I’m In Logo Love: FedEx Logo Design

“I’m In Logo Love” is a new series on the crowdSPRING blog. Periodically, we’ll pick a logo we’d like to take home from a bar and tell you why. And if you think it’s a bit strange to have a crush on a cleverly designed logo, get in line – my mom has already lectured me on this topic. Today’s post was guest written by Marc Köhlbrugge. Marc started out as a freelance designer (some of you might recall that Marc won crowdSPRING’s inaugural web design project). Since 2009, Marc has co-founded two internet start-ups – PressDoc and *openmargin. Today, we’ll look at the logo for FedEx.

FedEx is a logistics company based in the U.S.

FedEx makes it possible for both businesses and individuals to easily ship packages around the world.

Background on the name FedEx

When the company began operations in 1973 they initially adopted the business name Federal Express.

However, after a while, Federal Express outgrew its name and headed towards a more global approach.

Therefore, in 1994 they decided to rebrand the company to ‘FedEx’ (an already commonly used nickname) along with a new logo shown above, designed by Lindon Leader.

Why I think the FedEx company logo is hot

I always prefer logos that communicate the essence of the brand, have a unique and thus recognizable look, intrigue the mind, and clearly show the name of the company.

The FedEx logo achieves all of this and remains very simple. It’s a strong part of FedEx’s brand identity.

The overall concept of the logo is very basic, the name of the brand in bold letters, and a unique combination of colors. I won’t say it’s the most elegant typeface I’ve ever seen, but it’s definitely bold and very recognizable.

To give the logo an extra edge Leader decided to make one minor tweak to the letters. This tweak resulted in one of the most discussed logos out there.

If you didn’t see it already: the negative space between the ‘E’ and the ‘x’ forms an arrow symbolizing movement and precision. Which are of course two very important values for a logistics company such as FedEx.

Of course, not everybody will catch this detail immediately, but as soon as you do, you can’t help but notice it every-time you see the logo.

Even better, when I’m among other people and the logo comes across there’s a big chance we’ll actually start talking about the logo because it’s such a clever design and it’s great to share the ‘hidden detail’ with others. I can imagine other people feel the same, so it’s not just a nice looking logo, it’s also a great word-of-mouth marketing tool.

If you want to learn more about the designer and the logo, I recommend reading this interview.