Whilst small in size, the significance of logo design should not be overlooked as its impact can be incredibly vast. A logo is the first point of recognition between customer and brand, making it essential for promoting your business and the cornerstone of your brand identity.
So, what is the role of a logo? It’s primary purpose is for identification. The overarching aim is to identify a logo with its specific brand in just one look. Logos are the symbol that consumers use to recognise your brand, so it’s crucial your logo conveys a clear message and that this message is differentiated from competitors. If well designed, a logo can raise your credibility above competitors and sway consumer interest towards your brand.
The key to a successful logo is making it synonymous with brand identity, the shape and colour of the logo must directly correlate with the brand it represents. The stronger this link is, the better the logo defines the personality of your brand and the clearer your overall message.
There are 5 other factors that must be incorporated into great logo design, we believe these are:
Whilst it can be tempting to overcomplicate the design and typeface of your logo, this will only confuse the intended audience further. A logo’s success lies in its simplicity.
Of the top 100 most prosperous firms, nearly all their logos use a maximum of only two colours and utilise a basic shape design. Making a logo more complicated only makes it less useful. This is counterproductive as it misleads consumers, and they have to work harder to identify what the logo signifies. This lack of clarity can lead consumers to switch to a more comprehensible brand.
A logo needs to clearly and quickly convey the brand’s message. For this to be effective, it should only focus on the best 3 traits that the brand wants consumers to associate with it. For example, this may be sustainability, quality, and fun. By keeping the message diluted, the consumers get a much clearer image of what the brand stands for and why they would be interested.
Focusing on simplicity can provide more attention to important details such as lines and shapes, leading to a higher quality of execution that will raise your logo above the rest.
We have established that a logo is the cornerstone of your brand identity, so it is crucial that this is unique and cannot be mistaken for a competing brand. There is no greater error than creating a logo that looks too similar to another brand, as this will instantly cause confusion for the consumer and will simply not be remembered.
It is absolutely key that your logo is not only different to your competitors, but also highlights the benefits of choosing your brand over theirs. It should represent the aspects of your business that stand out. A great logo will be able to reflect who your brand is, whilst simultaneously distinguishing you from everyone else.
It is vital that the logo is not inconsistent with your brand identity, or its field of operation.
Through years of signification, people have grown to identity certain colours and certain symbols with specific traits. For example, green as synonymous with the environment and therefore representative of sustainability. In order to capitalise on this, these predetermined associations can be used to quickly direct consumers to what your brand represents.
Research is key here as these associations can differ between different countries and cultures. Colour is not the only important factor either, the type face must also match the audience that your brand wishes to reach.
A coherent logo is one that inherently embodies your brand identity, allowing your audience to subconsciously register what it stands for without having to put in extra work.
Consumers are confronted with an onslaught of logos on a hourly basis, so your company has a limited amount of time to make a desirable impression. Logos have an advantage over words as consumers immediately recognise shapes, so having a very memorable logo can speed up this process even more.
For this to happen effectively, a logo needs to be instantly recognisable and distinct. With millions of brands on the market, a logo must be unique and quirky whilst simultaneously representing your specific brand identity. It is important to have a thorough awareness of the compatible landscape in order to make your logo stand out to competitors.
Colour schemes play a large part in memory recognition, so it is important that the logo is designed with a great colour choice in mind. It can also be interesting to do something a bit different, like utilising negative space, to really catch the consumers’ attention.
Last, but certainly not least is scalability. It is essential that logos look as good on a business card as on a billboard. This means the logo must be just as effective whether it is very small, or unbelievably large. For a logo to scale well it must refer to point 1 and be simple and it must also be thoroughly tested. It is essential to try your logo on mock-ups to ensure legibility from a distance. This will also guarantee that the logo looks effective no matter what material, or colour background it is placed on.
Likewise, different variants of logos for different sizes can be a useful tool, especially if the logo will be used frequently on social media, or anywhere else that requires particularly small dimensions. This makes sure that your logo will look its best at any size and anywhere it’s used.
TC Marketing – logo design Brighton
At TC Marketing we focus on logo design that ticks all 5 of these boxes and will stand the test of time. TC marketing specialises in custom-tailored logo design in Brighton, combining typography, icons, and colours to create a distinct logo that resonates with your target audience. We spend time understanding the core of your brand identity so we can translate this into the perfect logo to represent your service or product.