Whether you’re cruising down the aisles of the grocery store, or speeding down the freeway, you’re guaranteed to come across a few famous logos. Take one glance at any one of these logos and you instantly recognize the brand, but did you know there’s sometimes a hidden message buried in them? It’s surprising, but true.
Here are 17 famous logos that have a hidden message. Take a look:
At first you just see the word VAIO, but look a little closer and you’ll see the first two letters represent an analog symbol and the last two letters are binary.
2. Baskin Robbins
Take a look at what’s highlighted in pink. Look familiar? It’s a 31, which is the number of flavors they offer.
3. Formula 1
Between the letter F and the speed marks is the number one.
4. Northwest Airlines
This logo actually has two hidden messages. First, it features an N and a W in negative spaces. Second, the triangle in the circle points northwest as if it’s a compass.
The two middle T’s in Tostitos shows two friends sharing some tortilla chips and salsa.
Look at the negative space in the lowercase E – it’s an elephant’s trunk!
7. Hope for African Children Initiative
When you first look at it, it looks like only a map of Africa. But take a closer look and you’ll see an adult and child facing each other.
9. Hartford Whalers
This simple-looking logo is actually quite clever. First, you have the whale’s tail, the letter W in green, and an H in the white space.
Take a look at the G in Goodwill. It’s actually a smiling face!
11. Spartan Golf Club
This logo is pure genius. Look at it one way and you see a Spartan helmet. Look at it another way and there’s a golfer taking a swing.
Unilever produces so many different products that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything they do. Lucky for us, there’s symbols for literally everything they make right in their logo.
See where that arrow points? It suggests that you can buy everything from A to Z on Amazon.
14. Sun Micro Systems
Usually boring tech companies stick with boring, meaningless logos, but not Sun Microsystems. Take a closer look at that diamond and you’ll see it actually says Sun in every direction.
If you look at Wendy’s collar you’ll actually see the word “MOM.” Their thinking is that the next time you think of mom’s cooking, you’ll think Wendy’s.
16. The Bronx Zoo
Look closely at the giraffes’ legs. You’ll see the animals are within a big city!
17. Coca Cola
Look closely at the “o.” Do you notice anything? No? Don’t worry because most people wouldn’t notice it. It’s actually the Denmark flag. This wasn’t always the original intention. Coca Cola discovered that part of its logo looks like the Danish flag, which has been named the happiest country on earth. Once they discovered that, they set up a media stunt in Denmark’s biggest airport, where they welcome people with flags. Still can’t see the flag? Here you go: