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Obstical- Don't have any artistic ability to speak of (I do pretty well with stick figures <grin>) and I don't really have the amount of money right now to spend on having one professionally made. Should I just wait until I can have it done professionally or is there a way I can put one together myself from public domain graphics, etc.? Thanks! Teri
hello Tei~ I'm not a specialist in designing CI(Corporate Identity), but I have done two projects for small businesses, designing their logo. If you want to put one together yourself, probably the easiest way is to a) find the kinds of logos that appeal to you b) adapt it to your own logo (sketch it) c) download a font from freebies site, such as http://www.allwantedfonts.com d) install the font for Photoshop/Illustrator program (if you don't have graphic programs, perhaps Kinkos might serve you well) e) design your own logo in Photoshop or Illustrator f) save your logo on a diskette, hard-drive, or CD... (be sure to have backups!) If you are using them for Printed stuff, you'll need high resolution files such as AI files or PSD files... If you are putting it up on website, you'll need to convert the graphic into a jpg or gif file. You can email me for questions regarding this =o) jeeyoona (at) yahoo (dot) com
It's interesting that so many people just want to get a logo created ... as long as its inexpensive... without thinking about the ramifications of doing such. As someone who helps to develop corporate IDs (logos, etc.), I think this is a big mistake. Why not put your best face forward? Think about how professional you would appear. Think about the logo (color, fonts, mark) in terms of how it should emotionally appeal to your potential customers. What does it say about your unique products and services? It's more than slapping together some clip art with a helvetica or arial font in blue! Think about how an interesting business card - maybe its design and the tactile nature helps to create a great first impression. Think about how your logo is displayed on envelopes, letterhead, forms, a web site, etc. With that said ... I would agree that having a freelance designer take a crack at it. Or a design student. Think about barter and perform a service for the designer. Hope that helps and goooood luck!
Certainly you can use Clipart. An alternate suggestion -- graphic design students at JC's would jump at the chance to design a logo for a business. You could offer them a tiny bit of money (their first professional gig!), or none at all -- make it a contest. Students submit logos for your review, and, when you pick one and have it made up as letterhead, business cards, etc, you give them copies of whatever you have it printed on, so they can start their \"books\" (samples of their work). It will have value for them, I promise (been there, done that). You just have to go to local JC's and talk to the art teachers who teach the graphics classes, to ask if you can present the idea to the students. (Or post a notice - most such places have bulletin boards). Ok?
Motivated, but running out of steam (& inspiration).
If you have a few bucks, try http://www.logoworks.com. They can create a nice, professional-looking logo and mark for not a lot of money. The results are kind of generic and bland compared to what you would get from a full-service design/branding firm, but the price is a few hundred dollars vs. a few thousand dollars.
Thank you for all your input, and I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. When I first posted, my family was getting ready to leave on vacation. 3 days after we returned hurricane Charley roared over our house & before we had all that cleaned up, Frances paid a visit. To tell you the truth, it's only been the last week or so that things have been getting relatively back to normal. I do have individual questions for some of you, so answer when you can. Again, my thanks to all of you for your responses! Teri Hayes
Thank you for this detailed information, jXL. If I do design one this way, I will definitely want to put it on my web site, so you'll probably be hearing from me. TerijXL wrote:...If you want to put one together yourself, probably the easiest way is to ...
Yes, actually I do! I never thought of bartering as an option. Thank you! Is there some type of search I would use to find these people or would I post on one of the other boards if I decided to go this way? Terijerseygirl wrote:Teri, There are a number of graphic artists on this board who might be able to help you. Do you have a skill or product that perhaps you could barter for your logo?
I see your point kjkj00. Gives me some food for thought. If I can't work out a barter situation, perhaps I should wait. I wonder at what point in a small business do you need a logo? Thanks, Terikjkj00 wrote:It's interesting that so many people just want to get a logo created ... as long as its inexpensive... without thinking about the ramifications of doing such. As someone who helps to develop corporate IDs (logos, etc.), I think this is a big mistake. ...
junior college. Also, even four year schools need \"project\" fodder. I'd contact the marketing professors and see if you can be a semester project. it's more real to do work for a client than the made up stuff they usually do. all for free. pat
You can create it by yourself there are lots free logo making software available on the Internet. but at least you should have some knowledge about graphic design, or if you can't make yourself I will suggest you the find any custom logo designing services agency or freelance who will provide best services at affordable price.