The 10 best logos of all time

04. Woolmark

One of the world's best logos doesn't belong to a commercial brand at all – but who designed it?

Best logos: Woolmark logo on a white background

The Woolmark logo, designed in 1963

Formed from five black bands that crisscross to form a traditional skein of wool, the Woolmark logo is soft, elegant and organic. It's perfectly suited for its purpose: representing the use of pure wool in a product. The logo is officially credited to Francesco Saroglia, as the winner of a design competition. Nothing further is known about Saroglia, however, and it's believed that Italian designer Franco Grignani was responsible for the logo. 

A mark of quality

Simplicity is often the key quality of a perfect logo. So what could be more representative of a mark that's meant to signify a garment is made of pure wool than an elegantly drawn skein of wool? The logo is elegant and instantly recognisable without being overly detailed. 

"People associate it with the product they see on it: wool"

Rob Langtry, Woolmark

Best logos: Woolmark label attached to a jumper

The Woolmark is used on a variety of eligible garments of all types

Because it's instantly recognisable, the mark also speaks of the qualities of wool. "In an age where we've moved far too quickly to synthetic fibres and disposability, there's something reassuring and positive about a mark that represents a natural, renewable resource," enthuses Rob Langtry, global chief strategy and marketing officer at Woolmark.

Image of someone painting lines of the Woolmark logo

"The brush strokes allow a finesse that sometimes gets lost in the world of digital origination" Rob Langtry

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Garrick Webster is a freelance copywriter and branding specialist. He’s worked with major renewable energy companies such as Ecotricity and the Green Britain Group, and has helped develop award-winning branding and packaging for several distilleries in the UK, the US and Australia. He’s a former editor of Computer Arts magazine and has been writing about design, creativity and technology since 1995.