Logo Design Guide
This is the ultimate logo design guide to learning and knowing about the importance of logo design for both logo designers and business owners
- Brainstorming and Sketches
- Designing the final Vector
- Create a Niche
- Must have a good looking website
- Promote your personal brand or your agency brand
- Don't stick at freelancing platforms
Importance of Logo Design
Firstly, It is an image of your company and it shows your identity. Many designers and entrepreneur thinks that it should be very nice and minimal and many things but it is a myth about the logo. Anything that can represent as an icon of your brand can be treated as a logo but this doesn’t mean you ignore the design and thinking part. As, good logos reduce marketing costs, Spacing issues, Increase recall Value, etc in long run.
Logo Design Process
Straight forward this is the most important part of creating a timeless and attention-grabbing logo design and also the most complicated part as there is no single logo process everyone thinks and executes the strategy differently.
But here are some components that should be present at the time of implementing the strategy.
This is the most important as well as the most ignored part of designing a logo especially when they totally ignore these points.
The first thing that is required at the planning phase is defining the target audience of that company. These are some points to be considered for defining the target audience.
- Gender and age
- Income of consumer
- Size of market
- Audience Preferences
These are some points to be considered that help in making a logo useful. For example, a toy company reaches you and says need a logo without any info regarding the product and its market.
If you make a very beautiful minimal logo for a kid’s product line still it will be useless. Let me tell you why? Let’s say you later came to know it is an eco-friendly toy without plastic and the target is health-conscious parents. Does that make sense?
You should ask where the logo will be used. It can be used for building, app, or even bottle inner caps so that you can make the logo as per your needs. For example, You cannot make a complicated mascot logo for a website favicon and that’s the reason many companies are going online and looking for a minimal icon style logo.
That is why I also prefer an icon logo as I have a logo that can be used as an icon, watermark, favicon, print, and almost everywhere online but it is not always the case my logo can’t be used as a hotel logo it will need a wordmark logo so people can see it from distance.
Nowadays many companies Demand different versions of the same logo.
Famous food brand burger king might redesign its logo because of this reason its new flat logo can more effectively be used online now.
Choosing Logo Types
After doing and evaluating two points now you can choose a logotype. There are many different types of logo like :
- Letter mark
- Pictorial logo
- Emblem logo
- 3D logo
- Combination logo
- Check full list
I am not going deep into it there are many types of logos and you can also make a combination of them as per your requirement there are no fixed rules.
Brainstorming and Sketches
As I mention every designer has different methods of logo design but this is done by every designer in a low to extreme way like some just take inspiration and start design, Some may create mood board paste design inspiration and sketch design perfectly and draw different versions.
But I am not good at hand drawing just make basic sketches and find some inspiration from big brands, Pinterest, Behance, etc.
It helps in determining a clear path for the final version logo from starting also you can start with clients’ chosen sketches to avoid revisions in the vector version.
Designing the final Vector
I have seen most designers do it perfectly and understand it properly but there are some important aspects missed at the time of designing the logo. So let me tell you some design mistakes you do at this time:
Try to make your logo at the grayscale first then proceed to the color logo it will make your logo stand out and help you in determining various colors later on.
Use of tools
Almost any software have these tools and you must have knowledge of using them wisely, especially rulers, pen tool, shape builder tools, grids, and much more. I am not going deep into it as I don’t think the blog is a way to explain them you should take a small course if you want to learn and master it or see some free youtube videos.
You can use common sense at the time of choosing colors mostly 3 colors max are preferred but there are no rules you can go as much as you want unless the logo seems OK.
Also determining color choice depend on the planning stage you have to choose logo color based on planning and points that I discussed.
For Example, a luxury logo must be gold, rose gold, neon, black and white something like this whereas an economical logo can be of any color that relates to business.
Make sure your colors have proper contrast and balance.
As I mentioned earlier there are no rules you can use gradients too. I have seen some expert says no to using gradient in the logo but the Canva logo is a clear successful example of it.
When it comes to typography it is as same as the color you have to choose it based on the planning part simply means a technology website will need monospace or sans serif fonts whereas a beauty website may require serif or custom handwritten calligraphy fonts.
There are many good fonts available to choose from on many platforms like google fonts, adobe fonts, da fonts, 1001fonts, and Behance too and the list goes on and on. Make sure you have a license to use it. Some big companies also use their own fonts.
There are some points to take care of, Today web-safe fonts are more preferred
Also, proper line-height and kerning must be done.
Many designers make totally different logos and show them to their clients which is useless more choices kill importance instead focus energy on creating one unique logo. You should present variations but not completely new logos but just variations on colors, different backgrounds, dark light logo version, different positions, etc are needed.
Mockups and final presentation
Showing your client a proper mockup is important from proper I mean relevant mockups. Recently I designed a boat company logo and use mockups of the ship, storage and captain, and crew T-shirts, etc.
You can also show your process screenshot, grids, sketches, etc, and these all things make a premium feel to your client. Eventually, can charge high for it and the buyer will be also happy to give you money.
Logo design trends
I have seen many trends coming and going I would say instead of trends you should focus on what the client wants and deliver them arguing is worthless if clients need something specific, Deliver them no need to apply any logic.
In this logo design guide, I am focusing on knowledge about logos as it is not a course or magazine so I think if you want to know about current trends just follow a magazine blog or a youtuber that speaks about logos.
Logo designing as a Career
Logo design is an evergreen field and will remain forever but due to competition and low rates if you want to be successful you have to stand out from the crowd let me tell you some methods to be successful as per my experience (Of course, at last, it depends about passions and hard work but you can learn something from it)
Create a Niche
You cannot target everyone the early you understand it is the better. I have seen people designing just its specific field doing very well. I myself work only with a few clients
There are many benefits of niche down.
Some of them are you can target and find new clients easily, Clients can see results, your marketing cost reduces and can charge very high.
Let me tell you I have seen a logo designer just targeting cats owner and making logos of cats and making huge money she has a huge cats owners following, email list also upsells by doing print-on-demand making of logos on t-shirts, frames, and much more.
See only targets cat owners, cat doctors, and pretty much every person associated with cats.
Must have a good looking website
Having a website gives many benefits especially if your website is well designed and has a good funnel for customer acquisition. I recommend a webflow website for portfolio. You can also use Wix editor x, WordPress, and Square space if you want to blog too.
You can also do print on demand, make courses, and do other things on-site side by side will discuss later in the blog.
Promote your personal brand or your agency brand
By promoting I mean to do as much marketing as possible in your budget or organically. You can run targeted ads, SEO, Social media marketing, Creating funnels, and pretty much everything to expose yourself to the public and collect their data. Take an omnichannel approach to find your clients on all platforms.
Don’t stick at freelancing platforms
For starting it is ok to start with a freelancing platform gain some experience and from that money and knowledge create your own brand as it opens many options to be self sufficient.
Passive income with logo design
There are multiple ways you can build passive income. If you have built an audience or brand and become a logo expert in your niche as discussed above. Let me list them to blow your mind so you can individually see which can work for you.
- Brand deals (Some companies will reach out for promotion to your audience automatically)
- Affiliate earning
- Print on demand upsell (you can use merch, red bubble, or tee springs for delivery)
- Upsell other services like logo animation, and seasonal logo design will discuss this later.
- Create Courses and ebooks.
- Write blogs and earn
- Create a youtube video and earn
- Outsource projects and make referrals.
- Do vlogs (You can do travel and make vlogs while doing logo work side by side)
See all this is only possible if you become experts or make a huge audience and all ignore this and fail to grow in this field. My aim is to spread awareness to all freelancers through this logo design guide.
Still, if you are a good influencer or expert make sure you give 100% value no fake promotion. Try to increase as much quality as possible.
As I mentioned above there are some skills you can learn and charge more and make a returning income
Brand Identity and guidelines
Creating a brand identity and guidelines makes it easy to charge more for a single project it may take time to understand and learn to create a brand identity but you will be able to learn very quickly.
Learning animation for logos in after effect gives an upper hand and many companies want logo animation too.
I am this trend recently to personalize holidays or special moments they upgrade their logo accordingly you can earn recurring income by doing simple edits to their logo for festivals and holidays.
Software for logo design
Any vector Software can work I prefer illustration for all. Please don’t create logos in raster software and ready-made vector software like canva they violate copyrights.
Conclusion of Logo design Guide
Let me know what new you learn from it in the comments.
And I hope to deliver a good article for both buyers should understand the importance of logo as well as logo designer learned something new in this logo design guide.
Here is a small FAQ for some common questions for both buyers as well as designers:
where to buy logo design?
can reach out to any freelancer or agency. I prefer it over going to contest sites or logo builder tools. You can use freelance platforms to find agencies or freelancers too.
How to charge a logo design?
It depends on expertise, the time you give, and the software you use mostly but if you have good communication and marketing skills you can go as high as you can.
Anyone can create a logo?
Yes, Anyone can create a basic logo but a professional non-copyrighted logo involve many processes and it should be costly and worth it.