Monograms are basically typographic logos but monograms make use of only alphabet. The designer has to stay within limits and create logo designs that do not contain any element whatsoever that is not the part of the logo content.
Monograms used to be extremely popular, starting from Gutenberg’s era and reaching up to early 20th century. However, their use reduced because scientific discoveries proved that logos need to be highly readable.
These days, monograms are making a comeback because now concept based monograms are being used as logos.
From corporate houses to small businesses, everyone likes a cool conceptual logo. And it becomes even better if you use a monogram for a logo.
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The Best Monograms
Monograms are designed using the same logo design tools that are used for designing any other type of logo. However, designing the methodology of designing monograms is far different from logo designing.
For designing a good monogram, designers have to be good with typographic elements. They need to know how the psychology of fonts works, how monograms have evolved over ages and what is the current trend in monogram designing.
During 18th and 19th century, when its usage was at highest point, monograms were pretty difficult to read. They contained highly calligraphic letters. Things changed during 20th century and everybody started switching to simpler typographic logos. This trend gave a whole new dimension to the art of monogram designing.
The collection we are sharing today mostly contains modern monograms and typographic logos.
This is a concept based monogram.
An excellent example of using negative space in logos.
It’s simple, it’s unique and it is concept based.
A purely modern way to design monograms. Converting the letter into a is not an old designing trend.
I don’t know why but this reminds me of an old Soviet hammer & sickle logo.
This is one of the perfect blends of old and new monogram design techniques.
Did you find the “H”? Nice monogram, right?
The letters “A”, “S” and “P” combined into one character.
This is a famous monogram and it gets featured in nearly every monogram design inspiration article created.
If you are looking for simplicity, this kind of ideas work okay.
This monogram contains a beautified “H”.
And this one contains a beautified “L”.
Is it a crown? This is also a good example for modern monograms.
Here’s something if you are not looking for simplicity.
This is a vintage themed monogram.
This is a wedding monogram. Such monograms are very popular these days and they are used all over designed materials in weddings.
This is also a classic styled monogram.
This is a modern, simple, highly recognizable typographic logo.
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This is a modern, simple, yet slightly confusing design.
This is concept based logo design at its finest.
It is a simple enough design, but its worth a million dollars.
This is a perfect example of mixing vintage monogram designing techniques with modern day trends.
I love this one. It has to be one of the cutest typographic logos I have ever seen.
A concept based monogram never fails to impress.
Have an idea, add expression, add humor and you have designed a classic.
This is a modern day monogram where a little bit of designing can be included.
This one has a hidden symbol.