50 brilliant book publisher logos

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Harvard University Press

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

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.

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

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.

Penguin press

Penguin Press

Alrahelah publishing

Alrahelah Publishing (by Wizemark

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One World

OR Books

OR Books (by Project Projects)

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Eichborn

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Cassowary Press (by 99designer Dialfredo)

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Harper Collins

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Particular Books

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Chronicle Books

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Random House 

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Jellyfish Publishing (by YPKDesign)

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Walker Books

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Blackjacket Books (by chizdesigns)

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Josephine Publishing 

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Black Ox Press (by Jason Hendricks)

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Archway Publishing 

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Head of Zeus 

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Breathe Press

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UC Press

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South End Press (by Frank LeClair)

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Orca Book Publishers 

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Unlimited Press (by Majordogear)

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Mercia Books

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Orphan Press

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Open Book Publishers

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Seal Press

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Hot Gates Press

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Rizzoli Publishers

atlantic books

Atlantic Books 

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Transworld Publishers

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Thames & Hudson 

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Chelsea House Publishers (by Keith Trego)

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Puffin Books

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Steidl

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Fat Cat Publishing (by Yanko Tsvetkov)

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Pisa University Press

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Victory Publishing (by SamDeMastrie)

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Redcat

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Bloomsbury Books

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Bloomsbury Children’s Books

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Owlbook (by revotype)

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Bateau Press  

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Móra 

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Simon & Schuster

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Rockbench publishing 

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Pink Unicorn Publishing (by Tracy Stone)

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Mountain Top Publishing (by 99designer Lus)

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Fancy Pants Press (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.