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The Top 10 CBD Logo Designs

The Top 10 CBD Logo Designs

Posted on January 3, 2020

Category: Branding, Inspiration Box, Marketing, Product Design, Trends

In recent years Cannabidiol (or CBD) has been appearing everywhere and has been touted as having numerous health benefits. Unlike THC, which has a notable psychoactive effect, CBD often produces more of a calming and soothing response from people and animals. CBD, originally derived from the cannabis plant, can appear in many forms, from tinctures to oils and creams or even in edibles like chocolate! Many start-ups and small businesses have been established for the sole purpose of marketing and selling CBD products. And of course, the demand for CBD logos have skyrocketed as seen in the many logo conteststhat have started on theDesignContest platform.

As a result, CBD businesses are relying on brand new logos that reflect the character of their businesses. In this article, we are going to take a look at the top 10 CBD Logo Designs that have captured the attention of our design community; the end customer.

So, without further ado, let’s begin.

CBD Pure

The above logo was designed for CBD Pure, a lifestyle brand that focuses on bringing the benefits of CBD to the everyday consumer. The logo that has been created is simple, clean, and made for appealing to health-conscious customers.

The logo has been divided into four subtypes that represent the four varieties of the product available. The basic design is a circular green batch, representative of the natural source of the product. Within the badge, inscribed in white, is written CBD Daily in a slightly cursive font.

At the base of the logo are four distinct panels that each represent the different product lines. The SLEEPY variant is represented by a blue panel with two crescent moons, signifying night-time.

The ENERGY variant is in vibrant orange with images of the sun; this naturally translates to the energy of the sun that permeates all beings on earth.

The PURE Variety is in Magenta with leaf imagery that represents the purity of natural CBD. And finally, the FOCUS line is represented in a darker shade of green, with eyelike patterns in white.


2.  CBDguru


The logo for CBDguru is intuitive and stylish at the same time. Using the contrasting colors of red and green on white and black backgrounds to good effect, this logo creates an immaculate representation of the brand. The dewdrop pattern (perhaps reflective of a drop of CBD) only enhances the appeal of the logo. With solid colors and professional fonts, this logo is one that is sure to remain stuck in the minds of the target consumers.


3.  Secret Smoke

Utilizing black and white to good effect, the logo for Secret Smoke blends substance with elegance in a perfectly sublime manner. The contrasting colors, together with the smoke-through-the keyhole design element perfectly symbolizes the name of the business. Further, the solid colors lend a character to the organization and its sound business ethics.


4.  Swamp Rabbit


The Swamp Rabbit Hemp Co. logo aptly displays the name of the business together with the additional tagline that speaks to its region of focus. The yellow background serves to bring the rabbit-in-black to life. The sprinting rabbit symbolizes the vigor at which the company is running towards its goal. And if you look closely enough you can’t miss the hemp leaves that make up the ears of this beloved bunny.


5.  3G Farma


The 3G Farma logo combines white, black and green to great effect, and the results are there for all to see. The hexagonal motif testifies to the organic origins of the product, as do the green leaves that shoot out of the pattern. The green leaf motif is again repeated in the A of the word Farma and highlights the point that all products created by this business are sourced from nature.


6.  Moiese Farm & Ranch


Again, a homage to black and white, the Moise Farm And Ranch logo defines the business in a short and succinct statement. The Hairy Highlander head, flanked by hemp leaves, clearly displays the two products that this business deals in. The logo is simple, clear and leaves no scope for ambiguity.


7.  CannaWhey


CannaWhey is an interesting cannabis product which blends CBD with whey protein in order to create a unique recovery supplement! Black and green seem to be the favorites of the season. Once again harking back to the basic colors, the CannaWhey Logo blends green and white on a black backdrop. Notice the green of CANNA, and you can see the hemp growing directly in the field. Perfect for showcasing the natural origins of the product.


8.  VapeDegree



The VapeDegree logo takes the metallic route; the entire logo has a steely tinge, and is crowned by five metallic weed leaves representing CBD, which itself occupies the place of pride to the top right of the company logo. And at the background…black again. The entire logo exudes a technical feel that goes perfectly with the company’s business of e-cigarettes.


9.  imPRESSive Solventless Extracts

A startup that serves the medical marijuana market, imPRESSive’s logo is, to say the least, pretty impressive. Set against a white backdrop, the stylized black lettering is only improved by the tick-mark shaped V in orange. The logo proclaims the identity of the company in minimalist tones. And the lower right corner with reversed color schemes is also a nice touch.


10.  CBDology.eu  

Yet another winner in black, the CBDology.eu logo looks stunningly vibrant in white and green against a black background. The crowning leaf representing cannabis creates a nice contrast. CBDology focuses on oils & vape liquids, and this logo is a quintessential representation for cannabis products.

Final Words

So here we are, at the end of our lengthy exposition on the top ten CBD logos that are making the waves in the market currently.  And as far as trends are anything to go by, black seems to be the dominating hue among all designs. And the leaf motif is a recurrent presence among the top logos of the day as well.  But enough about our choices…do you have any stunning logos in mind that we missed? If Yes, then be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

4 Steps to Designing the Perfect Icon

4 Steps to Designing the Perfect Icon

Posted on December 9, 2019

Category: Design Tips, Design Tools

One of the basic skills an adept graphic designer should have in their arsenal is icon creation. Sure, there are many free icons online or you could start a contest for icon design. However, knowing how to do it properly yourself will give you the ability to fully customize your icon. The end goal is to be able to create a distinguishable set of icons that shows your talent as an artist.

Like any other design skill, creating icons in Photoshop (“PS”) starts from knowing how to tweak settings and properties within the software. Once you are familiar with the tools, you can now begin making icons and icon sets that can be used virtually anywhere, from phone apps to website logos and more.

These necessary steps can be applied to other graphic design tools, but for this guide, we’ll use Adobe Photoshop as an example. If you need a plugin to transform the file format into an ICO extension you can use this reference for details on how to install it.

Step 1: Set the Canvas

Preparing the canvas is the first step to working on any image in PS. Start by selecting File > New to open the dialog box. Set the width and height to 16 x 16 for small icons (48 x 48 for medium and 96 x 96 for large), and choose a color for your canvas by selecting your desired shade in the Background Contents box. Remember: icons are always square!

If you want to change the size later, you can press CTRL + ALT + C on your keyboard, which opens the Canvas window in which you can set the desired size for your icon. Select OK to finalize the canvas size.

Step 2: Make the icon

Imagination makes art practically limitless, and this extends to images! In this step, you can let your creativity flow by choosing the design you want, whether for a single icon or an icon set. Just don’t forget that the figure is tiny, so refrain from putting words, patterns or texture with fine details. Icons are typically simple yet recognizable—think Facebook or Instagram.

For this guide, let’s try making a simple chat box. It’s geometric and can be used as an icon base wherein you can layer other illustrations on top of it, such as emoticons or logos.

Firstly, draw an 83 X 64 rectangle with an 8 px radius using the Rounded Rectangle Tool.

Then, hold SHIFT and draw a smaller rounded rectangle and set it to 36 x 36 with a 3 px radius.

Press CTRL + T to open transformation points on the smaller shape. Click and drag on the outside of the bounding box and set images to a 45-degree angle. Make sure to place it on the lower center of the larger rectangle.

Press ENTER to complete the shape transformation.


You can change the depth, shadow, stroke, and more by selecting Layer > Layer Style on the menu bar.

When you are satisfied with all the adjustments you made, you can now add an icon sign by adding another layer, or use it on its own!

You can use these tools that are made available in PS so you can create more designs:

  • Pen Tool. This tool allows you to make scalable vectors. Draw any shape by placing nodes and dragging them to create and adjust curves.
  • Layer Style. There are many free to use styles to enhance your icons. Tip: try using a 1-px gray stroke and set it to 40-50% opacity, and select a 110-degree shadow overlay for your final touch-up. It works!

Step 3: Test and Tweak

This step is a make-or-break process for your icon. Many graphic designers skip this step, but if you want the figure to be vivid and visually appealing despite its size then you need to test the image.

Size your design down to the smallest icon setting (16px x 16px) and check if the image is recognizable and clear. It means that the icon you created remains visible and maintains its integrity despite its size.

If the icon looks good (clear lines and curves, no distortions, etc.), you can go ahead to the next step. Otherwise, tweak or recreate the icon using Step 2 until you are satisfied with the quality.

Step 4: Save the icon

Once everything is finalized and ready, saving the figure as a .ico file is crucial when using it as a Windows icon. Use the PS plug-in to convert the image you created into the right file type. The .ico file format is also applicable for favicon or favorite icon associated with a web page or website.


Creating icons is easy once you have the software, the knowledge, and a clear idea of what you want the end result to be. It would be best to follow a theme, especially when creating an icon set, so that everything looks uniform and harmonious. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, but make sure that the set captures the essence what the icon represents.


4 Eerie Comparisons to the Tesla Cybertruck

4 Eerie Comparisons to the Tesla Cybertruck

Posted on November 23, 2019

Category: Branding, Inspiration Box, Inspiration Gallery, Marketing, Product Design, Trends

Yep, it’s real.

Elon Musk’s newest vehicle launch has gone viral for its outlandish and bizarre design. Meet the Cybertruck:


Source: Tesla.com

The team here at DesignContest has a love-hate relationship with this vehicle design that looks to be straight out of a Mad Max movie (minus the dirt). It took just a few minutes for folks around the internet to start making comparisons and we have decided to compile a list of the four most resounding comparisons for your enjoyment.

Comparison #1. A cross between an El Camino and a DeLorean

Source: Twitter

Just look at the straight lines of the DeLorean combined with the length of the El Camino. We think that this comparison is spot on.

Comparison #2. The Lotus Esprit


Source: Twitter

The resemblance to this 1970s sports car is uncanny. The polygonal structure was originally inspired by Giorgetto Giugiaro‘s “folded paper” designs. Elon Musk was so inspired by the Lotus Espirit that he bought one in a 2013 auction.

Comparison #3. Cubism

Houses on the Hill Horta de Ebro by Pablo Picasso (1909)

Cubism was a period of art developed in the early 20th century that is characterized by monochromatism and overall strangeness. Can’t you see the Cybertruck appearing in one of Picasso’s cubist paintings?

Comparison #4. The Porygon

Source: Twitter

This one is a bit of a stretch, as it’s not a car, but we thought it was too good not to be included. Aptly named, the Porygon is a species of Pokémon that is created out of polygons and looks like a some kind of bird-like creature.


At first when we saw the Cybertruck we thought it was low poly video game rendering and not an actual truck. But we were both surprised and a bit distraught that this truck actually exists. According to Tesla’s website it looks like the vehicle will go into production in late 2021 so we still have time before we see these Frankenstein vehicles roaming the roads. So what are your thoughts? Do you LOVE the Cybertruck design or hate it?

Click here to vote in our Cybertruck Design Poll.


The Power of a Purple Logo

The Power of a Purple Logo

Posted on November 13, 2019

Category: Branding, Corporate Identity, General, Inspiration Box, Inspiration Gallery, Marketing

What is it that makes a brand choose the color purple to portray its identity? It is a popular choice, no doubt, but like every shade in the rainbow, it has to mean something to someone, somewhere.

Spiritually, the color purple signifies a higher, more evolved state. However, physically back down here on terra firma, it signifies qualities such as royalty, intrigue, and sensuality. Purple and gold are well-known royal colors and other color combos can also be very striking. Combining purple with its complementary color yellow is a great way to catch the eye. Yellow-adjacent colors also give branding a visual pop such as orange or green.

In addition to playing well with other colors, purple balances the yin and yang. It’s neither too feminine nor too masculine. Thinking about the color wheel, the hues red and blue mixed together create purple. Like-wise, if we combine the symbolism of the two colors, red is vibrant and racy, while blue is cool and calm (see 40 beautiful blue logos). The result exudes class and power.

This is one of the many reasons we see new tech and engineering companies skipping blue tones and taking on purples to convey their softer sides. Consumer brands and services logos that also turned to purple for their branding. Think of: FedEx, Hallmark, Cadbury, and Yahoo. You name it, they’ve used it!

The main takeaway is that purple is versatile and easy to love which is why some of the most interesting brands in the world have adopted the color and made it their own.

Let’s see how they’ve gone about it by exploring a mix of both fresh and established brands.

1. .xyz

.xyz and its powerful purple logo stands for the new order of global domains post the dot com, dot net, and dot org eras. It literally has the last say in the alphabet and is synonymous with simplicity: “as easy as X-Y-Z!” This logo encapsulates both the technical aspect of the internet as well as an all-inclusive world-view with its friendly font selection. Traditionally, blues and grays have represented tech brands but by using purple, the .xyz brand emphasizes a new age feel with universal appeal.

2. Freaky Clean Bins

Purple and green reign supreme! We see this complementary color duo here in this fun trash can caricature. The bright green bubbles and frills is a fresh take on the classic recycling color. Had this hue been matched with any other color aside from purple, the impact would have fallen flat. Here we see purple acting as a solid background supporter that displays the name, mascot and other green and white elements really well. It’s eye-catching and delicious and puts a fun spin on the subject matter.

3. Zebulon Solutions

In Zebulon, we see an engineering company refreshing its image with a new logo. Not only have they used the color purple but they have claimed this shade as “Zebulon purple”! The company wished to hold on to its industrial roots with metallic lettering but the true essence of the makeover lies in ‘Zebulon purple” and all it brings to this brand. They say the new logo looks bold and clean. Well, the clean may be from the metallic lines but the boldness is all thanks to the purple.

4. Yahoo

Yahoo has always been known for their purple color palette. Through all of their logo iterations it has been the purple that stood the test of time. If it works, why change it? But why does the quintessential Yahoo.com purple logo continue to live on and on? Here’s why! The purple in Y! spells fun and innovation. It is enjoyable to learn new things! Yahoo! Like a Eureka moment each time you find what you’re looking for. Purple also gives the brand an authoritative standing amongst its rivals. Again, we see its royal implications. But best of all, the Yahoo logo works in purple because it’s bright and playful while maintaining the seriousness of a leading search engine.

5. Allure

No ode to purple would be complete without giving it some credit for its attractive qualities. Hence, the logo for Allure Beauty & Aesthetics that specializes in beauty treatment for men AND women. This is a clear example of a visual metaphor for the balancing properties of purple. In this interpretation, the purple soothes and comforts while the font is artistic. It’s an ideal color not only for the logo but their entire brand. We like to think that while clients are enjoying their treatments, a nice therapeutic shade of purple makes it all a little bit better.

6. Titans Sports Academy

This unbeatable combination of purple and black shines through in all its glory. This logo is for a sports academy with a winning streak. Titan is undoubtedly a word made for such a powerful color and the metallic grey shading highlights a stately 3D effect. Power and strength are clear descriptors of this purple logo design.

7. EdQu

EdQu is a Swedish Education Tech company that uses a purple and green duo in a simple understated manner. Compared to all the earlier logos, this one is subtle and sweet. It shows the versatility of the color purple and how it can be utilized in a variety of ways such as child-like wisdom represented with an owl on a branch. This design uses purple to highlight education in a friendly and welcoming manner.

8. Cognitive Information

This winning logo for this Business Intelligence Consultation Enterprise uses shades of purple to depict technical excellence without being stark or grim. That’s the power of purple in this one especially when it plays with the light and the dark. The logos on top are sharp, distinct and straight-forward, without being harsh. And again, they stand for new age technology that’s intelligent and people-friendly.

9. Wisteria Farms

This charming logo for a horse breeding farm truly captures the graceful elegance of the subject matter by featuring wistful Wysteria. Purple plays the main role in its refined depiction while the flowing font and simple lines fulfill the client’s brief perfectly. The classic green and purple pairing is a very fresh design and shows the power of drawing color inspiration from key brand elements.

10. Kabloom

A florist company needed its creative, flowery side depicted in a logo that’s funky. Clearly purple hits the mark! The beauty of a blooming lotus-like flower is well integrated with the brand name, cleverly using two letters to represent the leaves. This is a great example of using shades from the same color family, such as purple and magenta. The shaded petals and gradient purple lettering make this an explosive logo design!

11. Cadbury

World famous melt-in-the-mouth Cadbury makes sure to use purple to tempt, tease and exude a feeling of richness. Isn’t that what good chocolate is all about? The luxury and richness of indulgence? No other color would suit Cadbury’s purpose which is why the brand has stuck to it over the years. In fact, most Cadbury products are wrapped in the lavish purple color and can be spotted a mile away. This is one major purple logo success story!

12. Asprey

This regal logo belongs to London-based Asprey, an elite emporium that supplies crowns and scepters among many items to a royal clientele. It means business and does it well. The purpose of purple in this one revolves around imperial grandiose and being a class apart. It has a dark sophisticated purple shade that makes it even more distinguished and proper.

13. Phoenix Fury Roller Girls

Though not entirely purple, this logo combines red and purple, another powerful teaming. The purple highlights the woman while the red surrounds her in the form of red phoenix wings. Her attire, safety pads and roller blades are all purple to really show her winning, unbeatable personality. Phoenix Fury is a 100% female roller derby league created in honor of women. They chose a logo that uses purple quite cleverly.

14. Monster

Another powerful purple logo belongs to Monster (not to be confused with .Monster), the online job portal giving employment opportunities to thousands of people across the world each month. This industry leader has been using purple in its logo to create a brand recall since its inception. Fonts have come and gone but the purple remains strong. Though the lettering is simple and clean, its the purple that gives it life, magnitude and potential.

15. Wizz

Wizz is a Hungarian aviation company that uses two shades of purple for their logo that they claim stands for the luxury that they offer their clients. The mix of the two colors and the unexpected exclamation mark in the middle of the word creates a joyful, speedy kind of excitement. Here, purple signifies a luxurious type of fun that takes care of you at any height. It also portrays a regal air that makes their clientele feel extra special.

16. Syfy

Syfy is the clever abbreviation that stands for sci-fi in the digital age and on our television screens. This logo’s purple depicts an enigmatic sensuality that their audiences like. Simple, with a bulky font, this logo is more than what meets the eye. But it’s the purple that stands out for its attractiveness and boldness at the end of the day.

17. Zoopla

Zoopla is another striking purple logo. They are a property search website that distinguishes itself as a leading search tool. Their ambition is clear with the combination of bright purple and a customized, quirky font. The name Zoopla equals fun and frolic buts the purple that grounds it shows it as a serious player. Its bold and its powerful because it is purple.


As seen in the above examples, purple has been used by both established and fresh brands, each with their own twist on this popular color. We’ve seen it paired with blacks, greys, reds, metallics or greens and they all look good! The attachment to purple is clear when brands take time to name a shade or never stray to another color no matter what the trend.

Purple caters to a myriad of generations and emotions that span across regal, sensual, beautiful, and bold. Every brand that has ever used purple aspires for something powerful. That’s the true essence of the color purple in the world of marketing.

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