I am a software engineer attempting the impossible: to codify logotype creation.

I want to learn all the rules and principles for logotype design and don't want to rely on blogspam. I'm looking for timeless, pre-internet information.

What are the definitive books and courses that career logo designers have read and taken?

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    Hi Vidbot! Welcome to GD. This is a great question, let's see what people recommend.
    – Yisela
    Feb 25, 2013 at 4:40
  • I understand it is the moderator's job to clarify things, but my original question was "What are the definitive books or courses for the creation of a logotype?" I am not looking for merely "good" books or courses. I am looking for the books and courses that career graphic designers have read or taken that helped shaped them into the professionals they became. Please pardon my clarification. I do not mean to appear like a message board troll.
    – Vidbot
    Feb 25, 2013 at 5:31
  • I just wanted to limit the scope a little. "The definitive" book would sound more like a suggestion question. You can edit the question back (just click on Edit).
    – Yisela
    Feb 25, 2013 at 7:01
  • It's not pre-internet and it's not 'definitive rules', but the most useful book on logo design principles I've seen is Really Good Logos Explained. It's great because it doesn't try to invent definitive rules for something which is fundamentally case-by-case - instead, it embraces this case-by-case nature by structuring itself around real straight-to-the-point no-nonsense critiques of real logos for real clients, with short profiles of the client giving crucial context. Feb 25, 2013 at 22:38

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I would have to recommend Doyald Young's books. If you don't know who he is, you can check out a short documentary of him and his work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8_tOrJHIr8


  • Great video. This is exactly the kind of experience I was looking for, although I hoped to get more "rules" out of it. A couple of good nuggets in there though: #1 The logotype must be legible. #2 The logotype must be unique. His books also lead me to additional resources. Thank you.
    – Vidbot
    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:00

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