I’m In Logo Love: Goodwill Logo Design

“I’m In Logo Love” is a series on the crowdSPRING blog. Periodically, we 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, we’ll look at the logo for Goodwill.

Goodwill is a non-profit organization that provides job training, employment assistance and other services to people who have disabilities, inadequate education or job experience, or those who are unable to find employment.

Background on Goodwill:

The organization’s history dates back to 1902. Goodwill has a network of several hundred independent community-based organizations providing support to nearly 2 million people in the U.S., Canada and 14 other countries. (source: Wikipedia).

Why we think the Goodwill logo design is hot:

The logo design includes a lower case “g” above the goodwill name. The “g” is also a smiley face, which helps convey a feeling of happiness and relief. The same lower case “g” also appears in the logotype. The designer, Joseph Selame, could have easily incorporate a full smiley face above the name, but instead chose offset the image both to draw attention and also to create a graphic with a double-meaning.

What do you think? Do you agree this is a clever design and does it make you smile?