70 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials and Resources

Mar 25 2009 by Jacob Gube | 81 Comments

An effective logo sets the tone and public perception of your brand, and therefore careful thought and creativity must be put into constructing it.

In this article, you’ll find a large collection of tutorials and resources on the topic of designing logos by some of the most well-respected logo designers in the industry.

Logo Design Tutorials

Step-by-step logo

Designer/Author Chuck Green shows us the general process he takes when designing a logo.

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Big Bocca – Illustrative Logo

This downloadable tutorial goes through the process of designing an illustrative logo.

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Piranha’s Revenge – Illustrative Logo

Artist Von. R. Glitschka discusses his creative process for designing an illustrative logo.

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Logo Frustration

Take a peak into a real-world project to see an actual logo designer in action.

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Creating the Logo / Identity for “Blackberry Creek Community Church”

You’ll see, from start to finish, the creation of a logo for the "Blackberry Creek Community Church".

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Drawing a Good Logo

UX Developer Nathan Smith discusses his method for creating an iconic logo design.

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The process of redesigning a logo

Kristof Saelen discusses an effective course of action for updating an existing logo.

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Day 30: Designing a Logo

Learn how to create a logo design in Illustrator via this step-by-step tutorial.

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My logo design process

Graphic Designer David Airey shares his logo design process, including the very important step: the design brief.

Constructing the Perfect Logo

This short tutorial goes over the general methods for constructing a logo.

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Logo Design Galleries for Inspiration

LogoPond

LogoPond is a logo design gallery where users can upload and share their logos. Members can leave comments/critiques, so it’s a helpful place for getting feedback.

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Logo Of The Day

Logo Of The Day features one logo a day picked by a panel of judges.

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The Identity Archives Project

The Identity Archives Project is a searchable database of logos and brand identity designs, it’s useful for getting inspiration on particular topics such as "technology" or "web 2.0".

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Logos & Logotypes on deviantART

deviantArt has a section on user-submitted logos/logotypes that you can browse through for logo design inspiration.

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Logo Faves

Logo Faves is a logo design gallery that seeks to present the best logo designs. Check out their "Highest Rated Logos" section to see what the top logos on the site.

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FAVEUP

FAVEUP is a design inspiration gallery that has a wonderful Logos section. Users are able to vote on designs that are featured on FAVEUP.

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Logo Galleria

Logo Galleria (currently) has over 400 logos featured in their gallery.

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LogoFury.com

LogoFury.com is a frequently updated logo design gallery featuring thousands of logos. Check out the Top Rated section to see what their users like the most.

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Logospire

Logospire is a logo design gallery where users can vote on, comment on, and upload logo designs.

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LogoMoose

LogoMoose is a logo design showcase site. They have a monthly "Logo of the month" award for submitted logo designs.

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LogoSauce

LogoSauce is a logo design gallery. Check out the "top 6" section to view the most popular designs on the site.

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lo8os

Update: This website no longer exists.

lo80s is a highly-categorized logo design gallery. You’ll find categories like "Symbols" or "Household Items" on here.

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LogoSurf

LogoSurf is part of BuzzShout is a logo design aggregate that displays tons of logos in one page to reduce the number of clicks you have to perform to see logo designs.

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logoed

logoed is a blog-style logo design showcase for graphic designers that posts logos from various designers.

goodlogo!com

goodlogo!com is a database of logo designs. Check out the Logo Top 250 section to see the most popular logos on the site.

Logo Design Articles

30 Brilliant Vector Logo Designs, Deconstructed

Graphic and web designer, Chris Spooner, analyzes how one would construct the featured logo designs.

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branding firefox

Acclaimed creative team Hicksdesign discusses the method in which the Firefox logo was selected.

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What Makes a Great Logo

This is an excellent article on the fundamental elements of a good logo design.

how do designers create unique identities?

Logo designer and author Jeff Fisher ponders on the ways designers go about creating unique brands that stand out from the crowd.

Logos with a meaning

This article on creativebits examines logos that have a symbolic meaning to them, such as the FedEx logo and Sun Microsystems logo.

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5 vital logo design tips

Acclaimed graphic designer David Airey shares his tips on designing logos.

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LogoBee’s Top 10 Logo Design Tips

Logo design company, LogoBee, shares some basic things to consider when creating a logo.

Color as Logo

Peter Windett discusses using color as your logo.

The Five Types of Marks

This back-to-basics article discusses the five main categories of logos.

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Logos, Flags, and Escutcheons

A classic piece on logo design: Paul Rand discusses the meaning of logos and what makes it effective.

What makes a good logo design?

David Airey shares his thoughts on what makes a logo design great.

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7 Logo Design Trends that have Withstood the Test of Time

Styles and trends of logos have changed throughout the years, but as this article shows, there are certain logo design elements that are as popular today as they were back in the day.

The Secret Life of Symbols

Maggie Macnab discusses the history of symbols and what they mean to us as a culture.

Branding Basics Create a Great Logo and Tag Line

This article shares some basic tips on creating a logo and a tag line for it.

How Google Got Its Colorful Logo

Wired News tells us the history of Google’s legendary logo.

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The Power of RED

This article discusses the meaning of the color red and the emotions and perceptions it invokes upon the viewer.

Logo Design Revisited.

Designer Dmitry Kirsanov revisits and analyses some of the logos he’s done in the past.

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Logo Design Showcases

Top 10 Rock Band Logos

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Logo Design History

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Logo Design & Branding Trends 2009

Logo Design & Branding Trends 2009

10 handwritten logo designs

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10 Examples of Simple, Effective Logos

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20 Inspirational Logo Designs

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50+ Kick Ass Logos for Inspiration

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35 Green, Leafy Logos

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30 Dual Element Logos

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15 wonderfully simple logo designs

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The Logos of Web 2.0

A showcase of logos that have the "Web 2.0" look and feel.

Logo Design Flickr Groups

Design the Logo

Design the Logo group is a popular Flickr group with over 4,000 members and 8,000 items.

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Brands, Marks & Logos

This 2,000+-member strong Flickr group showcases brands, marks, and logos from around the world.

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Identity + Logo Design

With close to a thousand members, the Identity + Logo Design group on Flicker is a great place to hang out and gather design inspiration.

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Logo Design Books

Designing Brand Identity

An excellent book on the topic of creating effective and successful strong brand identities. It also outlines strategies for maintaining your brand through time and throughout the company.

Logo, Font & Lettering Bible

A wonderful and pragmatic guide to working with logos. If you are new to the world of logo design and want to read about designing logos – this is a great starting point.

Logo Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo Design

This book analyzes 100 logos to see what features makes for an effective logo design. It also examines the evolutions of popular logos throughout the years, and why changes to them were made.

LogoLounge: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers

This book is a showcase of logos from around the world. It’s a great book to have around to gather inspiration: I look through it before sketching and firing up Illustrator to get the creative juices flowing.

Design Matters: Logos 01: An Essential Primer for Today’s Competitive Market

This book is about designing effective logos in today’s competitive market where consumers are baraged with plenty of options. How do you stand out from the sea of other logos? Read this book to find out.

30 Must-Have Logo Books

Here is a great set of books compiled by freelance graphic designer Gino Orlandi.

Logo Design Blogs and Sites

David Airey: Logo Design Category

David Airey has a section on his personal site that has a whole bunch of great logo design related posts.

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Logolog

Denis Radenkovic runs a weblog where each post is focused on a particular logo which is analyzed and critiqued.

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Logo Design Blog

Logo Design Blog shares news and information on logos and logo design companies.

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LogoLounge.Com

LogoLounge.Com is a site dedicated to logos and is a great hang-out for logo designers.

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Brands of the World

Brands of the World is a site that indexes the most popular, famous brands and logos around the world.

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The Logo Factor

The Logo Factor is a logo design weblog that discusses news and information on designing logos.

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Brand New

Brand New is a site that shares opinions on brand identity, usually in the corporate setting.

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Logo Notions

Logo Notions is a web column by Jeff Fisher that has essays on the topic of designing logos.

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Got more?

Leave your favorite logo design tutorials and resources, or talk about the ones above, in the comments.

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81 Comments

Osvaldas

March 25th, 2009

70 entries at the one place is pretty too much – probably author should have picked some exceptional, unique and most valuable items. Anyway, well done.

Bryony Kernick

March 25th, 2009

I’m usually just a lurker, but I *had* to comment on this… What a great and insanely useful collection, thank you! I’ll be spending hours going through all these :D

Big thumbs up!

Danh ba web 2.0

March 25th, 2009

Excellent post. Thanks you very much
Keep up the good work !

Bruce Colthart Creative (@bccreative)

March 25th, 2009

Holy crap! I’ve never seen such a collection as this – outstanding; thanks for all the effort!

xea

March 25th, 2009

Thanks very much for these tutorials!

A1QA Texas

March 25th, 2009

Yep, too much, but the review is full and really all-embracing. It’s an advantage in my view, coz you can see all in one place. :) Enjoy!

Bogdan Pop

March 25th, 2009

It would take a day just to look over all of them. Some of them are really good resources.

jack

March 25th, 2009

Nice list — although logo design is equal parts talent, dog and pony show, experience, snake oil salesman and personality rather than a creative project like a normal person would expect

Adrian

March 25th, 2009

Why does this take up so much of the home page?

Brad

March 25th, 2009

This is a lot of logos! There is a lot of great stuff to learn in here. Sad that there will be some that come here just to find logos to rip-off and copy.

Khai

March 25th, 2009

Thanks Six Revision!! My inspirations!!

CedricADW

March 25th, 2009

Wow ! Excellent list, thanks.
This is a great collection !

Dainis Graveris

March 25th, 2009

amazing article, outstanding resource for designsers, really huge!

Naomi Niles

March 25th, 2009

Wow, that’s a fine and extensive list. Thanks for the mention!

Chad Engle

March 25th, 2009

@Osvaldas The author may be banking on returning traffic. I know I am bookmarking this post and will come back more than once because there is sooooo much content. Nice job Gube!

hellrider

March 25th, 2009

thnxs it’s cool

Jacob Gube

March 25th, 2009

Thanks for the feedback everyone. This took quite a while to write and put together. It’ll probably take more than a few sittings to get through all of them. :)

@Bryony Kernick: Thanks for commenting.

@Adrian: My fault. I forgot to put the more tag like I usually do. It’s fixed now.

Osvaldas

March 25th, 2009

@Chad yes, sometimes you can do anything to beat your personal traffic results but all I meant that it’s all about the quality, not quantity as some of the entries are simply valueless. No offense for an author – just a simple notion.

Ushuaia-Info

March 25th, 2009

Muy buena compilación y excelente material. Especialmente el primer tutorial Step-by-step logo !!! Gracias !

E. Serrano

March 25th, 2009

Very good collection of logo design resources! It’s really wonderful for those of us who are really passionate about corporate identity design. Good job!

I also try to explain in my own website (eserrano.com) the whole logo design process (although it is not so visual as a step-by-step tutorial, it helps to understand the underlying symbolysm and meaning behind a logo design).

Because a good logo design is much more than an appealing graphic ;-)

jack

March 25th, 2009

btw, http://www.logodesignlove.com/ blog kicks some serious ass!

Patternhead

March 25th, 2009

Wow, fantastic resource, thanks for sharing.

Sean Farrell

March 25th, 2009

amazing post! a lot of good info i missed last year, thanks

taylan

March 25th, 2009

Awesome list. I have bookmarked and i think i will return to this page often. Thank you!

Wade Jackman

March 25th, 2009

Excellent resource list. This will be forwarded to some people for sure.

mrfidalgo

March 25th, 2009

One of the best links…very instructive

noelmcg

March 25th, 2009

great list, cheers for putting it together

Matt

March 25th, 2009

Logo design really is an art form all its own.

Tom Ross

March 25th, 2009

Great post Jacob. Keep it up :)

Two Socks

March 25th, 2009

This is a great post thanks!

Logo design is such a creative field, with virtually endless possibilities. I think its fantastic to be able to see how other people work out clients ideas and turn them into a branding strategy.

It would be very interested to see how other people manage a project from start to finish and what/when things get shown to the client. I’ve got my own style of doing things, and my clients always get to view there logos on Presentation Boards, this is a great list at focus on how to create one and the creative processes involved. Prehaps as a future project you can show the steps and processes involved in creating a Branding Identity from start to finish including resources shown to the client?

At any rate top post!

David Airey

March 26th, 2009

Your mentions are very much appreciated, Jacob. Thanks for taking the time to include me / my blogs.

Jacob Gube

March 26th, 2009

@David Airey: My pleasure David, anything to promote good design practices.

Dreamspeaker

March 26th, 2009

Geez now can you give me the time to go through all these. Thanks! Good compilation of usefull info

Pradeep CD

March 26th, 2009

Nice post… I’m inspired… keep it up…

thanks…

Desiztech

March 26th, 2009

Thanks Jacob.. really useful post! keep up the good post coming

Will

March 26th, 2009

This couldn’t have came at a better time. I am designing a logo for my new company and needed some help/inspiration. There is plenty here so thanks a lot!

David

March 26th, 2009

Great collection you put together here. I had found a lot of these – but not all! Thanks to you I now have more resources to reference when trying out new styles for logos.

Kliment

March 26th, 2009

Great post!
Check out this Logo group :)
http://www.flickr.com/groups/607735@N20/
Cheers

Sigurdur Armannsson

March 27th, 2009

Excellent collection of sites. Thanks very much.
http://www.wolda.org/ is something that I think should belong here.

joyoge designers' bookmark

March 27th, 2009

wonderful resources of logos thanks..

LuCee

March 28th, 2009

Like a kid in a lolly shop I don’t know where to start.
But I’m determined to taste each one.
Thanks

Leena Ajwani

March 29th, 2009

Lots to be learn form these websites just to tell its really awesome collection.

imsraaia

March 31st, 2009

Cool resources… Awesome…

Nick

April 2nd, 2009

Wow, I did a lot of “Right Click => Bookmark this Link” while scrolling through this. I now have a whole bunch of resources to fill my time with, thanks!

Erik @ Logo Critiques

April 3rd, 2009

Thanks for another great list. May I make two more article suggestions?

I wrote these articles and think they are a great resource for logo designers.

10 Great Logo Design, Branding and Identity Books

http://www.logocritiques.com/resources/10_great_logo_design_branding_and_identity_books/

and

10 Mistakes Logo Designers Can Make When Designing Logos

http://www.logocritiques.com/resources/10_mistakes_logo_designers_can_make_when_designing_logos/

Ferg

April 7th, 2009

Brilliant collection!

(and two of my logos are showing on your ‘logosauce’ screenshot!

redson

April 13th, 2009

awesome list. I knew few of them but not all. Thanks for listing out.

Streetbook

April 14th, 2009

The best collection ever seen.
Thanks for posting it.

KirkM

May 16th, 2009

Nice list! I didnt’t know of most of these resources. Thanks:-)

Module23

May 26th, 2009

Rocking collection. Thanks for sharing this source of inspirations.

Jacob Cass

June 10th, 2009

Thanks for the links out Jacob, much appreciated. Man I find it so weird talking to my own name.

http://logodesignerblog.com is another logo blog worth mentioning. Cheers.

Jacob Gube

June 10th, 2009

@Jacob Cass: Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for sharing that awesome resource! Yeah I know, it feels weird… the first email I wrote you began with “Hi Jacob, This is Jacob”. :)

Cheap

June 19th, 2009

Right now, I am working and learning Photoshop. Thanks for sharing this cute list of logo designing learning and practice. I think its too help full

Best regards,
Alex

Ashley Adams

July 9th, 2009

This is easily more than anybody could ever ask for. However, I’m not complaining. I love tutorials and for me, it’s always ‘the more, the merrier’. It is surprising how after all these years, I still get to learn so much from these tutorials. Amazing collection.

Fabian

July 18th, 2009

Wow Jacob,this is one of the best one stop shops of seen when I need to be inspired.

Balaji

July 28th, 2009

Its really cool!!!!!! def a useful one.

medyum

August 19th, 2009

This is a lot of logos! There is a lot of great stuff to learn in here. Sad that there will be some that come here just to find logos to rip-off and copy.

Dizainas

September 9th, 2009

Perfect resource. Starting from the top :)

Cheryl Ann

October 23rd, 2009

Here is a tutorial I really liked: Logo Design Creation Process from Start to Finish.

It shows a detailed planning stage and final outcome.

medyum

November 4th, 2009

Thank you very much for everything

Shane

November 6th, 2009

So much great work here, really nice to see some of the initial designs and development.

Thanks.

Christian

November 9th, 2009

I can also recommend Thomas Seo’s summer project “Tweet me a brief and I will design a logotype for free”

http://www.logotyp.se/

George

December 3rd, 2009

Wow! Great information source! Thanks for sharing this!!

Ankara Parke

December 19th, 2009

Perfect resource. Starting from the top :)

kapadokya

January 22nd, 2010

So much great work here, really nice to see some of the initial designs and development.

Thanks.

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March 8th, 2010

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kral oyun

March 27th, 2010

So much great work here, really nice to see some of the initial designs and development.

Thanks.

JP

May 2nd, 2010

Surely the largest page of links on logo design ever – cheers for sharing!

Joyful

May 30th, 2010

Fantastic range of logo designs and ideas.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Mark Spencer

August 5th, 2010

great variety of logos on display .really cool stuff

cẩm xuyên

September 2nd, 2010

It’s great, I’m looking for logo design ideas and I imagine the idea to design their own logo. thanks a lot

lisa

September 23rd, 2010

wow, what a fantastic and various pattern of logo hystories…

thanks for such guide of logo processing

stephen

September 24th, 2010

It will take me years to go through this list, and that’s the way I like it.

Jeff Gillan

November 23rd, 2010

Thank you for this resource, which includes some great articles and mentions a few people of whom I am already a fan. It’s great to see some sketchwork and you’ve included some must-read books in the list. Well done!

dizi

January 20th, 2011

the design ı am sister like, and make photoshop logo design

Andy

January 29th, 2011

Great and elaborated article. http://logorium.com is worth mentioning as an inspiration site.

Jack wills

May 4th, 2011

I so enjoyed every bit of this site and I’ve bookmarked your blog to keep up with the new topics you will post in the future.

Nadia

October 23rd, 2011

Thank you very much for everything , I also like to talk about Logopub its very nice site with much much logos
http://www.logopub.net

Thanks
Naida

Ian

March 3rd, 2013

This is really great! I’m trying to create a nice little resource for logo designers too through Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/LogoGeek I’ve not long started, but I want it to become the place to go for the latest logo design news, and general chit chat about logo design.

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