Why Some Logos Work?

I think this comes down to why certain logos and infographics work and others do not. Obviously there can be other factors but thinking along these lines gives insight to the process, especially when you consider ‘symbol’ to mean ‘logo’, ‘ad’, ‘chart’, ‘UI’ or whatever else a graphic designer touches. Taken further, such findings could indicate at what point items cease to be read or interpreted and merely seen. Good stuff.

Touchin’ That Brand

It always amazes me when a company who has such tremendous ownership of a market segment decides to up and drastically change it’s trade dress – and this is exactly what Campbells is doing. It seems incredibly ballsy to upend the location of their brand mark and especially move it to the opposite end of the package. This is a poor move as most people in the US would immediately understand that a white can with just a red band on the top is Campbells Soup. There needn’t be a logo, an image of tasty soup or even the proper color of red. The color location is quite enough. Now, they are throwing that work away.

It seems suspect to me that the eye tracking had not come back with the same results with the red band at the bottom. I would guess that other factors are at work aside from the location of the band, probably the undulation of the wave and perhaps less red on the cans.

The second reason I have is that I think they forgot that a lot of times, these cans are sold as tray packs. These corrugate tray packs will do an excellent job of covering up the bottom-placed Campbells logo and the red wave thing ( that everyone has). So now, if you’re lucky you’re just selling ‘Classic Favorites’. Mmmm, sounds store-brand good! I made up a quick drawing to illustrate:

By the way, that wave looks a lot like the TargetĀ® in-store trade wave on it’s side or an upside-down Rubbermaid wave – just sayin’.

A Selection of Logos

I find this set an uncommonly diverse selection of logo handling yet they all have a good bit of restraint to them that really takes them the distance. It’s also nice to see a movement away from the past few years’ Web 2.0 look.

Almost Never Change If You Don’t Have To


There are times where you really should mess with things. Most times, you should never mess with your brand, especially when you’ve got so much invested into it, like Holiday Inn did. When your look becomes an icon you shouldn’t change it, you should build on it. This is elegantly eluded to by Fast Company

Brick Lamp

Even though the whole brushed aluminum/minimal thing is in full swing, I think the most interesting part of this lamp is the switch, like the author said, there is a few ways that you can push the idea further.