Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Choose Your Fashion Label Font in 1 Lazy Step

Gucci's emblem is wildly creative compared to most.
PASTE magazine notes an article from SLAMxHYPE showing how most all of the major fashion houses select from the same tiny group of fonts for their primary and secondary logos. About the only nod to actual creativity is choosing which weight of Hevetica, Futura, Arial or Avant-Garde to use.  

Even the few fashion logos that choose a serif font to be different generally stick to the classic, stock, off-the-shelf fonts found on most everyone's computer. So if you come up with a new fashion line and want it to look rich, classic, and established, you already have your logo's typography narrowed-down by 99%.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Paste Magazine

Link to article:

Excerpt: "Online magazine SLAMXHYPE recently conducted an investigation into the fonts and color schemes used in the logos of well-known streetwear labels and high-end fashion houses. The results of their research? All designers use pretty much the same font families.

The evidence shows that Helvetica and Futura are favored typefaces in both streetwear and high fashion logos, although the outlier brand 40 Oz NYC went rogue with Olde English.

The preference for Helvetica and Futura is all over the ad industry, and with good reason—they’re clean, readable, and versatile. Saint Laurent’s logo in Helvetica Neue Bold, for example, looks as sophisticated stitched on the side of a purse as it does on a jacket label. Nike’s oblique Futura logo validates the quality of a pair of running shoes and authenticates a basic hoodie as a classic.

While the minimal Chanel emblem makes as much sense on the perfume bottle in your grandma’s bathroom as it does the backpack of a brand-obsessed tween, the 40 Oz NYC logo is stylistically limited to streetwear, and wouldn’t translate far beyond snapbacks and sweatshirts."

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