You don’t see a logo on this site, do you? We had one up for a few days and realized that selecting a logo isn’t some quick decision. So, we took a step back and are looking at some different options.
A logo is often the first visual a potential client has of your company, product or service. So, it should convey the right message.
We’ll talk more about message, user experience and marketing in other posts, but thought it would be great to share a few websites and tools you can use to play around with different logo designs before you purchase.
Just a few:
- Logo design service – http://logonerds.com/ – Danielle, the photographer we are highlighting this week, just used this for her new logo. This looks to be more of a service where you provide your ideas and they turn around and create the logo for you. Cost – approximately $47 for the mid-range package.
- Create your own online – http://www.logomaker.com – We used this to create this logo for Contract Solutions, Inc. You can play with different options (and save them in screenshots to share) before you buy. For $50 you get source files for editing in small, medium, and large for gif, tiff, jpeg, and psd formats. They also have an option for you to contact their designers instead of creating your own.
- Create your own from downloadable software – http://www.aaa-logo.com/ – Can’t give a good review on this, but it appears to be an interesting option if you’d like to try out a lot of different designs offline.
- Never under estimate Microsoft Clip Art and fonts– We’ve all made fun of some of the clip art available in Microsoft Powerpoint/Word. However, if you use the right key words, there are some surprising graphical images that when combined with creative font usage can create the right look. However, to turn the clip art/text into an image for a logo, you’d better have a really good screen grabbing software (Snag It, Snipping Tool, use the Print Screen button). Even then, cropping it down will most likely diminish the quality of the graphic. (Hint: use this option to try out your ideas and then go online to re-create it in an online logo maker or pay someone else to do it.”
Have more ideas? We are starting to make a list of resources in the “Discussion” section of this site.