The best logos of the 1980s

Back to the Future poster with Marty McFly looking at his watch
(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Decades later, the 1980s remain a huge influence on pop culture, from music and TV to design and fashion. So why were they so special? 

Part of the answer is, quite simply, they weren't the 1970s. Even as a child, I remember that decade being a time of poverty, shortages, strikes and power cuts following the 1973 energy crisis; not to mention racism and the threat of nuclear war. Conversely, while the 1980s weren't perfect they were a much happier period, with economies stabilising, new technologies improving everyday life, the Cold War thawing and the rise of a black middle class.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.