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Logo Design Inspiration – 33 Striking Black and White Logos

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Most logos make use of color. Logo designers creating a color logo will generally also create a black and white variation of the logo for the client to ensure the logo is readable and effective in black and white (in case a client needs to use the logo on black and white media).

Occasionally, designers go the other way and create the primary logo in black and white. And why not? These logos can be particularly striking, clean and memorable. The examples below show how removing color can actually make a logo stand-out!

Below are also examples of logo designs. You may wish to compare the logos below with logos from the following articles:

30 Negative Space Logos

50+ Unique and Inspiring Red Logo Designs

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44 Examples of Unique and Inspiring Green Logos

40+ Cool Typographic Logo Designs

33 Black and White Logo Designs

Culinary Zen Logo
Dot Monster Logo
Logo design
Act Research Logo
Sasha Powers Logo
Logo design Argentina
5 Locks Logo
Mo Sleep Logo
Silent Monkey Logo
Franklin Scott Salon Logo
Bird Love Logo
ChilliDog Logo
Indie Monki Logo
Edge Logo
Logo for Fashion Australia
Greentree Pictures Logo
Knoll Logo
Logo Design Thai Boxing
Film Logo Design
Northfields Tailors, Inc Logo
On Wine Logo
Panda Logo
Quick meals
Sushi Logo

Textura Logo
Williams, Ansoff and Adams Logo
Creative Pill Logo
Water Drop Logo
Logo for 'Human'
QS Logo Design
Magic Identity Logo
Urban Chick Logo

Conclusion

Next time you create a color logo for a client (and then its black and white equivalent) maybe you should stop and honestly ask yourself: “does the black and white version actually look better?” You might be surprised by the answer!

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  • http://nidenart.se Jocke

    Wow, some of them were just amazing. Really enjoyed Northfields tailors inc and panda communications.

  • http://www.animhut.com/ sriganesh

    Thanks for the inspiration !! the MoSleep is so good

  • http://www.uniquedesign.it/ Unique Design

    That’s an amazing showcase! I like almost all of them. It’s clear that basilar shapes designed in only black and white can help focalize on the meaning of the mark, instead of on the appearence of itself. Black and white logos are also ideal for some negative space play.

    Thanks for sharing Ronald!

  • http://www.designfacet.com behzad

    Some of the best logo’s are simple ones like these. Thanks for compiling them.

  • Manny

    cool dude..thanks for sharing

  • kim

    very nice list,the eyelashes logo is brilliant..

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  • Ralph

    once again an excellent list..and very inspiring!

    cheers

  • http://www.htmlemaildesigns.com/ Jordan

    Superb! I love the “panda” logo.

  • http://www.behance.net/ideatheorem Suhela

    Nice collection! Really liked the urban chic logo…

  • http://knowledgecity.com Jae Xavier

    lol, chili dog is fun. brings smile :)

  • http://www.osvaldas.info Osvaldas

    Saw these logos hundreds of times in similar posts. Expecting something new next time, instead of seeing the repeated content.

  • Kenneth

    I think some of them are GREAT, but some are just plain ugly.

    K&M Kickboxing
    One Stop Films
    Creative Pill
    Magic Identity

    I can’t see why these should be on the list, to be honest.

  • Clervius

    Everytime I see a logo. I try to visualize it in black and white. If it can’t be done.. I consider it an extreme flaw in the design.

  • http://www.webmaster-directory.org Sheryl James

    MOSLEEP is great.

  • http://design977.com Pusparaj

    Single tone logo… my first preference. Thank for the pretty nice collection.

  • http://wpevolved.com Dan @ wpevolved

    Nice collection here! It is very important for a logo to look good in black and white.

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  • Jacob

    Panda is amazing… you don’t know where you see it, but you see it! Good collection!

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  • http://www.shopfordesigns.com online logo design

    amazing black and white logos.

    I immensely like the urban chick and the greentree logos.

    very nice post.

  • http://www.lukesfdesign.com LukeSF

    Love logos when they look great in B&W… Guess that’s a must for any identity…

  • http://www.dirgeneral.com Andrew James

    NORTHFIELDS TAILORS INC, i must say a WOW to the idea, and the combination of hat & tie is being well utilized.

  • http://www.pakaworld.deviantart.com/ pakaworld

    That was awesome post. I think i need to book mark this so that i will refer to it later when i get a job on logs. Thank you for search a wonderful post

  • http://julianirusta.com Julian

    Panda rocks! Far the best.

  • Matthias Köhler

    Dotmonster is awesome :)

  • http://ibrandstudio.com Eko iBrand

    Nice logo…thanks for given me the inspiration

  • Agon

    great collecetion…thanks for sharing….when i looked at HUMAN logo i thought that why is this logo in this beautifull collection, coz it looked very simple to me, but when i saw the meaning of that, i was shocked, best of all logos i ever seen…

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  • http://superdit.com aditia

    that urban chic very cool

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  • http://tentorium-api.blogspot.com/ leonid

    cool collecetion!!!

  • http://www.katiewithanie.ca Katiewithanie

    Very sleek looking collection I enjoyed this post every much. Logo Lounge has a great collection of logos for inspiration as well.

  • http://www.lunamargherita.com lunamargherita

    i have to admit: sometimes you just have to sit down and start thinking not about the logo, but about everything concerning the semantic field of what you’re talking about.

    in my first logos, i used to be afraid of timing, of logo itself.

    you just have to sit down, imaginate, connect, create.

  • gabo

    the human logo is awesome

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  • http://www.howdoyou.info How do you?™ Answers

    Great set of logos thanks for sharing them

  • http://twitter lizz_berry20

    Woooow really are so creative and funny congratulations for this logos are amazing

  • http://www.cgbaran.com Cgbaran

    Great collection thanks

  • eka-trio

    creative design wow 5 out of 5

  • http://www.pixeljuice.com.au Pixeljuice

    I’ve seen the chili dog logo on a few blogs, obviously because its REALLY GOOD! I’m always afraid to do black and white logos, just because I feel guilty for not adding colour (One Stop Films is an example, I did that logo in B&W, but quickly did a colour version because I thought the B&W didn’t cut it). Might come back here and look at these logos next time I think I must add colour :)

  • http://ignitewebsites.com IgniteWebsites

    Thanks for the inspiration. We found this article because we are looking at redoing our logo in just black and white.These look good.

  • http://google.com Artist Raj

    i am surprised after looking these logos. very amazing

  • Bhavna Chowdory

    I love the Fashion Australia logo:)…very amazing

  • http://logozee.com ke logo

    These designs are freaking awesome and plus i read your article maintaining motivation in your business,..and that totally helped me in my studies and everything,thank you so much.keep on writing