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Six Things A Good Logo Design Must Have - Articles Surfing
Most marketers are aware of the ingredients for a memorable logo design, and understand the value a well-designed logo can bring to a brand. They may overlook some important issues regarding legibility and practicality, however.
The costs involved in developing a logo go beyond its initial creation. Trademarking, printing reproduction methods, and brand extension costs can increase substantially if the original design is not done properly. The following six essential things a good logo design must have will save you time, money, and legal costs related to logo use and application in the real world of printing, advertising, on-line, and elsewhere.
1. Your logo should be a 'wordmark'.
Abstract shapes do not communicate anything to the market, unless they are a worldwide brand that has been seen and recognized hundreds of thousands of times a day. How many abstract logo shapes do you remember? And do you have 10 years (the average length of time it takes to reinforce a brand icon) to educate people what your abstract logo represents?
Most people can only identify a few logos that are not literal, so stick with having your logo name legible and clearly read. You'll notice Microsoft, Coke, and Nike have literal names as their logo, so you're in good company.
2. Your logo must pass the 'black and white' test.
The test of all of these considerations is to have the logo printed in both color and black and white. In each instance there should be no question as to what it says. An alternative is to create separate logos for color and black and white applications. The message here is to make sure your logo is clearly read when printed, duplicated, copied, or emailed in any medium and in any color.
3. Your logo must pass the size test.
4. Your logo artwork should be flat and sharp.
5. Your logo colors should be specified by a numbered color system.
Without a color matching system, your logo will be a different shade or hue everytime it is reproduced. A color matching system ensures it is reproduced accurately every time, as color systems (such as Pantone') are universally recognized.
6. The logo file format should be vector.
Logos created or reproduced using a bitmap file format are limited in size and do not have accurate color matching. Your staff will spend more time concerning themselves with file resolution and color issues - the things you can avoid using proper file format.
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