Although I'm creative, I'm spending most of my time starting up my professional services business - are there any website(s) that offer free logos?
I want a unique logo to represent my professional services business - my time and resources are very limited. I would like referrals on websites that offer a choice of free logos.
The key word you used was "unique" so using a free logo site will not give you sole right of use. The only way to create your very own logo is to have it designed for you. That need not be an expensive move . If you can give your designer plenty of guidance - style, colours, wording, font etc and show them examples of what you like you will go a long way towards cutting design time and costs. The fastest part of the process is the actual artwork. So the more you input the lower the cost. I for example can produce a logo from £50 under those circumstances.
Good luck, Paul (UK)
Using a free logo would not be good.
Squarespace is a great web platform that offers a free DIY logo tool for clients - http://www.squarespace.com/logo/. Kind of a controversial tool among those that value design, but may fulfill your objectives.
Otherwise, pay someone on Fiverr to design you a logo (also relatively controversial among the design community, but whatever).
Down the road, investing a substantial amount in a logo ($500 - $2k) can be very wise, but that's when your business becomes strongly credible and really has momentum.
No clue about free honestly, but Fiverr.com is a good place to start in finding someone to do something affordable, at least until you get off the ground.
When in doubt - do it professionally. Your clients will thank you for it in the end and the difference between a professionally designed logo and a cheap 5 $ one is like night and day. Your logo defines your company and like anything else, its al about presentation - do you show up to a meeting in 5$ suit? So why would you give someone a business card with a 5$ logo on it? If you need help, Im always available for consultation and advice. 914 920 9828
I wouldn't hire a designer to build the foundation on my house and I wouldn't hire a contractor to design the face of my company.
That being said would you trust a free accountant with your yearly taxes? I wouldn't. Why? Because my company is my baby and I would only ever want true professionals to work on it.
You get what you pay for in this world. If your not going to invest in your own company why would someone invest in yours. Great entrepreneurs hire experts to execute on the work they are not efficient in. We do this so we can focus on what we do best.
Remember that your logo will not just be on your website but on all your marketing materials tied to your brand. Do it right the first time and you wont be reinvesting time and money again in the future to redo all you materials the second time.
Agreed! Even a student designer or a low cost pro would be a better option. The logos put out by 99designs and other crowd sourcing sites prey on young designers desperate for work or a foot in the door. They take all of the designs submitted and don't pay them for any of that hard work unless they "win" the job. As foolish as they are to willingly sign up for that, it is still ethically wrong to perpetuate the practice by paying the company to start a contest for your business.
On the other hand, if you go with a service that simply produces logo shapes with your text on them, you are going to get about what that sounds like. Generic, low quality.
The purpose of a logo is to communicate a message. Make your message clear, concise, and vital to your customer's perception of you.
Best of luck.
I'm always available. Wink wink. (0;
Here are some options:
Create a Logo Online | FreeLogoServices.com
LogoSnap.com - Business Logo Designs and Free Logo ...
And these folks post your job for designers to offer graphic work for you to review and select as you like at a price you set: http://contests.designcrowd.com/
Agreed. Creating your own logo may take some time ,but you can start simple (text only) it will personalize and professionalize your business. Having a unique, consistent, look that will stick in potential customer's minds is important, but not critical for starting. Free logos:mostly junk, but you could simply search for some clip art that strikes your fancy and add some text in a nice font or modify some vectored clip art o get started - you can always change it, but it's nice to start with something you can use forever - IDENTITY is important from a marketing standpoint!!. I am one of those creative folks who is for hire and I love helping start new businesses. I've been designing success with ink and pixels for over 30 years! But, heck, It took me many years to finally decide what to I wanted and to make the time to create something unique, memorable and timeless. Peek at my portfolios (right side links) for some free ideas . . . dayledesigns.biz
Have a great day and good luck with the new biz!!! I know it takes a lot of work and time to get started.
Yes but why would you after all you have a vision an off the shelf logo or in this case brand just aint gonna fit if you have an idea in mind get an art worker to get you a polished visual but but in all honesty listen to Sarah Johs and hire a designer that has a track record of brand design and development it may be a pinch on the purse but it will be worth it hope this helps
You can try posting your inquiry on fiverr.com, where people will do anything for $5, believe it or not. 99designs.com is another crowdsourcing site where you can find low-cost creative.
A unique logo requires a talented art director to convey your company and that costs money. So you will have to spend. Perhaps, for now, go with a nice type treatment. But you can see what you'll get for a little bit of money on those other sites.
I am sorry but I am not for the use of free logos. For me a logo must reflect what You feel about your product or services and must transmit that feeling to your potential customers. Try to find a starter in the adverstising sector or work with a artistic school as a business case for them.
Dear Marlena, your concern/question/request is confusing enough already and 32 responses added to the confusion. I will put it as I perceived it from my POV.
1. There are no free lunches anywhere in the human environment, forget free!
2. If you consider yourself as 'Creative' you should always have a way out for it.
3. Any hired professional, however committed and talented he or she might be, would fail short of your expectation of ‘unique’ as you are creative.
Moral of the story – take out some time daily, say 20 minutes, and design your logo as you would like it to be. It’s more about the honesty and intent that goes in the design and it could get an aesthetic graphical touch by a professional eventually, if required. Besides there is no harm in sending the message about the nascent stage of your enterprise through evolving logo, I believe! All the best and way to go...!
PS - Here's a link to get some inspiration... http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234978?newsletter=true
It's very unprofessional in a business forum for laymen to express their "opinions" when there are right and wrong answers that all professionals know.
Design BA diplomas, after all, are not handed out based on opinions and have a higher failure rate than law and med school. And it's not for reasons of lacking "talent", but almost always failure to understand the curriculum.
People here saying they are happy with their crowd sourced $5 dollar logos are in not offering a professional evaluation of the value they received. They have not by some miracle acquired the knowledge of a design BA without putting in the years of college education and as result they are in no way capable of evaluating logos - what they like and dislike is a moot point.
Which brings me to a big reason why crowd sourced logos are a bad idea. They lack one of the most critical aspects of working with a professional - guidance through the decision process.
But more to the point, while I admit there are odd exceptions, crowd sourced logos are very seldom good work and are extremely high risk. The odds of originality are almost non-existent and the number of infringement law suites is sky rocketing, along with stories like these:
and this one purchased from 99 Designs http://www.logothief.com/2013/cerebra-picks-rolandos-brain/
Before I start listing out a few sites, are you looking for graphics (high or low resolution) or vector (make any size you want without it getting fuzzy) images? What programs do you have to work with to do any modifications to the images (resolution, size, colors, etc.)? And lastly, what will you be using the logo on (biz card, stationery, brochures, web)? I have some great resource sites that I can personally vouch for, but I want to make sure how you can use them to give you the best sites for your needs and budget. Some are as low as $1 for a download, some are up to $35. Brenda
My opinion and please don't take this personally however as a creative I believe you logo should stand out from anyone else. It's expected that the line of work we are in is reflected by how we portray ourselves to prospective clients.
So I say! create your own logo.
Branding is only costly if you don't know what it is you want.
Once you are clear on your goal and have a single minded focus about who you are, what you do, who you help and why you are so passionate about it, then you can brief almost anyone (cheap or expensive) to develop your logo.
For example, the Twitter logo was a $5 clip art, Coco-Cola logo was hand written by the founders accountant. Although both have developed over the years, their essence remains the same.
Your time is valuable, so spend it wisely. Focus on your brand purpose and all of the points above (who, what, how, why) then write a precise brief so when you do get your logo done, you have exactly what you need first time - far less time and money wasted.
I use logotournament. for $150 you get a global competition submitting designs. Pick the one you like and you own it.
Logos are a representation of your brand. They are not to be use or created lightly.
I would recommend hiring a service to do this. In our company, we created our logo in-house as we were the one's who know our brand best and we have some capabilities to design.
Keep in mind--logos do not have to be complicated. They do not have to be technically developed -- though they do need to convey you and your business clearly.
The wrong logo can give people the wrong impression first. The right logo can engrave your company brand clearly in the minds of those who you wish to reach...and that is the point.
I am happy to help toss around ideas anytime.
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