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In this image you can see a preliminary grid and then circles are added that are aligned with the grid and then the shapes are formed by the intersecting circles, etc:

I'm looking for some examples like this. Even works in progress and logos that didn't make the cut are ok. I'm trying to understand the thought process behind logo design.

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These are sketches, which, is the tool behind the thought process behind logo design. Typically lots of sketches. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of sketches. – DA01 Mar 7 '13 at 5:26

Specially if you work on your own and you haven't done that many logos, the process can be quite straightforward: One or two main ideas, some alternative executions, and a final agreement. Maybe you are happy with the result, maybe it doesn't really seem to mean that much.

When I came across these examples about a year ago (had to regoogle it), it completely changed the way I looked at logo design. I think you will find them useful too:

From Concept to Completion: 50 Examples of the Logo Design Process.

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Creating an effective and successful logo design is both an art and a science. The process of logo design is a coming together of the innovative as well as the technical.

I specially liked the Vividwaves and Metro Aviation articles, I recommend you check those. Quite inspiring!

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I managed to figure out a keyword to search by and found some great examples on dribbble:

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Note that those, in general, are 'construction lines' so not necessarily part of the design thought process as much as the production methodology. But also keep in mind that on a site like Dribbble, a lot of those construction lines aren't even part of the production methodology and are merely stylistic elements add after the fact for presentation flair. – DA01 Mar 7 '13 at 18:23

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