Choosing a logo is one of the most important branding decisions you’ll make as a business owner. So where do you begin? Reviewing what other businesses have done is a smart (and fun!) way to get logo design inspiration for your brand.
Here are 30 Instagram accounts, websites, and color tools to help you succeed on your journey to the perfect brand identity. (You can also check out our industry-specific logo ideas pages!)
Instagram accounts for logo inspiration
Logoseum is an archive of colorful pictorial and abstract logos from past and present. Created by visual designer Matt Corbin, the account shares some of the most memorable flat logos in history alongside the more obscure. Each post shares the designer and the year created for followers to learn about and discuss.
Logos.ai is a fun account to browse to find logos created by expert and amateur designers alike. The channel often discusses the concept behind logos so you can learn more about how designs came to be (and see how they look across different mediums).
Logoimport is another popular Instagram account that features creative logos and sketches. With more than 1.4 million impressions a week, it’s the go-to profile to follow if you want to read public opinions about logos — every post has a stream of lively comments about typography, colors, and other design factors.
Logo Place shares logos from artists around the web. The logo designs are created using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and several other tools. Posts discuss the history of design and how it influences logos today, as well as recommendations for learning more about the industry.
If you’re at the beginning of your logo design journey and want to learn more about the systems and techniques designers use to make art, then follow Learn Logo Design. Build your understanding of how the design process works, and you’ll be better equipped to pinpoint a style when you create a logo.
Whether you want simple, detailed, abstract, or illustrated logo ideas, Logo Room is a design firm that shares super creative examples. Take note of the spectrum of colors, shapes, and typography styles used. We especially love their animal logos!
Brandon Nicks is a freelance graphic designer in New York City. His feed is clean and curated — we particularly love the wordmark logos featured and the dreamy color palettes he uses (hello, Millennial pink).
The logo designers club is a community of the world’s top logo designers. They post daily logo design inspiration, and regularly unpack logo redesigns. Their feed acts as an open discussion of all things logo design, it’s a great resource to both learn and get inspired!
The branding collective showcases the very best in all things branding related. From logos, to packaging, to beautifully designed brand identities, you’ll be swimming in inspiration here!
Websites for logo inspiration
Dribbble is one of the most popular platforms around for design ideas. Part social media site and part freelancing platform, it’s a place to share, see, and comment on logo design ideas (it’s also a favorite around the Looka office!).
Behance is a platform where designers and other creatives showcase their work, including modern logos and graphics. You can endlessly browse the site’s curated galleries to explore different ideas and get inspired.
Designspiration is a platform designed to inspire artists and share design ideas, logos included. Use their keyword suggestions to search the database for specific logo designs — for example, orange logos or restaurant logos.
Brand New is the design and logo blog to visit if you want to learn more about how designers think and work through their process. Each post illustrates how new logos from established brands tie into trends and changing brand identities.
If you want to learn more about the stories behind iconic logos, Logo Design Love is the blog to check out. They delve into how some of the most famous logos came to be and what factors drive a logo’s success and longevity.
Vintage Logos offers some ultra-specific inspiration from a collection of logos in a mid-70s edition of the book World Of Logotypes. If you want to learn more about the roots of logo design or want some vintage ideas, this is an excellent resource.
Logospire is a simple website with a scrollable logo design inspiration gallery featuring different artists. If you find a logo you like, you can click back to the designer’s website to see more of their style and work.
99% Invisible is a podcast covering all types of design-related topics. If you want logo inspiration, we recommend this episode with Tom Geismar, the graphic designer behind famous logos from Chase National Bank, Xerox, National Geographic, and more.
Founded in 2008, the World Brand Design Society (WBDS) is an internationally focused community, dedicated to highlighting exceptional branded packaging and corporate brand design. Additionally, if you have serious design chops you can submit your work to be featured on their website, and amazing Instagram account!
This might sound obvious, but Pinterest is a go-to online platform for design inspiration. With a quick search, you’ll find boards upon boards of logo inspiration!
Color tools for logo inspiration
BrandColors isn’t a traditional logo design resource, but it’s super valuable nonetheless. You can browse or search the brand colors big companies use and click on a color to copy the HEX code. (Tip: You can copy HEX codes into Looka’s editor when working on a logo.)
Adobe Color CC is a robust color scheme builder that’s also fun to casually play around with. If you have Adobe Creative Cloud, you can save and include color schemes directly in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. It’s also useful to explore as a free web app.
Coolors is a color scheme generator that integrates with Adobe but also has a standalone iOS app and Google Chrome Extension. You can browse existing schemes by simply pressing your space bar. Additionally, there’s a paid subscription, but you can easily explore for free and jot down the HEX color codes you love.
Colourcode is a more fluid inspiration tool – as you move your cursor around the screen, the color changes and the HEX code appears at the bottom of the screen. Then, click to save, continue to the next color, and opt for one of the many options to export your scheme. Trust us; it’s mesmerizing.
30. Color Supply
Color Supply has loads of information on how to pick the right colors, plus plenty of links to designers using interesting color schemes in their work. To begin, pick a color on the wheel and see its complementary color (plus 20 suggested color combos on the right). Then, scroll down to see colors in action and get HEX codes.
When designing your logo, it’s best to source some examples of looks you’re after to streamline your own design process. We hope you’ve found this list of helpful!
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