By Dian Hasan | March 10, 2010
Your organization has just spent a truckload of dough to invest in a better identity, through a logo. You’ve just finished the exhaustive exercise and are ready to sit back and rest on your laurels. Beaming proudly of your new logo. Right? Not so fast!
In our ever-connected globalized world, turns out other people across distant oceans had similar ideas. And their creative juices translated into close to identical logo work. Was it something they drank? Or maybe it was a mere perchance same source of inspiration. You decide!
As seen from this selection, the creative minds ranging from Mexico, Canada, USA, UK and even Tibet, were thinking (and designing) along the same lines.
In our visual world, every logo, symbol and sign, has a meaning and is used to communicate a message. This is all part Semiotics, the study of signs and signals. And in business, it’s wise to understand the role of Semiotics in brand-building, and more importantly, in our ever-connected world of today, it’s EVEN WISER for anyone or any organization thinking of redesigning a logo to DO YOUR HOMEWORK, to ensure that you don’t waste precious resources (read: A Logo Designer’s Fee) only to find that your logo looks like someone else’s!
You’ve invested So that you won’t face the irony that your logo doesn’t stand out for not having its own personality and is not unique.
The art of designing an entire company’s ideas, ethos, knowledge and future in one logo and corporate identity is an integral part of the visual branding. Of course there’s more to branding than meets the eye!
Most of today’s organizations are well-versed in this communication medium. Some are still struggling, however, to put into a logo the values and positive traits they want captured. And there are some others that are very similar looking, albeit representing completely different organizations.