30 Must-Have Logo Books

Inspiration January 16, 2009

Every once in a while, talent and technique aren’t enough to help you finish your logo project. You need inspiration, motivation, opinion, or probably someone to compare notes with. For such occasions, you may find a logo book an interesting reference. This post outlines some of the bestselling and upcoming logo books in the market — created and/or inspired by people who know more than a thing or two about logo design.

Some of the logo books are quite a sight themselves. Check the list out and start gathering books for your logo library!

30 Must-Have Logo Books

1. Los Logo series

2. The Big Book of Logos Series

3. LogoLounge Series

4. Logo Design Books

5. Identity Crisis: 100 Redesigns That Transformed Stale Identities into Successful Brands


6. Logo


7. Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos


8. Logo Savvy: Top Brand Design Firms Share their Naming and Identity Strategies


9. Marks of Excellence


10. Master of Design: Logos and Identity


11. 1,000 Retail Graphics: From Signage to Logos and Everything for In-Store


12. Logology


13. Decoding Design


14. The Secret Life of Logos: Behind the Design of 80 Great Logos


15. Really Good Logos Explained: Top Design Professionals Critique 500 Logos and Explain What Makes Them Work


16. The Little Book of Logo Recipes: Successful Designs and How to Create Them


17. Logo, Font & Lettering Bible


18. How to Design Logos, Symbols and Icons: 24 Internationally Renowned Studios Reveal How They Develop Trademarks for Print and New Media


19. Color Harmony: Logos: More Than 1,000 Color Ways for Logos that Work


20. Car Emblems: The Ultimate Guide to Automotive Logos Worldwide


21. The Best of Letterhead and Logo Design; Letterhead and Logo Design (volumes 1 to 10)

22. Graphis Logo Design 6 and 7

23. Graphic Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo, Magazine, Brochure, Promotion, and Identity Design


24. Logo Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo Design (That Works Series)


25. Color Management for Logos: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers


26. Logo-Art: Innovation in Logo Design


27. No Rules! Logos: Radical Design Solutions that Break the Rules


28. Yes Logo: 40 Years of Branding and Design by Michael Peters


29. Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols That Endure


30. Design Matters: Logos 01: An Essential Primer for Today’s Competitive Market

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  • Ben

    #11, while an excellent book (it changed my life, in fact) and definitely a “must have,” is not a book about graphic design or inspiration.

  • http://www.joyoge.com/ joyoge designers’ bookmark

    nice resources must read, thanks..

  • http://notes.salsen.com Sal

    I’m surprised to see this one missing: TM, Trademarks designed by Chermayeff & Geismar.

  • http://calvin-t.blogspot.com/ calvin

    Great post.

    logo design is such a love of me.

    need to find some of these books


  • gary

    Good list, books 1 3 are really the only ones you need.

  • http://www.jfisherlogomotives.com/ Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

    Thanks for including my book, “Identity Crisis!,” on this great resource list.

  • stanko

    Not quite sure how Naomi Klein’s ‘No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs’ got on this list. Seeing as it has nothing to do with the actual act of designing a logo really. Other than that, nice list Gino.

  • http://www.caseyshead.com Casey

    I have “The Big Book of Logos” and it has come in very handy during the initial brainstorming part of logo design when I have a slight case of designer’s block.

    For an online reference, I go to Logo Pond (http://www.logopond.com) for ideas and inspiration as well.

  • http://www.mishabirmele.com Misha

    Love this list. Especially because they printed a few of my logos in #15 – Rockport’s “Really Good Logos Explained” :)

  • http://0xfiles.com denny

    Great collection~! Thanks man

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    I would probably pick one of these up, but do you know which is the best? I would love a good book / collection of internet / business logo trends.

  • Jon Aston

    Are those really all “must haves”? If you had to boil it down to just three, which would they be?

    Also, you might want to check google Dan Antonelli and check out his books.

  • http://www.logodesignguru.com/case_studies/Logo-design-Case-Studies1.asp LOGO DESIGN GURU

    Thanks for the nice suggestions. This looks like a promising collection of books. I can’t wait to look into them.

  • http://softkillerz.com Gibi

    Thanks for including my book, “Identity Crisis!,” on this great resource list..

  • http://www.marnieb.com Marnie B

    Just bought Letterhead and Logo Design 9 and Logolounge 4 – absolutely fantastic!

  • http://modemlooper.com Ryan

    Logo Design Workbook FTW! good for someone who has an interest in logos but never went to design school

  • http://www.devlindonnelly.com Devlin

    Great post!

    I am a big fan of “Marks of Excellence.” It is great because it doesn’t just show a bunch of logos, it explains why the logos are good. It describes what common visual elements make up a great logo.

  • http://www.luisramirez.org Luis Ramirez

    One book that has always been of value to me is Doyald Young’s Logotypes & Letterforms. His book Fonts & Logos is also pretty good.

  • http://3.madbe.net aleka

    Good list, books 1 3 are really the only ones you need..

  • http://www.temporaryplans.com/c/blog/laid-off-workers-struggle-to-pay-for-health-insurance Laid Off Insurance

    Great post! #5 “Identity Crisis” looks particularly interesting.

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Victoria Blount

    Great book list, i have found Los logo’s and Logo Lounge really good resources throughout university and i’ sure they will come in handy throughout work aswell. Good inspiration when you have a creative block.

  • YouTheDesigner Fan

    I’ll have to go out and get some of these books thanks!

  • http://new-logo.co.uk/ Matt – New-Logo.co.uk

    This is a really great list of logo resources. I have seen many of these but there are quite a few new ones I have not seen. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.brainstech.com Logo Designers

    thanks for spreading knowledge

  • http://www.ronarts.com Ron Arts Web Design

    Great post.thanks for giving nice suggestions.

  • http://www.webbydesignguru.com Webby Design Guru

    Thanks for providing such a good list for the designers. This could actually come in handy.

  • Rene

    Where’s Symbol?

  • brian w.

    most of these books are crap. do you even own any of these? rather than regurgitating and forming a shopping wishlist how about you review a few of the books you do find inspiring and great. and where is Symbol?