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Who designed that Logo ?

Well its is blog post which you guys out there will help me write.  You just need to send me the name of the company and i will write about the designer and the story behind that logo design.  So to start it off, here is the first entry :-

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In 1987, Microsoft adopted its current logo, the so-called “Pac-Man Logo”, designed by Scott Baker. According to the March 1987 Computer Reseller News Magazine, “The new logo, in Helvetica italic typeface, has a slash between the o and s to emphasize the “soft” part of the name and convey motion and speed.” Dave Norris, a Microsoft employee, ran an internal joke campaign to save the old logo, which was green, in all uppercase, and featured a fanciful letter O, nicknamed the blibbet, but it was discarded.

Microsoft’s logo with the “Your potential. Our passion.” tagline below the main corporate name, is based on the slogan Microsoft had as of 2008. In 2002, the company started using the logo in the United States and eventually started a TV campaign with the slogan, changed from the previous tagline of “Where do you want to go today?.

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Adidas – a name that stands for competence in all sectors of sport all over the world. Adidas was founded by Adolf (Adi) Dassler, who started producing shoes in the 1920s with the help of his brother Rudolf Dassler who later formed rival shoe company PUMA AG. Adi Dassler’s aim was to provide every athlete with the best possible equipment. For this he followed three guiding principles: design the best shoe for the requirements of the sport, protect the athlete from injury, and make the product durable. Today, the Adidas brand product range extends from shoes, apparel and accessories for basketball, soccer, fitness and training to adventure, trail and golf. The company’s clothing and shoe logo designs typically feature three parallel stripes, and this same motif is incorporated into Adidas’s current official logo. For years the only symbol associated with Adidas was the trefoil (flower) logo design. The 3 leaves symbolize the Olympic spirit, linked to the three continental plates as well as the heritage and history of the brand. The “Trefoil” was adopted as the corporate logo design in 1972. In 1996, it was decided that the Trefoil corporate identity would only be used on heritage products. Examples of products featuring the Trefoil logo design include the Stan Smith, Rod Laver, A-15 Warm-Up, and Classic T-Shirt. In January 1996, the Three-Stripe brand mark became the worldwide Adidas corporate logo. This logo represents performance and the future of the Adidas branding identity. It has become synonymous with Adidas and its dedication to producing high-quality athletic products to help athletes perform better.

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Adobe Logo Design

Adobe’s triangular abstract A is widely known today. In December 1982, Adobe Systems was formed by Chuck Geschke and John Warnock who were trying to start up a new company. The two forty-something men were confident in the software language they developed and its natural applications. The programing language became known as PostScript and featured several innovations. Communications between printer and PC no longer needed a hotchpotch of specialized application protocols and drivers but one software language only. Also the language could describe both graphics and text on one page. Graphic designer Marva Warnock designed the company’s first identity. The stylization of the A is carried through all glyphs in a rather accomplished and aware way. The original logo also offers a glance of what the future logo would look like. The new stylized A logo sets an example of how a company extends and respects its own graphic history.

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Animal Planet: New Logo

The Animal Planet channel recently revised its logo in order to match their new programs that now carry wild themes. The Discovery-owned channel decided to eliminate the globe and the elephant, replacing them with the “animalistic boldness” of a new identity. The new logo made its debut on February 3, 2008 during the channel’s popular “Puppy Bowl”. The new “jungle-like” design uses three shades of green to create the channel’s name in different size fonts. A new tagline – “Same planet, different world” was added to reflect the changes. The intention of the makeover was to attract more adult viewers with television shows that emphasize animals’ feral nature – a theme that blends in with the Channel’s animal orientation. The network also talked about presenting animals peeking from the letters but this has not yet materialized. Many members of the logo design community were very disappointed and believed that the new design was a good intention gone wrong. The new identity was developed by London screen specialist Dunning Eley Jones with other UK-based companies – Lipsync, Duke and Milton Mordue. The consultancy’s task was to create a look that expressed the network’s values: playful, instinctive, emotional, immersive and entertaining. DEJ is also known for having created the identity of the new Military Channel.

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Apple Logo Design

Based on its company name, they selected an apple as its main form of branding. Initially, the logo depicted a small apple shape sitting under a tree with Apple Computer Co set into the frame of the picture. It is this apple that has continued to be used. The first logo design was perceived to be a bit too complex and hard to view, so Regis McKenna worked on the logo some years later and added a “bite mark” to symbolize the concept of seduction of the customers and the marketplace in general. Next, the monochrome version was replaced with the rainbow-colored logo as a reference to the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in which the apple represents the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. It brings to mind that people must pursue their dreams. While this was not initially a deliberate goal, it did encourage business and consumers to consider the Apple brand for the first time and was successful in generating increased profits.

I will keep growing this list as and when time allows me to do so. For the above logo stories i would like to thank  logoorange. If you guys have any story to share about any logo, please send it over to me.

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2 comments on “Who designed that Logo ?

  1. Rumana Hussain
    January 26, 2009

    Hey suhel..

    That was a nice post..how about you help me out find the story and the designer behind Marks & Spencer Logo.

    Cheers !!

  2. Pingback: What Role Does Your Logo Play in Your Branding Strategy? « Khansuhel’s Blog

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