If you’re looking for some logo design inspiration look at these ingenious examples that carry dual meanings in their design. These hidden symbols either explain the nature of the business or are a clever visual representation of its name. Superb work by talented artists and designers who must have been high on some ‘good stuff’. Check them out.
1. Is that a golfer or the profile of a Spartan wearing a helmet?
2. The ‘R’ forms a man riding a bicycle, the orange circle is the front wheel.
3. The hand and leg enclosure forms the map of Australia
4. Two ‘F’s and a plane in the middle
5. The coffee froth forms the shape of the moon (with an eye)
6. The face of a lion, the shape of a bird.
7. The ‘C’s form the eyes of a cat
8. A fish made of code symbols
9. The two arrows shape a ‘H’ letter
10. The negative spaces between the legs form the buildings of the Bronx
11. Is it a hat or a cup?
12. A reel or a scared face?
15. Is it a bear or a hand?
18. Hope for African Children Initiative
19. Baskin Robbins has 31 flavours – check the ‘B’ & the ‘R’
20. Sony Vaio
21. Is it a ‘g’ or a smiling face?
22. The ‘C’ and the ‘o’ form a tyre
23. An eight made up of 8s
24. Ever noticed the arrow in the negative space between the ‘E’ and the ‘x’?
25. The number ‘1’ can be seen between the white ‘F’ and the red waves
26. Kölner Zoo
27. From ‘a’ to ‘z’, Amazon has it all…and a smile.
28. Mister Cutts
29. The Guild of Food Writers logo shows a spoon between the nib of a fountain pen
30. London Symphony Orchestra – Do you see LSO or a conducter with a baton?
31. The peacock in the NBC logo stands for color and pride.
32. The ‘N’ is also a ‘W’ with an arrow pointing north-west
33. Is it a tree or a chimp looking at a lioness?
34. Portrait Photos
35. The chip forms the word SUN in all directions
36. Ever noticed the bear between the mountain?
37. Food & Wine
40. One of the first commercially designed ambigram/reversible logos (1969)
42. A plug, socket and an ‘E’ in the middle
43. Is that a film or Frankenstein’s head?
44. There’s a knife in the letter ‘a’
45. Almost forms the % symbol
46. Is that the moon or a golf ball?
48. Circus of Magazines
49. Piano Forest
What is responsive design? Most people vaguely understand that it refers to websites that work just as well on desktops as they do on smartphones, but there’s a lot more to it than that, leading to widespread confusion.
But the principles of responsive design aren’t that hard to understand, thanks to this amazing collection of animated GIFs. Spend just a few minutes with these GIFs, and you’ll never be hoightily corrected by a design pedant about “responsive websites” versus “adaptive websites” ever again. In fact, you can be that hoighty pedant!
The GIFs below show many of the basic principles of responsive designs. Responsive designs fluidly expand, whereas adaptive designs hitch as you expand a browser or viewport.
Positioning your designs elements using pixels as X,Y coordinates can cause a site designed for one screen to look weird on another. Use relative units, like percent of the screen, instead of static units like pixels.
“As screen sizes become smaller, content starts to take up more vertical space and anything below will be pushed down. It’s called the flow.”
“Breakpoints allow the layout to change at predefined points, i.e. having three columns on a desktop, but only one column on a mobile device.”
By using nesting elements, you can make it so collections of onscreen elements adapt to a shrinking or expanding screen as one, instead of individually.
“Sometimes it’s great that content takes up the whole width of a screen, like on a mobile device, but having the same content stretching to the whole width of your TV screen often makes less sense.”
“Technically there isn’t much of a difference if a project is started from a smaller screen to a bigger screen (mobile first) or vice versa (desktop first). Yet it adds extra limitations and helps you make decisions if you start with mobile first.”
“Does your icon have lot of details and some fancy effects applied? If yes, use a bitmap. If not, consider using a vector image.” A vector image can more properly adapt to different resolutions.