There are certain symbols that are instantly recognizable all around the world. No matter how dilapidated part of the world you are in, certain symbols can be found everywhere and even those who never get any education know what these symbols mean. Most of these symbols are logos of famous brands which is obvious because of the huge marketing budget used by big corporations but there are other symbols that have become popular just because of their ingenuity. Let’s look at the 10 widely popular signs and symbols that are almost as common as Christ’s Cross or Om! No kidding.
The yellow and red shell of this oil giant can be seen everywhere you go. Our modern society is so much dependent on oil that it can be found even in the remotest of places. And where there is oil, you’ll find the symbol of the major oil corporations including Shell. One or the other product of Shell is being used in your own neighborhood no matter where you live.
This S of superman inside a diamond pattern has become world famous too. DC comics haven’t intentionally tried to do this but this first superhero has become so popular all over the world that his symbol is today recognized everywhere. Its copyright is violated by toys and t-shirt manufacturers everywhere.
The flag of Switzerland is a white cross on a field of red. This little symbol has become massively popular mostly due to two products of this country; the Swiss army knife and the Swiss chocolate. Now this symbol is used with any Swiss product and sometimes even when the product doesn’t have much to do with Switzerland. It has become a mark of quality for any product.
The brand logos of most car brands are popular in different parts of the world. Every country has one or two major car makers whose brand logo is etched in the brains of its people. But if we look at the international level there are a handful of symbols that are widely spread. Since Volkswagen is one of the biggest companies, it’s not a surprise that their symbol is among the most recognizable symbols in the world.
Another very famous car logo is that of Mercedes. It is probably the most famous of car brand logos in the world. I think it has to do something with the very beautiful design of the three point star inside the circle that has made it more popular than other brands.
The apple with a bite is a symbol that has become synonymous with class, quality and luxury. Apple has always had a very special brand feel and the logo is associated with it from the start. Today iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macs all over the world proudly display this symbol.
Coca Cola written in flowing cursive over a red background is something that even the starving children of some African countries must have seen somewhere. Except for North Korea, I can’t think of any country that Coca Cola doesn’t have a presence in. The secret to their success is the unbelievable margin of profit they have on their products which they use mostly for advertising. If there is any product that highlights the power of advertising then it has to be the sweetened, colored and carbonated water that’s a bottle of coke.
McDonalds’ M has also become famous along with the clown but in many places for the wrong reason. This symbol is compared to rampant capitalism that has caused huge damage to the whole world. It has become the symbol of multinational corporations coming in and killing the local traders and businessmen.
The red cross of the Red Cross is probably the most well known symbol in the world. The equal sided cross has been used to show medical aid in many countries but the red cross has become a symbol of peace and unity in a world that is trying to rip itself apart. Red cross is a symbol of hope and shows that at least some of us humans are working towards world peace.