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That time has come in your business to start cementing a visual brand. You need to begin the journey of your visual footprint and generate the leads to help you grow. It’s time to learn how to design a logo.
Visme can help you create a logo that will represent your brand story and values. Using this guide and our professional templates, you can have a memorable logo in no time.
It’s important to remember that a logo is not something you can design carelessly . There is a lot of preparation involved in creating a meaningful logo. We suggest you do the prep work instead of jumping in blindly to design a logo you might regret later.
Ready to dive in and start learning how to design a logo?
Every visual aspect of your brand will need your logo in it. For example, business cards, letterheads, reports, proposals, advertising and much more. Having a logo is a necessity for a business of any size. Even your home-based freelance business can benefit from a logo.
It's still important for someone who's a non-designer to know how to design a logo, especially when budgets are tight and you're starting a new business or rebrand.
The main purpose of a logo that represents your brand is to have a visual tie to your digital and physical footprint on the world. It’s a way for people to recognize you in any instance your business is involved in.
A business’s brand has two intersecting paths; the background story, values and identity, intertwined with the visual representation of all the conceptual aspects. A logo holds the visual capacity to share your business widely.
What it doesn’t do is tell the whole story.
Your logo must at the same time, represent your brand and spark interest for further interaction. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that your brand is not your logo.
Essentially what this means is that you can’t rely on only your logo to represent your brand. As important as it is, this visual mark is only part of the bigger picture.
With that said, it’s time to start working on your logo. Here is a useful video to help you come to grips with the process.
Your logo is infinitely tied to your brand. For that reason, you need to define your brand identity before finalizing a logo.
The first step to defining a brand identity is to tell your business story. This is the mission statement for your business.
A mission statement is a short paragraph that defines the following:
Furthermore, you’ll also need a vision statement. This is a second short paragraph detailing your vision for the future of your business. This short text states the following:
The reason why you need both a mission and a vision statement is simple. When you create a logo, you want it to last as long as possible. Of course, you could eventually rebrand but it’s best to have a strong logo from the start.
Don’t limit your business potential. Instead, create a logo that grows along with you. Stay away from visual trends and go for a timeless design.
Once you have your mission and vision statements drafted, you can start visualizing a logo. The best way to start is by getting inspired. Look at logos used by your competitors and businesses you admire.
Take notes and keep screenshots of your favorite logo examples. Also, keep records of some logos that you don’t like.
If you don’t know where to look, you can start with our collection of 40 logo designs to inspire you. Or, take a look through our logo template library below.
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As you look for inspiration, you’ll notice that logos come in different shapes and styles. In fact, many logos have variations of the same design. This is a common practice so that a logo can be used in different channels and locations.
All variations are classified into one of the following categories.
A wordmark logo is the most common of all types. It’s essentially the wording of your business in a nice design and font. The words can be arranged in different ways and can include unique customizations in the letters.
The reason this type of logo is called a wordmark is because it has no visual element that isn’t part of the actual words, like you see below.
A lettermark logo is made up of the initials of a business name. This type of logo makes perfect sense for business names that might be too long or if you’d like people to know your business by its initials.
For example, businesses like UPS, NASA, DHL. The arrangement of the letter can be done in any way that is readable and easy to understand.
A brandmark logo has no words in it. It’s only a visual element that represents the brand. A great example of a brandmark is the Nike swoosh. This type of logo isn’t the best choice for a brand that’s just starting.
The brand name must be recognized first along with the visual. Also, this design must be unique and not in use by anyone else to be worth it.
A combination logo is the most common type of logo around. These are made up of a visual and a wordmark or lettermark. This style of logo is perfect to start with. Here at Visme, we have several logo templates in this style that you can use right now.
An emblem logo is the last type of logo on the list. These are logos that are usually bound inside a shape with a visual and the brand name in a neat composition. Sometimes the words are rounded to fit in a circle, like the Starbucks logo.
In your notes, you’ll notice a personal preference for a particular style of logo. It might be one of the five logo styles or a specific design style. You might notice that you prefer logos that fit inside a shape or that have a strong icon or visual.
Alternatively, you might notice that you prefer black and white logos over the ones with gradient colored shapes.
Take note of these things and keep a visual log.
Creating a logo when you’re not a designer doesn’t limit you from great results. But it won’t hurt to first understand a little about how shapes, colors, and fonts make up the visual integrity of a logo.
It’s common for a logo to be inside a shape or have a shape as part of the design. There are two ways in which shapes are incorporated into a logo design; as a visual along with the words and as a bounding shape.
The most used bounding shapes for logos are circles, squares, ovals, and rectangles. In the case of emblem logos, the shape can resemble a shield, diamond, or stamp.
In the case of a logo without a bounding shape, the actual shape of the letters and symbol is important. Are there curves? Straight angles? Interconnected shapes?
Choosing the right shape and element shaping is key to the success of your logo. It might seem like something non-important but has a strong subconscious effect on the viewer.
Take a look at our article on shape psychology for an in-depth analysis. Here’s a sneak peek:
In the same way that shapes have a subliminal effect, so does color. The color choice for your logo is tied directly to the color choice for your entire brand. It’s important to analyze what your brand message is before choosing the colors for your logo.
Here's a tip – design your logo in black and white first. Once you like the font and shape combination, then add colors.
Designers do this because logos will not always be printed in color. In many cases, your logo will be in black and white or grayscale. It has to look good in every instance.
Check out our in-depth analysis of color psychology to understand the power behind the use of color in logos and your marketing in general.
Here’s a sneak peek at how color is also important in a cultural aspect:
The color red becomes associated with firetrucks early on, the same as how the color yellow becomes associated with the sun and green with the leaves of the trees. These early color associations form the basis for everything color psychology is about.
In fact, these first perceptions of color are inherent in every culture. In the US, pink is associated with princesses and ballet dancers, while in Japan pink is the color of the cherry blossom and is perceived a bit differently.
Knowing these subtle differences can help you better tailor your marketing efforts, especially if your products and services are international.
The Coca-Cola logo is white over red—the bottle caps are red, the merchandising is red, and even the trucks are red. People know that red is the color of Coca-Cola.
Things like these eventually form color perceptions in the minds of people. Since they have grown up seeing the Coca-Cola brand around them, they will always recognize it as something that is part of life.
When they eat a particular meal, they will instantly look for the red fridge in the restaurant to ask for a Coca-Cola. The red vending machines in public areas will always be noticed fast and will be missed if not there.
If Coca-Cola's logo turned yellow one day, it would confuse lots of people.
The color red of the Coca-Cola logo is the essence of brand loyalty, which is what color psychology in marketing is all about. It goes deep into human behavior and how we interact with our perceptions of color.
For further color inspiration, check out our collection of logo color combinations to inspire your own.
The third psychological aspect to keep in mind when creating a logo is the fonts you use. The font used for your logo should represent your brand message to the core.
If you want to seem reliable and strong footed, you won’t want to use a sans serif handwritten font. Instead, pick a serif font with a strong base.
Find out more about how fonts are perceived in this article by Crazy Egg. Also, check out this infographic for some great tips on how to choose the fonts for your logo.
There are plenty of fonts in your Visme dashboard that will work great for your new logo. But if you want to use a more unique font, find one online and upload it to your Brand Kit.
There are many fonts available online for free and there are also other more unique fonts that require a licensing fee.
Here are some of our favorite font collections:
Now, you’re ready to start brainstorming what your logo will look like. A great way to tackle this is by creating a moodboard.
The best things to include in your logo moodboard are:
Are you wondering how to create a color combination for your logo without copying from an existing logo? We thought you’d never ask. We’ve included this step in the moodboard section because you can do both at the same time.
You’ve already collected logo inspiration, now it’s time to collect visual inspiration. Using your mission statement and vision statement, put together a collection of words that describe your business.
Note down words that you feel describe your brand and business. Don’t only use adjectives, add some nouns as well.
Read through the color psychology post we mentioned above to see which colors best relate to the words you wrote down, take some notes on the colors you think might work.
Using these words and colors, do some searches on Pinterest and stock photo sites to find some visual inspiration for your moodboard. You can also use these terms to search inside the Visme photo repository for more visual inspiration.
To create a color palette, take some of these photos to Colormind.io and import your favorite photo. The app will generate a color palette with hex codes.
You can choose different types of color palettes for each photo. Use a few of the photos to create color palettes until you reach the one that you feel speaks best for your brand.
Copy the hex color numbers on your notes.
Create your moodboard in Visme with a template or with any size blank canvas. Upload the visuals you collected during the inspiration stages. Add the colors that you feel represent your brand values and message. Use shapes to add the color hex codes one by one.
There’s no limit to how you can set this up. Whatever is easily visual for you. Use an infographic template so it’s easy to make longer if you need to add more visual inspiration. Or use one of our templates.
Add in your mission and vision statements and analyze if the visuals are fitting to your message. Ask your peers, family members and even your potential clients for feedback on the moodboard you've created.
You need to know if what you are envisioning is the same as what people are understanding when they look at your moodboard.
When you feel that the moodboard represents your brand values, message, and goals, it’s finally time to get to work on that logo!
I know it sounds like a lot of legwork to get here, but you’ll be glad you did it this way. Your logo will carry the right message, look, and feel. It will hopefully be timeless and won’t need a rebrand for the next few years.
Now it’s time to get down to business and finish the steps to design a logo.
Look at some logo templates in your Visme dashboard to get started. Select your favorite and change the elements according to your moodboard.
If you aren’t using a font from the Visme repository, upload a new font via your Brand Kit first. Once inside the Brand Kit, we recommend you also create your color palette with the hex codes you noted.
Now, let’s look at the details. We’ll assume you’ve decided to create a combination mark, the most versatile of the logo styles. This means you have the name of your brand plus a visual or two and maybe a bounding shape.
Your point of reference for putting the elements together is the fact that it should be readable at different sizes. From the small version on your website menu to a larger version in a proposal or printed merch.
When you feel that your logo is finished and that it stands for your brand and your company, it’s time to make some variations.
Why do you need variations? Because not every place you’ll use your logo will have the same proportions, size, or purpose. On social media, for example, your logo must fit in a small circle while still being recognizable.
If your main logo is a combination mark and the name of your business is long, create an alternate lettermark for social media. If you created a unique visual element or icon, use that as a brandmark.
Another variation you’ll need is the one with a transparent background. You’ll need this for adding to any project you are working without having to worry about the white background behind your logo.
Visme logo templates are available in both formats – transparent and with a background.
Now it’s time to add your logo to all your marketing spaces. Upload it to your social media channels. Use it in your social media graphics and blog post feature graphics.
Add your logo to merchandise, uniforms, and gifts for clients and team members. Upload it to your website and email provider. Brand all the visual assets you use to communicate, share, and spread your content.
All the preliminary work you did before creating your logo is now at your disposal to further create your brand visuals.
For the most productive brand experience, upload your logo and variations to your Visme Brand Kit. This is the perfect tool to create content that stays on brand and in tune with your company’s visuals.
Use it yourself or with a team. Collaborate during the creation process with the collaboration tool. Design reusable templates for every aspect of your visual marketing.
In this guide, we walked you through the steps for how to design a logo. Now it’s your turn to take your brand to the next level with Visme's logo maker and complete suite of branded marketing materials.