IMAGERY1 Illustrative Logos

All illustrative logos are pictures, but they cover quite a range of meaning. Some literally illustrate a product or service. Others symbolically represent an idea or metaphor more loosely related to an organization’s mission. A third group suggests meaning or captures a spirit rather than illustrating something specific.

The more literal an illustrative logo is, the less work a potential customer needs to do to interpret it. If your client is a dentist, and you create a logo for her practice that resembles a toothbrush, her logo functions like a highway sign. It says, “This is the dentist, not the cobbler.”

Sometimes, an illustration can be concrete while its meaning remains abstract. Name your moving company Mayflower ...

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