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10 Best Company Logo Designs and Why

10 Best Company Logo Designs and Why

There are some company logo designs that you can’t help but think of when you think about what a good logo should look like. Weather it be their creative simplicity or complex cleverness, some logos will stand out in your mind forever. If you are needing a logo for your company or are wanting a logo update you can look to these logos for inspiration. We will discuss 10 of the best company logo designs and what makes them so iconic.

1. Apple

Apple Company Logo Design

The Apple logo has come to be known as one of the most recognizable logos. One thing that makes the Apple logo is iconic is how simple it is. Rob Janoff designed the Apple logo in 1977 keeping in mind that apples have been a symbol of knowledge for a long time. (20 Best Logos [Classic and New] ( He also added the bite mark for proportion so you immediately know that it’s an apple. The bite can also represent a “byte” which is a play on words referring to what the company does with technology.

2. Nike

Nike Company Logo Design

The Nike logo is another simple but highly effective logo. It was designed by Carolyn Davidson in 1971 and the “swoosh” represents the wings of the goddess of Victory, Nike. However, now the “swoosh” makes people think of a fast moving object which correlates with the athleticism that Nike promotes.

3. Starbucks

Starbucks Company Logo Design

The Starbucks logo makes you automatically think of coffee, as Starbucks is the worlds largest coffee chain. You may be wondering what the two-tailed mermaid on the logo means or where it came from. Well, the mermaid is actually a siren. A siren is a creature from Greek Mythology that lured sailors in, causing them to crash their ships. Starbucks wants to lure you in to buy their coffee.

4. McDonald’s

McDonald's Company Logo Design

The McDonald’s “Golden Arches” are internationally recognized as there are more than 38,000 locations in operation around the world. The McDonald’s logo is simple, yet the yellow and red colors are eye catching and make a lasting impression. McDonald’s logo is a good example showing that good use of color in your branding can invoke a certain emotion. Red and yellow when used together, are shown to make people feel hungry, according to (7 Colors That Will Make You Hungry or Lose Your Appetite – Color Meanings (

5. Amazon

Amazon Company Logo Design

The Amazon Logo is a great design because of the double meaning that the arrow portrays. Sometimes called “The Smiley Arrow,” Amazon’s icon points from A to Z which shows that their company specializes in everything from A to Z. The arrow also forms a smiley face showing the company’s commitment to making customers smile.

6. Target

Target Company Logo Design

The Target “Bullseye” is another highly simplistic yet recognizable logo. The “target” icon portrays power and that if you shop at Target, no matter what you are looking for, you will hit the bullseye. The Target logo stands out because of it’s simple round design that is symmetrical. Like the McDonald’s logo, Target also takes advantage of the color red. However in this case, red was chosen as it is a bold color that makes an impression.

7. Under Armour

Under Armour Company Logo Design

Under Armour’s logo makes the list because of it’s clever incorporation of both the U and the A. The two letters are merged seamlessly to create one symbol. Compared to some of the other logos in this list, Under Armour is a relatively new company, being introduced in 1996. Since Under Armour is an athletic brand, their logo needed to look “beefy” and provoke a feeling of strength, which it does.

8. Microsoft

Microsoft Company Logo Design

Microsoft’s logo was created to represent technology being a “window into the world.” The Microsoft logo has come along way since the company first began as Traft-O-Data in 1972. The name changed to Microsoft in 1975, bringing with it a new logo. However, Microsoft’s first logo, while it was great at the time, did not well capture the brand.

Old Microsoft Logo

In 2012 the company re-branded and went with the current version of the logo.

9. FedEx

Fedex Company Logo Design

One thing you may have never noticed about the FedEx logo is the arrow in it. You may be thinking, “what arrow?” However, if you look closely you will see an arrow made from the negative space between the E and the X. This little subtle detail may go undetected by some, but once you see it, you can never un-see it. FedEx’s first logo however, does not contain the hidden arrow. This is because their first couple logos used a different font where the shapes of the letters do not form an apparent arrow.

Old Fedex logo

The current logo was designed in 1994 by Lindon Leader.

10. Levi’s

Levi's Company Logo Design

The Levi’s logo actually has an interesting history. The company was started at the time of the goldrush in the 19th century by Levi Strauss. He started the company so that he could make a pair of pants that miners could wear. He ended up inventing denim and the company exploded in popularity. Their first logo shows two horses pulling a pair of jeans on either sides. This is to depict that the jeans are built strong and are durable. The logo was also supposed to make it easy for both literate and illiterate, as well as non-English speakers to understand the brand. Their first logo is actually still used today as a patch sewn onto every pair of jeans. (Levi’s Logo Design – History, Meaning and Evolution | Turbologo)

Levi's patch

Their current logo is a much more simple version with only the word “Levi’s” on a red background. The current logo features a red “batwing” design based off of the stitch used on the back pocket of their most popular jean, the 501.

Levi's 501


As you can see, there are many different elements that go into making a good logo. All of the company logo designs we’ve looked at in this article have something about them that helps them stand out as a good logo. One thing you may have noticed is that all of these logos are relatively simple. A simple logo with a unique element is sure to stay in people’s mind as it gets the point across quickly and effectively.

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Logo Design- Best Practices & Things to Keep in Mind

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A logo is probably the most important part of your company’s branding as it literally says who you are. A good logo design should be a simple embodiment of your company. It should also be easily recognizable.

In this blog we will look at best practices that you, the business owner, can follow to help the process go as smooth as possible when working with a graphic designer.

We will discuss how to find the right graphic designer for you, how to communicate what you want, revision etiquette, and cost saving compromises.

Finding the right logo designer

There are several things to keep in mind if you are just starting the process of finding a graphic designer for your logo design.


The first thing to keep in mind is your budget. Once you have determined what your budget will be, then you can begin the search for a graphic designer to bring your logo vision to life. Knowing your budget when searching for a graphic designer will help you choose someone who is in your price point. Knowing how much certain graphic designers charge and what you are looking to spend will prove useful in avoiding future miscommunications when it comes to your invoice.


The second thing to keep in mind is that there are many places you can find a graphic designer. With a quick search on the internet, you will find that there are plenty of options for finding a graphic designer. You can check out freelance sites such as Fiverr and Upwork, or search for a local graphic designer in your area. Be sure to also keep in mind that a local designer may be able to meet with you in person and go over your ideas. This is always helpful when making sure your thoughts and ideas are communicated accurately, which will help the design process go smoother.

Keep in mind that a local designer may be able to meet with you in person and go over your ideas.


The third thing to keep in mind is compatibility. When choosing the right graphic designer for you, you will want to look at samples of their previous work, if provided. Make sure that the designs they have done in the past are along the lines of what you are looking for when it comes to your own logo. Every graphic designer has a different art style. Most designers will adapt their art style to fit what their client is looking for. However, some designers have a very specific style and will always stick to that even if it means upsetting the client.

Cost saving strategies to keep in mind

There are a couple things to keep in mind when dreaming about your perfect logo.


The number of colors in your logo doesn’t matter for most things you would use it for digitally. However, if you are ever going to want your logo screen printed, or embroidered on shirts, keep in mind, the more colors, the most cost.


Logos with a lot of detail are also difficult and expensive to screen print and embroider. Also, keep in mind, if you will be ordering business cards with your future logo, you may not like the way your logo looks when shrunk down to fit
on a standard sized business card. It may be hard for potential customers to read your business’ name.

Communicating your logo design ideas

Once you have chosen the right graphic designer for your logo design, it’s time to reach out and let them know what you are looking for and agree on a price.

Have an idea in mind

Keep in mind that having an idea of what you want, even just a vague idea, will help the design process go so much smoother. When envisioning your dream logo keep in mind some of the elements that make a logo design successful. A good logo should be: simple, memorable, timeless, versatile, and appropriate.

Provide examples if possible

A couple things you could do to help the designer have a clearer picture in their head of what you are looking for. One thing you can do is to provide the designer with a hand drawn sketch of what you envision your logo looking like. If you are not able to do that, show images of other logos you have seen and like. This will go a long way in helping the designer create your dream logo, faster.

Speak your mind

A good graphic designer will be able to take the instructions you have given them and communicate back an initial “game plan” on how they will execute the design. If the ideas they give you are not what you had in mind, make sure to speak up and correct any miscommunication. A good designer will take your feedback and revise the plan until you are comfortable with direction they are heading in. Make sure everything is cleared up in the initial stages of design. This will, in turn, make the process go smoother in later stages of the logo design.

Mock-ups and revisions

When your logo designer sends you your first mock-up make sure you look it over carefully. Analyze it to figure out the things you like about it, and the things you don’t. It more than likely wont be exactly what you are looking for in the first mock-up you receive. That’s normal. This is where it comes in handy to be as specific as possible about what you want in the initial stages of discussion with your designer. Now that you have received your first mock-up, be as specific as possible when communicating to your designer. Be specific about the things you like and and don’t like.

Again, don’t be afraid to speak your mind. The clearer you can be the quicker your designer will be able to perfect the logo. With clear direction, it shouldn’t be long until the designer has come up with a logo just like what you had in mind.

Revision etiquette

Be sure to keep in mind the number of revisions that you and your designer agreed upon. The logo design process may take more revisions than you initially had hoped. If this happens, you can ask your designer their protocol when more revisions than quoted will be necessary. Again, this is where it saves you money to have a clear idea of what you want upfront.

When your logo designer sends you your first mock-up make sure you look it over carefully. Analyze it to figure out the things you like about it, and the things you don't. It more than likely wont be exactly what you are looking for in the first mock-up you receive. That's normal. This is where it comes in handy to be as specific as possible about what you want in the initial stages of discussion with your designer. Now that you have received your first mock-up, be as specific as possible when communicating to your designer. Be specific about the things you like and and don't like.

File types

In this section I will go over the different file types you may want to have when the logo is completed. Be sure to think about what you are planning to do with your completed logo before meeting with a designer. This way the file types you will need can be included in your logo design package upfront.


When talking file types, most can be categorized as either bitmap or vector. A bitmap file, such as a .jpeg or .png relies on pixel size. This means that the logo can only be enlarged so much before it starts to get fuzzy and pixelated looking. I am sure you have seen a logo online or printed that looks very pixelated. This is because the business is using a low resolution .jpeg. When made any bigger than it’s pixel size it looses quality and often times looks bad. Make sure that your logo designer provides you with a high resolution JPEG. Then it can be used on items such as small business cards to large banners.


You have probably heard of a JPEG file, and more than likely you will be receiving a JPEG file with whatever design package you chose. It’s the most widely accepted image format. If your logo has a colored background, a JPEG file will be perfect and can be used for most things you would use it for digitally.


If you have a logo that is not square or rectangular A PNG file will more than likely be the file type you will use the most. Unlike a JPEG, a PNG file has a transparent background. This file type comes in handy when placing your logo over a colored background.


Unlike bitmap files, vector files can be as large or as small as you want and they will not loose their quality. Vector files do not rely on pixels so they can be scaled to any size imaginable and look just as smooth on a skyscraper as they do on a business card. As opposed to pixels, vector files are based on shapes and use mathematical equations to be infinitely scalable. Vector files are editable if opened in a vector editing software, however it is best to let your designer do the editing if future changes are needed. That being said, some designers may not give you the option to include vector files. However, as long as you have high resolution bitmap files you should have everything you will need to get your business started.

We talked about screen printing a little earlier. If you are ever wanting your logo screen printed, a vector file will more than likely be required.

Examples of Vector file types include

  • .AI
  • .EPS
  • .PDF
Graphic showing vector vs. bitmap files.

In Conclusion

The design of your logo should not be taken lightly. It is often someone’s first impression of your business as well as what will last in their mind. Follow the steps discussed in this blog and you will have a logo you are excited to show off in no time!

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A Guide to Business Cards Basics

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When you hand someone a business card, you are handing them a piece of your company. Business cards should no doubt make a good impression. In a lot of cases, your business card forms someone’s initial views on your company.

Data collected from a survey done by Statistic Brain Research Institute, showed that 72 percent of people judge a company or person based on the quality of their business cards. The statistic also showed that 39 percent of people would choose not to do business with a company if they had a “cheap looking” business card. 72 Percent Will Judge Your Company by the Quality of Your Business Card (INFOGRAPHIC) – Small Business Trends (

While some would argue that business cards are pointless and outdated, this data shows that business cards are still very relevant and useful. That being said, let’s talk about what makes a good business card, and what makes a bad business card.

Business Card trends change every year. Like most things, trends come and go. What was a popular business card format or design element last year may not be popular now. Researching current business card trends before ordering your business cards is important. In order to make the best impression possible with your business card, you need to know what people consider an “impressive” business card at the time.

QR Codes are Key

One of the current trends for Business Cards right now is the use of a QR code. A QR code, if you are not familiar, is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.” With a simple scan of your phone, the desired QR code URL is open and ready to be viewed. QR codes are currently taking the world by storm and have made finding information faster and more convenient than ever.

However, it should be said, people that primarily use their computer to look things up, and not their phone, argue that QR codes are pointless. They say that they are still going to have to look up your information when they get to their computer anyways so they wont even use the QR code. However, most people primarily use their phone for calling, going online, and pretty much everything else, so a having a QR code makes finding your business’ information so much easier. This results in a higher number of people actually following through and reaching out.

Adding a QR code to your business cards is a great way to modernize your current card. Business cards with a QR code take something hand held but add the convenience of technology with a simple scan. We highly recommend adding a QR code to your business card.

Adding a QR code to your business cards is a great way to modernize your current card. Business cards with a QR code take something hand held but add the convenience of technology with a simple scan.

Your Colors Matter

Using your company’s branded colors is very important for brand recognition. Your business card should immediately relay to the recipient who you are as a company. While you will want your business card to be visually appealing, you shouldn’t neglect to use your company colors and familiar design elements. That’s not to say that you cant sprinkle in additional colors, however, don’t use so many additional colors that it confuses your customer. You want your business cards to be simple enough that all information is easily conveyed. However, you also want them to be colorful enough that they stand out. That’s where a graphic designer can help you navigate the fine lines.

One current business card trend is having alternating colored backgrounds for your business cards. This trend involves ordering the same business card but in two different colors. If your company colors are blue and grey, getting some business cards printed in blue and some in grey will add an element of uniqueness. Handing out business cards in varying colors will be sure to make an impression. It will make the recipient feel more valued than if all the business cards were all exactly the same.

Cardstock shows you care

Business cards can come in a variety of cardstock weight ranging from thin to thick. Depending on where you get them printed, the weight typically starts at 12 pt and goes up to 24 pt. A thinner business card would be 12 pt and a thicker, almost heavy, business card would be around a 24 pt weight.

While a nice looking business card is great to have, it is all for nothing if your business card is flimsy and easily damaged. A nice, thick, cardstock will make a difference when you place it in someone’s hand. Choosing a good cardstock shows that you put in a little extra money and will help your business stand out. It shows that you truly care about their business and want your business card to hold up.

However, it should be noted that there are pros and cons to a thick cardstock. One downside of a thick cardstock is that, while it will make a great first impression when you place it in someone’s hand, it may be unlikely for them to actually keep it. A thicker business card will take up more room in someone’s wallet. This may result in them deciding to toss it out.

An average paper weight for a business card would be 14 pt, or 16 pt. A 16 pt business card may be your best bet for a thicker business card. A weight of 16 pt will make a good impression, while not being too heavy.

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Additional Touches

Things like adding a raised ink element to your business cards also make them literally stand out. Raised ink makes specific parts of your business card raised above the rest. When holding the card you can feel the parts that are raised, typically the logo or other important elements. Raised ink is a great additional touch that will set you apart from the competition.

In Conclusion

As you can see, there are a lot of factors that go into designing the perfect business card for you or your company. Your business card is a very important piece of your branding and all these factors should be taken into consideration to create a great first and lasting impression.

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Why Your Business’ Branding is so Important.

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               What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word, “brand?” Maybe a certain brand came to mind, one of your favorites, like Nike or Panera Bread. What about when you hear the word, “branding?” You probably think of things like, a logo, or company colors, maybe even a tagline or slogan. These are all part of branding and make a brand who they are. A result of good branding is that your company will stand out in people’s minds. After all, the brands you just thought of stood out in your mind, didn’t they? Now you can probably start to see how important branding is for your company. The right branding that will help you stand out and stay in people’s minds long after they leave.

Branding Sets You Apart

Things like your logo, company colors, and tagline are essential to your business. They are the “face” of your business. These are the things people first see when it comes to your company. They are also the things that people may initially think of when they think of who you are. And while your branding is so much more than these things, your logo may be the most important part of your branding.

Your Logo Says Who You Are

A logo is probably the most important part of your company’s branding as it literally says who you are. A good logo should be a simple embodiment of your company. It should also be easily recognizable. Your logo should be simple enough that the person who views it for the first time can quickly tell what your company is. For an example, if you see a logo that has an ice cream cone included you can immediately gather that the company sells ice cream. Now of course that is not always the case. Nike, for example, doesn’t follow this rule, however, it is still a simple, recognizable logo. Even if a logo is very simple, like Nike’s, it should still embody your business and who you are.

Quick Tip. A good logo should be: simple, memorable, timeless, versatile, and appropriate.

Company Colors Create Unity and Recognition

 While company colors may not seem important, that is far from the truth. The colors that your company chooses are very important and should be used in conjunction with your logo to set your business apart. When you think of the colors: red and yellow, you probably think of a certain fast-food restaurant, McDonalds. Their brand’s colors play a huge part in their brand recognition. Another important thing to think about in today’s world is your social media pages and how much better a social media feed looks when the company has branded colors. The feed looks more unified and visually pleasing.

A Tagline is Your Business’ Mission Summed Up

                “The Quicker Picker Upper,” “M’m M’m! Good!” “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One” are all examples of a slogan or tagline. You probably knew what company each of the slogans was for. That’s because of how well their branding and marking departments have done with advertising. This brand recognition is different from a logo or company colors. That’s because even with your eyes closed, upon hearing these taglines you would be able to identify the company. A good tagline sums up your business’ mission statement and is a quick glimpse into what your business stands for.

Maybe a less recognizable one, depending on where you live, is Ollie’s “Good Stuff Cheap!” If you are not familiar with the store, even by reading the tagline you can gather that it is a place that sells good items at a cheap price. Even if you cannot picture their logo or company colors, their tagline still tells you a brief summary of what the company is, and what their mission is.

Your Branding goes Behind the Scenes

                Like I mentioned before, your branding goes way beyond the logo, brand colors, and tagline. Those are just the things at the face of your company, the things that the customer automatically recognizes. However, your branding is also the things that represent your business that happen behind the scenes. Your company’s culture, and values are things that incorporate a company’s brand that start internally but can be recognized by customers and clients. Company culture is the backbone of a successful business.

Adobe is a good example of a company that has a strong company culture and is easily recognizable. Adobe is one of the leading software development companies around the world, used by creatives and run by creatives. Creativity and freedom of expression are at the heart of the company, and pours into the company culture, message, and values. At the core Adobe is branded for creative people. Most graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and videographers use Adobe, and that is because they know Adobe is a reliable company that values the same things they do.

Company culture is the backbone of a successful business.

Values are Valuable

                Your companies’ values and overall mission statement is another huge part of your companies behind-the-scenes branding. One company who’s brand is known for its values and mission is the shoe company, Toms. Toms is a company with charity and giving back at the heart of it. The company gained recognition for their one-for-one campaign, where for every pair of shoes purchased from them, they donated a pair to someone in need. While Tom’s has gravitated away from the one-for-one in 2021, giving back is still what makes them who they are, with 1/3 of their profits going to grassroots social impact campaigns. Their strong values are a huge part of their branding and show how important strong values are to making a company successful.

Branding Basics

                In summary, branding can entail your logo, company colors, tagline and slogan, as well as the behind the scenes of your business, such as company culture, and values. All these pieces working in conjunction will create a brand that is not just recognizable but memorable as well. Weather behind the scenes or in plain sight, branding makes your company what it is and shows who you are as a business. It can make the difference between a company that is easily forgotten and one that will remain in the customer or client’s head forever.