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Updated on January 31, 2011
Examples of hand-written titles.
Examples of hand-written titles.

There is an increasing number of companies today that use the power of a distinctive script of hand-written titles in place of a logo. Disney, Virgin, Harrods, s.Oliver, Cartier and countless established brands utilize hand-writing to give their image real dynamics while keeping it nice and friendly.

That being said, I don't count these logos among the best at all. Being fully aware that it's only a matter of personal taste, I'm still missing an actual logo, something like one of these:

For example:

I also noticed the similarity of HubPages and Harrods header designs, although we are still missing a tagline.

The reason why I don't really fancy the new HubPages logo is because it is nondescript and amorphous. These terms were used by a professional graphics designer to describe the Harrods logo. Although, I probably couldn't have found these terms all by myself, I feel they express my feelings towards the new logo quite well.

  • nondescript: belonging or appearing to belong to no particular class or kind, not easily described, lacking distinctive or interesting qualities.
  • amorphous: being without definite character or nature.

Source: Merriam-Webster

To cut a long story short: boring.

About logos in general

A logo should be

  • simple and memorable,
  • eye-catching, noticeable, attractive,
  • immediately recognizable regardless of size.

It is up to you to decide which of these requirements the new HP logo fulfills for you.

Types of logos are:

  • descriptive - an image that depicts, represents the company's name. Example: Batman logo.
  • abstract - a symbolic representation not showing a product or service. Example: Nike Swoosh
  • typographic (logotype) - uses the company's name or initials. Example: HubPages, Ford

If while reading this you went like, 'Gosh, this guy is hammering that funky new logo for no reason,' you are probably right. I only expressed my personal opinion in this hub.


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    • Haunty profile image

      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      Thanks for stopping in and reading. I have come to appreciate the simplicity of the new logo.

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Personally, I prefer a logo using distinctive scripts. It enhances perception and retention. I am not quite a fan of over embellished logos with too much graphics and all that. There's too much visual overload in it. I did not know that Hubpages had an old logo. It was quite cute to look at though I find the latest logo simple, sleek, and professional looking.

      You are a very keen person. I think you are one of the first ones (if not, the first!) who made an insightful hub out of such topic providing concrete examples for readers. More power to you!

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      Tammy 7 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub, until now, I didn't really take the time to look at it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

      Hi Paul :) In fact, I think it's way better than the old one. Looks good on hp merchandise too. I'm sure you had your reasons to change it.

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      Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Always difficult to make everyone happy with a logo, but I am impressed you picked up on the handwritten script. Most people don't realize that. At least we can say, our logo is one of a kind!

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      Haunty 8 years ago from Hungary

      Great idea, Dolores. But it's your idea, so why don't you do it? You are a much more popular hubber than I am. :)

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Haunty - Hubpages needs a tagline, something descriptive and exciting. You should come up with one. Or write your own hub contest. With enough interest, you take the voted winner(s) to the administration. You would then add sparkle to the

      logo and gain Hub ascendancy.

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      Haunty 8 years ago from Hungary

      I have come to like the new logo. I think there are much worse logos around, eg. Harrods looks much worse, I guess. :)

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      cosette 8 years ago

      hey, they do look similar, now that you mention it.

      i always thought that Harrods logo needed an apostrophe... ;)

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      Justine76 8 years ago

      Im much better, thank you. but very busy. Sorry its been so long!!

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      Haunty 8 years ago from Hungary

      Justine, so good to see you! 3 days no see. I hope you feel better today!!!!!!!!! :)

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      Justine76 8 years ago

      Long story short: boring. haha Haunty, that made me giggle. :) I really feel nondescript about the logo.