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The Right Type Of Impression

posted on Monday 10th October, 2016


Branding your company may seem like a straightforward process to a non-designer – slap a word on a page in a font you saw on someone else’s logo, choose two or three colours and hey presto – instant recognition and global success. Easy.

Not the case!

Every element of your logo should be carefully considered and tweaked until the whole of your businesses vision and values stare back at you. Here we’ll look at how important the choice of font in your logo is by showing you some of the UK’s most recognisable brands with an inappropriate font replacing the real thing.

Irn Bru Logo In Comic Sans

Irn Bru Logo in Comic Sans

Made in Scotland from girders? Not in Comic Sans. Now the UK’s second favourite soft drink looks more like a juice carton for babies.

 

Vauxhall Logo In Hobo Std

Vauxhall Logo in Hobo Std

The quintessential British car brand looks more like a home brew beer stockist with this quirky font.

 

Tesco Logo In Sail Font

Tesco logo in Sail

Britain’s number one supermarket looks more like a budget interior store when we swap their famous capitalised sans serif for the scripted Sail.

 

McDonald's Logo In Scribble Box Font

McDonald’s Logo in Scribble Box

Brits eat 91 million Big Macs every year – would that figure be so high had they opted for this sketchy font instead of their word famous wordmark? McDoubtful.

 

Eddie Stobart Logo In Kid Zone Font

Eddie Stobart Logo in Kid Zone

The UK’s motorway’s most recognisable brand would probably attract a different sort of clientele should they rebrand with this playful font – and we doubt they’d sell enough ice creams to justify that magnificent fleet of lorries.

 

British Gas Logo In Brush Script MT Font

British Gas Logo in Brush Script

Their prices should be enough to put most people off, but we think they’d probably struggle against their foreign competitors were they to adopt this scripted logo.

 

BBC Logo in Berthold Block Condensed

BBC Logo in Berthold Block Condensed

A national institution would be laughed out of foreign TV networks were they to present their award winning documentary programming with this typeface on their business cards.

 

Barclays Bank Logo in Azo Sans Uber

Barclays Bank Logo in Azo Sans Uber

One of the world’s oldest banks has it right with their distinctive semi-serif font. We’re not sure they’d be the giant they are were they to opt for this chunky typeface.

 

Adidas Logo in Phosphate

Adidas Logo in Phosphate

One of the world’s most recognisable sporting brands – the three stripes instantly identifiable. But had they went away from the ITC Avant Garde and more towards Phosphate, they’d probably be mistaken for an extinct plant nursery.

 

The AA Logo in Alana

The AA Logo in Alana

You’d expect the Automobile Association to turn up in a horse drawn cart were this their logo. Good job they chose this strong italicised sans serif.

 

All of the fonts shown here have their uses – Comic Sans is great for readability and is rightly used by schools, Phosphate works incredibly well to advertise nature reserves or zoos, and Block Berthold Condensed is incredibly versatile, you’ve probably seen it at Burger King or on movie posters. But a good designer knows the tools at their disposal and which is the right one for the job. Fonts aren’t there to look cool. They’re there to make your message as easily picked up as possible, so choose the right one and you’ve already halfway there. 

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