Is your logo design phallic?

Kegel Male Trainer

No beating around the bush. Your logo looks like a penis.

In some cases this is a conscious decision by the designer, like with the KM logo for the Kegel Male Trainer. But mostly it’s a bit of a blunder. The following logos can be viewed in full flow on their respective websites, barring the beautiful Institute for Eastern Studies logo — due to the need for a faster re-think.

beauty salon logo

See it on the Buty Salon website.

DVV logo

On the Deutschen Volleyball-Verband website.

HEAD logo

HEAD website.

PTC logo

PTC website.

Perfect Crystal Windows logo

Perfect Crystal Windows website.

Brazilian Institute for Oriental Studies logo

Institute for Eastern Studies (unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the site is currently down)

The above logos were selected from the Phallic Logo Awards by beta (broken link removed, 2014).

Phallic logos in Zoo

While on the subject, have a look at these beauts.

Kudawara logo

Kudawara logo in the window

Arlington Pediatric Center logo

This design for the non-profit Arlington Pediatric Center has since been scrapped.

Pen Island website

How about the aptly-named Pen Island? All you have to do to order a custom pen is send an email to sales@penisland.com.

Not really.

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79 Comments

  1. Sorry – I’m laughing so much there’ll probably be poor spelling in this comment. Exceptional examples.

    Reminds me of a business contact I once had. His company dealt with fluid power equipment (mainly valves & fittings) but his logo was unintentionally sexual. The capper was that his name was Hy – and that was short for Hyman (no joke)

  2. lol! Oh, these are classic. Thanks for the laugh.

  3. Ha ha! Brilliant post!

    I’ve got a funny feeling you could be having fun with Digg again with this post ;)

  4. LMAO!! Absolutely GREAT finds!!! Ah man you’re definitely in for another digging.

  5. Shameless Stumble bait, and I’ve obliged ;-)

  6. absolutely gr8

  7. I remember seeing the Institute for Eastern Studies logo on the now-defunkt TechTV’s Screensavers about 4 or 5 years ago. It’s just as funny now as it was then.

  8. Great logos. Just showed them to the wife and she was laughing so much she was crying.

  9. HAHAHA Those are awesome! Definitely more thought (or perhaps less?) should have been put into the logo designs. I haven’t seen any of those before except the Pen Island one, that’s still hilarious.

  10. goldcoaster

    That Atherton Car Centre Logo couldn’t be real, could it??

  11. Too funny. I Dugg the post back at Digg.

    Not sure if it counts, but the T.V. ad for some auto maker (can’t remember the name at the moment) where the mom shows up at the beach talking about catching the perfect wave and instead she caught 3. Then her kids jump out of the car and they all grab their surfboards or bodyboards and head to the water. In that ad there is the “rising” phallic suggestion when the one surfer takes notice of the arriving mother and slowly stands up next to his friend. Perhaps not as blatant as the images included in this post but very phallic nonetheless. Thanks for an entertaining post.

  12. This was entertaining. Thanks David! ;)

  13. wow, funny. I hope my logo on my site of my FACE doesn’t have a resemblance of a penis…

  14. LOL, excellent!

  15. Thanks for the laugh! My in-laws are visiting, so I really needed that!

  16. What happens if the reverse is true and your phallus looks like a logo?

    Sorry – that’s just the way my mind works.

  17. OMG this post is so classic, it really made my day!

  18. Haha, hilarious!

    (To spot surprises like these -before- you present the logo to the huge, filthy rich company that have hired you, try mirroring the design. Makes it easier to reveal flaws, imbalances and unwanted resemblances.)

  19. I enjoyed the post – here’s another one to add to your list of a bank that I pass frequently:
    http://www.centralbankutah.com/

  20. A worthy addition, Bradley.

  21. I just read this post the 2nd time and I’m still LOL. I’m going to add a 5th installment (3rd installment coming up soon) to my logo series and link back to your site. Really, designers and clients alike should pick up a thing or two from this post.

    Post more.

  22. Brilliant entry!

    There are designers who seem focused on carrying out the urgent need of a client that they overlook the integrity as a designer to solve such a problem at the same time.

    Hahahah. But you really left me in stitches!

  23. Thanks Edroos. I enjoyed looking through your photos of Phuket. Took me back to my days in Thailand.

  24. That was insanely hilarious.

  25. Aww I cant help feeling sorry for them poor designers who made such fatal mistakes

    But I also cant helt thinking its funny too

  26. These are definitely pieces to keep out of your portfolio. This post really made me laugh.

  27. Some very entertaining pictures!

  28. Pen Island is a fake company deliberatley made for its horrible name. Good call on all the others, though.

  29. OK, what could be phallic about a duck? ;) It did remind me of when I was a kid and someone would call the A & W and ask if Mike Hunt was there. They would send out some poor unsuspecting car hop to yell repeatedly MikeHunt, until the gales of laughter clued her in to what she was actually saying. LOL

    No ducks were harmed or phallicated in the making of my blog logo. I have none. Is my avatar my logo? I am so confused. ;)

  30. miss.Fridz

    thanks for the good laugh. i really need that as im stressing out ovr a client of mine who has absolutely no idea abt logo design. i proposed different style of logo and they insist on copying other logos instead of being an individual company.
    and the worst part is their company name is not a memorable one.. SQM = maritime company.

    keep up the laugh~
    you made my day!~

  31. Come to think of it David, your logo kind of looks like an oddly shaped pair of genitals. lol

  32. I’m not surprised, as we live in the world where men dominate (no offense). Therefore, one can find phallic symbols anywhere – and logo design is no exception.

    Great post! Thanks.

  33. Carol, your avatar looks more like a photo than a logo, but I’m sure you could make a logo from it — simple enough shape.

    Kean, I think you’re looking too closely. ;)

    Helen, glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping in.

  34. These are hilarious! This is a good reason to really pay attention to design, and how other people might interpret it. Thanks for the postings!

  35. Ah! Nothing like a little logo porn to end the evening. Pretty funny post David. All the comments are just as amusing.

    Sweat dreams.

  36. Ed, no logo website is complete without some logo porn. I hope everything’s good with you.

  37. Hi David,
    Pretty funny stuff, some designers are far too innocent. Here’s another beauty, I call it the limp d**k.
    http://www.suncorp.com.au

  38. great post. even for one thats over a year old.. >_<

    heres one more phalic logo. heh.

    http://www.alrajhibank.com.my/

  39. A great start to the day – thanks :-)

  40. And oh.. don’t forget the very famous OGC logo..

    http://regmedia.co.uk/2008/04/21/ogc.jpg

    You have to tilt your head to appreciate it…

  41. Hi Trish,

    I’d like to think that was a clever marketing joke, but I’ve yet to see clarification. If it wasn’t, the design is quite the oversight!

  42. Here’s another one for ya, Al-Rajhi Bank. Hehe.

  43. And here is one example from Poland :
    http://www.gdyniadesigndays.eu/
    :) look how the letters G D D are put together :)

  44. lol..this was awesome, i have a website and am very glad i dont have such logo!!!!lol
    thanks for the awesome write!!!
    kudos!!

  45. Some ‘interesting’ logo’s here! Nice read too, :)

    Made me realise that the emote =D is phallic too!

  46. Amazing, I’m just doing some research at work for logo designs at the office and I had to hold in the laughter.

    Great tips by the way, I bookmarked them, it will help me a lot when I go and design a logo and favicon for my blog.

  47. I had to find this article again so I could comment – it’s been a while since I read this (great list BTW). I was driving around town and noticed a very phallic bumper sticker – turns out it is for the University of South Florida – their mascot is the Bulls.
    Here are some examples:
    http://tinyurl.com/usfbulls

    For some reason the main .edu site doesn’t use the logo though.. wonder why” ; )
    http://www.usf.edu

  48. Hi Kathleen,

    Though you can see that phallic bulls logo in their website favicon. Quite amusing.

  49. Here’s another one
    http://www.bullmoosetube.com
    notice the “head” of the bull

  50. I laughed till I cried. I know I’m going to triple-check every logo I design from now on. And I am so sorry to point this out, I hope you can see the humor in it, but in Arabic “Airey” means… “my c*ck”.

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