A good logo is one of those things you may not think too much about, even though you are probably seeing them all around you on a daily basis. But if you are a business owner, you may find yourself in a position of having to choose a logo design to represent your company. Because your logo is actually a really big deal, and it’s just as important as a company name or slogan. It’s a visual representation of your business to the public marketplace. So it can be intimidating if you find yourself suddenly faced with they dizzying options and possibilities that the world of logo design can present you with. Here are a just few of the things to consider when choosing the right logo for your company, as well as who you may want to hire to help you in the process. (And yes, you really should hire someone. Don’t try to do it yourself!)
–You may have a buddy who’s super good at drawing, but you may want to resist the temptation to hire him or her to design your logo.
An effective logo is more than just a good drawing. What makes for good art may not necessarily make for a good logo. Things like color, font, placement, and even font size can make or break an design, and a good graphic designer is well versed in this type of media. So while your buddy’s drawing may be incorporated into the final product, you’ll at least want a second (or third, or fourth) opinion from a graphic design team or contest site.
–An elaborate, fancy logo may not be the best option for your company. But even if you are leaning towards a minimalist or pure text logo, coming up with a simple design may not be a easy as you think.
If you try to do a DIY simple logo, chances are it’s going to look very obviously homemade, which can hurt the perceived credibility of your business. It’s best to go with a professional, experienced designer who is well versed in design software.
–A more expensive logo is not necessarily going to be all that much better than more affordable options .
In the old horse and buggy days of logo design, business owners had to hire a swanky, expensive design firm to come up with just a handful of ideas for them to choose from. And this is still a legitimate way to procure a high quality logo, if your budget allows. (In fact, this is still how most major corporations choose to have their design needs met.) But even if you don’t have a huge design
budget, today’s global marketplace provides lots of great options via crowdsourcing sites such as Hatchwis or 99designs. Sites like these can give you dozens of different logo options to choose from for a fraction of what a firm would charge.