How to make a logo for your brand in a few easy steps

Making a Logo for a Brand

How to make a logo for your brand

Making a logo for your business may seem daunting, the tools look complicated, graphic designers are expensive, and it is difficult to get “the perfect fit”A lot of companies go through a series of logos to find the perfect fit! Here are a few major company logos that have changed drastically.

 

 If you already know what you want then check out the tutorial on using Desygner.

 

 

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Before you make a logo, let’s do a bit of homework.

You should know that there are 3 different types of logos: Motif, Lettermark, and Wordmark logos.

Motif or Symbol

This is an icon or a graphic based design. It’s the image that comes to mind when people think of a logo, some classic examples are the bitten apple from “Apple” and the check from “Nike”.

Apple logo black and white

Lettermark

This type highlights the letters of the brand as a logo. They are exclusively typographic. Most of the time, companies use the initials or the brand’s first letter. This is great for companies with a business name that is long, difficult to pronounce, or lacking distinction. For example, GM (General Motors), and HP (Hewlett-Packard Development Company)

HP logo

Wordmark

This is the easiest type for beginners. It is a font based logo that focuses on the business name.  For example, Facebook, and Google.

Google logo

Please note that you can combine 2 of the 3 types to make a logo. But first, let’s organize your brand identity.

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You’ve got the basics now, let’s define your brand identity

Grab a pen and paper, and let’s make a logo! Before you can start creating your logo, you’ll need to organize your ideas.

Answer the following questions:

What is your business?

Who are you targeting?

What is the style of your company?

Let’s do an example: I’m a clothing designer, the name of my company is “Kats Design”, and I design high-quality business professional clothing. Additionally, answer the questions inside the following box.

 

What is your business? Who are you targeting? What is the style of your company?
Female business professional clothing Wealthy, Professional, Classy, and feminine women Feminine, high quality, elegant, classy

 

fitsmallbusiness.com has made an extensive guide on the ins and outs of what a brand identity is, how you can design yours and even some examples to help you along the way. It’s essential to define your brand identity first to inform your logo rather than have it as an afterthought later so check out their article here,

“Brand Identity Design – What it is? How to do it? + Examples”.

 

What type of logo will you use for your brand?

At this stage, you need to think of the logistics of each logotype. Keep in mind that you can always combine two of the three types of logos. A great example is Burger King, MasterCard, and Domino’s Pizza, they combined a motif with a Wordmark. This is a great way to create a relevant symbol for your brand, and enforce you companies name with the Wordmark.  While this logo can work wonderfully, it does take extra skill.

Dominos Pizza logoFirstly, if you are considering a motif or a symbol for your brand, you need to be clear about your brand identity yet not too complicated. You need to check for hidden meanings and be unique compared to your competition. This is the most difficult type of logo, it does take skill and time.

Secondly, lettermarks can seem like an easy option, but there are some hidden struggles with this type. Unless your brand already has many customers, the meaning of the letters can be missed. A good combination with a Lettermark is to combine it with a Wordmark logo. This will help enforce your brand name and enforce the Lettermark, this way you can eventually uniquely use the lettermark.

Famous logo brandsHonestly, if you are a first-time logo maker, a wordmark logo is the best option. Even if, it can seem unoriginal, you can play with different elements, such as the font, color, and background to express your brand identity. This is a great way to impose your brand name and is easy for your customers to identify.

Also, remember to brush up on your Typography to avoid using a badly looked upon font, like Comic Sans![/vc_column_text]

Comic Sans funny

Time to make your business logo!

Your brand identity has been identified, and you know what type of logo will make sense for your brand. Now is the time to choose the style, font, and colors. Let’s get back to my previous example, for my business logo “Kats Designs”.

I’ve decided to go for Wordmark logo since I don’t want a complicated motif on my clothing, boxes, and tags. It can be heavy and obstructive in my clothing.  I also don’t want a Lettermark since I don’t have the brand recognition for that type of logo.

Therefore, my best bet is a Wordmark logo. Let’s decompose the potential elements of my logo in this table.

 

Style Colors

Fonts

Previously, I said my business style is feminine, high quality, elegant, classy Following the style, I should use feminine colors, that is going to appeal to my target market. The font is the best way to express the style of the logo, therefore, sharp and curvy.
The style of the logo should be curvy, and sharp. Then the colors should be either black, white, red, pink, or purple. Good fonts can be Satisfy, Great Vibes, Yellowtail, Cookie, or more.

 

 

 

In addition, you can check Google Fonts for inspiration. They have a large range of fonts for you to find the perfect fit for your company.

Time to make a free logo!

It’s now time for you to get your creative hat on and make a logo. Also, to make your life easier, try using Desygner, it’s free and an easy online logo designing tool that even my grandmother can use.

Ultimately, you need to play with the different types of colors and fonts to get the perfect style for your brand. For my example brand, I’ve chosen the color purple, for its feminine feel, and the fonts Didot and Mister Eves. That way it is curly, yet professional and sharp.

 

Example Design Logo

For more tips on who to create a brand kit for your startup or business, check out:

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Finally, don’t forget to share your logo on social media to get feedback from your friends and family. It’s an easy way to avoid mistakes and basic human errors.

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Published by Katrina Vinderskov

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