The cheapest route with an experienced designer is the one with the best communication between you and the designer. Set up a relationship, build a strong creative brief between you and the designer, and give them feedback when asked.
I've found the most expensive logos were ones I designed for clients who weren't really serious in communicating with the designer in a timely fashion and or had hundreds of changes along the way. The "least expensive' logos were ones I created where the client was an active participant in the process.
In the end, you're buying our time regardless of our experience. Use it efficiently and you'll spend less...
Thank you so much for all of your suggestions and advice.
In the end, we decided to use fiver.com and the finished product is currently displayed as my profile picture. Let me know what you think :)
I would also like to apologies for not responding to those of you that offered your advice. I've been in process of growing my new business, coupled with writing a book (which I'm glad to report is now finished and online with Amazon) and I've made the classic mistake, which I'm sure some of you can relate to, of trying to juggle too many balls at the same time...LOL!
As a thank you, I would like to offer all of you a free copy of my book, which you can download from Amazon for FREE from today 29/01/2013 until Friday 01/02/2013.
US - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AY0H1AI
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AY0H1AI
ES - https://www.amazon.es/dp/B00AY0H1AI
Thanks for your help once again, and I look forward to sharing ideas with you all again soon!
Try freelancer.com. There is some great designers on their.
Check fiverr, odesk, or elancer they have a range of ideas and budgets.
Hey James. You could try the freelancer sites. But I am not sure how reliable they are. Check out http://www.integrawebservices.com/website-design-services.html
Their design services are pretty good. And they can offer you a custom quote. Cheers!
If your budget is tighter than that, I recommend contacting local colleges for interns.
I've used logotournament.com a couple times (one for myself) and found the number of quality results amazing. $300 and one week is all it takes to get a unique logo you'll be proud of. Here are some tips I learned from doing it: Rate your project proposals daily so other designers can see your likes/dislikes - feel free to message any designer with tweaks (they are very receptive to it) - request your logo be accompanied with a stamp logo to use in social media - (lastly) ask for your logo as a .pdf if you don't have photo editing software. Best of luck!
I have about 15 years of experience working in an Art Dept at a large publishing house. Would be willing to try to work within your budget.
I have a graphic designer with 23 years experience. We would be happy to take a look at what you need, for no charge. We are in the marketing/promotional products business. Be careful what design you choose. Some look fantastic in print but when try to put it on a Tee Shirt or a hat or something, it either spent work well or it is very expensive because of complicated detail or too many colors.