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From Logo to Legend – In 10 Simple Steps

By Karen Saunders

Think of any large company, and I’ll bet you can picture its logo. It seems like they must have been born with it, but they weren’t. Every logo had to start somewhere. And you can start building recognition right now that will continue for years when you create a strong visual brand.

A good logo will be visually captivating, and will tell people what your company does and what it stands for. And then you can carry that logo onto just about everything that leaves your office, from flyers, to business cards, stationary, shipping cartons, invoices…on anything that your customers see.

So how do you go about creating this masterpiece?

First of all, you don’t want to overload the eye with too much “busy”. A smart combination of symbol, color, and positive and negative space are key. This is a case where “less is more”. Play around with a few designs, try different color schemes… before you know it, you’ll have the right look.

Here are 10 tips to get you started:

  • You want to keep it simple, yet sophisticated.

  • Graphics should be bold and distinctive. Stay away from thin lines – they’re hard to see!

  • Not too tall – and not too wide.

  • Don’t go for a trendy look – or an old-fashioned look, either. You’re going for timeless.

  • It needs to look balanced.

  • Remember, you’re going to be putting this logo on every piece of your business. Make sure it will work for everything from an envelope to a banner.

  • Pick a logo that will transfer easily from color to black and white.

  • The graphic has to be in keeping with your type of business, and also has to work well with the name of your business. It’s a whole look you’re going for.

  • The logo also should tell people what your business does. Graphics are great, but not if they leave your target market guessing.

  • Choose an appropriate font for your business. There are thousands to pick from – just find the right fit.

And here’s a bonus tip:  When you are set on a color – or colors – make sure you keep note of the ink formula. That special blend of inks has its own PMS number, and that’s what your printer will need. That way, all your print jobs have the same great color you love – and your logo will be consistently beautiful on every print job!

Designing your winning logo is only the first step in pulling together your visual brand. Now you need a good tag line. And a memorable tag line is just as important as the logo. It puts the finishing touch on your mini ad to anyone who sees it.

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