37 Cool Facts You Didn’t Know About Popular Logos

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1Ferrari

The Ferrari logo originally decorated the plane of Count Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top WWI fighter ace. After Baracca was shot down, his mother gave the badge to Enzo Ferrari, saying “Ferrari, put my son’s prancing horse on your cars. It will bring you good luck.”


2. The Lion's roar from the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer logo is actually made from tiger vocalizations, as "lions don't make that kind of ferocious noise and the logo needed to be ferocious and majestic."


3. Toyota's logo depicts a thread going through the eye of a needle. It a call back to when Toyota used to make weaving machines.


4. The 20th Century Fox logo at the start of "Die Hard" looks stretched as an assistant editor accidentally used a non-anamorphic version of the logo which was stretched when projected as widescreen. The producer liked the look of it and the same version was used for the sequel.


5. One of the main reasons WWF founder Sir Peter Scott choose a panda as the organisation’s logo was to minimize printing costs (needing just black and white).


6Bacardi

The Mexican free-tailed bat is featured as Bacardi's logo because it pollinates sugar cane and protects it from insects.


7. The Xbox logo went with the color green because the original designer only had that one color marker left after others stole the rest at Microsoft.


8. The Eskimo logo on Alaskan Airlines planes is Chester Seveck, a reindeer herder who for years greeted tourists getting off the plane at Kotzebue, Alaska.


9. The Cadillac logo came from the crest of the founder of Detroit, Le Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.


10. McDonald’s considered changing its logo in 1960, but American psychologist Louis Cheskin argued for the company to keep the logo because, in Freudian terms, the logo symbolized a “mother’s nourishing breasts.”


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11Cisco

The Cisco logo is the Golden Gate bridge and "Cisco" is short for "San Francisco"


12. There is a cryptocurrency named Dogecoin with the face of a Shiba Inu as it’s logo. It was made as joke in 2013 but is now worth of over $4 billion in market value (as of Jan 2021).


13. In 1992, a graphics artist named Jennifer Joseph was hired as the model for the Columbia Pictures logo which is still in use today.


14. The Danish King Harald Blatand ate so many blueberries that his teeth stained blue. "Bluetooth" is named after him because of his ability to unite warring Scandinavian factions, just as Bluetooth unites wireless devices. The Bluetooth logo is also a combination of the King Harald’s runic initials.


15. Drogheda United FC, a small Irish football team, has a logo based on, and in gratitude to, the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans secretly smuggled food into Drogheda during the Great Famine.


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16Anarchist

The Anarchist logo is the mixture of "A" for anarkhia "without ruler/authority" and "O" for "order and organization". Which is a reference to Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's quote "as man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy."


17. The meaning behind Apple logo isn’t actually meant to pay tribute to Alan Turing. The size of the bite showed that the shape was an apple, not a cherry or any vaguely round fruit. However, when Stephen Fry once asked Steve Jobs if the logo was based on Turing, he replied, “God, we wish it were.”


18. Michael Jordan's "Jumpman" logo is actually a silhouette of a photograph of Michael Jordan performing a ballet move, not an actual dunk.


19. The bird in the Twitter logo is named "Larry" after NBA legend Larry Bird.


20. Pepsi spent millions of dollars on a logo redesign in 2009. The three different colored sections are supposed to resemble the U.S flag. The colors are supposed to represent the earth's magnetic fields, feng shui, and the theory of relativity. It also has references to the Mona Lisa.


21Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of Lamborghini cars, was fascinated with Spanish culture. Nearly every car is named after a Spanish word, the majority of them deriving from the name of famous bulls that killed a matador in a bullfight. This is also why their logo is a charging bull.


22. Television channel Al Jazeera means peninsula and their logo is meant to represent a drop of water.


23. The FedEx logo contains a hidden (subliminal) arrow shape in the negative space between the 'E' and the 'X'.


24. Wawa in Ojibwe means 'wild goose', which explains why there's a flying goose in the Wawa corporate logo.


25. The Star Fleet logo (from Star Trek) is based on the delta symbol. The symbol was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961.

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