It’s no coincidence that the most memorable logo designs are also the most simple in appearance. You want the identities you create to be instantly recognisable, acting as a memorable identifier for the company they represent. A consumer will normally just take a fleeting glimpse at a logo, and an overly complex mark will make that opportunity redundant.

Here are 15 examples of simple, successful designs.

1/ WWF
Designed by Sir Peter Scott, in 1961.

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2/ Shell
Designed by Raymond Loewy, in 1971.

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3/ Bayer
Designed by Bayer, in 1904.

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4/ Message
Designed by Sam Dallyn, in 2001.

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5/ USA Network
Designed by Peloton Design, in 2005.

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6/ Innocent
Designed by Deepend, in 1999.

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7/ British Golf Museum
Designed by Tayburn, in 2004.

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8/ London Underground
Designed by Edward Johnston, in 1918.

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9/ Mitsubishi Motors
Designed by Yataro Iwasaki, in 1870.

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10/ Shelter
Designed by Johnson Banks, in 2003.

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11/ 3M
Designed by Siegal & Gale, in 1977.

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12/ Apple
Designed by Regis McKenna Advertising, in 1977.

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13/ Penguin
Designed by Edward Young, in 1935.

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14/ Families
Designed by Herb Lubalin, in 1980.

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15/ Waterways Trust
Designed by Pentagram, in 2000.

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Written by David Airey

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