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10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by erad(m): 1:16pm On May 04, 2019


The service of a logo designer is more important to a start-up if it wants to make a solid beginning in the target market. Picking an efficient and experienced designer to create your start-up logo is crucial to give your new business a good image amongst your audience. Such a designer knows the psychology of colours, fonts, and other elements to create a memorable logo. Only such a logo can engage your target audience with your new business.


Top 10 Tips To Hire A logo Designer For Startup Business

01. Hiring A Friend
You may have a cousin, niece or friend of a friend with a decent amount of skill in graphic design. But this isn’t the same thing as being a professional in the field of logo design or web design. Choosing a friend to create your logo may seem like both the most economical and the most comfortable option. But you’ll pay for it in the long run.



The process of creating the “perfect” logo strain the relationship with the friend or family member doing the work for you. But the cost of a much-needed rebranding effort a couple years down the road could be astronomical. Business Insider recommends seeking out professional designers through established design platforms rather than the grapevine.

02. Overdoing It
There comes a time when you need to let go of the logo designing process and let your new logo ideas & inspiration fly. It’s easy to spend months nitpicking every aspect of the design. This process should be undertaken with the utmost care considering the importance of a logo in your business image. But going in circles can actually end up taking the “streamlining” process too far. It can even ruin what could have been a great design.



03. Not Knowing What You Want
It is up to the designer to translate your brand image into a single highly flexible piece of design. Still, you need to do your part to make their job easier. Figure out the kind of company values you want to portray through your logo.



You should also have a colour scheme in mind if possible. Any ideas you have about the design should be discussed with a logo designer to ensure the designer has the style you’re looking for. This is essential to creating a logo and brand identity.

04. Don’t Choose Your Own Typeface
It’s easy to get attached to a font. There are already hundreds of fonts all over the Internet. However, Creative Blog reminds us that typefaces evoke a certain ambience and image, so the selection should be primarily up to the designer.



But make sure that the fonts you choose for your logo are not different from the fonts you already have on your website design or online brochure design. This is an important step to take for brand consistency.

05. Not Getting Details
When you look through the portfolio of a designer, it’s not good to take everything at face value. When reviewing a designer’s portfolio, make sure you ask the designer about the role he/she plays with an agency and large-scale projects.

For example, a designer’s portfolio or bio-data reveals an impressive list of work with Sony or Samsung. But if that work was literally slapping their pre-existing logos onto a photo was chosen by the graphic design marketing director, that doesn’t show a lot of skill.



After portfolios have been sent, questions have been asked and review is underway, it’s a matter of looking over the portfolio carefully to avoid other possible pitfalls.

06. Everything Looks The Same
The first portfolio pitfall is over-consistency. Thankfully, it’s easy to pick out. If you find a portfolio of logos that are almost all circles or rectangles, always use the same set of typefaces or the same colour palette, move on to the next option.



07. No Consistency
Too much of the same thing can ruin a good portfolio. If in the portfolio, the quality and styling of designs vary too dramatically from one piece to the next; this denotes a lack of understanding of composition, the design process. If the portfolio has every logo having a new experiment in layer styling, you want to look for someone else.



08. Colour Choice Seem Off
Colour has meaning! Especially in logo design, colour choice is the key to evoking the desired emotion and ambience. Such a colour choice helps target the audience. According to Smashing Magazine, warm colours evoke passion and energy, while cool colours are relaxing and create a sense of trustworthiness. If your prospective logo designer is using colour choices that seem wrong to you, they probably lack the knowledge of colour theory you need to succeed. Try the next candidate.



Remember that choice of the right colours is important not just to create a logo, but all graphic designs. Even when you need a brochure design or a social media page design, a perfect selection of colours matters a lot.

09. The Wrong File Formats
JPEGs and PNGs are nice, but you should also have your logo in a vectored EPS format. This file format can be scaled up infinitely to place your logo on everything from business cards to billboards. Ask your designer what formats they offer before you get started; you can even ask for them to be listed in your contract.



10. Dated Designs Everywhere
Logo designers, more than anyone else, need to be up to date with all the newest trends. Even they should be able to foresee which trends will hang on and which will fall by the graphic design wayside. An updated logo will make your business look good in your niche market and amid your audience.

When it comes to business, especially start-ups, your brand’s credibility is everything. Don’t let poor logo design ruin your brand image. Make sure the face of your start-up is the face you want by choosing a pro that works for you.



Conclusion
To choose a right logo designer, first know what precisely you want from your logo. The style, choice of colours, brand message etc must be clear to you. Then, evaluate different design portfolio and pick the one that has quality design work with great consistency, right colour choices etc.



Source:
https://www.designhill.com/design-blog/critical-mistakes-to-avoid-when-choosing-a-logo-designer-for-your-startup/

For Nairaland designers' logo portfolio... Also check:
https://www.nairaland.com/5076709/nairaland-portfolio-logo-designers-2019

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Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by erad(m): 1:32pm On May 04, 2019
Also...

Try to make sure 'cost' doesn't push you into the hands of mediocres.
Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
If you can't afford a good designer at the moment,
be patient and save up rather than rushing to get any logo design anyhow by any means.
A bad identity can ruin any start-up before it even kick-starts.

Be aware.

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Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by lanre88(m): 1:35pm On May 04, 2019
wink
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by abujacomputertu: 1:38pm On May 04, 2019
Thanks.
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by Harrymig1(m): 1:44pm On May 04, 2019
Educative. Thank you

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Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by chudez0147(m): 1:45pm On May 04, 2019
Noted
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by momodub: 1:49pm On May 04, 2019
Nice one
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by MyGeneration(m): 2:02pm On May 04, 2019
The worst mistaken u can make is hiring a friend
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by lanrock(m): 2:42pm On May 04, 2019
Nice info
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by olaolaking(m): 2:53pm On May 04, 2019
@ erad , your first point is not true. So if my friend is an expert in logo designing, I should give it to a lower person because the best person is a friend?
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by aktem(m): 3:00pm On May 04, 2019
emsco:
I need a logo designer to help me work on something..Lagos base only.

https://www.nairaland.com/5152635/gallant-graphics-branding-recent-designs

https://www.behance.net/gallantaki106b

Check these links for my recent logo/branding designs.
I reside in lagos.
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by wman(m): 3:13pm On May 04, 2019
Logos are overhyped. Run a good business and your logo will make waves.

Too many entrepreneurs focus on logos instead of what they have to offer.

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Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by ponti93(m): 5:04pm On May 04, 2019
You realize that a logo is worth nothing without the brand carrying it... The beauty or ugliness of a logo doesnt matter as long as the company that has it makes name for itself...

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Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by JerryLegend(m): 8:04pm On May 04, 2019
Yeah branding is essential
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by pacespot(m): 11:58pm On May 04, 2019
cool, thanks for this info
Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by MyExpression(m): 1:44am On May 05, 2019
saintade01:
Why not choose right with us wink

Your logo looks poor....the shadow on Branding Brands is off, some colours are too colourful and unfitting, some write ups are not visible cos ur using white font on bright blue background....


Bro, ur company needs a good logo designer.

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Re: 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Logo Designer For Your Startup by Victoreal: 2:10pm On May 06, 2019
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