When thinking about logos
It's important to consider the different forms a logo can take when thinking about your brand. The main function of a logo is identification. It must be distinct and legible at sizes large and small to maximize usability. Logos can be divided into six categories; wordmark, acronym / monogram, literal, product / service, allegorical and abstract.
One goal of a designer is to provide diverse directions that align with you brand's personality in oder to make choosing a direction easier. This is a good first step. Below are examples of fortune 500 identities placed in their respective logo category.
A logo that is built with the name of the company alone, in order to create a straight forward, yet distinguishable identity is called a Wordmark.
A logo that uses a symbol to communicate a direct translation of the company’s name is considered Literal.
A logo that may be indirectly related to the company that incorporates historical or mythological narratives, or other borrowed meaning, as the basis for its design is considered Allegorical.
A logo that communicates the product or service that the company offers is considered Product / Service.
A logo that transcends familiarity, is wholly new, subjective and open to interpretation is called Abstract.
A logo that is built using the initials of the company to create a unique typographical symbol is called an Acronym or Monogram.