People are still talking about the LSO logo

London Symphony Orchestra logo
(Image credit: London Symphony Orchestra)

The London Symphony Orchestra logo has been around for a while. It was originally created by The Partners (now Design Bridge and Partners) and subsequent updates to the identity as a whole have won various awards, including Best of Show award at our very own awards, the Brand Impact Awards, in 2017 and in 2022

The logo consists of 'LSO', written in cursive script. But look a little closer and you'll find another detail, the outline of a conductor – the baton is on the left if you're struggling to see it. And whether or not this logo secret is genius or plain difficult to see has got people talking on Reddit. 

The London Symphony Orchestra’s logo is both a conductor and “LSO” in cursive text from r/DesignPorn

This is one of those logo Easter eggs that can be hard to spot, but once you see it, it seems obvious. The Reddit thread on the subject consists of people complaining they can't see the conductor, they can't see the 'LSO' or protesting that they don't really like it. As one Redditor put it, "I swear, this subreddit is never satisfied with anything." And to be honest, we're inclined to agree. 

Adding a detail into a logo that isn't immediately obvious can be a smart move, because people feel special and excited when they do see it, and it becomes a talking point. After all, if there wasn't a conductor hiding in this logo I doubt anyone would be talking about it over a decade since its release. 

If you want to get your own ideas for a new logo, see our free logo makers post to get you started. And if you've created some standout branding this year, and want to go up against the likes of Design Bridge and Partners, then why not enter the Brand Impact Awards?

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she helps take care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure its content serves its readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.