Need Expert Help? 951-291-1627
Need Expert Help?
Source: Wikipedia Graphic Mark or Emblem
Logo Design should be the first step in your business branding strategy, not a Website or Print Design, simply because it forms the foundation for marketing all your products and services. Done professionally, this new branding element will significantly boosts 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 other parts of your business. 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.
"Hey Dale, how are ya?"
"Good morning Dave. How are you?"
"Excited to start your project. After looking over your logo design questionnaire, I thought it best to clarify some stuff."
"Yeah I couldn't answer some of those questions, this is my first time with something like this."
"No problem at all. So you specialize in television calibration, that's very cool. And you have the name, but what about a slogan - did you give that any more thought?"
"I didn't. But since you're the expert, I'm really hoping you have some suggestions."
"Well actually, I do..."
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 (listed below) 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 one ever asked me for a TIFF version of their logo, likely because this really large file type is typically used in photographic projects, such as headshots and print layouts (magazine, poster, banner, etc.). For a nominal fee, I will make a SVG file available for any logo design project - only people who know how to utilize the SVG file type make this request.
Beware of the graphic artist/design studio offering "unlimited revisions" - this kind of advertising looks good, 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 a different 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 later.