Your SlideShare is downloading. ×

Logo Design: What You Need to Know

826

Published on

Your logo is the face of your company, so why would you skimp out on the time and effort necessary to create a great one? In a world where we're bombarded with images every second of every day, you …

Your logo is the face of your company, so why would you skimp out on the time and effort necessary to create a great one? In a world where we're bombarded with images every second of every day, you have to come up with a logo that stands out and speaks to your unique brand.
A few select, fellow entrepreneurs and start-ups owners will be on hand, including Ken Deckinger, the founder of dating site Jess, Meet Ken, and Alessando Bellino, owner of The Coffee Trike. Learn how they have not only navigated the ropes of branding their businesses, but also how they work with their designers.

What You'll Learn

Fully understand why your logo design is one of the critical first steps and one of the most important decisions a new business owner will make.
Learn to create a branding budget and realistic timeline.
Explore how to hire and successfully work with your design studio / designer.
Understand the value in protecting and trademarking your new identity.

Published in: Design
0 Comments
3 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
826
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
44
Comments
0
Likes
3
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Logo Design Fundamentals: What You Need to Know
  • 2. What is a logo? 01 DESIGN BASICS:
  • 3. What is a logo? 01 DESIGN BASICS: wikipedia.com A logo is a graphic mark or emblem commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and even individuals to aid and promote instant public recognition. Logos are either purely graphic (symbols or icons) or are composed of the name of the organization (a logotype or wordmark). At the level of mass communication and in common usage a company’s logo is today often synonymous with its brand.
  • 4. 02 LOGO STUDY: SYMBOL / ICON / PULL-AWAYS
  • 5. 02 LOGO STUDY: LOGOTYPES / WORDMARKS
  • 6. 02 LOGO STUDY: LOGOS THAT ATOMIZE
  • 7. What can logos communicate? 03 DESIGN BASICS: UPSIDE ------------------ A BRAND / BUSINESS / SERVICE IS... TRUSTWORTHY CUTTING EDGE established engaged Conversational SMART DISTINCTIVE AUTHENTIC DOWNSIDE --------------------------- A BRAND / BUSINESS / SERVICE IS... UNORGANIZED POORLY EXECUTED UNPROFESSIONAL UNDER CONSIDERED JUVENILE OBSOLETE CONFUSING STILL FIGURING IT OUT
  • 8. 04 LOGO STUDY: REVEALS
  • 9. 04 LOGO STUDY: REVEALS
  • 10. Why is all this so important? 05 DESIGN BASICS:
  • 11. Why is all this so important? 05 DESIGN BASICS: A logo appears on everything from business cards to billboards. It reaches customers, prospects, suppliers and the press. In other words, a logo speaks on behalf of the company to everyone it has contact with, and is often the first impression someone will have of a company, service or product. Because of its potential impact, a logo must offer a unique, memorable, and favorable impression. A logo should function as an anchor for all aspects of a brand. It should inform and influence the overall aesthetic of a company’s web presence, social media, marketing materials, packaging and signage.
  • 12. 06 LOGO STUDY: REVEALS
  • 13. 06 LOGO STUDY: REVEALS
  • 14. What makes a logo successful? 07 DESIGN INSIGHT:
  • 15. What makes a logo successful? 07 DESIGN INSIGHT: At it’s root, a logo can be defined as art, and art is subjective. A successful logo is not necessarily about likes or dislikes. It’s about what works. Has it effectively and successfully solved communicating the essence of the business? Is it memorable while remaining simple? Is it legible? Is it irreverent while avoiding being silly? Does it look timeless, or is it caught in a trend soon to appear dated? Will it live and grow as the business evolves? Is it as effective online as it is in print? Of course, like every business owner, you would want to have t-shirts made featuring your logo, but would you consider tattooing it on your body? EXTRA CREDIT: Alphabet Arm has had the honor of having five (5) clients tattoo logos on their bodies.
  • 16. 08 LOGO STUDY: REVEALS
  • 17. 08 LOGO STUDY: REVEALS
  • 18. Hiring a professional designer or studio VS. developing a logo by yourself. 09 DESIGN INSIGHT: Hire a designer or studio based on their portfolio and how they explain their process, turnaround and price structure. As well as – would you be excited to work with them? Warning: Be cautious using online logo shops and crowd sourcing. A great deal of documented, highly unethical practices are commonplace. Note: If you wouldn’t attempt to rebuild your car’s transmission because you don’t own the necessary tools or skill set, use the same consideration when designing your own logo.
  • 19. Working with your designer. DESIGN INSIGHT: Your designer / studio should offer a high level of communication, education, transparency, upfront pricing, professionalism and timely responses. You should be prepared to share insight into the business offerings, the ideal demographic, who are your competitors and what sets you apart from them, examples of logos that feel appropriate from an aesthetic standpoint and general design likes and dislikes. Most designers / studios will schedule a kick-off meeting / call, or have a questionnaire to establish these visual parameters. If they haven’t determined how many logo iterations will be developed, and how many rounds of revisions are included, you should ask. You should be clear as to what types of files / formats you will be supplied when the process is complete. 09
  • 20. Working with your designer. DESIGN INSIGHT: Professional designer / design studio’s rates can range from $1,500 to $15,000. IP: Read your design contract carefully, most designers / studios release the logo and intellectual property with the request of using the work in their portfolio. This, in essence, means it is the client’s responsibility to trademark the logo. Timelines: All designers / studios have their own process and established timelines, but an average turnaround for logo treatments to be developed and submitted to a client, is four to seven weeks. Shelf life: A professionally designed logo should feel relevant and fresh for 8 to 12 years. 09
  • 21. Logo Checklist Essentials 1. Your logo should be distinctive, unique and as proprietary as possible. 2. keep it clean, Avoid too much ornate detail. 3. Your logo should RETAIN IT’S INTEGRITY when SIMPLIFIED to B&W. 4. Make sure your logo is scalable, LEGIBILITY IS KEY. 5. COMPOSITIONALLY, Your logo’s typography and graphic elements should be WELL balanced. DESIGN INSIGHT: 09
  • 22. DON’T GET IT TWISTED: JUST BECAUSE IT MAY BE A well known, ESTABLISHED BRAND DOESN’T NECESSARILY = A GREAT LOGO 10EXTRA CREDIT
  • 23. Extra, extra special thank you to Ken, San, Gina and Patrick for their insight and advice. 11 EXTRA, EXTRA CREDIT

×