Questions about corporate design, visual identify and/or branding. Use this tag if your question involves a logo in some way.

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How can I create perfect “radio waves” (concentric arcs of a circle)?

I suck at illustrator, so this is a huge leap in my ability. I'm trying to draw a radio tower, but I want everything in the vector to be as perfect as possible. I want some waves to come off of the ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on the text of a logo and not the catchyness of the logo itself?

Ok, so I have been looking at a lot of logos recently, all done by graphic designers. And in the majority of them, the only thing they have is a name or some "basic" text. I thought the idea behind a ...
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Keep minium distance of 1px when resizing logo

I am currently doing some work for one of my sites, for which among other things I am designing a logo. The logo partly consists of a few squares, which are aligned directly next to each other and ...
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Need Guidance for Color Profile Settings in Illustrator

What is the best color profile to start with in Illustrator when designing a Logo that will be used for web and for print? Do you need to work on them in two different files, one with CMYK profile and ...
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Make the logo smaller without being blurry

How can i get a small version of my logo? Like a favicon. I tryed but it results blurry! Which is the best way to get my logo really small? Do you have any tutorial for this? Thanks
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How to ensure scalability of logo design?

How can I make my logo suitable for all purposes, from webpages to very large printed banners? I currently use use Photoshop.
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Features of a good logo for a smartphone app

I can design but I am new to the "phone app" world. How do I make an awesome logo for this smartphone-app job? I am looking for a "To Do" list, please.
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How to shrink vector object without distoring it in Illustrator?

I always bump into this problem of distorting a logo when I shrink it in illustrator. I have expanded the object and converted all outlines. I tried 'simplify' and 'clean up' the anchor points, and ...
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Which program to use for a 3D logo

I am starting to develop a logo, but I want to know the best medium to work with. The size of the logo should never have to exceed 500 x 500 pixels, so I'm not sure if that should be taken into ...
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Best practices for exporting images from vector / eps artwork

I'm taking my first steps into the waters of vector design, designing a simple logo (in 'Sketch' for mac - an illustrator alternative). This went well until it came time to export the artwork for a ...
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Logo looking fuzzy on smaller sizes

I created my logo in Adobe Illustrator and i'm happy espect that when i need it smaller, it looks pretty ugly and fuzzy. Like pixels are getting squeezed. Here is a screenshot of the original on the ...
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Website logo alteration/modification/addition [closed]

We are going to reach 10 million users on our site quickly. We were hoping to honor that achievement by adding something to the logo that nods to it. Like a badge '10 million users' added to our site ...
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Different Logo Colors for Different Uses, Appropriate?

I am finalizing the last step of my logo redesign process. Is it ok not to have a regular color when presenting my logo? I am thinking about having a defined list of colors for different use cases ...
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How can I improve a poor quality scan/photo of an ink signature on paper?

I am trying to "transfer" my signature from paper to the computer. Here is the procedure I followed, yes you may laugh, I know it. My question is, is it possible instead of the hard lines I got to ...
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How to portray 'lifestyle' in an app logo [closed]

I'm designing logo for an application titled 'Healthy Lifestyle'. The app provides info about restaurants with healthy food, gyms, some workout instructions; basically anything to do with healthy ...
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Critique: How can I improve this realistic icon?

Programmer here, working on an app by myself. I think I'm slowly improving with my images each month, but I've never taken a course in graphics design, so there are elements of professionalism that ...
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Making a logotype “pop” off the page

I really like the look of the Launchrock logo: It's subtle, but it seems to 'pop' off the background. Being that the background is dark, I can't image that they're achieving this with a simple drop ...
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How can I produce variations of a logo automatically?

Are there any tools or online services where I can that I can feed a logo and get a series of variations using different effects? For example: A reflection effect OR a shadow effect OR depth effect. ...
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Feedback on Basic Website Logo

A friend of mine is setting up a basic English Language School and came up with his own logo combining a globe with a title and slogan. Here is the logo: I helped as much as I could being ...
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Adding outlined text to small + large logos to look good

I'm trying to add some outlined text to a product logo. I've got paint shop pro which can produce outlined text, with a variable outline line width. My images are 512x512, 114x114 and 57x57. I also ...
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How to design 3D logos like this?

How and where - (in what application Photoshop, Corel or something else) can I make a 3D design that looks like the illustrations, for example? Images from Logopond.com Thanks in advance. Best ...
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Too long name for portfolio site

I'm making a portfolio website, but I have a short first name, but a long last name! Wxxx - first name Vxx Dxx Dxxxxxxxx - last name I've started with a logo with just my first name or something ...
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Increase image resolution without increasing the image dimension on export

I'm trying to increase the PPI of my logo using Adobe Illustrator, but when I export it the image dimensions that should be 131x31 increase to 268×64. How can I fix it?
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Should a logo for an organization be presented together with the name of the organisation?

Take a look at, for example. apple.com and nike.com. These are two extremely sucessful companies that on their webpages displays their logos but no necessarily their name. That is, when going to ...
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Can i use Mrs Eaves premium font in my logo?

I have Mrs Eaves premium font. Its the same font which is used in WordPress Logo. Can i use it in my logo?. What is premium font mean?. Do i have to purchase license for each website's logo?
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how do I fix this blur issue on my text logo in photoshop

I have a logo in PS but I'm having a small issue. I see this small blur at the bottom of my logo text which i cant seem to get rid of. Zoomed in: can you see that small blur at the bottom of ...
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Creating a custom grid for a logo in Illustrator

I always wondered how to create a those custom grids like you can see on David Pache's works (http://dribbble.com/helveticbrands) and Igor Duibanov. I found out how to create a tangent to a circle ...
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Are working outlines, like the ones shown inside, a product of the workflow or added, manually, for presentational purposes?

I've seen a few images like this one, they fascinate me, but what I wonder is whether the geometric 'work-lines' are a product of the workflow (hidden masks, etc) or added, manually, for ...
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Which angles look good

A friend of mine had a poster made for his business. Here is a segment of it: I can't tell for sure, but I think the angle of the logo is not quite right... (I don't mean any pun with the ...
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What size canvas should logos be designed on?

When designing a logo is there a minimum size canvas that should be used to keep quality when it is enlarged or when reduced? Obviously the dimensions of a canvas depend on the shape of the logo, but ...
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Can Inkscape be associated to SVG as the primary tool of the trade? [closed]

I'm planning to make an icon to represent SVG. I know there are official logos, but I never saw them until I looked for them, and I don't believe many designers associate SVG to these logos. My icon ...
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Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?

Explanation (*Justified meaning they favorably add to the identity and aesthetics; i.e. we're assuming that they make perfect sense in a structural meaning.) I'm looking for technically specific ...
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How to create coloured smoke effect for logo

I'd like to recreate the effect used in this picture. How can I do this in Photoshop?
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How can I achieve a better 3D lifting effect of a logo for a website?

This is my current approach, only the shadow moves. http://tinkerbin.com/uekpe227 This is a second approach, both the shadow and the letters move. http://tinkerbin.com/LjiGDKa7 And in the last ...
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Feedback on my Company's Logo? [closed]

I just started my first high school graphic design class a couple months ago, and now I'm using Illustrator to make a logo for my software company. Info on my company: I develop applications for ...
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How to convey the idea of an “API” as an icon?

I've been assigned to design an icon (or logo) for our API (Application Programming Interface). In programming, an API allows programmers/developers to access, or "hook into" functionality located on ...
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Tools for comparing logo fonts

I'm starting with a logo design and want to know what tools are available that an quickly compare different fonts. Take the word "Google" for example how can i quickly compare how it appears using ...
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Simple way to create this 3-D pixel effect in GIMP?

It's the sad, pixelated little icon that appears when Google Chrome doesn't shut down correctly. Given a, say, off white on dark gray pixel image to use in a design, how would I get the edges of ...
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Why do logos appear on the left on the overwhelming majority of websites?

The title really says it all. I mean, is there a particular reasons for which logos have to appear at the upper-left corner and not, say, in the upper-centre? Example: all Stack Exchange sites, ...
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Meaning of logos for companies/organisations

I have been wondering , while designing a logo for an organisation/company what all should be taken into consideration and what all tools should be used. For e.g can you tell me the reason behind the ...
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Logo design - image beneath text - can it work?

I am hacking together a temporary logo for my software startup company. I have a good single-word communicative name and geometrically shaped logo. To me, the two look best when text is positioned ...
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Avoid cropping “transparent” areas when using logo

We have the following logo for a project at my school: (PDF: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13934366/M2/Grafiska/Logotyp/M2.pdf) Now, as you can see, it has a descending triangle to make it look like a ...
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Should Logotype Be Considered Part of the Heading Hierarchy?

I'm in the process of an identity design for an online magazine and I've come up with what I feel is appropriate logotype, and a heading/body copy pair that I also think work well. But when treating ...
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How to create a “glossy text” effect in Illustrator?

I need to transform my PSD logo to Illustrator, so I will re-design it there. The purpose of it is that I will print it on business cards. On Photoshop using the Marquee Tool I create a white ...
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How to replicate this die-cast metallic effect?

I'm trying to reproduce this customer's logo which they made years ago. I supposed to reproduce it in Photoshop but I can't get the effect right. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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How do I make logos look good at small sizes?

I've made my first logo in Fireworks) and it looks ok at full size but when scaled down it looks pretty bad. Is it common for designers to make separate versions for smaller sizes?
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Creating a logo for a PDF application, which symbol should I use?

I'm developing a Mac PDF application and I'm at the tedious step to study a proper fancy logo. Is it ok to use the well known Adobe symbol of PDF inside my logo? Do you know another symbol that is ...
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What is the font used in this logo?

What is the font used on this logo or any similar to it?
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Vectors: How do you deal with background 'spill' on overlapping edges?

When covering one vector shape with another; if the edges overlap, the background shape's color is used as a (distasteful looking) pseudo-anti-alias effect on the foreground shape's edge, instead of ...
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Where do I find these kind of elements and what is the font used?

My question is where I can find logo elements like the one above with similar colors? Also, what is the font used?