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Which brand comes to your mind first when you see the letter “M”? I bet “McDonalds” is what strikes your mind. Undeniably, some of the biggest brands have built their entire reputation on a single letter. That is precisely the case with top brands like McDonalds, Honda, Unilever and QuickTime. Sometimes " simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" when it comes to logo designing. Here are some examples of famous brands dominating the world with their “single-letter” logos.
 

Famous “Single Letter” logos

 
 
 
 
   
It is not always necessary to incorporate the entire company name in your logo design. A single letter can also do the trick. If meticulously used, a single letter can give you a memorable logo design. In order to understand how one can maneuver a single letter to make an attractive logo design, here are some logo design inspirations that cleverly use a single letter to carve out a wonderful logo design.
   

Inspiring “Single Letter” logos

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

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  1. matin On February 23rd, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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    it’s so awsome. Their really amazing:)

  1. pushpendra On February 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    2

    Good collection of single letter logo..
    Personally i liked Honda, MacD, and Firestarter’s logos….

    Thanks for shearing..

  1. Stunning Mesh On February 24th, 2010 at 1:52 am
    3

    Great and Nice Logos.

  1. Cathy Mason On February 24th, 2010 at 4:04 am
    4

    I love these!

  1. Emil On February 24th, 2010 at 4:51 am
    5

    Shouldn’t Adobe be self-qualified to appear on this list? : o

  1. Graphic Design Courses On February 24th, 2010 at 5:38 am
    6

    Great post on Single letter logo design.Thanks.

  1. ne14 logo design uk On February 24th, 2010 at 5:56 am
    7

    Some great designs. My fave is the Unilever logo. Thanks for sharing these – most of them I haven’t seen before.

  1. vivekdevaiah On February 24th, 2010 at 6:25 am
    8

    Just awe-inspiring!

  1. Tony Greg On February 24th, 2010 at 6:30 am
    9

    these are really amazing. Especially Honda, McDonalds and Unilever got real fame in the world. Our designer just made a single letter logo for our future company :-)

  1. gameruin On February 24th, 2010 at 8:22 am
    10

    nice logos

  1. Freelance Web Designer On February 24th, 2010 at 8:31 am
    11

    Great logo works!!

  1. Noel Wiggins On February 24th, 2010 at 8:42 am
    12

    These single letter forms are outstanding and helped me get out of a little rut with my current logo design!

    Thanks and Regards
    Noel

  1. Aleks Bochniak On February 24th, 2010 at 10:22 am
    13

    Simple… Why don’t people think of this anymore?

  1. Nina On February 24th, 2010 at 10:30 am
    14

    Great stuff, very inspiring :)

  1. web design staffordshire On February 24th, 2010 at 10:31 am
    15

    Nice collection. You forgot how many brands you see day in day out which are represented by a single letter.

  1. Den On February 24th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    16

    Great logos but HIPOCAMPUS aren’t they sea horses not hippos lol

  1. HERO On February 24th, 2010 at 11:42 am
    17

    The Giraffe logo has to be one of my favorite single letter logos of all time. Makes me smile every time I see it. Great post.

  1. Dawn On February 24th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    18

    I am always looking for inspiration from creativity like this…really helps to get the juices flowing and they are all GREAT.

  1. Web Design Kent On February 24th, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    19

    some good ones, i particularly like the pacific shore one, thanks

  1. Clayton Shumway On February 24th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    20

    Great collection, thanks! Love the firestarter logo.

  1. Chris Edwards On February 24th, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    21

    This is an inspirational collection, I can think of a lot more too – such as the apple W for Woolworths

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  1. Dhruba Adhikari On February 24th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    24

    Each one of them is an awesome one. Can’t pick a single one to mark as Best.

    I loved “Verify” logo the most.

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  1. Jose On February 24th, 2010 at 9:59 pm
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    What about the “W” or “O” logos during the presidential campaigns or the fling B in Bentley?

  1. Jose On February 24th, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    27

    frack.. “flying b”

  1. Michelle On February 24th, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    28

    These are great. I particularly like the “Love your Business” Design. My inner child had a giggle when I noticed what this logo looks like if you turn your head a certain way.

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  1. aryna On February 25th, 2010 at 3:43 am
    30

    cool..especially the creative company and love your business!

  1. Joe On February 25th, 2010 at 3:56 am
    31

    Really nice collection here. Thanks!!

    The giraffe logo is perfect..love it!!

    Single letter logos are the way forward..

    Thanks!

  1. Ken On February 25th, 2010 at 7:29 am
    32

    Very cool. One of my favorites: Regency (newregency.com)

  1. Fred Campbell On February 25th, 2010 at 7:31 am
    33

    Superb – but kind of makes me feel inept, these are darn good designs.

  1. roopkumar On February 25th, 2010 at 9:54 am
    34

    WOW!!!!! amazing revelation,
    Thanks.

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  1. Lee Bennett On February 25th, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    36

    Qore has a cool logo too: qore.net

  1. Bill Covert On February 25th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    37

    Cool Logo’s! Thanks for sharing them. I wonder if there’s a graphic designer here that may want to create a logo for me? The Accelerator for Success using the Dream Bar Cafe Principles. I have one for Accelerator, but I wouldn’t mind a tune-up. Let me know…

  1. Luke Gedeon On February 25th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
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    Den,

    The word hippopotamus comes from the Greek words hippo=horse and potamus=river – literally river horse.

    And the hippocampus was named after a mythological creature with the head of a horse (hippo) and the tail of a dolphin (camp).

    Sounds like a seahorse to me.

    Oh… wait, were you talking about the fact that the logo looks like the head of a hippo too? I wonder if they did that on purpose.

    I also wonder if they intended to miss-spell the word.

  1. Pius Eugene On February 26th, 2010 at 7:10 am
    39

    This is a great and inspirational selection of Single Letter Logos.
    Thanks for sharing these!

  1. Thomas On February 26th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    40

    I recognised four, and one of those four I don’t know what company it is.

  1. Monna On February 26th, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    41

    Breathtaking. Passion for logos!

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  1. Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing On March 1st, 2010 at 2:36 am
    44

    i genuinely enjoyed reading your post and going through the logos!i am into the printing and designing business myself and this was inspiration for me.

  1. Logó Tervezés On March 1st, 2010 at 8:43 am
    45

    Great Logos! I really enjoyed reading this blog, it was awesome!

  1. Salena On March 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am
    46

    very neat. 2 other big ones im suprised are not up there are X (xbox) and Q (quicktime).

  1. tri-fold brochure design service On March 2nd, 2010 at 5:56 am
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    Good compilation of single letter logos. More i like the unilever logo. Keep bloging and thanks for sharing….,.

  1. Alex On March 2nd, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    48

    Great to see this. I’m in the middle of designing a logo and needed some inspiration. Further proof that simplicity can still be complex in its own beautiful way.

  1. Ruth Rudin On March 3rd, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    49

    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing this site, I find it very inspiring.

  1. spa nyc On March 3rd, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    50

    It’s so hard to pick a name for your company having the design aspect of it in mind

  1. r4 kaart On March 3rd, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    51

    Yeah I agree very good logo’s thanks for sharing

  1. Brochure Printing On March 3rd, 2010 at 6:51 pm
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    Having the company logo design come from the firs letter of the brand is a great way to make people remember you. A good designer will find ways to incorporate the business into the design to take it once step further. When someone sees the logo, the name will be on the tip of their tongue.

  1. web designate On March 4th, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    53

    just great to inspire. Great designers and fantastic minds they have. Wish me also,

    Thanks!

  1. Laurent JOUVIN On March 4th, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    54

    I am a huge proponent of the “less is more” aphorism. Some people might think it’s easier… I strongly disagree. It’s a lot harder to come up with something that works; but when it does, it’s one powerful logo.

  1. Jye On March 5th, 2010 at 2:57 am
    55

    Single letter logos are easily one of the best company identities in the sense that they are much more memorable.

  1. Rob Cameron On March 8th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    56

    A really nice set of logos, thank you for sharing.

  1. tony On March 11th, 2010 at 12:31 am
    57

    thanks for the post. speaking of, i like the motorola m?

  1. margo On March 12th, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    58

    How fun to see the Hanover Zoo logo right next to the Giraffe logo – 2 ways to use the same inspiration. Visuals are powerful reminders.

  1. G13 Media On March 14th, 2010 at 10:03 am
    59

    quest logo looks beautiful.

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  1. 509 Media On March 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am
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    Famous Stars and Stripes…

  1. Shannon - SKS Designs On March 25th, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    62

    All of these are great creative inspiration but by far the “Water Drop” logo wins hands down. So simple and yet so creative.

  1. Henna On April 12th, 2010 at 2:21 am
    63

    some of the single letter logos are just great, i specially love the kellogs and the mc donalds logo, they are recognized everywhere and people can associate with them no matter where in the world we see them! just great creativity!!

  1. mircha69 On April 15th, 2010 at 11:42 am
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    you might want to ask for permission before using one’s logo to benefit your goal or at least credit the designers who created them

    this being said please take down “young gun”
    thank you

  1. Professional Logos On April 16th, 2010 at 8:47 am
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    These are really amazing logos. My favourites are “Water Drop” and the “Pacific Shore”. I could also mention many more but these two look wonderful – very sophisticated!

  1. Mukesh Gupta On April 20th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    66

    A great Collection indeed ! Let us ahve something on 2letter logos also.

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  1. Pusparaj On May 28th, 2010 at 5:34 pm
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    Liked the Giraffe logo.

  1. black eye On June 10th, 2010 at 8:21 pm
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    beautiful! love this collection!

  1. Jhon Frank On June 25th, 2010 at 3:02 pm
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    Nice logo collection all logos are very creative but i really like “Water Drop” logo the execution of W And Water Drop is great very nice logo.

  1. gia On August 27th, 2010 at 4:52 pm
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    ~Oh, yes. great marketing. Oh, the power of ~just that one letter~. It would be like a name..I could ” think”

  1. Michael Krivich On September 17th, 2010 at 2:39 am
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    Great single letter logo. Not all companies can pull it off. I like Hanuet Wine and Giraffe. Simple yet so creative. Very iconic indeed! I aim for logo design that has such impact. I recently had my logo done by the Logo Design Creation and the quality of work and design concepts that were provided are some of the best I have ever seen. Through efficient and effective communication we were able to come to concensus and a final design in just a couple of days. Since then I have needed to make some minor changes with a new email address and logo design promptly made those changes. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for quality, responsive logo design services for their business.

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  1. diseño paginas web On November 20th, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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    It’s so hard to pick a name for your company having the design aspect of it in mind

  1. Vivek Vathare On December 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm
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    Truly Awesome

  1. paisajismo On December 21st, 2010 at 10:22 am
    76

    beautiful! love this collection!

  1. Kristy On March 17th, 2011 at 2:51 am
    77

    nice article and good blog

  1. Web Designers UK On August 31st, 2011 at 5:58 am
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    My favourite is the Hannover zoo. Thanks for sharing – it’s great to get inspiration from other designers.

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    Nice article and awesome collection.


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