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According to Wikipedia, the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the idea that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. Logos (or ‘brand images’) sometimes apply this philosophy to enhance their brand recognition and the messages they want associated with their brand.
I have included below a few examples – can you find the hidden messages?

If you look at the center of this logo, you can see two people enjoying a Tostito chip with a bowl of salsa. This logo conveys an idea of people connecting with each other.

 

At first, this logo might not make much sense. But if you look closely, you’ll see the number 1 in the negative space between the F and the red stripes. I also love how this logo communicates a feeling of speed.

The Milwaukee Brewers is a professional baseball team from Milwaukee , Wisconsin (well, duh.). Their logo is actually made up of the letters M (on top) and B (below the m). These two letters also form a baseball glove.

This simple looking logo actually carries a lot of information. 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. Unfortunately, this brand recognition has now become that of Delta Airlines…personally it just doesn’t have the same impact!

This logo doesn’t seem to hide much at first sight, but it gives you a little insight in the philosophy behind the brand. First of all, the yellow swoosh looks like a smile: Amazonwants to have the best customer satisfaction. The swoosh also connects the letters a and z, meaning that this store has everything from a to z.

 

Toblerone is a chocolate-company from Bern , Switzerland .   Bern is sometimes called ‘The City Of Bears ‘.  They have incorporated this idea in the Toblerone logo, because if you look closely, you’ll see the silhouette of a bear.

 

The old logo of Baskin Robbins had the number 31 with an arc above it.  The new logo took this idea to the next level.  The pink parts of the BR still form the number 31, a reference to the 31 flavors. I don’t know about you, but this logo makes me crave ice cream.

 

Sony Vaio is a well known brand of laptops.  But did you know that the name Vaio logo also had a hidden meaning?  Well, the first two letters represent the basic analogue signal.  The last two letters look like a 1 and 0, representing the digital signal.

 

Do you see any arrows on FedEx’s logo? I saw it a few times at other site saying that there’s an arrow hidden in the FedEx arrow, but I couldn’t find it. I now know where it is, it’s your turn to find. The clue is that the arrow is located in between the alphabet E and X, and the arrow is white, acting as a background.

If your brand were a logo…what would it look like? What message would it send?


4 Comments

  1. I was very pleased to find this site. I definitely enjoyed reading every little bit of it and I have it bookmarked to check out new stuff posted regularly.Thanks!

  2. Byron Wolt says:

    that was a very interesting article! i am just beginning the process of going out on my own and getting an actual logo designed for my brand Speak to Students. I found this very interesting and reinforced that I have to spend more time thinking about what logo i want to represent what i do. thanks

    • Thanks Bryon! While the logo plays a vital role in establishing your brand, it is one of main factors that go into this process. Remember – your brand is “your unique promise of value.” Once you have established your targeted audience, determine what makes you unique (strengths), what can your audience be guaranteed with your service delivery, and what value does it provide them. Basically, what kind of perception do you want others to have about you and your business? Best of luck with this process and be sure to let me know if there is anything I can help answer.

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