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I would really like to get a logo which will be used on my website, business cards and cd sleeves etc.
I don't have the skills to do this myself. There are a number of companies advertising logo design on the web and here on epz. Have any of you used a logo design company and feel able to recommend anyone in particular? Or are there any pitfalls I should be aware of - e.g. hidden costs etc?
Thanks for reading and all advice gratefully received.
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Drop Paul a line, I'm sure he will point you in the right diresction
Before you pay why not ask if anyone on epz could help out...
There are plenty of creative people on here
ONe thing that I would check if you go with a "cheap" company (or any company) is that you
a) will own the copyright for the logo (or at least full reproduction permissions) so that you can put it on all manner of marketing material in the future. For example vistaprint will do it for you so that you can order their cards and their headed paper etc. however when I have asked them (on behalf of a friend) in the past about other uses (say taking the logo an putting it on a poster I have designed for that friend) they were a lot more cagy about the permissions that I would have. Although in theory your are commissioning the logo, the cheaper options tend to have a lot of strings atached
b) can you get the logo in a "vector" format. If they will only provide a med - large jpeg then this will be fine for business cards and/or stationary and a website. however it will be more difficult to take a 1000px X 1000px jpeg and make large enough for printing on the side of a van for example. If in the future you ever require something much larger (think building signs and massive posters) then you may have to get someone to "reverse engineer it" which can prove expensive (and possibly prohibited by the original copyright)
http://www.pointwentyfive.com/ Try this guy he is working on a logo for me, he works freelance for some top London advertising agencies but takes personal work email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some good points raised above. In all likelihood you won't have a problem with permissions for reproducing how you see fit with a reputable company or individual as they probably wouldn't care - but they may wish to try and quote you for your repro requirements to make a little extra if possible.
Getting scalable vector graphics of the logo is definitely preferable so you can increase the output size whenever the situation arises. Vector graphics tend to be smaller in file size but that said, if you wanted anything photographic [say a flower] incorporated within your logo, the designer would need to embed this image within the Vector ... this may take the overall file size up depending on how big the image needed to be.
Also discuss with your designer about looking into spot colour, CMYK and mono reproduction and get them to supply the associated logos for your needs too. If you look at producing your business cards and stationery using traditional litho printing methods, then the number of colours used in your logo will likely impact on price as each becomes a printing plate and has a cost associated with it. 1 or 2 spot colour logos will be cheaper than 3, 4 or even more using this method.
If you are planning on using an online business card printing company then this shouldn't be an issue as they probably use CMYK [4 colour] digital printing anyway.
Hope this helps!!!
Hope you are all sorted now Sue?
I use Fiverr for all my logo's, although you do have to go through a lot of the sellers to find the very good ones just looking to build up a portfolio rather than just using crap automated software as a lot of them do. Seldom do I end up with something crap but it does happen, but then we are only talking about $5
Thanks for all the helpful replies! I'm now sorted and delighted with my logo!
Epz pointed me in the direction of a very talented, friendly, helpful graphic designer! Thanks to everyone, but especially Paul
You are very welcome Sue, my pleasure x
lets have a look at the logo then
... not my place big guy I am sure you will able to see it when Sue gets her website sorted though!!!
will keep an eye out for it
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