42 Impressive Logos & Identity Design Projects

Seth Godin defines “branding” as “the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. If the consumer (whether it’s a business, a buyer, a voter or a donor) doesn’t pay a premium, make a selection or spread the word, then no brand value exists for that consumer.”

Every institution in the world that considers itself a brand—from corporations to nonprofits to sports teams—relies on its identity design to represent its character to the public in a unique and recognizable way. The visual representation of a brand is one of the most fundamental projects a designer can work on.

But how can you qualify excellence in identity design? Aesthetic appeal? Recognizability? Ubiquity? Hard to say. Some of the most recognizable identity design examples in the world may not be the most appealing, artistically speaking. By the same token, some of the most beautiful identities go virtually unnoticed outside of a small community.

Fortunately, knowledgeable identity design experts can offer some insight. Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual showcases the best design work from across the U.S., including exceptional identity design work. In the competition in question, judges Jessica HelfandMichael VanderbylCaleb BennettDebbie MillmanAlexander Isley and Joseph Duffy selected the following brand and identity designs from their respective regions to elevate among the most noteworthy designs in the country.

Check out the mother lode of identity design projects, divided by region, below:

Identity Design from the East

judged by Jessica Helfand

Ambit Identity

160over90, Philadelphia; www.160over90.com

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Mungo Identity

Jan Sabach Design, Northampton, MA; www.sabach.cz

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Catherine’s Butterflies

TracyLocke, Wilton, CT; www.tracylocke.com

The logo for the butterfly would’ve been easy to miss, but when I read that it was for one of the children whose life had been taken at Sandy Hook, I had to vote it in. How many designers in their lives will be asked to design an identity program for a dead child? Hopefully none. But this designer did so with dignity and through a simple typographic set of choices. An unthinkable task. – Jessica Helfand

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Hugo’s Brand and Collateral Design

Might & Main, Portland, ME; www.might-main.com

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Monroe Workshop

Sarah Rainwater Design, Providence, RI; www.srainwater.com

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See more award-winning designs from the East.


Identity Design from the Far West

judged by Michael Vanderbyl

Coffee Cultures Integrated Branding Program

Chen Design Associates, San Francisco; www.chendesign.com

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Brownie and Madam Integrated Branding Program

Chen Design Associates, San Francisco; www.chendesign.com

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Flour + Co Identity

Rubber Design, San Francisco; www.rubberdesign.com

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Black Ink Identity

Albertson Design, San Francisco; www.albertsondesign.com

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Dō Baked Goods

LJ Design, San Francisco; www.lanejordan.comdough_card1_lanejordan

Fetcham Park Identity

Hint Creative, Salt Lake City, www.hintcreative.com

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See more award-winning designs from the Far West.


Identity Design from the Southwest

judged by Caleb Bennett

NIRI 2013 Southwest Regional Conference Identity

Origin, Houston; www.originaction.com

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Dallas Comedy House Logo Series

RBMM, Dallas; www.rbmm.com

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Doug’s Gym

The Matchbox Studio, Dallas; www.matchboxstudio.com

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Austin Parks Foundation

The Butler Bros, Austin, TX; www.thebutlerbros.com

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Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Arts and Recreation, Austin, TX; www.arts-rec.com

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See more award-winning designs from the Southwest.


Identity Design from New York City

judged by Debbie Millman

Fortuny Identity

Pentagram, New York City; www.pentagram.com

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Jigsaw Productions Identity

www.jigsawprods.com

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Avianca, Visual Identity

Lippincott, New York City; www.lippincott.com

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Puck Penthouses Branding

Pentagram, New York City; www.pentagram.com

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Offset Logos

Siegel+Gale, New York City; www.siegelgale.com

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Well Rounded Sound Logo

Hinterland, New York City; www.hinterlandstudio.com

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Identity

Pentagram, New York City; www.pentagram.com

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The Jade Hotel

Mucca Design, New York City; www.mucca.com

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See more award-winning designs from New York City.


Identity Design from the South

judged by Alexander Isley

Lichty Guitars Identity

Stitch Design Co., Charleston, SC; www.stitchdesignco.com

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S+G Engineers Identity

COCG, Raleigh, NC; www.cocg.co

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Booth Custom Jewelry and Identity

COCG, Raleigh, NC; www.cocg.co

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Corpus Callosum

Stitch Design Co., Charleston, SC; www.stitchdesignco.com

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Black Pine Branding

Device Creative Collaborative, Winston-Salem, NC; www.wearedevice.com

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Unlock Tampa Bay Branding Campaign

SPARK, Tampa, FL; www.spark.us

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The Pelican House Multimedia Campaign

TILT, Baton Rouge, LA; www.tiltthis.com

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Mason’s Multimedia Campaign

Green Olive Media, Atlanta; www.greenolivemedia.com

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Crop Salon Branding

Device Creative Collaborative, Winston-Salem, NC; www.weare device.com

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Kanga Multimedia Campaign

Matchstic, Atlanta; www.matchstic.com

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STEM Scouts Brand Identity

Designsensory, Knoxville, TN; www.designsensory.com

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See more award-winning designs from the South.


Identity Design from the Midwest

judged by Joe Duffy

International Architects Atelier Identity

Design Ranch, Kansas City, MO; www.design-ranch.com

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Honey Butter Fried Chicken Multimedia Campaign

Kitemath, Chicago; www.kitemath.com

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Whiskey Design Branding

Whiskey Design, Kansas City, MO; www.whiskeydesign.com

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Yello Identity

Deksia, Grand Rapids, MI; www.deksia.com

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Black Powder Tavern Identity

TWIST Creative Inc., Cleveland; www.twistcreative.com

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Discover How to Be: Multimedia Campaign

Olson, Minneapolis; www.olson.com

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Bonbright Distributors Brand Manifesto, Website (www.bonbright.com), Video and Graphics

by Real Art, Dayton, OH; www.realart.com

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See more award-winning designs from the Midwest.


By Sagi Haviv, Tom Geismar, and Ivan Chermayeff

The NBC peacock. Chase Bank’s blue octagon. Mobil Oil’s arresting red ‘o’. PBS’s poetic silhouettes of the everyman. Though Chermayeff & Geismar may not be a household name, its logos are pervasive in every corner of the world. (One identity – the official logo for the U.S. Bicentennial – even sits on Mars). The firm’s visual identities are an integral part of American culture, and instantly recognizable by countless millions.

Authored by legendary designers Tom Geismar, Ivan Chermayeff, and Sagi Haviv, Identify is the ultimate authoritative examination of the process, approach, and principles that result, time and time again, in identity design with the potential to become iconic, and thus succeed in representing a brand in the mind of the public for generations. Get it here.

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