The Big Book of Logos Paperback – May 2003
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About the Author
David E. Carter has authored, edited, and compiled over 100 books on graphic design, advertising, logos, branding, and corporate identity. Over the years he has created innumerable ad campaigns and television programming and continues to consult on matters of design and branding for various firms.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
As to the logos, with 2500 of them there has to be a lot of duds but that is only to be expected. The majority of them have been produced for small companies who feel they need some mark for local recognition and on this basis there are many neat solutions here. For example page 234 shows a capital D incorporating a fork and spoon, a clever idea and surely just what Dantes Restaurants Inc wanted. If the book was just going to show real clever stuff produced by super creative designer folk it would be pretty thin. For the money though I feel this is good value.
At the other extreme a logo book that I have enjoyed is Per Mollerup's 'Marks of Excellence' (ISBN 0714838381) a history of logos, beautifully designed and printed and here the logos are grouped according to their look, eyes, flags, globes, hearts etc. A brilliant survey.
Every few pages, there is a full page devoted to just one company logo. But the cool part is that this full page has pictures of the logo in action - whether it is on the product packaging, bill board, or store front sign. This is very helpful as it gives you a context to judge the power of the logo. Just a graphics image against a white page background means you need to use your imagination trying to picture how the logo's going to look in its intended use.
Whether you are a designer or a small business owner that wants to get a logo done through a designer, this book is an invaluable tool. If you are a designer, you can use it to get your creative juices to flow or just admire the work done by others for inspirational reasons. If you are a small business owner, you can use it to work with your logo designer. You can point out some of the logos and just say 'I like these' and that gives the designer a place to start in creating your logo. This avoids a lot of wasted work as you are both trying to figure out what you like and what best represents your business image.
When I first started doing research on good logo design books, I was confused by the number of logo books by this author. The names are a little misleading when you try to figure out which one is the more recent version.Read more ›
On another note, it does have some logos that are, as someone here says, ten years old, that have been in all the annuals several times already. I, too, do wish the entries were all marked by date. And further, I would love to have a collection of this scope culled from work I know to be 5 years old or less. It almost seems like a cheat to pump up the number of logos included in a non-history-focused volume by dipping back a decade.
All in all, The Big Book of Logos is a nice addition to the library of either ad agency or design house, while it doesn't at all replace the Graphis logo annuals or anything of that caliber.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a great inspirational book for logo designers! I find it to be a valuable addition to my design library. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by metadog
another damn good book with a cover that lets it down... the big book of logos is a huge resource packed with logo designs in just about every style you could possibly imagine,... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by dale