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  • Emma Venables

Things to consider when designing your logo

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Designing a logo is a crucial step in creating your brand identity, but it's easy to get it wrong. Here, are 5 key areas to consider when creating yours:

1. Is it still recognisable when it's displayed at very small sizes?

One of the key considerations when designing a logo is its scalability. A logo should remain distinctive even when reduced to a minimal size. Think about how your logo will appear on business cards, social media profiles, or other small-scale applications such as pens or other merchandise. It's important to ensure that the essential elements of your logo are not lost, and therefore, its overall impact as well.

2. Is it simple enough?

Simplicity is key to an effective logo design. Lots of small details may become lost when the logo is scaled down. Really think about your logo's simplicity, aiming for a clean and easily recognisable design.

When your logo is scaled down, pay attention to details such as text legibility / size and the visibility of intricate design elements. Simplify any complex elements to guarantee that your logo remains recognisable across a range of sizes.

3. Will it work if you need to print it in one color only, e.g. black?

Printing constraints can significantly impact the effectiveness of your logo in different scenarios. Imagine scenarios where the colour options are limited, such as black and white printing or single spot colour options for merchandise etc. A well-designed logo should retain its impact and recognisability even without the use of colour.

Ensure that your logo remains distinguishable in monochrome, emphasising shapes, lines, and contrast. This not only ensures your logo is robust enough for different printing requirements but also ensures its adaptability to situations where colour options may be limited.

4. Will it work printed onto a coloured background, or can it be created as a white-out version for this purpose?

Considering the potential applications of your logo, think about its use across various backgrounds. Whether it's printed on a coloured surface or whether it requires a white-out version for contrast, your logo should seamlessly integrate into different environments.

Test your logo on different background colours to assess its visibility and aesthetic appeal. Having a white-out version of your logo allows flexibility, and ensures it remains striking and legible across various backgrounds.

5. Have you designed it in a vector format so you can scale it up in the future for large-scale banners, etc.?

Future-proofing your logo is a strategic move. Designing your logo in a vector format ensures scalability without compromising quality. This is particularly important for large-scale applications like banners, billboards, or promotional materials.

Vector graphics maintain sharpness and clarity regardless of size, allowing your logo to shine in various formats without loss of quality. This not only saves you from redesigning as your business grows but also guarantees a consistent and professional brand across all platforms.

In conclusion, designing a logo that stands the test of time involves thoughtful consideration of various factors. From ensuring recognisability at small sizes to anticipating the challenges of different printing techniques, every detail matters.

If you'd like a helping hand with your brand and logo creation, send me a message at I also have a Brand Clarity Workbook which helps to pin down your brand style / voice and how that might come across in your logo design.


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