Great Typographic Logos: Tips, Design Considerations & Examples

Great Typographic Logos: Tips, Design Considerations & Examples

Do you need a logo for your brand?

Maybe you’re starting a whole new venture … or perhaps you feel that your current brand identity isn’t as strong or cohesive as it should be.

A typographic logo is a logo that is text-based, though it might incorporate symbols or imagery. If you’re not a designer yourself, it’s the simplest type of logo to create (though truly great typographic logos will have design expertise behind them).

At its simplest, a typographic logo could simply consist of your brand’s name, typed in a font that you like. You can go a lot further, though, in creating a typographic logo that really showcases your brand.

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What Makes a Good Typographic Logo?

A good typographic logo needs to:

  • Clearly show your brand’s name. If the font you’ve chosen is illegible, then it’s going to confuse potential customers.
  • Tie in with other aspects of your brand. You might want to think about the brand identity prism and how the different aspects of it fit with your logo to ensure brand consistency.
  • Use appropriate colors (and normally no more than two of them). Most typographic logos will use either one or two colors.
  • Reproduce well at both large and small sizes. Ideally, you want your logo to be legible even if it’s displayed or printed in a tiny size.
  • Adhere to copyright law. Be careful about the font(s) you choose for your logo – there may be restrictions on how they can be used.

Key Typographic Logo Design Considerations

When you’re trying out different possibilities for your logo, you’ll want to consider:

What Font Will Work Best for Your Logo

There are thousands of fonts out there … and choosing the perfect one for your logo can be surprisingly tricky. Once you’ve narrowed down roughly what you want (e.g., a font that looks “professional but modern”), then it’s worth listing some different possibilities to try out.

Keep in mind that some fonts may work better at different sizes, and you can potentially use more than one font within your logo.

Make sure the font you’ve chosen is legible – this can be a challenge with some handwriting-style fonts. Even if the font is a good brand fit, you may need to keep searching to find something that can also be easily read at a glance, not painstakingly deciphered.

Whether or Not to Use a Symbol

Using a symbol can potentially enhance your message and help solidify your brand. Some typographic logos will use a symbol within a key letter (the letter O is often a good option for this); others will have a symbol within or after the text of the logo itself.

Keep in mind that with a typographic logo, the symbol itself shouldn’t stand alone as a logo – it should instead be an integral complement to the text.

Important: If you’re redesigning a logo for an established company, it’s well worth following this checklist to make sure you go about doing so the right way – the last thing you want is a logo that’s a poor fit for your brand, or one that your customers hate.

Examples of Great Typographic Logos

As you come up with ideas for your logo, it can be helpful to see the range of different ways in which other companies have used typography. Here are four great typographic logos to inspire you:

Example #1: Disney

Black and White Disney Logo

Screenshot via Disney

This instantly recognizable logo from Disney is notable for its:

  • Hand-lettered style – it looks like it’s been drawn with permanent marker
  • Thick, bold letters and simple coloring: just black on white
  • Child-like mix of lowercase (i, y, and arguably s) and uppercase (D, N, E) letters

Example #2: Lidl

Colorful LIDL Logo

Screenshot via Lidl

Lidl’s logo is bright and easy to recognize. It’s notable for:

  • Very thick type, with the “I” in lower case and offset to add visual interest
  • Three different colors – the primary colors work well together, so this logo isn’t too “busy”
  • The use of a prominent round yellow circle, rather like a discount price sticker – hinting at the store’s reputation for low price

Example #3: Google

Google Logo

Screenshot via Google

Google’s logo underwent a redesign back in 2015 to use a new font and slightly different colors – which met with criticism as well as approval. Their logo is:

  • Fun and bold, with four different colors (hard to pull off!)
  • Clear and simple – the letters are plain and unfussy
  • Has a more contemporary, younger feel than the old version of their logo

Example #4: FedEx

FedEx Logo

Screenshot via FedEx

The strong, solid FedEx logo features:

  • Two colors that work very well together: dark blue and orange
  • Clear, bold letters that all tough one another – helping to give an impression of speed
  • A clever hidden symbol (if you’ve not noticed this before, take a look at the space between the E and the x)

Typographic logos can be easy and straightforward to create … but also hugely memorable and powerful. Take inspiration from some of the great logos already out there … and use the tips above to make sure that yours works as well as possible.

For a brand logo to make the biggest impact, it must be used consistently across all brand communications and media. That often means multiple iterations of your logo for different use cases, such as social media profile images, company letterhead, digital and print advertising, and more.

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