A monogram is a combination of two or more letters to essentially create a symbol or a logo. Monograms date back to over two thousand years ago and are still hugely popular amongst designers today. Some famous monograms that represent various big brands include Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Volkswagen, Givenchy and Gucci to name a few. For design projects, a monogram can be the make or break part of the design. Once you’ve cracked a good monogram, you’re onto something good and perfecting the logo is essential for some solid branding. There’s so many different ways in which you can intertwine letters together that the possibilities are endless, and nothing ever becomes unoriginal as the alphabet is the alphabet. It doesn’t change. It’s just about coming up with a unique way to combine those letters together to create something magical.
Some examples of amazing, famous monograms (yet super simple ones!) include these ones below:
The simplicity to them is what makes them stand out more than anything else, the key to a good monogram and good branding is that bold factor, and how they’re instantly noticeable. Of course the fact that all of these brands are extremely famous and well known helps, but they could easily choose to have a much more complex logo and they stick with the basics.
In the middle ages the monogram was used as a way to claim your drawings, they were also used on coins in Ancient Rome. These days, the most famous monograms are found mainly amongst fashion brands like the above. You’ll find these monograms embossed on handbags, purses, card holders, luggage – and everything in between. It’s such an incredible way for these companies to brand themselves and make a statement.
Monograms are iconic and should continue to be used for years and years to come, what’s going to be the next big thing? You never know, it could be a brand that you’ve designed. Design bundles offer a monogram maker free if you’re wanting to try out some designs and get a feel for creating monograms. A monogram maker can really help you achieve the perfect result for a client, or it can help you have a little practice – particularly helpful if you’re a design student or you’re just starting up as a freelancer. Have a play around with a few different letters and logos – as they say practice makes perfect.
A persons name or initials is something that will never go out of fashion, it adds authenticity to a product and therefore it’s something that will never go off trend or become unpopular. You don’t even have to use them as part of a design project, you could maybe even make one for yourself to brand yourself as a designer. Create your own logo! It’s a classic personalised touch to any kind of project, it’s just about getting it right. Use typography to suit the personality of the person/brand, inject those little touches and you’ll do just fine.