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I am just starting to teach myself how to make logos. If I want to make a logo that works with both Apple and Android apps, what software do you recommend that would help me do a logo that would be compatible on Apple and Android devices?

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To give you the answer you're looking for, most people would probably still be using Adobe Illustrator to design logos. There are some free alternatives to that and of course, Zach's answer should also be considered here as the software will not design logos by itself.

Many times a client will not know what kind of logo to ask for, so you need to be able to work with limited or vague briefing, have a good understanding of composition and spacing and be able to put things together visually before you get to the software part.

Whatever you do, make sure you use a vector-based software so the resulting artwork will allow exporting to different formats and sizes (iOS/Android apps, web, print, etc).

  • Hi Lucian. Thank you for your answer. So it looks like both of your answers are advising me to go with the Adobe Illustrator. This means if I used the software on my Mac or my PC to create a vector logo it would work for iOS and android apps, right? – hujokep12 Sep 2 '17 at 9:44
  • Yes, a logo designed in AI would work for anything you want basicly. – Lucian Sep 2 '17 at 9:44
  • Lucian, I have another question. What version of AI would you recommend that I buy? Do you have idea about the pricing? – hujokep12 Sep 2 '17 at 9:58
  • They give you a 30-day free trial of the latest AI CC version. After the trial ends, their pricing is public info and you can google that. Not sure if you can still buy any of their older versions. As Zach already mentioned, you can also use Inkscape and that's free. – Lucian Sep 2 '17 at 10:01
  • Update: the free trial runs for 7 days only. – Lucian Sep 2 '17 at 14:39
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I recommend using pen and paper. Sketch a bunch of ideas. Take about 3 that you like and try a bunch of variations of them. Eventually you should get something usable.

Then after you get something that you like, you can use whatever software you want to create a digital version of it. If you need it in vector (it's probably the most useful in vector form), Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape are your best bets. I'd likely use one of them. If you know ahead of time that you only need raster images, you can use a plethora of things, but Gimp is a free tool that is good.

When it comes to images on mobile platforms, it doesn't really matter what software you use to create it. An image is an image, both can render it. Thus all you need to consider is what software you would prefer to make the image.

  • Thanks Zach. How about Sketch? Have you ever used it? – hujokep12 Sep 2 '17 at 9:18
  • I've barely used Sketch because I only have Windows PCs. It's good for doing quick sketches and such, not so much for having absolutely full control over every detail – Zach Saucier Sep 2 '17 at 9:19
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Adobe Illustrator perhaps works best for me. It is a vector-based program that renders graphics with clean lines and edges, and allows scalability without losing quality. Plus there are lot of online logo tools that let you make logos in minutes. I have used one, DesignEvo. Decent app, though its features are a little basic in some way, it is still a not bad choice to play around with. Hope this can help you.

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