Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Giveaway + Contest: LogoDesignCreation.com Discount Code & Gift Vouchers

Christmas is almost here! And to celebrate this festive occasion with our readers, LogoBuzz together with the good folks from LogoDesignCreation.com are giving away a holiday promotional code which offers a USD$10 discount valid on any of the design packages at LogoDesignCreation. And you can use it for an unlimited amount of time within the valid promotional period that is until the coupon code expires. So what are you waiting for? Hurry over to LogoDesignCreation.com and start shopping! The voucher is valid from December 8, 2010 and will expire on January 3, 2011.


But wait! There's more! FIVE lucky winners will receive USD$100 worth of gift vouchers to be used on LogoDesignCreation.com. For a chance to win, leave a comment at the end of this post sharing with us what is your funniest Christmas memory to date by December 24, 2010 (EST). This contest is open to all. Good luck and Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Illustration for a logo design. Practical or plain foolish?


The choice of either having an illustrative logo design solely depends on the type of business the logo design is intended for. For instance, it would be impractical for a consulting company or law firm to have an illustrative logo design as the face of their business as it would not reflect the company as well as a corporate iconic type. But then when is it suitable to have an illustration as a logo design, you ask? If your business is towards the creative side or even one which is geared towards children and teenagers, then it could do well for your brand. As mentioned, it is essential to identify the type of business you are involved in to determine the appropriateness of having an illustration as your logo design.

An illustration can do wonders both as a means of attracting your audience and distinguishing yourself from other basic logo designs. In terms of color combination, it would be appropriate to keep it at a minimum as too many colors might cloud your overall logo thereby affecting its impact on potential customers. Complementary colors are also perfect to bring out the core design of the illustration. Still on the topic of the importance of colors, occasionally having an illustration done in black and white or typical gray-scale can bring out the logo as well. I have included some samples of illustrative logo designs for your enjoyment as seen above.

The types of illustration used are also important. An emblem? A mascot? Or a caricature? They are all good but still it all boils down to the needs of your business. On a different note, most people usually dismiss this but choosing the right designer to do your illustrative logo is highly important as well. Always check the portfolio to see the quality of the illustrations. Do not be afraid to tell your designers what you want or exactly have in mind as this will make or break the final design. Provide samples or sketches you have as this will definitely aid in bringing your vision to reality.

There are tons of designing sites out there on the Web which specializes in illustrations or illustrative logos among those reputable ones are Fast Characters (http://www.fastcharacters.com/), Mascot Design Corner (http://www.mascotdesigncorner.com/), S.O.S. Factory (http://www.sosfactory.net/) and Boss Toons (http://www.bosstoons.com/). Above all else, have fun with your illustrative logo – you chose it to be an illustration for a reason. Right?

Oh wow! It's moving. Is animated logo the way to go?

Credit: AngryAnimator.com
The ubiquity of animations used as part of the primary logo design is gaining popularity more so with the advent of the many types of online-based businesses springing up on the Internet. A few years back, not many businesses were interested in animated logos. This is because previously, most were simply haphazardly done with stiff and generic movements, sometimes worsening the original logo design instead of accentuating it. Nowadays, it is often seen that animated logo designs can serve to complement the existing logo design particularly on the Web, which currently offers a host of possibilities to make any types of businesses more interesting. Another plus point is that an animated logo design can cut through the noise on the Net and makes a particular business stand out. It should be noted that having an animated logo design is not restricted to any types of businesses as long as you have a website to showcase your logo.

Credit: AngryAnimator.com
Certainly, the degree of complexity of your animation for the logo design should be taken into consideration as well as you do not want it to be a mini movie-like animation. Normally, the typical time for one complete cycle of an animation should not be more than a minute. If it gets too lengthy, it might not capture the attention of your target demographic. It is now the right time to jump on the bandwagon if you are still undecided. There are many design sites out there offering design packages which include an animated logo thrown into the mix for a nominal fee. In hindsight, having an animated logo design for your business could probably be the stepping stone for your company to make its mark in the industry.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Should you outsource your online business?

 source: duckdown.blogspot.com

Outsourcing is very common these days. As you have probably heard, lots of website owners use outsourcing as a way to systematize their business. Many companies, such as design studios, ad agencies, printing companies and web developers often outsourced their graphic design works to other designers from other countries. By designating tedious and repetitive work to others, they are able to concentrate on other core tasks that produce more profit.

Most of the time, clients do not get impressed by the design work that has been done through outsourcing. This was due to the fact that outsourced designers do not necessarily produce excellent design work. They might have limited style range and may not perform all the fundamental functions that are required to complete in order to fulfill the demand of clients.

I do agree that you can't do everything on your own. Getting other people to do other tasks for you is a good idea but if they are unprofessional and inefficient, it could effect your business in a long run. Outsourcing may hurt online businesses especially when they deal with clients 24/7. Most outsourced designers are not able to deliver designs overnight when they do not understand client's wants and needs. They don't understand the objective and goals of the design company they are working for. It is very important to realize the type of design and services the company usually offers and especially the tactics and ways they have used to fulfill a client's wants and needs. If done properly, outsourcing will contribute to efficiency and better return on investment.

A lot of online business outsourced their work to Indian companies. Why India? Compared to other countries, outsourcing to Indian firms specializing in design services is comparatively economical. India has numerous designing service providers who would complete work at highly affordable rates. There has been a few tongues in the internet business wagging about the unprofessional attitude of the Indian designers being too pushy, and rude, but that could be the norm in India. The same goes to their design work. Some has been known to produce blatant and improper work, in turn creates bad reputation for online businesses.

Below are the three websites which has been known to have outsource their work to others. Please be careful when dealing with them. Always think twice before placing your order on these sites. You never know if you might end up having your design done by an unprofessional outsourced designer:

www.LogoDesignGuru.com
www.BusinessLogo.net
www.e-LogoDesign.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One Day You Are In & The Next Day, You Are Out!

Fashion fades in and out according to season but that doesn’t mean that the logo design of your fashion house will have to conform to those changes. There is only a handful of fashion logos out there which have last for decades and yet still able to maintain its identity as well as its popularity among consumers worldwide. Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Prada and Fendi are still household names despite
 their decades-long existence.


Contemporary fashion houses like Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen and Kris Van Assche use textual brand logos for the fashion house. In terms of design, some designs are very simple while others are somewhat more innovative and fashion-forward. One thing is for sure, by using text-based designs; consumers can easily associate with the names of new, upcoming designers.

I will discuss briefly on some of the few famous brand logos of fashion houses.




Louis Vuitton        : The king (or queen) of all monograms. The wide range of monogrammed luggage bags and accessories are coveted items to those who can afford it. The initials are very unique and exceptionally bold, in line with the brand image of sturdy yet chic leather goods. Occasionally, Louis Vuitton does use a Japanese-inspired floral design in its accessories instead of the monograms which has become a sort-of fashion staple among the who’s who in the fashion industry.







Marc Jacobs        : The brand image is a very simple and clean textual design which is slightly condensed. The subtle spacing in between each letter is inconsequential but it provides space and makes the overall look to appear fresh and crisp. Moreover, the usage of two cohesive colors - black and gray gives an understated impact to the whole design.





Chanel        : The forever famous interlocking double C’s. The first few things that come to mind when one sees of the Chanel logo is classic, chic and classy. The brand is now helmed by the ever-creative Karl Lagerfeld who has brought Chanel to a whole new level of sophistication and brand identity by incorporating the simple logo design into most of his works. Coco would have definitely been extremely proud.


Alexander McQueen    : The famous late Brit designer, an alumnus of Central Saint Martins, who is renowned in churning out powerful collections season after season with such conviction and passion. The logo design portrays the vitality, energy and strength of the brand. The letter “c” within the stylized “Q” is very distinctive as it grabs your attention, similar to the mesmerizing designs of this fashion house.

Logos are just as important in fashion as the collection these fashion house produce. But a classic and lasting logo design is important as well. Who wants a logo that is trendy one year and is deemed kitschy the next year? Choose wisely. And lastly in true Project Runway style, Heidi Klum would nonchalantly say: In fashion, one day you are in and the next day, you are out. How true.

Food & Drinks Galore!

Logos for restaurants are highly important as they can help establish the brand to greater heights. For logo designs related to food and beverages, color schemes play a minute yet important role. Try avoiding colors like blue, purple or black. Psychologically, these colors cause people to lose appetite as they are commonly linked to the color of spoil or poisoned food. On the contrary, green, red, orange, yellow and brown are among the most popular food colors as they are appetite stimulants.

A restaurant logo does not necessarily need to have the above mentioned appetite-stimulating food colors as these days there are many nouveau restaurants going for the minimalist look – a simple text font with the name of the restaurant against a plain black or white background. Though it looks cool and hip, but with the advent of more restaurants adopting this style, it has created a sort of uniformity and conformity. It seems to me that, long are the days where uniqueness triumphs orthodoxy.

There are still restaurants that have amazing logo designs which are very distinctive and have an old-school charm to it. There are various types of logo design which will fit to any criteria of any restaurants be it Mexican, Chinese or even, Japanese. It all boils down to the concept of your restaurant; you want it to be a chic dining restaurant or something more family-oriented is up to you and your logo design should wholly reflect on that seeing that you can opt for an illustrative logo or a more iconic look. For more detailed explanation on the different types of logo designs, check out my previous post: Textual, Iconic or Illustative?

Here are some of the famous classic restaurant logo designs for your viewing:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fly Me High…

The advent of an influx of airline passengers worldwide has come with it more airline companies vying to provide value-for-money yet quality services to their passengers. Thus, these airline companies are compelled to stand out from their competition and make a lasting impression in the eyes of consumers around the globe. What better way to do that than to have a distinct logo plastered on the fleet of airplanes - potentially reaching to millions of people from all over the world.




Qantas Airways is a prime example of a very memorable logo design as most people can easily recognize it at just a glance. The company did a slight logo update in 2007. But this minor change immediately uplifted the overall logo design by giving the kangaroo an impression of strength and speed. The higher arch in the kangaroo’s frame in contrast with the older design gives the brand a more youthful image.







The logo of Malaysia Airlines is unique in its own way as the logo incorporates a stylized traditional Malaysian kite (or “Wau”). The identity of the logo lies in the distinctiveness of the iconic depiction of the “Wau”. The font used is bold and also simple thus enabling consumers to be more familiar with the logo. Besides, the subtle red coloration, in contrast to the blue, at the corners of the alphabets M, A and S gives an impact and also an underlying message to the abbreviation of the airline which is MAS.

Emirates brand image is one of my favorites as well. One of the leading airline companies in the Middle East famed for its friendly cabin crew and exceptional services to its customers, the logo features a modern Arabic syllable that is easily distinguishable by many. Furthermore, the text font is similar to that of the logo design and this creates a faint smoothness in the overall design; an understated sophistication.





Qatar Airways logo design is somewhat interesting as well. The gradually fading gray stripes within the non-outlined circle invoke a sense of speed. Plus, the outline of the antelope adds a bit of classiness to it all along with collectively bringing the whole design together. Though the color schemes of purple and gray are not loud in contrast to the logos of other airlines, nonetheless you cannot deny that it still looks great.




AirAsia is the leading emerging low-cost airline service provider in Asia having partnerships with Manchester United, Virgin Airways and AT&T Williams Formula One. This Malaysian airline company adopts a very simple cursive text-based design which many commented lack the creativity expected from a young airliner. But their implementation of using red in every aspect of their business should be commended as the color is their brand image.




Another famous low-cost airline is Jetstar Airways from Australia. Famous for its cheap flights and good customer service, this airline has a very interesting logo design – integrating both textual and iconic features into the design. The rather skewed star accompanied by the bold text gel perfectly well together. The bright orange enables the logo to make a statement despite its rather humble design.



Lufthansa on the other hand, uses only a single color effectively which is a tangerine orange, in its logo design. The simplicity of the type of font used is well-balanced when compared with the more detailed design of the logo resembling a flying stork. The illustrated stork resembles something contemporary and slightly tech-y with its rather sharp edges. In addition to that, the circle adds a much needed ‘weight’ to pull the whole overall design collectively as one.







Virgin Airways logo is much similar to that of AirAsia. The difference is that Virgin Airways textual logo is slightly blotchy and has a more handwritten look to it thus giving it a faintly classic look to the logo design. Undoubtedly, almost everyone worldwide is familiar with this logo as this airline is one of the biggest in the world with its impressive fleet of airplanes. Sir Richard Branson has propelled this airline company to much greater heights since its inception in the 80s. 

From all the logos of the airline companies you have seen, the color red is used most often in the logo proving that red is the primary choice for the majority of them. So, hopefully you enjoy this (somewhat lengthy) article on airline logos and keep on the lookout for more logo-related articles.

Let’s Get Athletic!

Sports-related logo designs should exude strength, swiftness and vitality and at the same time, it should be streamlined and not be too complicated. I’ve outlined a very brief and hopefully, informative piece on the topic.

It is also important to note that since more often than not, sports-related logo will be printed on uniforms and other forms of apparels, caution should be taken on the finer details and color schemes of the logo design. If it is too detailed, the logo design would look messy on the outfits. Therefore, make sure you choose a logo design which fits to your every requirement.

Here are a few of some renowned sports-related logo designs:


Wish You Were Here…

Imagine yourself listening to the sounds of the waves crashing the pristine beach, feeling the glistening white sands in-between your toes and having a sip of a cool glass of refreshing coconut water. Ahhh… That would be an ideal vacation for anyone. You would definitely want a logo design for your travel or vacation related business which could be able to invoke that sort of vivid sensation and experience.

Your logo design must be adaptable and universal as you would like to be able to penetrate into the foreign markets (unless you are only focusing on the domestic side of business); something which can relate to people regardless of the different in cultures, languages, beliefs and traditions.




Take the Lonely Planet logo for example. The blue used is calming and looking at it immediately makes one think of Lonely Planet + Vacation-On-A-Budget + Backpacking. Moreover, the slightly conjoined text with partially rounded edges injects a dose of fun and togetherness into the whole design. Lastly, the semicircle above and below the text pulls the whole look together by focusing on the brand’s image of bridging gaps throughout the whole world.


Another case study is the Ritz-Carlton logo which is very illustrative yet iconic at the same time. The lion symbolizes strength as well as the prestige of the company which is renowned for its high-end, 5-star hotel rooms and services. The illustration of the crown at the base of the lion shows that the company strives for luxury and to be the best in the industry. This logo will definitely be listed among the classics of logo design greats. Check out some famous travel and tourism logo from around the world:



With this mildly short briefing, hopefully you will understand what are the essential features needed in your travel-related logo design. Bon Voyage!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Publishing House Logo - Book Me!


Almost everyone is seen reading a book these days be it whilst waiting at the subway or lounging at the city’s park. There are numerous reading materials from hardcover to paperback and fiction to non-fiction released each month, worldwide. Consumers are quick to dive into the books’ contents without noticing much of the publisher’s logo which is always thought to be inconsequential albeit it plays a subtle yet huge part in the company’s credibility and standing.

Furthermore, a particular publishing house’s logo helps in distinguishing one establishment from the next as different publishing houses will offer different works by various authors. With more and more upcoming books having colorful and interesting book covers, a publisher’s logo might be drowned out by the bolder designs of the book cover. Thus, it is essential to have a logo which, I have mentioned time and again, looks distinctive and can stand out. 

Not to be forgotten, depending on the type of books the publisher is aiming to print, the logo has to reflect the company. If for instance, the publishing house is only focusing on issuing children related books, the logo has to be fun and possesses the element to capture the attention of children. In contrast, a more matured and uncomplicated logo design should be used if the publishing company would like to target the general demographic audience.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Textual, Iconic or Illustrative?

A logo design needs to be eye-catching and memorable at the same time so that it can stand out from the masses and give a long-lasting impression to its target audience. Going for shock value or setting sights on a subtler impact depends on how you want your ideal logo design to look like in the first place. Either way, it all boils down to how you want the public to remember your business by. A creative and fun illustration? Or something more serious, like a textual interpretation of the name of your business?

Basically, there are three general categories for logo designs which are:  TEXTUAL, ICONIC & ILLUSTRATIVE. 

TEXTUAL

It’s relatively much simpler in terms of design as it fundamentally consists only of words but a lot of hard work goes behind the scenes into making a distinctive and unique font for the textual logo. If the textual logo is designed impeccably well, it stands out and serves as both a display of the company’s name and easily a design to associate the company with. Below are some prime examples of famous text-based logo designs:




ICONIC

This is a more interesting approach in designing an identity and brand for a business as it is much more appealing to the general public. The design usually depicts the company’s image be it an outline of a wild animal or a simple everyday object. Though it is uncomplicated and more minimal compared to an illustrative logo design, it is still the most popular option today for most businesses be it multinational corporations or small enterprises. Here are some examples of well-known iconic logos:



ILLUSTRATIVE

An illustrative logo design is a complete eye-catcher with very detailed designing and vivid colors. Albeit its complexity, many still regard this as a very effective marketing tool in branding a business. Its popularity has been slightly on the decline these past few years as we see more companies and businesses steering away from having an illustrious logo design but opt to have something more minimalist. Here are some examples of illustrative logo designs:

Those three categories mentioned above are only the general groupings. Nowadays, there are many corporations who intend to incorporate a few types of designs into their logo. Thus, many of those are classified as in-between categories. Before choosing the direction you want to take, think about your target audience in addition to how the logo will be able to associate itself and be in-line with your intended business.

Files, Files, Files

There are a variety of files needed according to your desired preferences. So, it is highly vital for you to know beforehand what finalized files will the design company provide you. Some firms charge extra if you need a different file type while others do not. Therefore, it is highly crucial for you to check beforehand with the company. You have to ask yourself: what files ought I to receive according on my necessities?

I have outlined some general file types you should be receiving based on your needs.

For Print    : When sending your design for print, you have to provide the printer with editable files so that the design can be scaled accordingly without creating pixels or blurs on your design. Important vector files to have are .AI, .FH8 and .FH11. Besides, you should also be receiving a bitmap file, .EPS which is equally imperative as well. Plus, you are encouraged to print out a soft copy of your design which you intend to print for references.

For Web    : You will need to provide some essential files to your web designer or to yourself (if you are handling the design aspect of your website) among which are .HTML, .CSS, .PHP, .PNG, .EPS and .PSD. Other file types do come in handy as well such as .JPEG and .GIF.

For Office    : If you simply need to use the design for normal office use via Word document or you require the design for a Powerpoint presentation, all you need is either a .JPEG or .GIF file. It is as simple and easy as that.

There are some miscellaneous files you might receive as well but it varies from one design firm to another. For instance, if your logo is animated the design firm might be sending you files such as .SWF and .FLA. Occasionally, if your finalized design incorporates certain unique fonts, you might also be receiving font-type files like .PFM, .PFB or .TTF.

Hopefully with this brief explanation you will be able to get the files you need and always, remember to ask the company prior to employing their services.

Regular Designing Process



Regular Process

There are quite a number of people who are somewhat unfamiliar with the elaborate process when employing the services of online design companies. I’ve decided to outline the usual process usually taken by most logo design companies on the Internet.

Firstly, you would have to set up an account with the online design service provider after which you can place your respective order on a specific design package which aptly suits to your needs and requirements. A usual waiting period of 3 to 4 days is applicable before you receive your set of initial design concepts. However, there are some online logo design companies which can give you a set of initial concepts in just 24 hours.

Depending wholly on the online design firm which you are using, the initial design concepts provided ranges from 2 up to 6 concepts. After reviewing the initial concepts, you can ask for revisions or modifications on the logo designs - be it in terms of color schemes, font types or even, the layout of the design. Please be aware that certain design firms charge for revisions while some provides unlimited revisions for free.

If you completely dislike the concepts proposed, you can request for new concepts and this process is called ‘Redraw’. Likewise, please take note that some online agencies offer a limited number of redraws only while others will charge you an additional fee for each redraw. Make sure you check with the company on the fees and hidden charges involved before starting on your design project. The design package which you have chosen should have listed all of these details.

Once you are happy with the design and no changes are required, you can then finalize your design project. The final files will be sent to you in a variety of file types. Make sure that the files given to you fit your needs such as a Freehand file, an Illustrator file, an Acrobat file, GIFs and JPEGs files.

The duration of the entire process depends on you. If you would have asked for continuous edits and redraws, it might take weeks or months to finish. But if you have a clear vision on what you want your logo design to look like and you can convey it clearly to your graphic designer,  I’m sure you will be able to get your ideal logo design within 4 to 5 days or less.

At the end of this entire design process, the finalized logo design is fully owned by you but all the remaining logo concepts offered during the designing process do not belong to you. So, do not be shocked if you might come across a familiar looking logo design that you have rejected earlier being used by another company.




Refund Concerns

You can request for a refund if you are not satisfied with the designs offered. More often than not, in respected design firms, the designer in-charge of your assignment would offer to brainstorm one final batch of designs to meet your requirements. If you still dislike the designs, then you will be given a refund whether it is a full or partial refund relies wholly on the company’s policies. Nevertheless, there are some online design agencies that will simply postpone the refund and continuously provide excuses just so that they can resume charging you for their hours in working with you. So, please be careful and read the fine print in the terms and conditions of any online design firms.

Your refund will be calculated based on how much work has been done thus far on the design. For example, if you have asked for roughly 15 to 20 logo changes, it is impossible that you will be able to receive a full refund but you may be paid 10 to 20 percent of the total amount initially paid on your design package. You may be entitled to a full refund if you have asked roughly less than 5 times of design edits.


What About Chargeback?

Once you have informed your credit card company on the cancellation of your order, the design agency would have to pay you back the full amount and will be fined with a small penalty fee. Perform this only when the design agency concerned ignore your request for a refund.

Do take note that once you have been refunded through the design firm itself or via chargeback, the logo design would not be owned by you but by the design agency instead. So do not in anyway, use those designs as there were instances whereby legal actions were taken against the customers.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Is It Important To Have A Logo Design? Undecided?


I have heard from many emerging SMEs which are unsure of whether or not they should invest a huge sum of their budget into a logo design for their company. A logo is very imperative in branding your business. What comes to mind when you see the ubiquitous Golden Arches? You decide.

Why not just use a unique font for your logo, you ask? A free-for-all, creative-looking font which can be easily downloaded on the Internet is commonly thought to be a cheaper alternative to a logo design. But you are actually staking your company’s image for something which can be easily attained from the Internet.

Is it really necessary to have a logo design? It’s NOT compulsory but nevertheless, advisable. A good logo helps to drive your company’s sales to far greater heights as it is all about branding your enterprise. You certainly want your target audience to easily remember your company and a logo design is a good way to do so.

If price is an issue, you should read my previous post on the range of prices offered by online design firms: Expensive VS Cheap.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Designers At War


Oftentimes, we criticize someone because we think we are being genuinely helpful. We want the other person to be their best, so we pass on our "expect" judgements in an effort to provide help and value. However, uninvited criticism tends to cause resentment in the criticized. With that being said, some people criticize to make others feel or look worthless.

In the case of the design world, a professional designer should be objective and neutral when criticizing another designer's work. They should not disparage the work or reputation of other fellow designers. We came across a few articles just recently, where comments made by professional designers themselves, denigrate and insulted the work of others. How can one well-known and reputable designer criticize the work of the other designer? This spells  U-N-P-R-O-F-E-S-S-I-O-N-A-L.

Every designers has their own stand point and taste. Everyone is different. No one's perfect. People made mistakes and obviously has come out with bad designs at some point in their career. Commentators have got to clearly present their feedback as their own and make the criticism a discussion rather than an unsolicited advice or opinions that may bring the person down. It should always be a neutral opinion as opposed to making general statements or facts. It may have come off as criticism, but if you have good intentions, it shines through to the receiver. The right way to criticize is to ask questions and to get the person to think about the issue, and then provide input on how to improve on their own. If anything goes wrong, they should apologize if they feel they may have offended the person with the criticism.

A word of advice to designers out there: Do not comment on other designer's work harshly. Your word gets around on the internet. Speak with respect. You can express your opinions and views on a particular design, but criticizing to the extent of insulting and ridiculing is so unethical, especially when its done using actual email, websites, article and etc. By doing so, you're creating a very bad publicity and unprofessional impression of yourself to strangers and current/potential clients of yours. Speak carefully. Criticizing is more about providing a fresh perspective for people to make their own judgments rather than casting judgments and spreading the word around behind the designer's back. So, speak only when you're invited to give feedback. Always think before you criticize someone else.

Below are a few of the designers who shocked us most with their unnecessary comments and criticism which we feel may have created bad publicity for themselves. What a disappointment!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Before You Commit…

So it is a known fact that there are plenty of freelance logo designers and logo design firms online offering a long list of services or packages at a very competitive range of prices. Hence, it is somewhat difficult for a consumer to choose a design package that suits his or her budget and requirements.

To help you on choosing your ideal designer or design company, I have outlined some key points for you to take into consideration before committing yourself to a particular designer or design firm.

Always check the portfolio first and foremost. This is an absolute MUST. A portfolio will give you a brief overall outlook on the quality and creativity of designs by the designer or the firm. Judge the execution of a logo design from the portfolio and ask yourself whether, is that the creative direction you would like to see in your logo design.

Moreover, consistency in the designs should be noted as well, since this it can be an advantage or otherwise. For instance, if the designs are similar from A to Z then this proves that there is a lack of creativity and most likely, the designs are either pre-made templates or recycled. However, on a side note, consistency in the quality of the designs is of course; very much valued for the reason that it shows the ability and talent of the designer or the design firm.

If available, check the list of past clients and the designs accompanying the testimonials. It would obviously be a definite thumbs-up for those designers or firms with famous clienteles. Read some of the testimonials and feedback from those past clients.

Make enquiries and do some research on that particular designer or firm - just google the names. Reviews from past clients posted on the many design blogs or forums will help you in your decision on choosing the right designer or firm to work on your design project.

Ask your friends or acquaintances for further recommendations if they had used this sort of online design services. Their advice and inputs will further help in finalizing your decision on choosing your ideal designer or design firm. Hopefully with these pointers you will be able to make the right choice.

Below are some of the articles we found that may be helpful for your research:



HAPPY RESEARCHING!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cheap & Still Good… Are You Actually Serious?


This will be a follow-up to my previous post of Expensive VS Cheap. Many have asked: How come there are countless online design firms offering such low price for respectable quality logo designs equivalent to those of high-end prices? Could they earn a profit? How are they able to sustain their business? And finally, are they a legit, reliable design firm to deal with? Consumers are genuinely very concerned and curious over this matter as to how a business offering low-priced services could in short, survive and still churn out quality logo designs.

Well, it all boils down to how the company works to minimize its cost. For instance, some online design companies do not provide a contact number be it toll-free or not, as it helps in playing down the cost involved in having a hotline customer service. The absence of having a phone line for customer service will help reduce the cost of the designs you are paying. More often than not, many design firms do have an online feedback system (live operator chat, e-mails and the likes) as a much cheaper alternative.

Design agencies with a fixed line or toll-free customer service number usually offer higher design rates as you are actually paying for these accommodating yet hidden and costly service provided by the respective design firms. This is true when you compare prices between those online logo design companies with and without a direct telephone link to their customer service.

So, if you prefer to communicate with the head designer responsible on handling your design project than you must be more than willing to fork out the price attached to the design you are getting. On the other hand, if you have a preference to skip the hassle of actually having to talk to the designers you are assigned to (similar to conventional local design company), those low range priced online design firms are definitely your choice. In all honesty, for me, I would prefer to at least, be able to communicate to the designer in-charge of my project be it via the phone or the Internet. It is just as vital to be able to explain to the designer your visions, requirements and the creative direction you want to take.

Besides, these online design companies are able to survive because they manage to produce the designs at a very fast rate while at the same time maintaining the quality of their work. This further helps to make up for any losses incurred from their low-priced services. By hiring permanent in-house designers instead of freelance designers also help to minimize the total cost of the whole business.

With more and more of these cheaper online design firms sprouting on the Internet, choices are aplenty and it is up to your judgment on choosing the right one that work best for you company.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Expensive VS Cheap

Source: BroganBlog


$80 or $8000? From the cheapest to the most expensive, it is all up to you as to how much you are willing to pay for your logo design. Many would say that $40 can’t get you a “professional and high-quality” logo design compared to for instance, one which is priced at $700 or more. This is the misconception however as it all boils down to the design firms or graphic designers; whether or not their style of design is what you are looking for in your own logo.

These days, many emerging SMEs are turning to online design sites which offer a cheaper and more convenient alternative when compared to conventional design firms. Although so, not all is sunshine for the booming online design service business. There are some issues plaguing the online design industry pertaining to plagiarism, recycling of old designs and the usage of clipart.

Therefore, it is wise to make inquiries from your acquaintances regarding their experience (if any) or Google that particular design firm to find out more about the company via feedbacks and comments from past clients. Also, check out the conditions of sale and as well as the design portfolio of that particular site. Their past clients’ design projects will further provide you with an overall understanding on their performance.

Here are a few highly recommended online logo design sites which are favourably reputable by many and produce high-quality, professional logo designs based on different categories of price range:

Low Range:
LogoDesignCreation (http://www.logodesigncreation.com) RECOMMENDED

Mid Range:
The Logo Company (http://www.thelogocompany.net) RECOMMENDED

High Range:
LogoBee (http://www.logobee.com) RECOMMENDED
Infinity Logo Design (http://www.infinitylogodesign.com)