2018 Logo Design Trends & Inspiration

2018 Logo Design Trends & Inspiration

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The official 2018 logo trends report has just been released by Bill Gardner of LogoLounge.

(It officially launches tomorrow, but Bill sent me over an early copy to share with you guys!)

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This report has been put together by carefully analyzing over 272k logos from the past 16 years, handpicking those that contribute to emerging trends for the year. The findings & insights are found below.

2018 Logo Trend Report Summary

  • Clean, modern aesthetics are moving toward curvy retro designs
  • Expressive serifs are coming into vogue
  • Nostalgic elements are being brought forward with contemporary aesthetics
  • There’s greater intensity on color ranges due to digital screens
  • Gradients are now being recognized as colors

Remember, as Bill says:

The key takeaway from this report is not to imitate, but to find a way to push these ideas forward and make them your own.”

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2018 Logo Design Trends

Past Logo Design Trend Reports:

Here is a summary of the top 15 logo trends of 2018.

  1. Tumbled Logos
  2. Parallelograms
  3. Outlines
  4. Modern Religion
  5. Neo Vintage
  6. Black & White Hipster
  7. Established Trademarks
  8. Blurple
  9. Gold
  10. Fatty Fade
  11. Linear Fade
  12. Field Lines
  13. Cut
  14. Serif Redux
  15. Punctuation

Further explanations are provided below.

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Tumbled Logos

Over-amplifying & over-easing the effect of rounded corners.Logo Design Trend 2018: Tumbled

Parallelogram Logos

Solutions that signal “up and to the right”, often with the shape of a rectangle (parallelogram).

Logo Design Trend 2018: Parallelogram

Outlined Logos

Similar to classic sport team logos, an outline is added to the logo. It can make an unremarkable logo capture additional attention.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Outline

Modern Religion Logos

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Rich symbolism displayed with multiple symbols, often giving a cult like feel.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Modern Religion

Neo Vintage Logos

The new vintage… nostalgic logos. Often type is placed over the top of a supporting image.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Neo Vintage

Black & White Hipster Logos

A matured version of the recent classic hipster badges using traditional elements, displayed in a counter-traditional way.

Logo Design Trend 2018: B&W hipster


Creating faux heritage through balanced design. EST. 2018? Yup.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Est Trademark


Is it blue or is it purple? No, it’s somewhere in between. That’s a blurple gradient. This trend explores new & less traditional colour spectrums.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Blurple

Gold Logos

Faux gold created by metallic, flat or gradient tones. Often used to communicate prestige, elegance, and sophistication.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Gold

Fatty Fade Trend

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Combining the past and present with a contemporary aesthetic, often with fat lines.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Fattyfade

Linear Fade Trend

Striped lines and channels.

Logo Design Trend 2018: LinearFade

Field Lines Logo Trend

Thick consistently girthed lines, reminiscent of the golden era of logos. Works well on small or large applications.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Fieldlines

Cut Logo Design Trend

Cutting letter forms for stylistic gesture and disruption.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Cut

Serif Redux

Bringing back warmth, humanity and charm with serifs, to counter the soulless sans-serif of late.

Logo Design Trend 2018: Serifredux

Punctuation Logo Trend

Commas, periods, colons, all used to send a certain message.


Logo Design Trend 2018: Punctuation


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A shout out to Bill Gardner & LogoLounge!

A huge thanks to Bill Gardner from LogoLounge (read our interview here) for putting this report together. In case you did not know, LogoLounge.com is the world’s largest logo search engine and for less than $10 per month (billed annually), members get unlimited uploads and access to more than 250,000 logos from designers across the globe. They also get immediate entry into the selection process for the LogoLounge book series. For more information, visit their join page.

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Do you have any further logo design trends or inspiration to add?

6 thoughts on “2018 Logo Design Trends & Inspiration”

  1. Hello Jacob,

    Indeed great logo design trends shared. I have read all the trends and they are very creative! Thanx for sharing!

  2. Hi Jacob,

    Outstanding post. I was expecting this one (logo design trends) from you long time. In fact, when we write such article (https://logowhistle.com/blog/logo-design-ideas-trends/), I thought of wait and see your post on this topic first. Because, it’s always inspirational and learning material for pros in the design industry. Wait is over now. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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