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Logo Design should be the first step in your business branding strategy, not a Website or Marketing Collateral, simply because your logo forms the foundation for marketing all your products and services. Done professionally, it will significantly boost service and product visibility. And while no one should expect you to write a big corporation check for Logo Design right out the gate, going cheap will likely give potential customers the impression you didn't put much effort into any other part of your business. Fortunately, I'm here to help you balance on that tight rope.
The foundation of your brand is your logo. Your Website, packaging and promotional materials - all of which should integrate your logo - communicate your brand. - Entrepreneur
Creating a visually effective branding element includes complex tasks of which graphic design is only a small part. My job as a graphic artist is to ensure your new logo design satisfies some simple, but important, criteria:
Dave wasn't the first choice but he was the only one that called me, instead of just answering my email. I needed our team logo fixed, so I sent him what I had, which was a pretty faded image. Not only did he quickly clean it up but he modified it 3 ways for our baseball caps, uniforms and Website. The camo version was the best!
Hiring Dave was a home run!
Great service, extremely fast turn around, and did a great job of communicating with us every step of the way. I can and will recommend him to anyone needing [logo] design services.
Dave did great by us. The first draft wasn't quite to our liking, but as he explained, this sometimes happens. And it took a while only because we were very particular about how the logo should look - very prominent. All done it looks great on our cottage line of products and business cards!
I hired Dave for a quick logo repair project, and he did a great job. He gave me just what I needed – a few improved versions of our existing logo – and with a quick turnaround. I would definitely consider hiring him again.
Dave is a true professional. When selecting a new graphic artist to design artwork and logos for our various campaigns and advertisements he stood head and shoulders above the others in the vetting process. We have been thrilled with his ability to take a stick figure art concept and turn it into dollars for our company.
We are a little hard to deal with and can be demanding at times in order to meet deadlines, but we will continue to use Dave for all our needs as long as he will have us.
Dave has never let us down. 11 stars out of 10.
I really set my expectations low because going into this I was thinking just some swirly lines and text. Or maybe just text. But the retro tv design, with so much detail down to the numbers on the dials, and then the slogan - my mind blown! Really awesome job man!!!
The most important step in any design process; Logo, Web or Print, is asking questions!
After I accept your project request, you will get a link to my Logo Design Questionnaire. When completed, this becomes our Logo Design 'blueprint' or guide moving forward.
This is when we get down and dirty with that first concept.
While my ultimate goal is to create a visual design that communicates your business brand, the first concept you receive is just a best guess. Some clients understandably get frustrated, not realizing I am drawing in the dark until the creative juices start flowing.
As a client, you let me know what works and what doesn't, then I fine tune a revision for your review. If nothing works, I create a second concept, allowing us another round of presentation and feedback.
At this stage I create file types for Web and print usage. The packaged file also includes a Logo Design Copyright Transfer. And if by this time you cannot answer "Yes" to all of these questions, I did a really bad job:
In most cases my logo design process includes packaging concepts and product renderings based on how you complete your logo design questionnaire. All this 'extra' work not only saves you thousands of dollars on prototyping, it ensures you get the best Logo Design for your long-term branding and marketing strategy.
Super quick! After I receive payment, I will send you a link to my Logo Design Questionnaire. The more information you provide, the sooner I can complete your project. If I need to clarify a few of your answers, expect me to start work on your new Logo Design no later than 1 business day after your questionnaire is finalized.
Most clearly defined or "simple" designs are available within 1 business day, and you will receive notification by e-mail.
If I believe your project requires a greater amount of feedback and review, I will send you log-in credentials to my Client Portal.
There are some significant differences between copyright, trademark and registration - too much in fact for me to describe here. In short, you want to trademark your new logo design if it will be used for branding products.
After you approve your logo design, I provide you with a ZIP file containing your final logo design files and a signed copyright transfer. The copyright transfer gives you sole ownership of the design, and can help expedite trademarking your new logo should you decide to go this more formal (and expensive) route.
This is where most people that use logo design contest Websites get in trouble months or years later. Many of these Websites are able to churn out artwork for pennies, not just because hundreds of people compete for the same design, but because two key components are not provided - real-time communication with the client and a copyright transfer document. There's just not enough resources to provide that kind of personal service, and most clients just assume they own the new design. The United States Copyright Office, and maybe even a lawyer, might not agree.
By default, you receive a single ZIP file - a highly compressed archive containing other file types, which can be decompressed using free software such as, 7-Zip or WinZip. Inside the archive are your final logo design files (may differ by project type) and a signed Copyright Transfer statement.
To make their usage easier to understand, I rated these file types for Web and Print usage - on a rough scale of 1 - 10, 10 being the best.
Occasionally I get a request for AI (Illustrator), TIFF, PSD (Photoshop) and SVG (scalable vector graphics). AI and PSD are my layered and notated artwork files, which I rarely share. No client has ever asked for a TIFF version of their logo, likely because it is only used in photographic projects, such as headshots and print layouts (magazine, poster, banner, etc.). There is a process to create SVG files, and they are available for a nominal fee.
Beware of the graphic artist/design studio offering "unlimited revisions" - obviously this kind of advertising is eye-catching, but it's just disingenuous and will likely lead to 'unlimited' frustration. A skilled graphic artist should understand a client's needs after only a few revisions, then it's just a matter of fine tuning minor details.
Understanding the difference between concepts and revisions - concept is a unique design, and revision is a minor change to a concept. Concepts fall under just not liking the overall look of the design, while revisions are minor changes, such as "I love the design, but I don't like the (font style or color)."
I limit each logo design project to 3 concepts with 3 revisions per concept. Instead of displaying over-the-top advertising, I have several pages of "Logo Design" guides, a logo design questionnaire and years of experience to ensure your logo design is completed sooner than 11 revisions later.