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February 10th, 2010, 05:47 AM #1Website logo design
Just a quick question about logo design for websites. I am in the process of designing a logo for my site that will appear next to the heading and give my page some real personality and flair. I have had a look into a few free design sites and am not that pleased with what they offer (they are after all free).
Just curious to see what people recommend in this area and any amazing free sites that offer a function.
February 10th, 2010, 07:19 AM #2
February 10th, 2010, 07:32 AM #3
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I used someone locally and only paid a couple hundred bucks. Check to see if there is a local art school. Sometimes you can find a student who is looking for some additional cash.
February 10th, 2010, 08:11 AM #4
I've never found an online service that lets you generate decent logos.
There are a number of active ABWers who do logo design, and some of them are quite reasonable:
If you want to do it yourself, I've found the Logo Design Studio software to be very easy to use and produces decent results. I think it retails for $60, but you can find it for $25-$30 at SamsClub.com, on eBay, etc. (I got a free copy at a conference and designed a few logos with it.)
February 10th, 2010, 09:02 AM #5
AvantLink has a merchant called PointBanner that has a site worth checking. You might get them a try.
February 10th, 2010, 09:22 AM #6
I agree that if you want a good/great logo you're going to have to pay for it. With that said, unless your making money with your site I wouldn't even worry about a logo right now. Just a simple text with the site name should do for now until you know your site can make money.
After your site is making a little money, I found the best way to go is to have graphic designers compete by designing different logos and you choose which one is the best for the winner. Design Outpost does this, and I have used them in the past. Was very pleased with the results.
February 10th, 2010, 09:45 AM #7
Or learn to use Photoshop (or Gimp, opensource and free and super!) and learn how to make your own logos. I really enjoy making my logos now, after learning how to use the program. It's not like you never need to know how to do simple things in graphic programs, anyways.
February 10th, 2010, 09:48 AM #8
At namepros.com they have a sub forum where you can run logo contests. That is, you offer, say fifty bucks, put out basic info about your needs. Then over the next few weeks ( you specify how long ) , several designers will create a logo to their version of your specifications. They are often quite good!Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.
February 10th, 2010, 11:02 AM #9
I used scorpionagency for a few logos the last few weeks and they have been great to deal with!!!
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February 10th, 2010, 02:10 PM #10Originally Posted by kseFollowing everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.
February 10th, 2010, 03:34 PM #11Originally Posted by lintlin
Since only 20 people visit my site a day, most of which are family, I did a very simple logo. And like others suggested.. if I ever hit 100 visitors a day, I most likely will pay someone. I'm pretty cheap and prefer to learn and do things myself.. but when it comes to graphics, I think its better to hire someone.
February 10th, 2010, 03:53 PM #12Originally Posted by gcarson
February 10th, 2010, 04:28 PM #13
I'm not a pro by any means, but I can use gimp pretty easily now. It's easy once you figure out that there are thousands of brushes that you can simply install and make all kinds of designs with one click. I was crushed that designers don't make their own paisley, flowers and coffee stains LOL
The thing I like about open source software is that there is always a huge community behind it and there are video tutorials on how to learn how to do anything in Gimp. Letter reflections, glassy icons, sparkles and glows...it's really not hard, especially when you can watch the videos and people walk you through the steps.
I really have fun with it now, and it makes all the "boring" graphic stuff I have to do (like touch up pictures, make compiled images and image maps etc) a very easy job.
Sometimes I have to keep myself from whitening everyone's teeth...it's so easy... lol
February 10th, 2010, 04:42 PM #14I'm not a pro by any means, but I can use gimp pretty easily now.
February 10th, 2010, 06:35 PM #15
Is this the product Michael? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...CL._AA260_.jpg
Sounds like something I could use. I have a difficult time with logos.This World is Not My Home
We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. . . And then we're gonna go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline! Quotes from the movie Rudy, 1993
February 10th, 2010, 07:45 PM #16
This is a good guide of things to keep in mind when you design your logo. There are several examples of good and bad logos to illustrate each point.
I have no relationship istock photo, except that I have bought a ton of images from them.
February 10th, 2010, 09:22 PM #17
since I am not making any money from my site just yet - i will take lanadili's advice and bypass the logo until i do start earning something from it.
All your advice is much appreciated - Michael I am doing some research into logo design software as we speak.
February 10th, 2010, 09:41 PM #18
Adobe Illustrator creates vector designs for your logo. The vector designs add flexibility.
15 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials Using Illustrator
When creating a logo design, it’s good practice to use a vector-based application to construct it so that you’ll have a flexible logo design that can be used in numerous print and web-based mediums. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard when it comes to creating vector-based logo designs. In this collection, you will find 15 hand-picked tutorials from a variety of talented graphic designers and illustrators that discuss the logo creation process using Illustrator.
February 10th, 2010, 10:03 PM #19Originally Posted by Rhia7
February 10th, 2010, 10:10 PM #20Originally Posted by Mack
I've used Photoshop. I'd like to create something for the web with Illustrator.
It's a creative impulse factor.
Here's another good site for Illustrator:
February 10th, 2010, 10:14 PM #21Originally Posted by Cheesehead
Looking on the publisher's web site, it looks like they have a free trial version and a $19.99 version:
February 11th, 2010, 02:06 AM #22
Great article, thanks Joshua!
I think we have to remember that OP is "just" making a website logo and not developing CI (which definitely DOES belong in the hands of a professional). When playing around with my sites, installing new ones, updating old ones or just trying out new templates I've found I often need new logos. I can make a logo (for a website) in about 10 minutes, often it is just the typeset because I just want to replace the Site Info text of the template with something a little more polished than "Arial 24pt"
But then, I have always had an eye for stuff like that. I think if my husband were to do websites, the first thing he would outsource would be anything to do with graphics lol!
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