Logo Design History - Famous Brands Glossary

Vaillant logo

This colloquially known "Hare in the Eye" is promoted by one of Europe's most renowned and respected heater manufacturers, who have been in business since 1899. The idea for the concept, the logo, and the business dates back to the company's founder Johann Vaillant at the Ostersonntag, when he was reading a Catholic news sheet. This news sheet was the inspiration for the logo and peoples desire to be surrounded by fascinating things such as trees, eggs, hares and rolling lawns.

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Valiant Comics Logo Design

Valiant Comics is the comic book publishing company established in 1990 by comic writer Jim Shooter and famous artists Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton. Valiant Comics stormed onto the comic book market with stories and characters of unique quality and became one of the largest players in this industry. Valiant is the 3rd most recognizable world of characters in comics. The quick rise of Valiant can be ascribed to both the blemished realism of its characters and the quality of its stories. Valiant's first visual identity appeared on Wrestling and Nintendo Comics. In 1991, the logo would also appear on its superhero line. Two months after the end of the Unity crossover, Valiant updated its logo, switching from a fancy script font to a bold script. The new Valiant logo was updated again right after the Chaos Effect crossover. The company decided to change the wording to "Valiant Presents" and to decrease in size the compass logo. The logo was entirely revamped after the company has been bought by Acclaim Entertainment. It featured a large letter "V" to replace the compass, and a new different typeface. Later on, a new logo was created to symbolize the synergism between Valiant and Acclaim, merging the letters "V" and "A" into one logo. The compass logo has lately reappeared along with the addition of the wording "Entertainment".




Volkswagen Logo

Volkswagen is a car producer based in Germany. It forms the substance of Volkswagen Group, which is the world's fourth largest automobile producer after Toyota, GM and Ford. The origins of the company date back to 1930s Nazi Germany. Long before Hitler was elected to power in Germany, he was creating schemes to mass-produce an affordable car. Hitler called the new vehicle the "KdF-Wagen", which literally meant "strength through joy - car", after the Nazi-led KdF movement that was supposed to look after the working people. Ferdinand Porsche disliked the name KdF-Wagen (he preferred Volkswagen, the name under which the car had been produced). "Volkswagen" signifies "people's car" in German, in which it is pronounced ['folksvagan]. Volkswagen has one of the most simple and instantly recognizable logos in the world, which has seen subtle changes through the years. It's pretty obvious what the Volkswagen logo is (a V over a W in a blue background, surrounded by a circle). The logo was the result of an office competition of which the winner was Franz Reimspiess (the engineer who perfected the engine for the Beetle in the 1930's). The copyright holder of the internationally-famous VW logo is not to be Nikolai Borg, a graphic designer who sued the company for allegedly failing to recognise his work.




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