50 brilliant book publisher logos

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The world of book publisher logos caught our attention a few months ago with the celebrated re-design of Harvard University Press’s logo, which went from a stodgy seal to a minimal grid built to last on paper and digital pages alike.

Our next discovery was another Ivy League overhaul, Yale University Press, which ditched its distinctive but admittedly dated-looking Paul Rand logo for a more timelessly conservative word mark.

It only gets better from there; the publishing industry sports some of the loveliest logos around. Catering to an educated crowd while making do with severe space limitations (the logos all have to look good on the spine of a thin book), these logos represent a perfect meeting ground between imagination and restraint — what many would call the crux of good design. Here are 50 exemplars: dive in.

1. Harvard

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Harvard University Press re-designed its old seal (left) for a sleek new look (right)

2. Yale University Press

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Yale University Press ditched its Paul Rand design for something more timeless

3. Penguin Press

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4. Alrahelah PublishingAlrahelah publishing

Logo: Wizemark

5. One World

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6. OR Books

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7. Eichborn

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8. Cassowary Press

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By 99designer Dialfredo)

9. Harper Collins

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10. Particular Books

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11. Chronicle Books

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12. Random House 

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13. Jellyfish Publishing

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By YPKDesign

14. Walker Books

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15. Blackjacket Books

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By chizdesigns

16. Josephine Publishing 

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17. Black Ox Press

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By Jason Hendricks

18. Archway Publishing 

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19. Head of Zeus

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20. Breathe Press

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21. UC Press

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22. South End Press

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By Frank LeClair

23. Orca Book Publishers 

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24. Unlimited Press

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By Majordogear

25. Mercia Books

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26. Orphan Press

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27. Open Book Publishers

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28. Seal Press

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29. Hot Gates Press

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30. Rizzoli Publishers

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31. Atlantic Books 

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32. Transworld Publishers

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33. Thames & Hudson 

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34. Chelsea House Publishers

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By Keith Trego

35. Puffin Books

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36. Steidl

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37. Fat Cat Publishing

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By Yanko Tsvetkov

38. Pisa University Press

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39. Victory Publishing

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By SamDeMastrie

40. Redcat

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41. Bloomsbury Books

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42. Bloomsbury Children’s Books

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43. Owlbook

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By revotype

44. Bateau Press

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45. Móra 

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46. Simon & Schuster

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47. Rockbench publishing 

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48. Pink Unicorn Publishing

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By Tracy Stone

49. Mountain Top Publishing

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By 99designer Lus

50. Fancy Pants Press

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By Mark Wills Design

Which logo design is your favorite?

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Alex contributes from New York City on topics ranging from branding and typography to the history of design.

  • KFXW

    The Walker Press logo is identical to the Candlewick Press logo. Down to the glow ring around the the candle.

    • Fatma Tounsi

      They are sister companies