Hey everyone! Today I’m going to walk you through a few resources online where you can make or purchase a logo for yourself. This is a pretty common anxiety for new businesses. I’m a designer and I was anxious about it too! There’s huge value in hiring a professional to create your logo for you. It can be a nuanced and amazing experience, but it’s also $$$ pricey! So I did a little research for ya on more affordable options and I put together a video about it! Take a gander….
Hey everyone. This is Sarah from SarahDesign.com. Today, I’m going to talk to you about some resources online that you can use to create yourself a logo. Because let’s be honest, when you’re first starting out in your business, you can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on hiring an official logo designer to create something specifically for you.
You really just need to start out small and get something up there so you look professional, but don’t spend a ton of money.
The first three sites I’m going to show you, you can actually create a logo on the fly and see how it looks. If you like it, you can download it for whatever price they have. The last three I’ll show you are sites where you can hire people to do the work for you, or you can get a template.
GraphicSprings.com is a free logo maker. We click on this button, “create a logo in one minute or less,” we can see how it works. Now we’re into a designer screen. It’s asking me some questions, like my business name. For my business name, I’m going to call myself Sarah Design Vinyl. Hit next.
Images- I think we’re going to go with a floral, so click on floral. It says pick your logo. There’s a few options. Go to the next screen. There’s a couple more there. I kind of like the previous screen. This one has kind of a yoga look to it, but still is cute.
I can go in and click on the icon to change the color. Say I want it to be some neat shade of blue. My name I could also make blue. Why not? Just keep it simple to start. The font thickness actually is a nice balance for the icon, but if we wanted to play with the fonts in there, we would just go to this dropdown above and start picking a few and seeing how they look. Select it and make it a little bit bigger. This is pretty easy to figure out. I don’t think you need any design skills to do this.
You hit “Download your logo” and it tells you everything that’s included- high-res files that are transparent in multiple sizes and formats for $39.99 if you buy it now. You can also edit the logo after purchase if you want.
The next one we’re going to look at is WithOomph. It looks like some pricing here is: a screen logo is $30, a print logo is $60, a screen and print is $75. Similar onboarding here. Enter your company name.
You can search by keyword. Let’s try floral. Design. It pops up a few choices here. I’m not blown away by this. I’m not sure I would be happy with any of these. I guess I could possibly do this one if I was in a pinch. You can use the slider to go through the colors.
Hit next and it shows you how it looks on a bunch of products.
Well, now it looks official, doesn’t it? This makes me want to buy it. Good job, Withoomph! Talking me into it. The screen high-res PNG would be $30, and they have some other choices. Withoomph is an okay choice.
Now obviously, if you don’t have a hipster vinyl business, then hipsterlogogenerator.com isn’t the one for you. But I think this will just be fun to try out just for the heck of it. We’ll start with a little laurel shape. We hit next. Add some swag. Coffee beans, a bicycle. What’s this little curvy guy? It looks okay. Then we personalize it. Let’s say a triple line with Sarah Design Vinyl. There are some different fonts to choose from. That one’s kind of fun. Let’s hit next.
We can also adjust the logo color. How about teal? A darker teal. And change the font to black. Then click generate logo.
I only got a three out of five on the hipstometer. Oh well. I’m not as hipstery as I’d like. You can see I can download this in PNG format at various sizes. 600×500 is free. 2400×2000 is 5 bucks. An SVG at that large size is also $5.
These last three, I won’t be designing anything on the spot, but I just wanted to make you aware of them.
If you haven’t heard of 99designs.com, it’s an interesting site where you buy in for $299, and then you submit your design needs to a group of designers, and they all compete to win the project. You get to see a whole bunch of designs to choose from, and then you can narrow it down, and finalize, and pick your favorite. There’s some cool-looking logos that can come out of this. This ShooFly one is super cute. If I was looking for that, if that had been my design that I was searching through, I think I definitely would have picked that. This one had 276 submissions, and the guy, Daniel M, collaborated with 32 designers before choosing his favorite logo. Pretty cool.
If you haven’t heard of Fiverr, it’s a really really cheap site where you can buy projects, called gigs, and they usually come in $5 increments. These are designers and people from around the world that are selling these things. There’s no guarantee what kind of service you’re going to get, how well they’ll communicate with you, or the quality. There’s not a lot of guarantees at all. If you are needing something very fast for very cheap, this is a potential place to go. I have noticed that some of these designs look very familiar to me. I’m pretty sure that they found them on the next site that I’m going to show you, which is Creative Market, where you can buy templates of badges and logos all in a big pack. Let’s go there next.
This is CreativeMarket.com. I’ve just done a search for logo design. You can see there’s a big wide variety of designs on here. There’s one with logo designs for photographers. It’s a bunch of different badge-shaped logos. It’s only $7. This is the kind of file that I can totally see someone on Fiverr buying and then selling each one individually for $5 a piece. If you’re shopping from Creative Market, it pays to have access to Illustrator specifically, and Photoshop, at least. And in some cases Photoshop Elements will do.
I think that if I was shopping on the spot for my vinyl business, I would be very attracted to this feminine-looking photography font, Louisa Kate Photography. It comes with a free font. You can change colors. The PSD is layered and can be edited in Photoshop or Elements, so you could definitely use this if you just have Photoshop Elements.
That’s a few resources that you can jot down for when you are designing a logo for your business.
Good luck to you. See you next time!