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How can you design a great logo like a qualified designer?

Qualified designers talk of concepts, ideas, the story, and purpose when you ask them to design a new logo. Later they’ll ask your view on color, typo, and form. Even if you don’t have the skills to design a logo, as the graphic designer has, you need to make up your mind about these things.

So even you don’t have the designers’ skills, you are still designing a logo by making these choices for them. Of course, this is a good way of getting things done, like repairing your car be a mechanic, or letting your lawn been mowed by a gardener. But what if you could do things yourself easier and a lot cheaper because you don’t need a gardener, mechanic, or designer? You would spare time and money, and getting things done sooner than you could pronounce the Dutch words “Deze grappige grafische logo ontwerpen”. (in English: “These funny graphic logo designs”).

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Example logos from 48hourlogo.com logo design contest website

No designer needed? Design your own logo!

There are two answers here. One answer is that you don’t need a logo designer because there are many online design tools that can deliver a good logo. You can design your own logo with these tools.
The second answer is maybe you need a designer for your logo because the complexity of your logo will be a unique one. This implies a ‘crazy’ logo design like the funny selected example above.

4 Tools for designing your own logo

  1. Mybrandnewlogo.com (Logo design by you, with some extra socials)
  2. Looka.com (You design your own logo, but more extra features like posters, flyers and business cards, etc.)
  3. Logotypemaker.com (You are designing your own logo, with a more flexible design tool, some extra elements email signature, and brand book.
  4. Namecheap.com (Focussed on online business, like website and hosting, but also a logo design maker tool)

Logo Design Contest websites with real designers.

  1. 48hourlogo.com (Multiple designers compete with each other for the best logo design of your choice).
  2. Logonerds.com (Little old school, but Character Mascot design too! lol)

Yes, you can design a great logo like a qualified designer!

So there are three options to get a logo of your taste:

  1. Design your own logo
  2. Let your logo been designed in a contest
  3. Get a single agency or graphic designer to design it for you.

All the above options have their pros and cons. From a cheap solution with total control to a more expensive solution with professional input from the graphic designer of the agency. All this depends on your purpose. Are you’re going to use the logo on a billboard at Times Square, a webshop with its own shipping boxes, or just a business card and a small website for local use? Above you can choose the best solution that fits your needs. If you are thinking of designing the logo yourself with an online tool, then you could read this blog about the logo design tools, which is updated in 2021.

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Create your own supreme brand with a logo, business card, and website with these great logo design tools.

Starting your own company from home, coffee bar or you just rented an office is nothing without an interesting logo, business card, and/or website. You’ll need something to communicate your ideas, products or services so start here by selecting a design tool that probably will design mostly for you, and is cheap for starters.

Logo design for Starting Company

Creating your own logo

A graphic designer (like me) will ask a few hundred for the brainstorm, sketching, and drawing your logo. It’s mostly very unique, but also not that cheap. So how do you create your own logo if you are no designer?

It’s easier than I thought at first, but there are some websites with tools that give you the edge of designing your own logo. Funny thing, it’s so easy and mostly cheap, that I was thinking of using these tools for my brainstorms. This way my clients will get a pretty good idea of the concepts and idea’s in high definition. 🙂

Start with the company name

But you just want to know what to do? Start with the company name and check if your domain name is free! Don’t type it in a browser or Google.com, but check it here for example Namecheap.com
It’s important to have a domain name for your future website and most people start with the name, logo, etc. and discover that their business name is used by the competitor.. 🙁

Start with your name and logo design

Your domain name is free (or you are the owner at this point) so the company name is good to go.

I already reviewed and selected some logo design makers and online tools in a previous article “5 Logo makers reviewed for a better 2021” and which is updated in January 2021. But before you click and select one for your logo design process, think of the goals. Not only do you want to design your own logo, but also create a business card and possibly a website. I’ll give you a headstart here by giving you a list of websites and tools that do all these things for you, or a specific thing much better than the rest.

Not any websites to create a logo, business card, and website

I found two websites that do it all, but maybe these are not the best. Namecheap has web hosting, domain names, and logo design tooling, but the logo is ok, not great. You could say I did not search well enough, but I could not find any that do all good. LogoNerds is also talking about creating websites, but the quality is prehistoric from my point of view. I will look further to help you out next time and update this part soon.

3 websites to create a logo and business card, but no website

  1. Looka.com (create your own)
  2. 48hourslogo (designerscontest)
  3. Logotypemaker.com (create your own)

Create your website separately (explained)

As you want your business to develop over the years to come, the website technology needs to be well chosen. WordPress is a great platform, but no so for beginners. It’s a bit technical and even this blog is WordPress and I’m sometimes searching for changing just the contact form email. 😛 So I want to explain to you that there are easier website builders that give you a nice template website for not that much money.

I will review them soon in a new blog. For now, I would say look at Namecheap and WIX.

Did you like this blog about brand creation for your business? Let me know by commenting below here. 🙂

*Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
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5 Logo makers reviewed for a better 2021 😎

What do you want to have when you create your own logo? I think a good tool that gives you a good set of logo design options for a good price and enough variation to generate your personal logo. Also, you could host a logo design contest. Then that is a good place to start.

I reviewed these in Januari of 2021 and will update these every month. For you the best offer in logo maker websites to create your own logo for free. The download will probably cost you some money.

Let’s have a first impression of some logo design providers.

logo looka com
Logo Logo com
logo mybrandnewlogo
Logo LogoMaker com

The list of 5 logo design makers, tools and creators

Reviewing these websites with these four elements in mind:

  1. Logo Variation: What type of logo are presented? Is there a choice between different styles, shapes, and such?
  2. Logo Quality: What kind of quality is the logo in the design. Is it easy to use? Nice to look at and not ‘cheap’.
  3. Ease of use: Can we use the program/website without too much hassle? Is the interface nice and does it work for you?
  4. Price of logo: Not an easy task to get normalized pricing, so we can compare the online logo makers. But mostly we try to get the price of one year/one logo that you can use for all your communication (online and print (offline)).

1. Looka.com

Example of logo design and branding by Looka

Looka.com website

“Logo Maker & Brand kit”
  • Logo variations: Good
  • Logo quality: Good
  • Ease of use: Easy to Medium
  • Price of logo design: $59.88 first year 💰
General Looka review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. logotypemaker.com

Example of logo designs by Logotypemaker.com

Logotypemaker.com website

“Online logo maker”
  • Logo variations: Good
  • Logo quality: Good
  • Ease of use: Easy to Medium
  • Price of logo design: Not transparent (expect min. $23.88) 💰
General Logotypemaker review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Good

3. Namecheap

Example namecheap free logo design tool, but also webhosting and domain

Namecheap.com website

Simpel Logo DESIGN and web services
  • Logo variations: Stay Simple
  • Logo quality: Ok
  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Price of logo design: Free (login, your credentials) 💰
General Namecheap.com review: ⭐⭐★★

4. 48hourslogo.com

Example logo designs “new york” form logomyway.com
“Logo DESIGN Contest”
  • Logo variations: Good
  • Logo quality: Depends on the request
  • Ease of use: Ok
  • Price of logo design: Starts at $29 💰
General LogoMyWay review: ok-Good ⭐⭐⭐

48hourslogo.com website

5. My brand new logo

Example of logo design and some branding by My Brand New Logo

Link to my brand new logo website

European logo design tool
  • Logo variations: Ok
  • Logo quality: Good
  • Ease of use: Good
  • Price of logo design: 20,- euro 💰(uhh, what about dollars?)
General My brand new logo review: OK ⭐⭐⭐