What Type of Logo Design?

Examples of logo types can be useful for our design and discovery of your logo project. Here’s a roundup of six different types of logos: brandmarks, lettermarks, wordmarks, combination, emblem, and mascot.

Lettermark (initials or monograms)

Lettermarks are made of letters. Whether you call them monograms, initials, or acronyms, they’re in the same category.

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Wordmark (text only)

Wordmarks are logos made of…words! The brand’s name is represented by typography, without including a symbol or picture. Good wordmarks are carefully crafted to have a visual rhythm throughout the word, balancing white space, line weights, and the way the letters interact with each other.
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Brandmark (object/mark with logotype/text)

Brandmarks are the opposite of wordmarks. They are symbols without words. Most easily-recognized brandmarks started out in a “lockup” with a wordmark company name. Over time, through repeated exposure, the symbol itself became associated with the brand. The symbol can now be used on its own, separated from the company name. 

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Combination (object/mark + logotype/text)

Combination marks pair a symbol with a wordmark and might be difficult to display them separately. This style of logo may always best used as one logo only.

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Emblem (badge or text inside of a shape)

Similar to combination mark logos, emblem logos combine images with text.
The difference? Emblem logos encapsulate their design features within a frame or border. Combination logos do not. 

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Mascot (illustrated character)

What is a mascot logo? A mascot is defined as an illustrated character that represents a business. You can think of a mascot as the spokesperson or brand ambassador. These types of logos can have the wordmark as part of the illustrated character or separate like Wendy’s logo.

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