Eight monitors - lol!
...try putting it on the side of a supertanker. Then you'll come unstuck!
hotcomputers I like the look of your logos...they would be great for banners and business cards or even "buttons" on websites, etc....
So let say that I like one of your logos..will I be able to buy it and have exclusive rights, can the color scheme be changed? Why am I asking is that I have been thinking of changing my logo (header)on my site (1st link in signature)...
As for supertankers, let's be real guys!! ever see a supertanker close up? ever see a logo on a supertanker? ever see a non-text logo bigger than than 10ft by 10ft on a tanker?
Isn't a logo:
This thread is a microcosm of issues in the greater design world, particularly on concerns of identity.
I can't agree more wholeheartedly that logos are logos, not pretty little glyphs which might in some remote way represent something that your company might be involved in.
Choosing from pre-designed, nonexclusive packages might get you so far in business, as it gives you a quick image for business cards, etc. but when customers begin to notice that this "logo" is being used elsewhere (and even by competitors) I'd wager that you'd regret the choice.
Text integration is also key here. How will you spell out your identity and make it appear integrated (as a logo) with something like this? Any option will appear "cut and paste" unless a reworking is in order. That's not what these guys typically do. They crank out images and sell them over and over.
A logo is all about identity. It is very specific to your brand and is protected to be utilized only by your brand.
What about flexibility? As demonstrated in this thread, some don't even provide vector versions of their stock designs. To the uninitiated this means that you're stuck in printing or using said design at a size no larger than it was initially made. This is a hard concept to grasp for digital files, but everything raster (non-vector) has a limit to output. Some of these may be very (very) high, but are still limited.
This isn't "glossy eyed optimism" but hard fact. Look at any big brand. Study their logos. They're pretty unique to their markets and they're all vector graphics, done in a range of print styles from one-color to full color options. If they're not, they soon will be.
That said, no one goes into business to become mediocre. How can we expect to build without a professional image and identity?
Hire a designer. Trust me on this one... and they don't have to be expensive. Some work for less than stock image providers such as this, and I'd wager that there's a great designer in your local area.
If not, the web is full of them. The market is very competitive for designers, so if one doesn't fit your needs another surely will.
In the end, you'll get something tailored to your business and market. Something flexible and unique. Your identity will round out and begin to pay off.
Since this is a review thread, I'll share my opinion. These are all very well executed and attractive images. They are, however, not logos.
I totally agree with this comment. The graphic design profession has been decimated by those calling themselves “graphic designers” who think that it is technology-driven first. A graphic designer’s job has everything to do with thought processes and integrating the identity of the company you are designing for into a symbol that the masses can understand. In brief, a logo has to communicate what the company is all about. It is not just a pretty picture.Originally Posted by charlie
One more thing I forgot to mention. Take the Nike logo. You’d think that anyone might say “I could have designed that because it looks just like a checkmark with no thinking behind it...” Let me tell you that there must have been hours put into that logo. I read once that one of the most creative acts was to take a bunch of information about a company and condense it into one symbol. The Nike logo is so successful, and in fact, is so recognizable, that they dropped the word “Nike!” That’s how they have gained the loyalty of the masses. The message has been embedded into the consciousness of the masses...no need to explain further. To conclude: logos are about COMMUNICATION. They are not necessarily “pretty pictures”...
Regarding your logos hotcomputers, I think they would make great icons! I mean that as a compliment. You could create a library of icons and sell them.
New here and found this interesting even though it went off topic. I do have to agree with Panther and being a ecommerce business for many years we went on the hunt sometime ago for a professional logo designer. I used to make my own logos with photoshop but was never my own identity so we had ours designed along with letterhead etc etc etc. It took us weeks of revisions out of the 6 we started with too capture the content of our site. A logo identity has to tell the story of your standard website or a business you are running online, its the first thing the eye of the person browsing your site see's for the first, first impressions do mean everything. The story for our logo is we are an Aquarium Supply Store, the logo is of the Dog and fish chatting the header is the scene we created. It gives site of the beach with the star fish on right on a beach and and leads by the wave graphic to the logo of the fish in the bowl with the dog coming out of the back of the site in a bubble showing we carry pet supplies also even though we specilize in Aquatic Products.
At anyrate just wanted to throw in my 2 cents as a e-retailer for many years and give an example of a true logo design. Please refrain from coping this design, it is copy righted!!!
Not Advertising just logo shown on site:
See Logo Here>> www.aquatichobbyaquariumsupply.com
Image jpeg format, the tiff quality of this is Hi Res.
Can you give me a price on one of your created logos.
Originally Posted by hotcomputers
those are more suitable as icons.
if you created them in photoshop, they are NOT vector.