There are currently hundreds of sites/blogs dedicated to logo design inspiration, the most popular ones being Logopond & Logolounge. However, this is not a pretty list of useful sites for inspiring logos, no, this a warning to all identity designers that your works may well be being used for more than pretty eye candy.
It has recently been brought to my attention that www.logos.am (shown below) is simply plucking images from the Logopond gallery to use for their own content, with no permission from the owner of Logopond or the designers of said logos.
This is, in effect, an infringement of copyright. What’s also alarming is that the keywords “free logos” are in the title of the site, so it makes you wonder if visitors simply think it’s a logo stockshop. I have emailed the owner of this site in the past asking for my work to be removed but have yet to receive a response, so if you notice some of your own work on there feel free to email me and I will pass on the site owners contact details.
The second site I wish to bring to your attention is www.logogalleria.com
Now this one is a different beast. This looks like a blatant SEO stunt for the “partners” listed on the site. I won’t link to them until I know for definite, I’m still trying to track down the relevant contact information. From what I can see they are uploading logos from all over the web with no title, description, designer info, or hyperlinks. A clueless client might think that all of the works were carried out by the “partners”.
I am fully supportive of inspiration sites that give designers credit but to simply take an image from another site is theft. If you know of any others please name and shame them. Protect your work.