6 logo design tips for logo designers

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When searching for logo design tips from fellow logo designers I have found that there are not many articles and posts on the subject. This has inspired me to share my own experiences with my readers rather than to preach the advice of others.

So here are six of the best logo design tips from my own hands-on learning over the last six years or so.

6 logo design tips for logo designers.

1: Research

logo design tip 1 research

Probably the most important of the logo design tips is to get to know your client and the niche associated with the task ahead.  Do this before reaching for your drawing tablet or sketchbook.  At firsthand, it helps to know your client needs, and at most what they expect from you.

Take time to look into your client’s competition, they (your client) should be able to point you in the right direction as a start.

Check out other logos in the client’s niche.  This can reveal a general pattern that is shared amongst competitors.  But also bear in mind that some of the most iconic logo designs stand out because they totally ignore any set trend and take on a different path altogether.  Thinking outside of the box, so to speak.

Learn more about this from my article  >>>>>The Logo Mojo Design Process: A comprehensive guide.<<<<<

2: Ask questions.

This is paramount.  Not only at the initial brief and research stage of the design process, but during the whole project until completion and beyond.

I use an online form system on my website to collect the information to form an initial brief.  Not only do I ask the obvious questions such as “Name to appear on the logo”, “colour scheme” etc;  Ask about the history of the organisation.  How does the client feel they differ from their competition. What ideas they have about the logo design they are looking for.

If a client comes to you, not knowing what they want, the right questions will help them think more about their business or given niche. This will you to help them achieve the perfect logo design they require. An extra tip here (or sub tip).  Once submitting an initial set of logo design concepts to a client to learn that they do not find them suitable.  It is good to ask what else they may have in mind. It is also good to ask what they did not like about your work and how it did not suit their expectations.  The feedback will help immensely.   Which brings us to the next tip.

3: Flexibility.

logo design tips 3 flexible flexibility

Sticking to the initial brief will show your client that you are listening, hearing to what they have asked for.  Sometimes the brief is so focused on one specific concept that it is hard to offer more than one or two variations.  Otherwise, and most of the time, the brief is open to creative licence.   I suggest using this to your advantage and very often this works in favour of both yourself and your client’s satisfaction.

I generally like to offer at least three unique initial logo design concepts to a client.  Usually, I only have two, or sometimes even only one before I pick up my touchpad.  As soon as I start creating and see shapes forming into potential offerings is the time that other ideas and concepts poor into my head. Often at this stage, a concept that is off brief pops up. Go with your instinct and offer it up with the other concepts.  Evan if not chosen it shoes flexibility and can inspire your client when updating their brief if nothing else suites at the present time. As your perceptions can change during the design process so can your clients.

Allow for flexibility and be prepared to change things at a drop of a hat.

4: A logo design needs to be versatile.

logo design tips 4 A logo design needs to be versatile

So you have created the great logo design.  Your client is ecstatic about his new logo at the onset. But how usable will he find his new look when applying it for its intended use?

For example, it looks great in all it’s colour.  Does it work as well in monochrome, black on white or white for instance?  Also when they decide they need to use a transparency version as on overlay against a background.  Of course, you will supply such variations as part of your package, but you will need to consider this from the onset of the design.  Adding white space around overlapping elements at the onset is easier than working out how to do it at a later stage and keeping the look of your original submissions.

5: Presentation.

logo design tips 5: Presentation.

Look and professionalism is very impotent throughout the design process.  So you have some initial concepts to pass on to your client for consideration.  Present your offerings in an attractive manner and don’t leave the fine detail to the latest set of revisions.  Polish your proof drafts to the same standard.

If inclined, present your favourite initial proofs as simple photoshop mockups in addition.

Seeing your potential new logo design photoshopped onto a business card, billboard or shop sign can add excitement to the client’s experience during the design process.

6: The customer is always right.

Evan if they are not.

logo design tips 6: The customer is always right.

This is not about the client who tells you upfront that they do not know what they want.  The ones you can advise, ask questions and maybe draw up some drafts to help them through this process. I like to refer to this class of client as my enjoyable challenge.  No, I’m talking about the people who tell you what they are looking for in no uncertain terms. There is no leeway remaining to use your creative licence in any way.  Then they change the brief completely midway after several rounds of revision and concept changes.  Sometimes even as far as changing the business name to nothing like the original. Even worse,  jumping from one niche to another?

We all have our own method of business.  I use the pay up front for a selective package method.  At the top end of my range, there is the all-inclusive unlimited concepts package.  This is conditional on sticking to the initial brief, but I will wavier slightly in the name of good customer service.  This arrangement works well for me but maybe not for others.

So.  What do we do about Mr Client with a mind that is less predictable than our native British weather?

I tell you what I do not do, and that is to give up on them.  That only ends up in wasted hours and a returned deposit or fee.

Carry on working with them.  At the end of the day, it can be no worse than entering into a >>>>>>crowdsourcing contest<<<<<<. See my post >>>>>>My experience of 99Designs. Don’t allow yourself to be used.<<<<< Work with them and respond to their feedback and updates.  Schedule associated design work in-between other clients.  The timescale is obviously not an issue to them.  At this stage, they are in no hurry to get anything done.

I have had this happen several times.  Only once did a client think they were entitled to a refund after the time they had used up.  A couple even has come back with new projects that actually got completed.

As mentioned sometimes it can seem like working for a >>>>>crowned sourcing site like 99Designs. <<<<< But you can end up with some great concepts you can reutilise at a later date.

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