June 28, 2021

May 14, 2018

Learn What Matters When it Comes to Logo Design

Brand Identity
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June 28, 2021

Learn What Matters When it Comes to Logo Design

Brand Identity
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I have always enjoyed designing logos for businesses. A good logo design is just fun to look at. It’s so simple in form, yet so full of information.

There is a lot that goes into crafting a great logo, and there are many steps to arrive at the right idea for a business. But, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll focus on the big picture. There are three questions that every business needs to ask about their logo.

June 28, 2021

Learn What Matters When it Comes to Logo Design

Brand Identity
Popular
I have always enjoyed designing logos for businesses. A good logo design is just fun to look at. It’s so simple in form, yet so full of information.

There is a lot that goes into crafting a great logo, and there are many steps to arrive at the right idea for a business. But, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll focus on the big picture. There are three questions that every business needs to ask about their logo.

1. Does it align with the vibe and public perception of the company?

There are many ways to develop a logo to ensure it fits the values of the company. One way to test this is to ask a few people to describe the logo and the company separately. If people describe the logo similarly to how they describe the company, then you’re headed in the right direction.

Brand Gap Definition: The misconception between what you do and what your customers/clients think you do.

Note: If you are a new company, establish brand pillars, which are adjectives that describe and differentiate the company.

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2. Is it simple?

Is your logo simple in form and story? The form, shape, color and typography all need to be kept as simple as possible in order for the logo to be successful. The story doesn’t need to be complicated, just enough to distill a simple concept.

Note: Logos absorb information over time. The Apple logo did not hold as much value or meaning when it didn’t belong to one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Tip: A logo should lean on metaphors and abstract concepts.

3. Will the logo be recognizable everywhere it is placed?

How does your logo adapt across different contexts? To answer that question, test your logo in a variety of environments. Does your logo look good in the top right corner of your website? Is your logo recognizable on a social media thumbnail? Is it recognizable on a huge wall or a billboard? Can you recognize it without color? Can your logo be converted to white and superimposed over an image? If you could not see part of the logo, would you know what it is? Does the logo need to be read underwater? Is it going to be embroidered, stenciled, made out of candy?

Your logo should be tested in any environment that it might live in. If your new logo is not recognizable in all of its environments, it might not be serving your business as well as it could.

Tip: Ask yourself: Can my logo travel and adapt to specific environments? At Hardy, we typically build four versions: vertical, horizontal, one alternate specific to the business and a tiny image for spaces smaller than an eighth of an inch.

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Here are my favorite logos of all time. Each is successful in a different way, but all are perfect examples of excellence on the three points.

Logo Examples

Here is a handful of logos we've created that have been the most successful over the last 10 years:

Hardy Logo Examples

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Is your logo hitting the mark?

1. Does it align with the vibe and public perception of the company?
2. Is it simple?
3. Will the logo be recognizable everywhere it is placed?

If you've answered no, we should talk.

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We’re always eager to talk branding with interested business owners.

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