Can You Identify These Red Logos from a Closeup?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
Image: Wiki Commons via Toyota / Brands of the World

About This Quiz

Red is the color of energy, action and boldness, so it's no surprise why it's such a popular color for logos! Whether it's your favorite color or not, do you think you can identify all the red logos in this quiz?

Of the highest-earning companies, red is the second-most popular logo color behind blue. Blue parallels red in a lot of ways and conveys feelings of security, serenity and sympathy. Meanwhile, red logos are usually used by companies offering excitement and adventure. This allows for some pretty interesting combinations when both are used in a logo!

The color's energetic connotations are the reason why 99% of "SALE" signs are written in red. Companies have to be careful, though, because too much or too bright of a red can irritate the eye and make someone want to avoid the red image! Red also causes your heart rate to increase which means - if used in the wrong way - it may trigger feelings of danger. We hope no logos in this quiz raise any red flags for you!

Bright reds like scarlet practically scream "energy!" while darker shades like burgundy exude more sophistication. We have plenty of brands that fit both descriptions in this quiz. Can you think of any? 

There's a million shades with different meanings, but that's enough with the color talk - let's cut through the red tape and get on with the quiz!

With its iconic play button logo, YouTube is the second-most popular website worldwide! Did you know it was founded by 3 former PayPal employees?

This family-owned company’s name comes from the Danish words “leg godt” which means “play well.” The red background certainly adds a playful pop to the current logo!

Founded in 1987, McAfee Inc. briefly changed its name to Intel security Group between 2014 and 2017. Several versions of its logo have included a red shield, including this one!

Founded in 1980, Cable News Network was the very first TV channel to feature 24-hour news coverage! Worldwide – through CNN International – the channel is now available in over 202 territories!

Did you know that KFC began as a roadside restaurant during the Great Depression? Featuring its founder, Colonel Sanders, the KFC logo is one of the most distinctive of all food chains!

Nintendo is the creator of many popular video game franchises, such as Mario and Pokémon. The company actually started in 1889 by producing hanafuda playing cards!

It’s pretty hard to image a non-red Coca-Cola logo or label! However, the brand’s logo wasn’t always red; it was black for 60 years!

Officially known as Red Bull GmbH, this Austrian company was founded in 1984. Its signature product, Red Bull, is the most-consumed energy drink in the world!

Since 1972, Marlboro has been the #1 best-selling cigarette brand, and its logo is one of the most well-known too! The name “Marlboro” was trademarked in 1908, even though the brand didn’t launch until 16 years later!

This one’s even got “red” in its name! Providing disaster relief and emergency aid (among other services), the ARC is part of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement.

Doing business as simply “Kellogg’s,” the Kellogg Company manufactures countless brands of more than just cereal! These include Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies, Cheez-It and Pringles.

ESPN stands for “Entertainment and Sports Programming Network” and is jointly owned by Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company. The channel is broadcast to more than 75% of U.S. households with televisions!

The CEO of Pinterest has said that, rather than being simply a social network, Pinterest is a “catalogue of ideas.” The fresh concept has earned the website/app several awards throughout the years!

Along with its popular products, Old Spice is notorious for its funny campaigns and commercials! Some of these are “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like,” “Smellcome to Manhood” and “Make a Smellmitment.”

Second to only Walmart when it comes to U.S. department stores, Target’s logo is one of the most recognizable (and literal!) The Target Corporation started as the Dayton Dry Goods company in 1902 in Minneapolis.

With its name being a play on “chicken fillet” and its logo being a stylized chicken, Chick-fil-A certainly represents its menu well! Did you know that the founder’s Southern Baptist beliefs influence much of the company’s values?

ExxonMobil was formed in 1999 by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. Both of them were members of the “Seven Sisters” – 7 multinational oil companies that once dominated the petroleum industry worldwide!

The company went from The Haloid Photographic Company to Haloid Xerox, then finally Xerox Corporation in 1961. The name was inspired by xerography, a now-widespread photocopying technique that the company invented.

Canon’s logo has changed a few times since the company began, but the current one has been in use since 1956. The name of the company’s original “Kwanon” line of cameras has a Buddhist origin.

Adobe Systems Incorporated boasts a library of creativity software products such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Did you know that it was founded by two former Xerox employees?

The symbol on the Nabisco logo – a two-bar cross – is an old European symbol known as the Cross of Lorraine. The early Nabisco logos featured the same symbol except in a red octagon.

The Bank of America logo stays as patriotic as its name, featuring a stylized American flag. Unbeknownst to many, it started as the Bank of Italy in San Francisco! It was founded by Amadeo Giannini for other immigrants who banks wouldn’t service at the time.

Netflix’s very first original series, Lilyhammer, debuted in 2012. 4 years later, in 2016, Netflix released a total of 126 original series and movies in that year alone! That’s more than any other network!

This subsidiary of PepsiCo is the world’s largest snack food company that distributes worldwide! It produces some of the most globally-loved snacks, such as Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos and Lay’s.

Did you know that Formula One cars are the fastest course racing cars worldwide, with top speeds of up to 230 mph? Formula One (also called FI) is, after all, the highest class of auto racing!

Officially known as Toyota Motor Corporation, this company bears some impressive titles. Toyota is the second-largest automotive manufacturer and fifth-largest company worldwide!

Texaco Inc. was an independent company from 1901 to 2001 (a hundred years!) Then in that year it became a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, one of the top 20 largest corporations worldwide.

There’s no way you can think of the Rolling Stones and not think of the iconic “Tongue and Lips!” It was designed by British art designer John Pasche, who also designed tour posters for the rock band.

Founded in Santander, Spain in 1857, this banking group now services many places in Europe, Africa, North America and South America, along with Hong Kong and Singapore. It’s also the largest bank in Spain!

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, and stays patriotic by featuring the country’s signature maple leaf in its logo! It was founded as Trans-Canada Air Lines in 1937 and changed its name in 1965.

This British company services countries and territories in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, for a total of 444 million customers worldwide! When it comes to the number of customers, Vodafone is second to only China Mobile.

Often classified as a “big-box” store chain, Kmart was founded in 1916 under the name S.S. Kresge Corporation. The number of locations has dropped drastically since the company’s peak in 2000.

HSBC is not only the largest bank in Europe, but also the seventh-largest in the whole world! It was founded in 1865 in what used to be British Hong Kong and its initials come from the original name of “The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.”

Did you know that Suzuki Motor Corporation began as Suzuki Loom Works and built looms for the silk industry? In 1937 – almost 20 years since the company’s founding – the founder decided to venture into manufacturing cars, too!

With its ketchup ranked #1 in the U.S., the H. J. Heinz Company sells its products in over 200 countries and territories! Heinz also has manufacturing plants in all continents except Antarctica.

This company’s famous logo is actually inspired by its name! “Mitsu” means “three” while “hishi/bishi” means “water chestnut” and inspires the rhombus/diamond shape.

Did you know that TLC originally stood for “The Learning Channel” (that’s right, not “tender loving care”)? The network used to primarily air educational content before focusing on reality and lifestyle series by the late 1990s.

One of the best-selling beer brands in the United States, Budweiser was introduced in St. Louis, Missouri in 1879. Due to trademark disputes, it’s sold as “Bud” in some European countries.

At its launch in the 1930s, Kit Kats (then known as Chocolate Crisps) were marketed as “the best companion to a cup of tea!” They’re produced globally under Nestlé but under Hershey’s in the United States.

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