The most iconic logos of all time are revealed in a new report published by a leading promotional products retailer.

The most iconic logos of all time are revealed in a new report published by a leading promotional products retailer.

Promotional products company polled the nation to discover the best brand logos with the Nike swoosh – designed by Carolyn Davidson in 1971 – coming top (44%), followed by the ubiquitous Apple logo (34%), the brainchild of graphic designer Rob Janoff.

In third place was Mickey Mouse’s famous circular ears (21%)), used by Disney for many of its subsidiaries, while the castle and Walt’s famed signature features on its movies.

Which other brand logos made the definitive list?

The four interlocking circles of German car maker Audi and the Google logo ranked highly as did Coca-Cola and the Starbucks “siren”.

The data compiled by 4imprint, discovered that these logos are viewed as important to people with 83% of more than those surveyed saying that they feel “comforted” when they see a logo.

And two thirds of us say that the logo of a brand plays a role in our purchasing decisions.

The research also found a link between logos and favourite brands with the top two brand logos – Nike and Apple also triumphing in a list of favourite brands.  Third on the list was Netflix with (36%) of votes.

The research delved into our relationship with corporations with 77% saying they “trusted” certain brands and 83% saying they chose brands that they had heard of

Four out of five people said they had recommended a brand they trusted to friends out of a sense of loyalty.

What are the main reasons for choosing brands?

Price (57%) was the top reason, followed by reliability (55%) and then value (49%).

Commenting on the research, a spokesperson from 4imprint, said: “Our results found brand logos are hugely important to many.

“Having the right logo as part of your company’s brand identity is crucial – if you get your logo and brand identity right, it can have a huge impact on the success of your business.

Interestingly, the research found that 51% of people feel MORE connected to online brands such as Google and Twitter, compared to offline brands – with only 22% saying they felt less connected (and 26% saying they’re equally connected).

However, two thirds of respondents said that people do put too much trust in brands. And half of us have fallen out with a brand which we won’t use again.

What type of logos convey brand values the best? 

Monogram logos like Volkwagen, Gucci or Louis Vuitton came top with 44 % of the vote, followed by Wordmark logos such as VISA, Coca Cola, Google and NASA (41%) and Pictorial mark logos (or logo symbols) similarly to Apple’s, twitter and instagram came in third with 40%.

Findings published in a new report on the best brand logos by the promotional experts reveals that bold colours (51%) are seen as the most important part of a brand logo, followed by typeface (33%) and simple lettering (30%).

Interestingly, young people aged 16 to 29 were FIVE times more likely to appreciate the Nike Swoosh than their over 60s counterparts, 58% of the younger generation picked it as a favourite compared to just 11% of the over 60s.

The over-60s were much less likely to rely on brands too, with only 45% saying they relied on certain corporations compared to the national average of 75%.


  1. Nike swoosh
  2.  Apple’s apple bite
  3.  Disney’s Mickey Mouse Silhouette
  4.  Coca Cola’s swirly writing
  5.  Amazon’s arrow
  6.  Ferrari’s horse
  7.  Mercedes three pointed star
  8.  Audi’s four interlocking rings
  9.  Jaguar’s Jaguar
  10.  Adidas’s striped flower
  11.  The Starbucks Siren
  12.  Twitter’s Bird
  13.  Google’s coloured logo
  14.  British Airways’ Flying Flag
  15.  Guinness’s harp

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