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I have a new client that needs a logo with a 'M' as the logo sign. He wants the M to later stand alone, or be used in combination with different keywords that describe his company. His business is as an event company on a very high level so the logo needs to be elegant and have class.
I have made these rough sketches for him and he likes it a lot. The only problem he has with the logo is that the M is not legible enough. I didn't want to use a font, tweak the M and make a logo out of it. So I hand lettered it to give it that exclusive touch.

I'd like to make some more complete logos for him, but I'm looking for some inspiration. Do you know of a logo that has a really really nice M as a sign? Some keywords that the logo should match up to are: serious, professional, masculine, elegant and powerfull.

Would be nice to see what you come up with...

Regards,
®ené

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serious, professional, masculine, elegant and powerfull:

:^)

Linda Cunningham's picture
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Hmm, I wouldn't call them any of those names.

Maybe try juvenile, simplistic, and lowest-common-denominator.

(Which, of course, means "effective" in this day and age....)

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>serious, professional, masculine, elegant and powerfull.

Maybe this chap has a logo... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_McGwire

Actually I like this 'M' but probably because I like the coffee...

http://www.motorecoffee.com/

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I'm amazed no one mentioned McDonalds yet ;-)

Aleksander Lenart's picture
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Some time ago I've designed identity for joinery stores and the logo with M:

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Linda Cunningham's picture
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What about the University of Michigan?

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From Logolounge 2:
Mindfield Books, Meadow Valley Corp., MarketQuest, Miller Brewing Co., Mission Resources, Policy Management Systems, Maxium, Merchantile Leasing Corp., MediaCode, Menntafélagi, Mechanical Contractors, Minakami, Maxum Contractors, Maxcor Financial Group, Millenium Pharmaceuticals, Melanie Pruitt Art Studio, Melancronic, Mega Metals Group, A LA MEDIDA, Medi Didac GmbH, Maybach

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Aleksander, nice.

> masculine, elegant

Tough combo.

The Metropolitan Museum here uses a nice constructed "M":
http://www.metmuseum.org/rss/images/met_podcast_logo.jpg

hhp

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I sure like the U. of Michigan's M

better than the awkwardly splayed and overseriffed one that the U. of Minnesota uses.

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Aleksander, that's a great logo.

Sharon

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Quick trivia quiz: what's the font in Sharon's icon? :-)

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I was hoping someone would wonder about that. :-)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Hint: check her last name.

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I don't think my last name is a hint.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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OK, after checking with Sharon: the hint stands, it's just more obtuse. :-)

Now, if you're suspecting that my original guess was
wrong... that's for me to know and for you to find out. :-)

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Oh, and René, sorry for the mini-hijack. :-/

hhp

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Here's one Kral and I did way back when. I'm not sure if this is the final version but you get the idea.

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Tyne and Wear Metro designed by Margaret Calvert.

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I should suggest having a look at how Guimard dealt with the M of Métropolitain: the entrances to the Paris metro he designed are shaped as an M.
http://www.parisinconnu.com/guimard/l12p1.php

He also used different lettering to write Metropholitain
http://www.parisinconnu.com/guimard/l6p3.php

The Guimard escutcheons also bear an M
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Guimard_subway_escutcheons.jpg

(if you saw the entrance from a bird's view, you'd see it is also shaped as an M!)

Later letterings (white on red) by Dervaux may be less inspiring to some but I think they are great
both models actually

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Paris_Metro_Sign.jpg

http://accel10.mettre-put-idata.over-blog.com/0/11/74/18/metro/enseigne.jpg

THe yellow 'radio mast' is rather good too:
http://img.franceguide.com/ebm/2006/03/BM_20060307091705740.npf

If you are a comic buff, Edgar P Jacobs is the way forward:
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.dimensionedelta.net/jo...

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://matagalatlante.org/nobre/M...

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I like these Ms'

But I really think Mark McGwire has really lost his physique since he retired.

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Hrant, Sharon - thanks, it was developed with help of 3D :)

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"> masculine, elegant

Tough combo."

http://www.macktrucks.com/

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Hrant, Rumba?

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Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Yes!
And I'm flattered you asked. ;-)

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Hrant, please be gentle. I've never done it with an Armenian before.

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Here's a good one. I'm really not even sure what its supposed to represent, but it sure works visually.

Chris Lozos's picture
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I see a flag and a flame on the Minnesota logo Dyrx.

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Yeah, I guess I see a flame/torch. I'm curious to know more though about the intended symbolism and meaning.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Dustin, I guess it's saying "keep the flame alive".
History depends on people re-telling it I guess.

Fredrik, I've never done it, period.

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Yeah that makes sense, Hrant. Thanks.

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http://www.maesersports.com/:

They used to have a lc ITC Bauhaus-like m as a 'zipper handle' (english?).

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m-tattoo

http://www.yonderland.com/

good luck René

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Sorry for the late reply. I've been out for a few days. Work is piling up here and I'm drowning.

That's a stunning list of M's!!

D. I have been thinking about the Blake & Mortimer yellow M too. It's absolutely fantastic, but I can't copy it. Professional ethic... you know?
The logos 'Minisota Historical Society' and 'Mertz' is what I'm looking for. They are pretty unique and get burned in your mind.

THANX for the help. This really get's me on the way.

Regards,
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Wouldn't call it nice myself, but:
http://www.mercuryinsurance.com/

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