How does the saying go? “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.” Logos are about the first impression and about leaving a lasting impression. A good logo will look good big or small and it doesn’t rely on color to create the effect. As every designer knows, it’s the idea behind the logo that makes it interesting and inspiring. It is the simple logo that creates a hook to remember the company name by, while enjoying the look of the design.
We all suffer from creative blocks from time to time, so here are 10 great musically inspired logos that are great and memorable. Maybe it’ll wake up your inspiration as well.
It just makes sense doesn’t it? The buzz in the middle makes it energetic and just seeing the antenna will connect radio to some generations. It is simple and can be applied to many genres of broadcast. Design by Voov.
Rockit Night Club
This one is brilliant because it is a play on words that works on more than one level, and it mixes all the elements in one dynamic design. A devilish guitar with a rocket on top of the guitar’s neck, and the name. Rock it and Rocket both equals excitement – perfect for a night club. Designed by Arnas Goldbergas.
Simple and elegant it uses the shape of the swan to duplicate as a music clef, but the clef is open almost creating a heart shape. Looks like the design was done with one stroke of a pen and projects simplicity and grace. Designed by Maggie Macnab.
You know you are talking about music at first glance, and it asks you to plug in and listen. A great design for a rock group. Designed by Tannersite.
Simple and suggestive, the design combines the two elements of a DJ – the headphones and the vinyl record. Designed by Logoholic.
Amazing in its simplicity, it combines a fountain pen and a music note. Creativity is what this design is advertising. Designer ALL4LEO at Logomoose.
Simple, beautiful, and modern. The orange note can also be seen as a sun in the middle. Designed by Raffaele Visconti.
Plug and Play
The combination of the typography with the cables says it all. Just as a musician plugs the cords to his instrument or a mike, you can plug in and play. This logo says music without saying it.
Simple and conveys the idea immediately by connecting the earphones to the weights.
A simple design of a note on fire will not let you forget what it is all about. This logo has been a stock logo since 2008.
Many artists turn to music for inspiration. The ability of music to convey mood and inspire emotions is what makes pieces of music transcend generations and tastes. We still listen to great classical composers, to ethnic music, to pop, rock and country and with every generation music evolves and changes but is not forgotten. That is also the mark of a great logo like the one for the Beatles that kept the long letter T through many changes or the Rolling Stones tongue. A great logo can transcend centuries.