Think about shrinking the logo for an icon or letterhead -- you also want the outline and text of the logo to be clear and easily resizable. Multiple lines of text are ok; for your 544x100 space I'd recommend focusing on a small area to make the logo and using the rest of the space as a background or graphic.
You can use multiple lines if your text is long. I generally prefer to verdana for logos. Even it can be choosed according to requirements by keep in mind styles and look of logo. Most of the web designer use glow and shadow but it should use properly means it should not hide to text of logo.
if you have logo space 455px x100px then i recommend you to use text size 40pt to 50pt for bold fonts. i like "impact" font. you can write slogan as well in small lettters under the main title. slogan font will be different then main title font. after that you can also put small icon beside logo texts which can be in 100px(w) x 95px(h).
The logo is for use on a website. The style of the website (forum) is blue and white.
Here's a screenshot of the theme. Should i continue to match the rest of the elements on page or should i contrast the logo?
Don't make it pink and orange or anything, but it's okay to contrast a little bit. Try to make something that looks good on its own but also fits the page. You won't have to use much besides white, blue, and light blue to make something nice.
Please don't use Impact or Verdana for your logo. If you need a simple, clear font try Alte Haas Grotesk (basically Helvetica), looks great in bold.
1) Make it 100% unique, dont use fonts for the text. You should use creative fonts and modify them from there.
2) Stick to 2 colors, max of 3. So the name could be 2 colors if there is 2 words and then the slogan another color.
3) Try and stay away from using a slogan with the actual logo. Incorporate your slogan next to your logo on websites etc but not as part of the actual logo design.
4) Dont go crazy, look at Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Frys Food, Kroger, Best Buy, Microsoft. They are all basic.
Logos are hard to design, most businesses / websites I go to have a poorly designed logo. It took me years personally to get as good as doing quality like Walmart, etc.
With regards your inquiries, I suggest the following:
1. Graphic logo size- this will depend on the proportion of the space you are using. but make it sure that there's an enough space for that.
2. Font- make sure that your font is readable. avoid using fonts that are irritating on the eyes.
3. drop shadows- if it's not necessary, avoid using it. just make it sure that the texts are readable.
i think u have to select 2 colors, then use vector for design and also to focus wht is your target market (For example: if your target market is teenager then keep in mind this and design the logo for teenager which they like)
I do have to say that most of these answers are good they are to confined.
1. A logo, when designed must be as large as possible and separate from EVERYTHING else. This logo will be placed in what ever application you use it in. eg, web Headers Letter Heads.
2. Design your logo for EVERYTHING. Business cards, Letter Heads, Magnet Signs For cars. Vinyl Lettering, ball point pens, stickers, You name it.
3. Think Out side the box! This will not only help you create a good looking logo but have something that could stand out.
One of the most important things is what you want to put your logo on now and in the future. So something basic like others of said in previous replies is really good advice.
4. You logo can be basic. and then again you can always jazz it up on web applications.
5. 1 to 2 colors is the best. This will keep costs down when applying that logo to shirts or business cards.
I would post some examples but I do not have permission at the time of this post.
Stay away from text treatments that only work, or look good one way. For example, if you switch the colors of your logo to red, black or blue, does it still read? If not, I'd change it. Plus using standard filters can really date your logo. Remember those old, embossed, and terrible gradient logos from years back? Yeah, you don't want that.
here is a quick logo i designed to show you what i believe is a size and style i perfer Click here I am aware its a bad example and looks kinda bad but it was done in maybe 5 mins.. what do you expect?
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I would start of with just the name of your website or buisness and then try spruce it up a bit, add colour, highlight the important words, just keep at it untill you are happy with what you come up with.
If you want to get a logo design So first of all note this thing that it should be vector so you should not have any problem in resizing the logo..
It depends on the wording of the logo if it looks good in one line or two lines if it is one word than 1 line if 2 words than try to make it in one line but in its not that i will look bad in 2 lines...Depends on designer how he make it to look good...You can use shadows, strokes, gradients but should be used in a way that it looks good...Not too much effects...But effects should be in a way that it generates the overall look of the logo...
Logos should all be vector based. Done in Adobe Illustrator a vector program. Though a vector logo can be reduced and enlarged to any size with out losing detail. It's nice to work in a size a little larger than for letterhead so that you are comfortable and for reviewing with your client. You can use any fonts you like that fits the design. I recommend a sans serif font for that you could use for a website in case thats occurs.. I personally like Avenir. the text size should be big enough that is able to be read when reducing it small for a business card. Yes you can use multiple lines of text but, consider that if a tag line is used it should be relatively smaller so that you don't have a heirarchey problem. Drop shadows can be built into the logo but be careful of realizing what happens when you go black and white with your logo. If you don't then no problem!
Designing Logo solely depends on type of business. You can use Arial or Verdana for Company name with underline. A small Monotype Coursiva or any other cursive font can be placed in below line with comparatively smaller font for tagline. Size of logo may vary with site structure. Best of Luck 4 ur design..Cheers!!!