of letter “s” in the logo.
Wave
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
Using the swirls and flows of the waves has been merged here with the negative space to create the word “Wave”
What’s For Dinner?
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The Swirls of the letter “W” has been utilized to make an image of a waiter who is ready to serve the dinner.
New Castle
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
To explain the vast catering services of this company, the designer has merged the wine bottles with a fork.
X MAS
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
The lower space of the letter “X” creates the image of “Christmas Tree”…nice idea!!
Yoga Australia
Famous Company Logos and their Meanings
At first glance the logo may look like a simple picture of a young girl doing her yoga exercise but if you watch it carefully the body posture is creating the Australia Map.

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