You probably possess at least cursory knowledge of Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray's race to the U.S. patent office with their telephone inventions. Considerable debate surrounds the events of the morning of February 14, 1876, when both men's claims were filed with the patent office. But it wasn't until three weeks later, on March 7, that Bell received his patent for the first telephone.
Bell won the war, if not the race, but no matter who actually invented the telephone first, both men paved the way for the wireless world we live in today. To celebrate the birth of the age of modern communication, I thought it would be cool to list my 10 favorite communication company logos. I could have made it easy and simply listed the logos of the top 10 communication companies – but I think we've all seen enough of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Nextel for a lifetime, don't you?
A couple of examples notwithstanding, I think you'll find my list includes mostly lesser-known companies; and I picked each logo based solely on the immediate visual impact it had on me rather than current brand awareness. I was surprised to find a distinct lack of originality among the top 50 communication company logos – most are either depictions of a “global reach” of some kind, an oft-copied “wavelength” or “radio wave” pattern, or just generally uninspired. I think the following logos break those molds. Which is your favorite?