Designers choose the top logo designs of 2013

Our look at the best, most inspirational logo design of 2013 takes in the year's biggest trends, most creative branding work and biggest identity projects, as chosen by our panel of world-leading logo designers. So without further delay, on with the logos...

01. Mall of America

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Mall of America by Duffy & Partners

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The new design respects the history of the world's largest retail outlet

"Our design for Mall of America is a logo that evolves into so much more. It's a symbol that respects their 20-year history, while evolving into a brand language that speaks to their complex brand experience. It's always different, yet always the same." - Joe Duffy, creative director, Duffy & Partners

02. 4Seven

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4Seven by Magpie Studio

"One of my favourite logos of the year is the new logo for TV channel 4Seven by Magpie Studio. The channel identity as a whole, from 4Creative, has been doing well in the design awards this year, winning a gold at Cannes, and the marque itself is lovely: a clever twist on the classic Channel 4 logo." - Jessica Philpott, freelance designer

03. Dutch monarchy

Dutch Monarchy rebrand by Koeweiden Postma

Dutch Monarchy rebrand by Koeweiden Postma

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The logo design is modern and minimalist

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The new design has proved a great ambassador for Netherlands tourism

"What does a modern royal crest look like? It's an interesting and challenging brief and Koeweiden Postma nailed it with something that's modern and minimalist, yet very festive and regal. I visited Amsterdam during the run-up to the inauguration and it dressed the city beautifully." - Uri Baruchin, strategy director, the Partners, London

04. Whitney Museum

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The Whitney's new logo is instantly distinctive

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The logo has been designed to be adaptive and flexible

"I'd vote for the new Whitney Museum graphic identity. Interesting, engaging, unusual, controversial, flexible - all the things a good identity should be." - Michael Johnson, johnson banks

05. Monster Raving Loony Party

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This new logo, created for a D&D Graduate competition, takes inspiration from the Mad Hatter

"A logo that immediately springs to mind was one I spotted through the melee at D&AD New Blood. It was for the Monster Raving Loony Party. I can describe it easily: a top hat, with a cutout where the ribbon would go round, with a small ticket shape in the same negative space.

"Essentially the Mad Hatter's hat, but so reduced that I also saw a voting ballot in the hat ticket. It intrigued me from afar, with cut-through simplicity amid so much other work vying for attention. Importantly, though, I would say that such a simple, brain-burn icon would have to be complemented by suitably bonkers behaviour and messaging elsewhere, which, credit to Ben Parish from Falmouth, seemed to be the intention." - Ben Marshall, creative director, Landor

06. Ippon Matsu beer

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Ippon Matsu Beer by Kota Kobayashi

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The minimal mark evokes the Japanese spirit perfectly

"Ippon Matsu beer, by Kota Kobayashi, is a beautiful, minimal mark and packaging program that would draw people to it, even if they didn't know its powerful meaning relative to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan." - Joe Duffy, creative director, Duffy & Partners

07. Battle of Bannockburn project

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The Battle of Bannockburn by The Beautiful Meme

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Each letter tells a story

"It's been another dull year so far on the logo front ... But I did love the below, for an experience centre in Scotland by the Beautiful Meme, due to open next year, the scene of the famous defeat of the English by Robert the Bruce – remember, in Braveheart?

"Anyway, each letter effectively helps to tell the story of the battle. I saw the guidelines when I judged Design Week and the copy was bolder and more kick ass than the logo." - Greg Quinton, executive creative director, the Partners, London

08. Queen Elizabeth Award for Engineering

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Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering by Landor

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The design is based on an abstract E

"This was actually done by Landor - but not me personally, before my narcissism starts to show. The identity for the Queen Elizabeth Award for Engineering features an abstract E. It has a depth to it: a physical construction, with an energy within.

"This sounds like 3D frippery, but is done with a degree of restraint suitable for a Royal commission. Having said that, engineering can be, literally, awe inspiring. What goes into constructing a new bridge or engine is mind-boggling to a dunce like me, so the identity also has an unleashed side that demonstrates this. I must say, it has a rather nice old school, one-colour version too, for the purist in me.

"As an appendix to that identity creation, the design of the award itself came from the same idea: tasked with making engineering more visible and engaging to a young audience, the solution was to create an online space for them to design the award itself. Again, the logo and its inner particles became the tools from which aspiring engineers could construct their creations. As such, the identity literally gets people involved." - Ben Marshall, creative director, Landor Associates

09. Oklahoma Contemporary

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Oklahoma Contemporary by Saffron Consultants

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Contemporary by name, contemporary by nature

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The design looks great in both print and digital

"In my opinion, this year has been a little dull in logo releases. Nothing that's ground-breaking has made an impact here in the States ( or, at least, a positive impact). My favourite for the last six months is Oklahoma Contemporary by Saffron Consultants.

"I come from middle America, a state similar to Oklahoma. So this is a surprising rebranding considering the typical approach to identity design and branding in these areas. This identity is a confident, bold step for an organisation that's connecting with its audience in a uniquely provocative way for this region. The subtle concept of connections is interesting, and it references how the museum is connecting its audience, to great art and design from around the world." - Chris Kline, design director, the Partners, New York

10. Google

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The new Google logo scales better on mobile devices

Our own pick for 2013 has to be the new-look Google logo. It was a brave move to revamp such a unibiqutous and well-known logo design and risk the kind of avalanche of criticism generated when its competitor Yahoo! did the same thing.

But somehow the search giant managed to pull off the impossible om 2013. Recasting its much-loved mark along flat design lines, it managed to create a new-look logo that was widely praised by the design community and scaled better on the smallest screens than its predecessor.

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