At Cronin Creative, we enjoy working with clients and companies at the various stages of their branding and marketing development. And we really love the process of developing a brand from the ground up. For me, designing the logo – creating the face of the brand – is the most exciting part of that process.
Effective logo design requires a special combination of research and inspiration. Getting to know and understand the client and their company is essential, but for the inspiration part, I’ll often turn to a favorite book.
I recently pulled “Logo Design Love” off my studio shelf. Written by internationally recognized designer, David Airey, the book offers a helpful array of visual examples, along with some good advice. His “seven ingredients” for effective logo design serves as a useful, back-to-basics recipe. While I learned all of this back in art school, revisiting this stuff can be instructive not only for the designer, but for the client as well.
1. Keep it simple. The simplest solution is often the most effective. Why? Because a simple logo helps meet most of the requirements of iconic design.
2. Make it relevant. A logo must be appropriate for the business it identifies. For example, as much as you might want to use a witty design that makes everyone smile, that’s probably for the local crematorium.