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Going for customized logos involves a lot money and time.
Any sugggestions on getting the best logo designed for a nominal price and within reasonable time?
If you want to brand yourself correctly, and have a logo that doesnt look homemade and hokey, stickymail me and I"ll refer you to someone really good, and perhaps, not too expensive.
I have spent and continue to spend a rediculous amount of time devoted to the design, development and the ongoing usage of my company's brand. It's what people take away with them to identify in their mind what emotions they have associated with your company. In fact, I would dare to say that some of popular companies we know today, may not have had such success without the ingenious use of carefully developed branding.
That said, there are certainly companies out there that can produce quite polished custom logos relatively inexpensively (in the low 3-digit realm) that would truly be a worthy investment.
I would go back to further investigating sites out there that specialize in branding for web use and go from there. I specifically say "for web use" because they will typically be cheaper than firms that work in print media. Some of the large web designers directories often have a category specifically for advertising logo companies.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:43 pm (utc) on May 12, 2005]
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I have to say that nothing says 'amateur' worse than logos you have designed yourself if you are not a designer, or a good designer non-official designer.
Is WebmasterWorld an amateur site? j/k
I agree with whomever said it has to be vector. Vector is critical.
I spent a week designing a logo for my first site (learning illustrator as I went) and it turned out very well.
However I think now my site makes some $$ I can splurge on a $200-300 logo from a designer I compromised a lot on my first logo because I didn't know how to do anything.
Photoshop is not a vector based application.
You could not scale a logo created in photoshop without loss of quality, create it in a vector based programme (e.g. illustrator) and you could use it for micrographics like icons or blow it up for The sail of a yacht - with no loss at all.
Maybe off-topic for this thread, but since it came up --
I use PaintShop, and have found that some of the advice I've read in this forum about PhotoShop "translates" to PaintShop pretty well. Each time you add a layer in PaintShop, you designate whether it's raster or vector, but I don't know if it's a "vector-based program." If I designed a logo using only vector layers in PaintShop would I be able to make it into a sail for one of my yachts ;-) ?
A good start is to get a professional logo as this forms the core of any identity.
I would personally recommend Michael at a afishinsea.co.uk for small business and start up logo design. We have used him many times and have always been happy with his work.