Top 7 Cryptocurrency Logos:
Cryptocurrency is a growing mega-trend and cryptocurrency logo designs may influence our choice of whether we should or should not trust and invest in one.
I've reviewed some of the best cryptocurrencies in terms of the visual esthetic of their logos in order to give you an opinion on what's good about them and what is not.
A logo is how something is recognized and understood.
This is critical especially when it comes to your hard-earned money.
All banks and financial institutions know that and their branding is on point.Just look at examples like: Chase bank, Bank of America, TD Bank etc.
But, once I've seen some of the top cryptocurrencies and their logos I was deeply disturbed.
Branding Of Cryptocurrency
Most of the new cryptocurrency logos are poorly designed.
They actually look like created by some kind of cryptocurrency logo maker.
It's kind of surprising, that their owners and/or investor don't realize the importance of visual consistency.
Therefore, my goal as a designer is to point out the good and the bad things about them.
So that during you logo design process, you can focus on what works and avoid making potentially costly mistakes.
I strongly believe that good design is good business.
And good design is born of two things:
Simplicity & Clarity
By adhering to the five criteria of successful logo design, I have analyzed seven top cryptocurrency logos with Bitcoin in the middle plus 6 alternative cryptocurrencies.
Check the full cryptocurrency list - We have over 1,529 cryptocurrencies as of Feb 2018
Crypto Logos Explained
Top 7 cryptocurrencies*
*based on market cap as of late 2017
Bitcoin cryptocurrency is the world’s first peer-to-peer decentralized digital currency and the most recognized and known cryptocurrency as of now.
Bitcoin symbol - a capital letter B with two falling strokes at the top and bottom directly refer to a dollar sign which I believe is the best single visual treatment in this logo.
The distinctive “B” is imposed on an orange circle that makes it actually look like a coin.
Next, the coin is slightly slanted to the right which together with the italic wordmark add to dynamism of this volatile currency.
- visual nod to the dollar sign
- bold, simple typography
- reference to a coin
- distinctive color
- generic look
- the serif “B” and the sans serif wordmark don't match
- inaccurate proportions between logo and wordmark
Ripple connects banks, payment providers, digital asset exchanges and corporates via RippleNet to provide one frictionless experience to send money globally.
In terms of visual aesthetics, it's the absolute winner.
Ripple got in its logo three dots, which connected together form a unique symbol that can represent the blockchain technology. The logo is simple, memorable & modern.
The particles are in perfect relation to each other forming a triangle which is aligned to the right, so it sort of sticks to the logotype.
The subtle gradient applied on the mark looks modern plus the blue color evoke trust and wisdom.
- the simple and bold typography with just right letterspacing
- the symbol conveys decentralization, connectivity, flow
- the blue gradient that evokes trust and wisdom
- perfect proportions between the symbol and the wordmark
Litecoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and open source software project released under the MIT/X11 license.
Litecoin mark is actually an existing character from a computer's character map and a letter of the Polish alphabet, which makes it look recognizable instantly.
Litecoin uses a distinctive first letter of its name - similarly to Bitcoin.
However, the “Ł” letter exists in some alphabets like Polish e.g. (my origins) and the pronunciation is very different than “L”.
It may cause some confusion. On top of that, the symbol uses Uppercase while we name uses lowercase.
The symbol is in italic while the wordmark is not.
The symbol is bold while the wordmark is set in the light font.
The grey color makes it look weak and it projects overall poor impression.
- simple and legible typography
- reference to a coin (circle)
- right balance between symbol and wordmark
- “Ł” is an existing letter is Polish, confusing
- lack of visual link between “Ł” from symbol and lowercase “l”
- grey color make is look very weak and fragile
Use Dash to make instant, private payments online or in-store using our secure open-source platform hosted by thousands of users around the world.
Dash name stand for Digital + Cash. The name is set in a custom typeface that is bold, dynamic and distinctive enough to make an impact.
Dash is Digital Cash you can spend anywhere.
That's the first thing we can see on the Dash website.
Well, it makes sense since the name combines the first letter of “Digital” with the word “Cash”.
D + Cash = Dash. A great name and also a great logotype.
- unique typography
- distinctive D
- dynamic wordmark
- omnipresent blue color (like Chase)
NEM is the world's first Smart Asset blockchain.
Built from the ground up for enterprise-grade performance, NEM's blockchain technology delivers a world-class platform for management of almost any kind of asset: currencies, supply chains, notarizations, ownership records and more.
Helvetica with tight letters-pacing will always look good. The colorful three-arm symbol is not bad, but the proportion between symbol and wordmark are inaccurate.
Helvetica-like typography set in bold with tight letterspacing will always look good.
We can find so many brands using a similar typeface in their logos (Lufthansa, Jeep, Gilette).
The three-arm symbol is appropriate and set in bright colors makes it look very appealing, however the proportions between wordmark and symbol are way off balance.
- simple & bold typography
- distinctive symbol (triskelion)
- vibrant colors
- symbol and wordmark off balance (proportions)
- weird position of the symbol (as it's a star)
Monero is a secure, private, and untraceable cryptocurrency.
It is open-source and accessible to all. With Monero, you are your own bank.
Only you control and are responsible for your funds.
Your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes.
The “M” in the symbol divides the circle into 2 parts and the color separates it further which looks somehow original. However, the wordmark's "M" is of a different shape which makes it look inconsistent.
The name is set in all caps and legible sans serif typography.
However, the weight of the font and the weight of the line in the “M” symbol doesn't match.
The first letter of the name uses totally different “M” than the one in the circle (inconsistency).
- simple & legible typography
- distinctive treatment with the M dividing the circle
- vibrant orange color
- generic symbol
- “M” in the symbol doesnt match “M” in the name
- Color separates the top part of the negative space (no purpose)
Zcash is the first open, permissionless cryptocurrency that can fully protect the privacy of transactions using zero-knowledge cryptography.
At first glance, Zcash logo looks like a copy-cat of Bitcoin. Hold on, it is a copy-cat. Same treatment, slightly different execution. Even the color is too similar. Not so smart guys, not so smart.
However, the logo wasn't designed to work separately from the name (like Bitcoin).
So if you separated the coin-like “Z” symbol from the name - you just end up with “Cash” word.
- coin-like symbol
- subtle orange gradient
- very generic, standard looking typography
- the stroke is too thick on the symbol
- “Z” should be repeated in the wordmark
When it comes to money investment, you want to particularly pay attention to the visual aspects of your identity system with a logo in its core.
I've reviewed these cryptocurrency logos, so you can actually learn from the life-case scenarios and avoid potentially costly mistakes when it comes to your logo design.
Remember, whether it's a new cryptocurrency, financial institution or any other business or venture - logo design principles are always the same.
An effective logo is more than the sum of its parts. The colors, shapes, fonts, and words chosen all need to work together to form a harmonious whole.
Therefore, every decision you make when you pick a logo can have an impact on the way your brand is perceived.
Is the logo friendly, capable, trustworthy enough?
Does it project the desired perception?
Will it work across variety of media?
Designers like me, use these forms of visual language (among others) to make sure that the brand comes to life in the most appropriate manner and makes an impact from the first encounter.
ColorThe colors you choose for your logo send an immediate message to the people who see it.
If you select colors that don’t work well with the brand personality you want to convey, then you may lose people as soon as they see your logo.
Bitcoin color[/caption]Certain colors speak directly to the industries they represent.
In finances, blue is a common choice for the banking industry because of the symbolic link between blue and trust, calmness, flow.
ShapeThe shapes you use in your logo, as well as the logo’s overall shape, is important, too.
Circles tend to convey warmth and community, and it's also the shape of coin.
Bitcoin shape[/caption]Square and rectangles are more orderly and balanced, while triangles can signify excitement.
Sometimes a company might use one shape inside their logo (square inside the chase bank), but use a different one as the shape of the logo as a whole.
TypefaceMany logos incorporate the names of companies or their slogans.
In such cases, the fonts you pick are just as important as the words.
You may choose to use a fancy or elaborate font in your logo, but your first consideration should always be readability.
Bitcoin typeface[/caption]Logo designers sometimes use fonts and then embellish them with other design elements.
Again, the font you choose should do a good job of representing your brand’s image and mission.
Finally, you need to think about the emotions conveyed by your logo.
Everything should work together to create a harmonious whole.
Looking for a crypto logo design? - Get my quote Today.
A company that targets investors might use a strong and solid color such as blue, combined with a sans serif font and a circular shape.
The combined effect sends a clear message that this is a company that can be trusted, is progressive and capable.
What do you think about these Cryptocurrency logos?
Did you spot other pros and cons? Share your comments below and share this article on social media.
Please also check my other article where I analyze startup logos.
Share this article on social media if you like it.