Questions about symbols or marks as used for corporate identification, identity, and branding.

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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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How to completely remove the background from an image?

I have an image (a logo) that was on a black background. I have used Photoshop's (CS5) Background Eraser Tool to remove the background. This is great except that there are black (well grey/black) ...
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Is it plagiarism if my logo looks similar to an existing one?

I'm designing a logo inspired by the MDN logo. My logo (inside the green zone) has nothing to do with the "dinosaur" logo of Mozilla. So the question is about the frame and the arrangement of the ...
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Why do some logos look.. old? How does design age?

This drives me crazy. What makes design look old? How subjective is this? Who decides? Look at this Bell logo: It's from 1969. And boy, does it look that way. It's simple and minimal, but.. it ...
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Why was my experience with a logo contest so miserable?

I'm starting out as a freelance designer (and no job experience at any company before) and I decided to join "contests" held by freelancer.com's users. I've joined several of them already and I can ...
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How can I design a simple logo without any prior skill in graphic design?

I want to create a simple logo, but I have no skills or experience in graphic design. Although I'm familiar with GIMP, I'm not sure how to get started. A text-logo would suffice, but it should be ...
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What methods can I use to create balance and consistency between a group of differing logos?

A regular challenge that I face is balancing two (or more) logos. Whether they need to be equal or one needs to be given priority. Some logos however might be squares, others rectangles, circles, ...
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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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How to isolate the text from a bitmap logo?

I have been given a logo from a client that they want me to 'extract' or 'cut' the text out of and use just the text with a transparent background to fit with the design ethos of their marketing. ...
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Designing around an awful logo

I'm looking for some opinions on how to approach an interesting problem I've encounted. I dabble in UX/graphic design, specifically for the web. Mostly static sites. I do this all on my own time as ...
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Learning Logo Design

What are the good logo design learning resources (books, sites)? How can I learn logo design more in depth? What are some good instructional resources for learning logo design? This question is not ...
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What causes the effect in the Sonos logo?

Below is the new Sonos logo. When you scroll up and down with the image on screen, it looks like sound waves are pulsing outward. What causes this effect to occur?
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How to explain to a client that their logo is incredibly poor

What is the best way to explain to a client that their logo is incredibly poor and amateurish when they seem to like it? They want to spend a fair bit of time and money developing new ...
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Kerning Feedback

I'm currently looking at a new font for a logo and I'm having some issues with the kerning of our lettering. I've search the web for guidance on kerning, in particular when using double lowercase ...
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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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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 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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How can achieve a similar appearance using the gradient tool on illustrator? [closed]

I already know how to create the spacing using the gradient tool. However the center image seems integrated with the spacing and not just sitting in the background.
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Name for style of text logo where two colours overlap imperfectly?

I've seen a bunch of these - often with similar colour palettes of red with blue/green/turquoise. There are two overlapping copies of the design in two solid colours, which are almost (but not quite) ...
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How do I make this 'folded text' logo in Photoshop? [closed]

How can I make this logo in Photoshop? Please teach me how its possible, or give me a hint what to search for to find tutorials for similar results. Thank you.
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What technical/objective qualities do good logos have?

What objective (that is, not aesthetic) qualities should (almost) every logo have, that should you take into account when designing a logo or ask for when hiring someone to create a logo for you and ...
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How can I curve a design I made to make it perfectly match the curve of a circle?

I would like to make a logo that has two simplified branches of barley that mirror each other and curve to a perfectly circular shape, like the following from http://culination.co: I have tried to ...
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What's the difference between a logo and branding?

Are they the same thing? Or does branding = logo + colour palette + typeface? Edit: Just to highlight that I asked about 'branding' - which I definitely hear used to mean solely visual elements - ...
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Which should be designed first: logo or website?

I am about to ask someone to create a website design for me but I am not sure if the website should drive the logo design or the logo drive the website design. Should I have a logo design first or ...
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Critique: Tritium software logo design

I am looking for a review for a logo that is going to be shipped with a project of mine. I wanted to keep it simple and clean, with a high level of appeal so that no one will really dislike the ...
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Image search engine, but for logos / How do you spot plagiarized logos?

Is there such a thing? A search engine where you're able to upload an image with a logo, and you get results of sites that are using that logo :) I tried Googles image search: ...
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Is there any service where you can check your designed logo against trademarked logos?

Say if I design a logo, there is the chance that it may be to similar to that of a trademarked logo already out there. Are there any services that help with this? This could be done through research, ...
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My web logo looks pixelated after resizing

I am trying to resize my logo for the web but so far I have not been seeing the result that I want to. It was in a vector format first (AI) and then it was converted to PSD. I then used the image ...
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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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Guidelines for logos using multiple typefaces

I was wondering there were any helpful guidelines and/or tips for designing logos with multiple fonts. It seems to be a dangerous area to enter into, but can lead to some great results. Often times ...
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What file type should I use for a logo when exporting from Adobe Illustrator?

I'm a fine artist, new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm in the process of designing a logo for a company using Illustrator. What type of file should I send them when all is completed, so they can use this ...
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Photoshop Layer -> SVG [duplicate]

I've got PSD file with vector logo (smart object). I need to save it as SVG for website use. I don't see such option directly in Photoshop though. Can anyone shed some light on the process? Is it ...
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Critique Request: CAD drafting contractor logo

I think I have convinced a client to allow me to redesign this logo as part of redesigning his website: A few pertinent pieces of input from my client: He really likes the grid layout in the ...
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Are new brand names/logos typically trademarked, and what are the most common reasons for doing so?

I've been doing some preliminary reading on trademark law, and I see that a trademark with the USPTO isn't necessary to defend the uniqueness of your new brand name or log in court. The USPTO gives ...
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Preserving font type in illustrator SVG file

Hi I am new to illustrator and created an image that uses "Skia-Regular" font. But when I save that image in .svg format, it changes the font type. And when I open the .svg format file in browser the ...
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How do I get proportions of the sock in my logo right?

I am working on a logo for a sock business. My current result is: As you may notice the proportions of the abstracted sock are quite awful. Do you have an idea what I could do to make this better? ...
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Pointillism? Mosaic? Vector Bokeh? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this effect and what would be the best way to achieve it in Photoshop or Illustrator in terms of filling a different vector shape with a similar distribution of rainbow circles? ...
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logo with color gradient how to do this?

I would like to do the below color gradiant: Does anyone know how to approach this? I have searched but don't know the right way to name this effect. I'd prefer making this effect in Adobe ...
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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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Creating negative company logos?

Is it standard practice to create negative copies of a companies logo if they don't provide one. I'm asking as I'm creating a website which will have a companies page where I would like to list the ...
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Can I revise a poor logo without infringing on copyright? (Canada)

I've been approached by a new client because they are unsatisfied with the logo that was done for them. However, they want to keep the colors and the design... My guess is the problem is in the ...
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How can I give a logo a sticker effect?

I'm new to graphic design and have started to use Adobe Illustrator. I was wondering if someone can tell me how to make the sticker pop up art like the Gowalla logo. Below is the logo that I'm ...
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Can a co-founder/client claim ownership of designs if IP wasn't specifically signed over?

I have never done this before so bear with me. I am a Graphic Designer who started a business 3 years ago with a woman. We created and designed the whole 'program' together. Since the inception of ...
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Can I use OS fonts in logos?

When I design a logo, can I use a font that was included in my OS? That I downloaded for free? I'm perhaps less concerned with wordmarks than with other types of logos.
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Critique Request: Very Generalized Catering Logo

Update: First Try: I used the advice here and went back to the drawing board, wracking my brain for some creativity with this name and developed: A "C" icon representing (hopefully) a borderline ...
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How dissimilar to an existing logo should mine be to avoid copyright issues? [duplicate]

Thinking about starting up a small clothing company with the symbol below: But after surfing the web I discovered Nike's undefeated symbol. Will my design cause copyright issues? How dissimilar ...
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Where is the Live Trace function in Adobe Illustrator CC?

I want to change the color of this MailChimp logo (png file) in Adobe Illustrator CC. I've looked in Adobe Forums and Youtube, all mentioned Live Trace, but I don't have that option in Object on the ...
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Critique: Which of these logos best suits a custom rap song website?

Rappacy is a company that makes custom Rap songs to their clients, so the main principles on the logo would be: SOUND: Represented by the headphones and the microphone CREATION: Represented by the ...
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Can this design be considered as a banner?

EDIT Thanks for your answers, they're all pertinent to the question I've asked. However, it's not really what I've been expecting, i.e. it's not the right question I've asked ! Can you tell ...
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How can I provide better direction for how I want my logo to look?

I want a logo that really jumps out at you. I am much less interested in brand identity etc. I just want it to be memorable. It also has to be the centerpiece around which I will "wrap" my trucks. ...