After taking part in a few forum conversations about $50 logos, and then reading David Airey’s – What’s Your Logo Worth it prompted me to put pen to paper.
Why should a logo cost more than your lunch?
- A logo is the very first impression people get of your company –
Before a potential client even walks through your door, your logo is a representation of your company. It can make a company appear large, small (whether it really is or not) fun, serious, professional…
- A logo needs longevity
Once a logo is designed it will represent your company for many years.
- A logo needs to be original
A logo should be designed specifically for your company. A cheap “generic logo” may not reflect your company’s values. A cheap logo may also use clip art which could end up being used by another company.
- A logo should look professional
You wouldn’t take a potential new client to Mac Donalds for lunch, in effect this is what is being done with a cheap logo. A logo should give your company a professional image, appropriate to its needs.
- A logo should reflect the time and thought gone in to designing it
One of the problems here is that people don’t always realise the amount work that goes into a professionally designed logo:
- The research – even if the budget is quite small I would expect at the very least to find out who the company’s main competitors are and how they present themselves
- The brainstorming of ideas
- The rough sketches
- The 4 or 5 logo options worked up on the computer
- The amends, tweaking and further amends
- A logo is the starting point of your whole corporate image
The colours typography and style of a logo will often dictate the corporate look of the rest of a company’s literature.
Any more suggestions?
A post also worth reading is Vivienne’s How much should you pay for a logo?