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How to create your logo concept

A logo is important on many levels because it helps make a website memorable and recognizable.

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Coming up with a perfect logo for your site is probably the hardest step in launching a new project. And I am not exaggerating. I am always struggling with this step and I am seldom satisfied with the result.

To make things worse, I am one of those people who like to keep this step under control but I am not visual or creative enough to know what it is I want.

Over the years of launching sites, I’ve come up with a process of coming up with a logo concept. Here it is:

1. Start with Google Images

I love the Google algorithm because it can guess what I want even when I don’t know what I am looking for and it will try to be very helpful.

The same goes for Google Images which uses the same algorithm.

Type your generic topic in Google Images and let it suggest visually relevant concepts. It is very enlightening and it is likely to inspire some logo ideas or logo elements:

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Google Images help you come up with lots of fundamental logo design ideas to develop.

Mind that, while Google Images work great for inspiration, if you want to use any of those images in your design, you may want to double-check its license. Not all images you find on Google Images can be legally used on your site or in your designs.

If you are struggling with those words you’d want your logo to visually express, try Text Optimizer which takes your core topic and breaks it down into related concepts for you to pick up ideas you’d like your brand identity to reflect.

Text Optimizer uses semantic analysis to extract underlying concepts that are associated with your core term.

Here are all the concepts that are associated with “staircase”… Lots of these can inspire a logo concept:

screenshot of text optimizer
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Now export all of the selected concepts into a notepad and search Google images for those for more visualization ideas.

3. Run Logo Generators

There are lots of free logo generators out there allowing you to quickly create a logo concept using your keywords. Here’s a good list of those logo makers that are free or freemium.

Namify is one of my favorites because it creates a free logo for every brand name it generates. I find the process pretty inspiring because the tool does come up with pretty amazing names! And yes, it is absolutely free.

screenshot of namify logo generator
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While you are unlikely to come up with a final logo using any of these generators, you’ll probably create a concept to work further on or hand it to a graphic designer to improve.

4. Survey Your Friends, Followers, and/or Customers

Finally, the primary purpose of a logo is to trigger topical associations: Your site visitors should figure out what the site is about by just glancing at your logo. While all the steps above will likely help you find some concepts that will do the job, you need to make sure they do prior to selecting your final variant.

This is where asking friends, followers or even your customers is a good idea. You need to make sure your logo does what it is supposed to: It tells people what it is you do.

You can make a scored survey and ask your followers to rate your logo ideas based on niche associations they trigger. 

Or you can set up a five-second test and ask people to tell you to describe what they think your logo represents.

In this test, people are invited to look at an image for five seconds and then to answer your question, for example, “Based on this logo, what do you think my future site is about?”

logo survey
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Both the tools are free and will help you pick a final logo variant to develop further.

Your next steps depend on your in-house talents or your own abilities. Now that you know what you want, you can try to outsource logo creation to a freelancer or use these tutorials to try and create your own logo.

Whichever method you choose, the tools above will have helped you figure out what exactly you want your logo to be, so you can create detailed specs. This way you are in 100% control of the outcome.

Conclusion

A logo is important on many levels because it helps make a website memorable and recognizable.

You will also use your logo in your website promotion tactics, as a watermark for your videos or photos, as your social media profile picture, etc. 

In other words, your visual identity is fundamental to your project success. So take your time to create an effective logo concept that will help you in your future marketing efforts.

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Ann Smarty is the Brand and Community manager at InternetMarketingNinjas.com as well as the founder of MyBlogU.com. Ann has been into internet marketing for 10 years. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Search Engine Journal and contributor to prominent search and social blogs, including Small Biz Trends and Mashable.

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