5 Logo Design Tips

The following logo design tips are not in any methodical order as all 5 tips should be considered simultaneously from the start of a project to the end.

The 5 tips below are only a suggestion for an effective approach towards logo design projects. There is not really a right or wrong way to design logos but hopefully the following will help.

1. The Concept

It is very important when designing a logo that you spend time developing ideas so that you have a solid foundation for the concept. This development does not have to visually be anything overly fancy just some rough sketches within a sketch book often does the trick as the important thing at this stage is the idea/s for the logo. The final result will certainly benefit from a well thought out concept. By spending time developing ideas with a pencil and sketch pad you improve your chances of developing a great new logo to suit a particular purpose.

2. Research

Look at logo designs currently being used within the area that your logo is intended for by doing a quick search on the internet or referring to books about logo design if you have any. It is often most insightful to see how other designers have communicated something through a logo for your particular market. It is important not to copy another logo but seeing the work of other designers can be most inspirational and can really help to get the initial ideas flowing.

3. The Visual Message

What are you trying to communicate with the logo and is this message being delivered? An excellent test to see how well a logo works is to ask other designers and people you know what they see when they look at the logo. There are also many logo design sites that allow you to submit your designs so that you may receive constructive criticism but do be prepared for some occasionally harsh criticism as different people will appreciate different logos for a wide variety of reasons.

4. Simplicity

A Simple logo design will help to deliver the intended message with clarity. This is especially important if you have a subtle concept incorporated within the design as you do not want the visual message to be missed because there was too much for the viewer to take in. Simple logos will usually also reproduce better when they need to be printed at smaller sizes as logos containing lots of details will loose their clarity when scaled down to very small sizes.

5. Never Over Do It!

This is similar to being simplistic with your logo but this is a common mistake made by many when it comes to creating a new logo. If you try to incorporate too many ideas / themes into a logo it will probably become too busy and the visual message will be lost. Trying to incorporate more than one symbol / graphical element also does not usually look very professional. Try to keep in mind that a logo is not the same as a graphic as a logo needs to be more versatile especially when it comes to reproducing the design at different sizes.

About the Author

Logo Design Monster: UK based graphic design studio with a passion for logo design, web design, graphic design, illustration and more recently blogging.

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15 Responses to 5 Logo Design Tips

  1. Vim March 26, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Great information, i completely agree, try to keep it simple and related to the business, then ask your work colleagues what message the logo is trying to portray.

  2. SJL Web Design April 10, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Great set of tips, really enjoyed this guest post, maybe get Logo Design Monster to do some more post?

  3. mao April 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    @SJL He must!

  4. Posteljina April 23, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    This all sounds very simple, but it takes time and skills to be able to make a good logo. Nevertheless, this is the path in creating a logo.

  5. Mike April 29, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Good tips, there many free layout on internet which can be taken as idea to create logo, designers are giving for free same as like free templates…..

  6. psd html May 22, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Make a good logo is so difficult

  7. Dr. Mark G. Sayeg June 7, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    Thanks for the information , even a non tech person can also understand …. good start up information for LOGO design

  8. Stephanie Webb July 16, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    5 easy steps and good advice. Keeping a logo specific to its market by looking around at whats already out there is a great place to start.
    Not making things more complicated than they need to be is also a really good point. Really useful tips.

  9. Steam Multimedia - Web Design July 21, 2010 at 2:20 am #

    Some good tips and it gives you plenty to think about when creating a design of a logo.

    If you over complicate a logo design then the message that you are trying to get across can get lost in the process

  10. Steuerberater August 7, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for these tips, keep the logo simple that´s for me the major message. A simple logo you can remember better than a complicated one!

  11. Tutorialshock August 26, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Great tip list, your readers will also like to check this tutorial:
    http://www.tutorialshock.com/tutorials/tutorial-how-to-create-a-top-quality-logo-for-your-company/
    I think you’ll find it useful

    Enjoy!! ;)

  12. sam August 27, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    i am totally agree that the logo is related to business and would be simple but before publishing it we have to take advice from our clients about the logo.Great information..thanks for sharing..

  13. Vremenska prognoza September 2, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    These are great tips for designing a logo, the correct path. The most important thing IMO is to understand what is the client vision about his company and what message he wants to tell to his potential customers. Understand that, and you’re on your way in building a great logo.

  14. Super Blog Posts September 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    very valuable information, il have the five tips in mind when i work on my next logo. thank you

  15. Jerry Seinfild October 28, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    This all sounds very simple, but it takes time and skills to be able to make a good logo. Nevertheless, this is the path in creating a logo.

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