Creating an effective and memorable logo isn’t about following trends. It’s about distilling the unique essence and personality of your brand into an instantly recognizable emblem.
That said, great design does not exist within a very tiny box! Looking at what’s working for other brands can help spark ideas that you can put your own spin on.
From emerging design techniques to new color schemes, read on for the 9 logo trends to watch in the new year!
Motion graphics and video
Generally, we think of logos as being still and stationary—whether they’re on product packaging or on a business card. But that’s about to change! In recent years, we’ve seen video and animation become an integral part of visual branding and that upwards trajectory is only going to continue in 2020.
“As social media calls for more engaging advertising, brands will need to push the boundaries of their campaigns,” says Kira Hyde. “There will be more video and motion (such as stop motion and gifs) being used to establish more of a connection with their audience.”
Logos are no exception! When being used on digital platforms like your website, social media posts or even your email newsletters, motion can be used to make your logo more dynamic and engaging. This can mean interactive animation.
The good news is, you don’t have to be a professional animator to bring this logo design trend to life. Design tools like Biteable and Render Forest allow you to turn your logo into moving gifs within minutes. Canva Pro also has its very own Animator tool that allows you to make your logo bounce, slide, fade, block or turn 3D with the click of a button.
The color mustard
Here’s one logo design trend that definitely cuts the mustard! This inviting color has been popping in other visual industries like fashion and interior design recently and in 2020, we’re likely to see it flow through to brand identity.
“One of the main benefits of using mustard in your logos the touch of warmth it provides,” says Kira Hyde from Kira Hyde Creative. Indeed, it’s a strong choice for brands who want to emanate positivity, but want something more mature and sophisticated than a bright yellow.
Mustard is also a great alternative to gold for high-end brands. “While most luxe brands opt for a gold gradient, mustard will become the new gold in 2020, particularly in brand collateral where a gold foil isn’t appropriate,” says Kira.
Another effective way to use mustard in your logo is as a background against white typography and icons.
Breaking free of the grid
In recent years, we’ve seen brands play it safe and color within the lines. But now, it’s time to let loose! Of course, there’s a time and place for using a grid to guide your logo designs—it ensures your composition is symmetrical and visually balanced. But in 2020, we’re likely to see a move towards more abstract logo designs that push the boundaries.
So, how do you incorporate this design trend without being left with a messy and chaotic logo? Even though you’re not using a traditional grid, it’s all about making sure the visual elements you use are distributed in an aesthetically pleasing way. There is more focus on the hierarchy of elements and negative space that make the overall design appear more anchored.
Custom type logos
The thing about visual trends is that once they become too oversaturated, they tend to lose their effectiveness. We’ve seen this happen with brush script fonts and extremely minimalist logos over the last few years.
There’s been so much change with big brands going down the more simplistic route, everything is beginning to look very much the same.
When this happens, it’s time for innovative brands to go back to the drawing board and tap into what makes them unique. Using a custom font is an excellent way to do this. After a bout of minimalism, brands will be looking to establish their point of difference again and will include more custom type into their branding, including some elemental, custom typography will allow brands to tap back into their personality
Mint is another color trend set to take center stage in 2020. This soft green hue is an excellent way to give your brand a refreshing and uplifting feel.
Interestingly, mint was popular a couple of years ago but took the backseat to its close relative, teal. But now, it’s set to make a triumphant return to the design world.
One of the major selling points of mint is how versatile it is. It’s fresh, fun and perfect for health and wellness brands, home maintenance and DIY and lifestyle brands However, it can also be used effectively in the tech world.
Mint can easily hold its own as the dominant color in logos (especially when paired with a white typeface), however, it also works well as a secondary color and looks particularly great when paired with the other color du jour, mustard.
Functional and user-friendly design is something that never goes out of style. We’ve seen this with the ever-growing popularity of responsive websites and now, we’re beginning to see it with logos, too. Responsive logos are a natural transition for brands wanting to shake up and revolutionize their industry within the digital space.
They’re bold, powerful and really showcase a business’ innovation and expertise as leaders in their fields.
Put simply, a responsive logo is one that adapts to different screen sizes. Generally, this will require a designer to create versions at various dimensions, to optimize their performance. That way, whether you’re viewing it on desktop, smartphone or tablet, it will always look its best.
We’ll likely be seeing these used in apps, tech companies, Forbes-worthy businesses, and of course on a smaller scale with creative agencies that want to show off the trend as a new service. That said, anyone can jump on the responsive logo trend and it’s an excellent way to ensure your brand stands out as being polished and professional.
Despite being slightly oversaturated, the minimalism design trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Rather, it will continue to evolve and show up in different ways. While we tend to associate minimalism with sparse compositions and monochrome color schemes, we’re likely to instead see it manifest through the use of linear elements and shapes in the near future.
Thin lines are delicate, classy and guide the eyes to create an experience for the viewer. While thick, blocky lines can demand attention, thinner lines give your brand an elegant and calming feel.
The thin line trend doesn’t have to be used with a monochrome background to achieve a minimalistic feel.
It’s no secret that the use of gradients in logo design has been huge in the tech world lately. After being a mainstay in 80’s corporate design, it’s had a modern resurgence and has been used by major brands like Spotify and Telstra. But now, the trend is evolving and making its way into different industries.
This is something that our top telecommunication companies have been doing for years, but they are finally making their way into the mainstream, but now it’s time for the new brands to launch with it.
Gradients create impactful definition within logos, they’re pleasing to the eye and they’re a mood-booster, thanks to the wave-like attributes. As we move into 2020, using gradients no longer has to mean using bright, primary colors, or sticking to a two-hue color scheme. The new iteration of gradients means using an array of colors to create an almost rainbow effect. You can also tone the colors back to pastels to create a calming, almost opalescent aesthetic.
Symbolic shapes and icons
Using symbols in logo design is nothing new—brands like Nike, Apple and Starbucks have been doing it for decades. But in 2020, we’re likely to see the use of symbolic shapes and icons become more conspicuous and seamlessly blended into the rest of the design. Successful brands will be using this technique to communicate not what they do, but why they do it.
“Gone are the days of literal icons, such as tools for handymen, instead brands are looking inward and creating icons that capture their bigger purpose and what their company stands for.
Symbols and icons can be incorporated into the typography of your logo, for a more subtle effect. You can also work symbolism into your logo design by using it as a background.
By taking inspiration from these logo design trends, you can create a logo that attracts and connects with your brand’s ideal audience—in 2020 and beyond.
Changes are happening this year, and if you find yourself having trouble keeping up or don’t know the proper steps to take, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are experts in logo design and love being able to work creatively with our clients to create the perfect logo! Visit our website for more information and to see some previous work we have done!