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TIPS FOR LOGO DESIGN / do’s & don’ts

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Your Branding starts with the Name and the Logo. This little mark that needs to catch attention of the ideal audience and sets your company or blog or personal brand apart. This post is for designers & non-designers. Here is a list of Do’s & Don’ts of Logo Design:

1. Do understand the brand

Every brand has unique brand attributes and the logo needs to reach a certain target audience. As a designer it helps to create a mood board to collect inspiration and reminders of the brand ideology. A logo needs meaning and purpose. It plays with things we already know. When designing a logo or selecting a logo for yourself focus on the emotion that it evokes. Is it modern, fun, technical, feminine or masculine … ? It should stay true to the brands personality.

2. Stive for being unique

The logo helps to distinguish your company, brand or blog from its competitors. It’s important to be unique and stand out from the rest. There are so many logos created every day it sure is a challenge to be distinctive. With that in mind, a logo shouldn’t be too busy. Simple is best. Do get inspired by what has already been done before, but make sure to create something that’s just as creative, unique and distinct. Think creatively and create a one-of-a-kind logo.

Make it personal: You like red peppers then why not use them in your logo? – Cooking for friends

3. Create variations, alternate logos and sub-logos

The logo will most likely be used in a number of different places, whether it’s in the header of a website or the back of a business card. It’s helpful to have variety and versatility when you’re creating a logo for a business or blog. Create a couple compositional variations or create a main logo and a sub-logo to create a hierarchy. Be sure to maintain the same consistency and proportions throughout all variations.

Since each parish is also operating alone under it’s own name
the client and I decided to create 3 sub-logos, one for each church.
In the sub-logo the other two churches are still visible but they are in the background.
– 
Pfarrverband / Parish Association

4. Don’t use too many words.

Wordiness doesn’t work. Logo’s should be memorable and simple. To create a logo people will remember it needs to be simplified. Focus on the logo, the icon and separate the company name from the logo. To ensure your logo achieves minimalism start by designing it in black and white. This high contrast allows you to ensure all aspects of the logo are clear.

Claudia Eigel – FIVE FOR LIFE: the logo in black & white and grey and next to it in color. 

5. Don’t change the design of your logo on a regular basis.

I know this is hard, especially for designers. We get bored easily and have so many more ideas and inspirations. Why not change the logo again and again? But your logo needs time. Time to get recognised and remembered. Sure you see it all the time but your target audience might see it for the first time or has not seen it for a while. You want them to remember it. Don’t confuse them. Keep your logo consistent and constantly the same.

6. And one more do: Do get feedback from others

It can be easy to get tunnel vision when you’ve been developing a logo concept. It really helps to take a step back and ask for feedback. It is hard to be objective when you spend so much effort and time on a project. Never ignore the feedback. Instead listen carefully what people tell you, value their opinion. It can really help your process and the outcome of the design.

 

ON MY RADAR – 7’17

What I love this month:

“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”
Marcel Proust

 

… grey tones in combination with pink, the different textures of velvet, rocks, ceramic art
and the amazing art of KOURPOUR

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credits:   2  3  4  5  6
with thanks

INSTAGRAM FIND – takaradesign

Lovely jewelry made in coastal California.

Each piece is handmade. The artist Jen Goff uses traditional craft techniques like weaving, ropemaking and braiding and combines these with natural dyed fibers and hand-hammered metals. I’m really intrigued by the mix of the different textures, the golden hues and the combination of metal and fibers.

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Take a look at Takara jewelry here
And find the takaradesign instagram feed here

with Thanks!

 

 

 

ON MY RADAR – 2’17

What I love this month:

Say less, listen more.
Work less, sleep more.
Judge less, love more.

~Elena Brower

… and the different shades of pale pink – so elegant and calm

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credits: 1 2 3 4 with thanks

ON MY RADAR – 1’17

What I love this month:

a brand new year with lots of new goals and ideas!

I know there is snow on the ground at the moment,
but I’m thinking of the time I visited Arizona – thinking of the desert, cowboy boots and hats, cacti and adventures.

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credits: 1 2 3 4 5 6 with thanks

a walk in winter wonderland

Here are some impressions from the walk I took in the frozen and very quiet landscape yesterday.
Every time I’m in nature I’m fascinated by it and so inspired.
Mother nature is the best designer. There is so much beauty and magic and wonder.
Just as Ansel Adams said:

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”

With each New Year we get a fresh, clean page to start over.

Here’s hoping that life writes a beautiful new chapter for you this year.

Happy New Year!

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ON MY RADAR – 12’16

What I love this month:

A simple black & white christmas with lots of handmade gifts.

 Wishing you a
beautiful holiday and a
New Year of peace
and happiness!

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credits: 1  2  3  4  with thanks

INSTAGRAM FIND – minamilanda

Mina Milanda is a flower store located on the Frognerveien Street in Oslo, Norway. Mina Milanda focusses on white flowers combined with all shades of green. Here you can find flowers, palm trees, succulents, cacti, candles, marble, pots and vases … all natural products like clay, silk, cotton, wood, marble, stone, porcelain and glass. I just love flower shops and the unique look and feel of Mina Milanda really caught my eye – just beautiful and inspiring!

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Find her website here
All images are from her Instagram feed here
with Thanks!