30 Must-Have Logo Books

Every once in a while, talent and technique aren’t enough to help you finish your logo project. You need inspiration, motivation, opinion, or probably someone to compare notes with. For such occasions, you may find a logo book an interesting reference. This post outlines some of the bestselling and upcoming logo books in the market — created and/or inspired by people who know more than a thing or two about logo design.

Some of the logo books are quite a sight themselves. Check the list out and start gathering books for your logo library!

30 Must-Have Logo Books

1. Los Logo series

2. The Big Book of Logos Series

3. LogoLounge Series

4. Logo Design Books

5. Identity Crisis: 100 Redesigns That Transformed Stale Identities into Successful Brands

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6. Logo

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7. Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos

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8. Logo Savvy: Top Brand Design Firms Share their Naming and Identity Strategies

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9. Marks of Excellence

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10. Master of Design: Logos and Identity

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11. 1,000 Retail Graphics: From Signage to Logos and Everything for In-Store

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12. Logology

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13. Decoding Design

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14. The Secret Life of Logos: Behind the Design of 80 Great Logos

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15. Really Good Logos Explained: Top Design Professionals Critique 500 Logos and Explain What Makes Them Work

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16. The Little Book of Logo Recipes: Successful Designs and How to Create Them

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17. Logo, Font & Lettering Bible

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18. How to Design Logos, Symbols and Icons: 24 Internationally Renowned Studios Reveal How They Develop Trademarks for Print and New Media

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19. Color Harmony: Logos: More Than 1,000 Color Ways for Logos that Work

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20. Car Emblems: The Ultimate Guide to Automotive Logos Worldwide

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21. The Best of Letterhead and Logo Design; Letterhead and Logo Design (volumes 1 to 10)

22. Graphis Logo Design 6 and 7

23. Graphic Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo, Magazine, Brochure, Promotion, and Identity Design

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24. Logo Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo Design (That Works Series)

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25. Color Management for Logos: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers

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26. Logo-Art: Innovation in Logo Design

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27. No Rules! Logos: Radical Design Solutions that Break the Rules

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28. Yes Logo: 40 Years of Branding and Design by Michael Peters

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29. Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols That Endure

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30. Design Matters: Logos 01: An Essential Primer for Today’s Competitive Market


30 comments on “30 Must-Have Logo Books”

  1. Ben Reply

    #11, while an excellent book (it changed my life, in fact) and definitely a “must have,” is not a book about graphic design or inspiration.

  2. stanko Reply

    Not quite sure how Naomi Klein’s ‘No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs’ got on this list. Seeing as it has nothing to do with the actual act of designing a logo really. Other than that, nice list Gino.

  3. Casey Reply

    I have “The Big Book of Logos” and it has come in very handy during the initial brainstorming part of logo design when I have a slight case of designer’s block.

    For an online reference, I go to Logo Pond (http://www.logopond.com) for ideas and inspiration as well.

  4. Misha Reply

    Love this list. Especially because they printed a few of my logos in #15 – Rockport’s “Really Good Logos Explained” :)

  5. Timothy Reply

    I would probably pick one of these up, but do you know which is the best? I would love a good book / collection of internet / business logo trends.

  6. Jon Aston Reply

    Are those really all “must haves”? If you had to boil it down to just three, which would they be?

    Also, you might want to check google Dan Antonelli and check out his books.

  7. Devlin Reply

    Great post!

    I am a big fan of “Marks of Excellence.” It is great because it doesn’t just show a bunch of logos, it explains why the logos are good. It describes what common visual elements make up a great logo.

  8. Victoria Blount Reply

    Great book list, i have found Los logo’s and Logo Lounge really good resources throughout university and i’ sure they will come in handy throughout work aswell. Good inspiration when you have a creative block.

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  10. brian w. Reply

    most of these books are crap. do you even own any of these? rather than regurgitating and forming a shopping wishlist how about you review a few of the books you do find inspiring and great. and where is Symbol?

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