I will preface this post with my opinion that these designs are not true “logo designs” as the designer in each case was able to come up with a name AND image at the same time making the task mush easier. As Professionals in the real world will attest to, we rarely ever have that luxury. Add to the top of that most short concise names are already trademarked, and this really becomes just an exercise in design, but a good exercise and one we should all practice with in our free time to get us thinking “outside of the box” (as clients LOVE to say when they have no idea what they want!)
Here are a few samples from LogoPond. They use simplistic designs with a good usage of negative space.
Do you want to see more? Check out logopond.com for more creative inspiration.