We’ve discussed how consumers are inundated with thousands of marketing messages. We’ve outlined the process of logo development, rebranding and general branding guidelines. Now, we’re going to look at a couple of company logos that have championed these concepts, creating inspiration-worthy branding.
King Dough Pizza – Bloomington, IN
Designed by Zach Graham
There are several reasons why this logo is worth writing home about. To start, their name is clever and rich with creative possibilities. (Pro Tip: If you’re in the naming stage, think beyond the moniker and consider the creative options it presents. Envision it plastered all over your products, painted on walls or embossed on business card. The better your name, the more creative avenues you can explore.)
The balance of this design is, as the youths say, “on fleek” because you can separate the copy & graphic elements and still have strong graphics that advocate the branding. They fit together like pieces of a puzzle. A beautifully branded pizza-puzzle.
As for color and type, they’ve done their homework. This rich, primary color palette paired with bold, loud and stylized font communicates a brand that’s confident, handmade and energetic. Plus, the “psychology qualities of red …triggers stimulation, appetite and hunger…yellow triggers the feelings of happiness and friendliness.” (Source: Karen Haller). The psychological elements are perfectly aligned for a fast casual pizzeria and its customers.
I also want to talk about the textures at play here. They’re subtle, but dynamic. We have a combination of grunge and halftones. These simple elements really elevate the design. It just wouldn’t be the same if it were flat and straight-lined with solid shapes.
There’s a holistic nature about this brand – everything works together. The colors compliment one another, the typography has personality and the textures tie it all together. When you’re crafting your logo, consider this type of holistic approach.
Designed by Pentagram partners Michael Bierut and Luke Hayman
The new & improved MasterCard branding is a true thing of beauty. Not only is it a prime example of successful rebranding on a global scale, (Flashback: “Rebranding Your Business”) but it also champions strong elements of design. First, the infamous “before and after” shot:
This updated branding is so successful because it maintains the iconic style, established in 1968, but appeals to a contemporary, digital audience with its vivid color, simplicity and seamless design. Their logo translates on print, digital, packaging and against both light and dark backgrounds. The type expertly aligns with the circles above and gives the entire design a satisfying weight.