WHAT MAKES A GOOD LOGO?
What makes a good logo: 7 answers you can use straight away.
When we see the yellow letter "M" against a red background,
we all instantly know what it stands for.
Such is a the power of a logo. The main reason for having a logo
is to create and reinforce your brand identity. It represents the
'face' of your business and is distinctive enough to separate you
from your competition. It may be the spirit of your company.
Clients and prospects must see it and recognize your business straight
away say "Oh that's Marketstorm, or McDonalds, or Placemakers."
It can also convey - literally in an instant - what your business
does, or what it is like. (E.g fast, modern, traditional, environmentally-friendly,
But mostly it's your identity - so what makes a good logo?
1. A good logo is easy to read and comprehend. It
looks good on everything from a business card to a humungous billboard.
Technically speaking most logos have a simple font, no more than
two colours and are a rectanglar in shape - square logos are difficult to use.
2. A good logo is well-coordinated. It uses a supporting
mark and strap line to add to the logo, expanding its potential.
Does your business have this?
The parts of a logo to consider are 1) a mark 2) a company name
and 3) possibly a strapline.
Each part supports the other. For example McDonalds has the mark
of the golden arches, the name McDonalds and the current strap line
of "Its Mactime now".
Effective, memorable, easy to read, and identifiable (in any country).
The perfect logo? I think it's getting close.
3. A good logo can be adapted for use across all media
effectively and remain distinct and recognizable.
Your logo will be applied in countless different ways - from letterhead
to tee-shirts, truck livery to packaging, invoices or on-site signage,
print ads to Powerpoint presentations.
A good logo is consistent across the whole company. Will it work
everywhere? Or is it a tricky piece of artwork that is difficult
to use, or is so bland it gets lost when used?
4. A good logo utilizes a simple font that is easy
to read and duplicate. If it's distinctive enough, the public will
associate the font with your company. (You could recognise the McDonald's
"M" font, even without any colour).
5. As a general rule, two colours is enough for your
logo. It all comes down to expense, especially when reproducing
your logo on business cards, letterheads and other forms of printing.
It's not a worthwhile business expense to spend money on more than
two colours, as you will not see any return on your investment.
ASB bank - grey and yellow
All Blacks - black and white
Coke - red and white
Can you add to this list
6. Rectangular shapes work best, because our eyes find it
easier to look at rectangles than squares. Rectangles also work
better on the web and TV, so why not start from a winning position.
7. Don't go changin'! For some reason, companies often have
a myriad of different versions of their logo that barely resemble
This is poor marketing strategy; it confuses the consumer (who
prefers consistency) and your logo loses impact. Unless your logo
looks dreadfully outdated, or no longer reflects well on your business,
avoid changing or updating it.
To ensure your logo will have enduring and 'timeless' appeal, employ
a professional graphic designer. This initial investment will save
you money in the long-term.
Not sure about your current logo? Think there could be room for
improvement? Call Marketstorm for an obligation-free assessment
of your logo.
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