That outer glow looks horrible
That outer glow looks horrible
I didn't copy it but I didn't notice until after I submitted the design (and after the client eliminated my design)
that's what I get for designing with no sleep
Yo Rilez I'd stay away from contest sites, you're work is too good to hand off for free, even though they claim it doesn't work like that.
Set yourself up a nice portfolio or I'll send you a cargo invite and start pulling in your own clients, I think you'd get much more profit that way.
If you know of something better, I'd love to try it out.
LARGE IMAGE INCOMING!
You guys are pretty great at making logos, are there any good tips when it comes to making good ones?
[LIST][*]Get any information you can from the client about their business or whatever you're making a logo for. Read their website, figure out what they do... etc.[*]Think of something creative to incorporate, but also simple. I always start my logo in B/W and 2D. unless the client wants very specific colors or shapes. Messing with colors later won't save a shitty design.[*]Make it memorable, and make it easy to understand... simple logos are often better than complicated ones.[*]Hard points are preferable over rounded ones; you're going to want clean lines in your logo.[*]Colors are a bit more complicated. Your client will most likely want the logo in CMYK format for print. The less colors you have on a logo destined for print, the better. If your design is for print, stay away from gradients. Gradient's are okay on a display, not on print. If it's not destined for print, RGB and gradients should be fine.[*]Presentation is important too. If you have a client, you're going to want to show them what the logo looks like in a variety of situations... here's one I just designed (I posted a design for this company earlier, but they wanted a new symbol and I made some other minor changes):[/LIST]
Those are just a few of the things I do anyway.
is that a woman's breast?
Stop doing design contests... It's bad for the industry and devalues design work as a whole. I do this for a living and I've never had a need to step foot in a design contest. Spec work is a bad thing.
Also, saying hard edges are preferable to rounded edges in a logo is going to depend completely on the feel that your client wants their brand to portray.
And gradients are acceptable for print. You don't have to avoid them completely. You just need a solid color fallback. It's the same as you needing a single color B/W fallback for any colored logo you design.
Also definitely stop calling the people running contests your clients lol
so I used to do a bit of design work on and off but I've been out of it for a while, I definitely want to start it up again so that there's something to actually put on my Portfolio and maybe make a bit of money freelancing in the future - now I just need to find something to do... are there any websites or forums I can visit to get a bit of inspiration?
Oh, and, do people prefer Illustrator over Photoshop for logo designing?
I'm taking the Media and Communication-course in High School (starting my third year this fall) and along with shooting film and taking pics and coding web-sites there's also a fair share of graphic design. I thought I'd post some of my work.
This is a logo I made for my father's company in the first year of school.
later that year I designed a logo for a local carpenter.
Layout design for a feature-article I did on a goofy band. Second year in school.
and my online portfolio.
I've been there.
Anywho, that's some great stuff. I particularly like your website and the magazine article. Keep at it, I wish we did stuff like that in school (this is why I'm considering taking Film & Media studies as an A-Level because it has a fair amount of hands on design stuff like that)
I don't like doing these contests either... if I knew a better alternative I wouldn't be using them. As for not calling them clients, what would I call them? Contest holders?
Can't decide which one is better or if it's terrible altogether. It's just going to be used on my website when I get it working and could also be used as a watermark if I needed one for a video or a WIP or something.
For a personal logo, I'd recommend something really clean and outstanding, It's a better idea to use your name, or if you have an alias, use it as well. The point is that people remember your name. My personal logo for all things related to my work (webpage, portafolio, business card) is stupidly simple:
And that's what I like about it.
Get out there and network. Contact local small business owners, check online job boards, check craigslist. Make some business cards and go to some small business networking events in your city or cities near you. I got a lot of work initially by contacting design firms and agencies in the area and just telling them who I am and what I do, agencies always need subcontractors to bring in when they get busy.
Check www.freelanceswitch.com, there's tons of articles on there about better ways to find work.
The key is to assert yourself as a professional and make sure that your clients and potential clients understand your value and know who you are.
Do you guys know of any tutorials that could help me start out with logo design? (which program/how to use it etc)
First one was done quite a ways back, I wasn't pleased with it at all (particularly the "R") and I never showed the client (my father's company). The second one was done more recently, and I think it looks much better. The client requested the letters J, A, and R be enclosed in either rings or chains, with the word "productions" somewhere underneath. Later, he also requested the date of establishment be added, so I squeezed that in there last second. I feel I accurately portrayed what he wanted. Any suggestions before it is shown? Please keep in mind that this isn't my "job" at all, I'm 17, and I have no formal graphic design education whatsoever.
16, 17 on the 18th. I just get the feeling it would be a huge challenge to get anyone to take me seriously; my age, lack of any formal graphic design education and lack of a substantial portfolio being the key issues
Do I think I could surprise people given the opportunity? I'd like to think so... but I need to find a starting point to work with. I'll check that website, and start looking around on Craigslist. All I know is that I want to get started somewhere; Graphic Design is the first thing that has ever really "clicked" for me.
I got bored so I made a logo for a non-existent airline company
Yet, there are free alternetives like Gimp and Paint.net.
Also keep in mind that the best thing to do is keep practicing and trying to emulate other good examples and since you want to make logos, remember to make them noticeable and memorable using contrasting and complimenting colors (orange-blue,black-white,black-yellow or orange) and for the love of god don't overuse effects ( for example 'drop shadow' and 'glow' ).
Which one is looking the best here? Or should I just turn around and think up something else. It's pretty much only going to be used on a grey background like that so it doesn't have to be too adaptable.
Put together a portfolio, and if you don't have enough work for that, do some personal projects and put those in it. Let your work do the speaking for you.
Rilez I could make you a
probably quite badportfolio, then there's something to put on my portfolio. Though it's probably something you want to do yourself and I have other things on my plate right now - if you haven't done any web development before then I'm always here to take the easy way out.
Basically I agree with dgg.
Logos and design like this should always be in vector.
Just put yourself in your clients shoes. Would you rather have something that is infinity scalable, or a huge raster image?