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What Makes a Good Logo: The Dos and Don’ts

The function behind a logo goes far beyond being just a pretty visual that you can add to your website. As the heart of your branding efforts, your logo should represent the essence of your company’s personality.

Explore conceptual icons

In logo design, an icon is a simplified visual that captures the spirit of your brand. A common misconception is that your icon should literally be an image showing what your product or service is. While this may benefit some, it doesn’t have to be the case for all businesses. You can explore more conceptual (or even abstract) icons to emphasize what it is your company does. Let’s take Nike as an example. The iconic “swoosh” icon evokes the feeling of movement and speed. Very fitting for a sportswear brand. Think of your icon as a symbol rather than a picture. It needs to be highly visual and easily recognizable. The advantage of a more graphic icon is that it can often carry more visual weight. Ideally, your icon should be simple enough that clients can recall it even after one quick glance.

Use the space you have

For most businesses, an icon is simply not enough to fully express their brand identity. This is why Moment Designs gives you the option to a tagline. Also known as a slogan, taglines are dramatic phrases that sum up the tone and premise of a brand. Now, not every company has a tagline. And that’s okay, but that doesn’t mean you should let this valuable space go to waste. If your name allows it, you can break it up into two lines while keeping the same font and size for both lines.

Play around with caps or lowercase

Sometimes, it’s the small details that make all the difference. Something as simple as playing around with caps and lowercase could bring your trademark to a whole new level. Traditionally, uppercase logos give off a strong sense of authority, while the use of lowercase exudes a more approachable, casual vibe. That’s not to say you can’t utilize uppercase text while softening the appearance with your choice of colors. It’s all a matter of balance.

Understand handwritten fonts

Creative typography remains to be one of the major logo design trends of 2019. An example of this trend: handwritten fonts. They offer a quirky and authentic feel that is sure to delight any custom er. They are especially effective when used as the font of your tagline. If you’ve opted for one of these font styles, then this tip is for you. Often the use of caps for handwritten fonts make them seem less authentic, so take that into account.

Balance your tagline

Let’s talk about your tagline. A simple rule to follow to ensure that your logo makes sense is to always make your tagline shorter than your name. This is why we suggest going for no more than 25 to 30 characters. For the same reason, if you’re using a thicker font for your name, it’s best to use a thinner (or more basic) one for your tagline.

Adjust your name and tagline

Remember the golden rule of design? That’s right, it’s all about visual balance. This is why, although smaller in dimension, your tagline should always be perfectly aligned with your name. This will give your viewers and potential clients a natural sense of harmony.

In the situation where either your name or tagline is considerably longer, you can easily solve that by adjusting the font or size of either elements.

Let your logo breathe

Just like the Mona Lisa, some logos look best when surrounded by a beautiful frame. If you decide to go in this direction, be sure to leave enough space between your chosen frame and logo. In essence, allow your logo some breathing room. If things are looking a little cramped, simply enlarge the frame or decrease the font size.

Ensure readability

Your masterpiece will be popping up in all kinds of places, from the header of your website to your business cards. Regardless of where it appears, your text should always be readable. To ensure this, take note of the text size and font that you use, and check the final result on various platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and from different devices (desktop, smartphone, tablet, etc.). If your logo is too difficult to read, what was the point of designing it in the first place? In order for your logo to serve its entire purpose, make sure it’s readable in any situation, for any potential customer.

Give your background contrast

Following the theme of visibility, another way to ensure your logo is always ‘seen’ is by selecting a background color that gives enough contrast with your text. If the color of your text is white go for a darker background color such as black. So small, yet so effective.

Align all your elements

We hate to sound like a broken record, but this tip goes back to the golden rule of design. Once all of your elements (name, tagline and icon) are present, it’s imperative that they are well balanced as a whole. While there are no set in stone rules, in order to be on the safe side, we suggest that you align all your elements in the same direction: left, center, or right. Remember, your design and content should be one (small happy family).

Size up your icon

The size of your icon affects the placement of certain other elements of your logo. Your icon should never be smaller in height than that of your text. To fix this, you can size up your icon to the same height of your text or even make it slightly bigger.

Ready to get your logo designed by a professional? get in touch with Moment Design today!

Got this post from: https://www.wix.com/blog/2018/07/good-logo-design-tips/

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