2016 Logo Design Trends & Inspiration

The top best logo designs from 2016, as well as a look at the 2016 logo & branding design trends and an inspirational logo design gallery showcase. Read More

Earlier this year I posted a forecast of 2016 logo design trends and now we can see the official 2016 logo trends report as compiled by Bill Gardner of LogoLounge who I recently recently interviewed.

Bill has put together the report by carefully analyzing over 250k logos from over the past 13 years.

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2016 Logo Trends Report

Past Logo Design Trend Reports:

Logo Trends of 2016 Summary

  • Simplification overall is a key trend
  • Uncomplicated san serif fonts are in and out are added details (gradients, serifs, etc)
  • Geometric shapes, especially the circle are taking center stage.
  • Emojis and symbols are playing an even bigger role in today`s society, and could even soon be considered a language.
  • Keywords on the rise: fitness, green, health, modern, clean, sans-serif, water, mountains, locator, pin, tea, non-profit, real estate, brewery, culture, museum, birds.
  • Keywords decreased: vintage, law, sports, baking, entertainment, video games, technology, food, ministry,
  • New styles taking center stage: Ombre, Circles, Half & Half, Linked, Stimming, Dog Eared, Corners, Line Dash, Off Shift, Curls, Pocket Shield, Slices, Letterblock, Benders, Bars,
  • Rising Trends: Spot Pics, Wide Logos, Tinker Toys, Filters, Dumbbells.

On the topic of trends, please don`t follow trends for trends sake. Know what is right for your client and design accordingly.


Stepped color increments

Ombre Logo Trend


Unadulterated simplification in the form of a circle or a series of circles.

Circles Logo Trends

Half & Half

Splitting colors into two for dimensional effect.

Half Half Logo Trend


Gives depth & perspective by intertwining elements.

Linked Logo Trend


A never ending continuous loop.

Stemming Logo Inspiration

Dog Eared 

A container with a corner folded over or trimmed.

Dog Eared Logo Trend


Right angled corners either by themselves or to frame.

Corners Logo Trend

Line Dash

Mono-lines combined with mono-lined dots or dashes to create texture and/or meaning.

Line Dash Logo Trend

Off Shift

Offsetting letterforms out of alignment.

Offshift Logo Trend


Engaging curved visual shapes overlapping.

Curls Logo Trend

Pocket Shield

A simplified shield shape with right angled corners at the base.

Pocket Shield Logo Trend


Cross sectional perspective created with dimensional shapes.

Slices Logo Trend


Letters within a block, often with balance between positive & negative space.

Letterblock Logo Trend


Ambiguously twisted shapes.

Benders Logo Trend


Rhythm created with lines and/or bar shapes.

Logo Bar Trend

2016 Logo Trend Close Contenders

Below are some sub logo trends from 2016.

  • Spot Pics – Icons or graphics inside a circle. eg. TNT
  • Wide Logos – Horizontally wide logos. eg. Oculus and HP
  • Tinker Toys - Wires and dot wires combined. eg. Think Geelong
  • Filters – Grid of dots or symbols to create  a shape. eg. FitBit
  • Dumbbells  – Overlapping forms to create a shape.
2016 Sub Logo Trends

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