{ Wanted : Really nice logos with a 'M' as a sign }

Rene Verkaart's picture

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,
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david h's picture

serious, professional, masculine, elegant and powerfull:

:^)

Linda Cunningham's picture

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....)

Si_Daniels's picture

>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/

ill sans's picture

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

fallenartist's picture

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

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Linda Cunningham's picture

What about the University of Michigan?

ill sans's picture

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's picture

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

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eliason's picture

I sure like the U. of Michigan's M


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

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Aleksander, that's a great logo.

Sharon

hrant's picture

Quick trivia quiz: what's the font in Sharon's icon? :-)

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Sharon Van Lieu's picture

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

hrant's picture

Hint: check her last name.

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Sharon Van Lieu's picture

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

hrant's picture

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. :-/

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matthew_desmond's picture

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.

Nick Job's picture

Tyne and Wear Metro designed by Margaret Calvert.

dojr2's picture

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...

Choz Cunningham's picture

I like these Ms'

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

fallenartist's picture

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

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dezcom's picture

"> masculine, elegant

Tough combo."

http://www.macktrucks.com/

ChrisL

fredo's picture

Hrant, Rumba?

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hrant's picture

Yes!
And I'm flattered you asked. ;-)

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dustin_ay's picture

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

fredo's picture

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

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dezcom's picture

I see a flag and a flame on the Minnesota logo Dyrx.

ChrisL

dustin_ay's picture

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

hrant's picture

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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Stephan Kurz's picture

http://www.maesersports.com/:


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

dustin_ay's picture

Yeah that makes sense, Hrant. Thanks.

FrequentFlyer's picture

m-tattoo

http://www.yonderland.com/

good luck René

Rene Verkaart's picture

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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hrant's picture

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

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