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Logo designers <$500

I'm starting a new company all on my own and hiring a few people soon.

Could any of you point me to a good logo designer or designing company that can make a decent "no MS Word clipart" logo for my company and do it under $500? (I'm not VC funded, you see :)

Homo Sapien Intelligentus
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Post a job at www.rentacoder.com - there's tons of this type of request there, all being filled cheap. I think that's about all that site's good for...

RocketJeff
Thursday, July 17, 2003

This company was mentioned in a topic here within the last few months:
http://www.1800mylogo.com/
Their prices start at about $200. I have not used their services, so I don't know any more about them.

Philip Dickerson
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Why would you rent a coder to do graphic design?

Confused
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Because lots of graphic artists who think they are web programmers hang out there...

Eric K
Thursday, July 17, 2003

I'd suggest bumping your budget to about $1500, but instead of logo think "corporate image" - there are companies that will do logo, letterhead, web color schemes, etc as a package deal.

Your logo is the first thing most prospective clients will see, and appearance is EVERYTHING. In addition, if you're successful this is something you'll have for years. Don't scrimp.

Be sure to find an artist who states up front they will work with you through one or two iterations - you don't want to get the first one, hate it, and be on the hook for another fee to get it changed.

Try googling on "affordable graphic design" and variations - should get you closer to where you want to be.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Here's a sample of logos created by a couple I know who do logo design:

http://fiascofarm.com/graphicdesign/egallery1.htm

If you like their style, then you'll be happy with their reasonable prices ($275, includes 1 revision):

http://fiascofarm.com/graphicdesign/designprices.html

X. J. Scott
Thursday, July 17, 2003

http://www.glyfz.com

I've had a lot of success with his stuff.

Tim Sullivan
Thursday, July 17, 2003

And of course, I have to plug a friend of mine who's a designer:

http://www.misterjustin.com

Sam Livingston-Gray
Thursday, July 17, 2003

You can also try http://www.72hourlogo.com, they can do logo for as little as $200. They can do stationary, as well. You'll want to make sure your logo looks as good in black and white as it does in color so you don't have to spend big to print up letterheads and business cards.

One drawback of using services such as 72hr or 1-800-logos is that they put very little thought into what's an approriate logo for your business. As Phillo suggested you may kabout the right "image" for your bussiness.

Depending on the name of your business, you may want to save the 500 bucks and just spend a couple of hours playing with fonts and wordart in MS Word. Look at Microsoft, IBM, or FedEx -- company's name is the logo. (BTW, did anyone notice the little arrow in FedEx logo formed by Ex?)

igor
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Homo Sapien -- Disregard everything in the above posts and go straight to Design Outpost: http://designoutpost.com/index.htm

You can get a great logo for as little as $50!  I know because that's what I did.

The site has a lot of great designers.  You specify how much you want to pay, then submit it to the site owner by PayPal.  Then you'll get 5 or ten good graphic artists competing to get the pot of money you put up.

They submit entries in the thread.  You provide feedback to all of them to help them make their entries as good as they can be.  Then you choose the one you want.  It's a neat idea and it works well.

You can look at the threads for all the previous logos to decide whether you think this method of design is going to work for you.  I think it will.

Herbert Sitz
Thursday, July 17, 2003

I used 1800mylogo.com and like them.

They provided several iterations. 

Entrepreneur
Friday, July 18, 2003

Thanks for the options, guys. Now would be the time to plug your graphic designer pals in this thread.

Go on, do it. :)

Homo Sapien Intelligentus
Friday, July 18, 2003

ok, I'll bite....

Jesus Moreno
Classy programer
Very Classy graphics...

http://1stlogodesign.com/

Bruce Johnson
Friday, July 18, 2003

If you are starting a company then a logo is the least of your worries.  You need paying clients.  Forget the logo and hire someone to do bus. dev. for you.

If you really need one, just choose a free professional looking font and spell out the name of your company in bold large type.  This way you put yourself above 99% of the companies out there that have cliche logos.  Once you get the size of Nike, then a logo may become more important.  Just my 2 cents.

anony123
Friday, July 18, 2003

anony123 is right. Forget the business cards too. Just write your name on a piece of cardboard with a magic marker. Marketing and image are not the least bit important when looking for paying clients.

ex-Hell-Aian
Friday, July 18, 2003

I used the following company www.logoforge.co.uk and they were excellent..!

Hope this helps.

Major Hazard
Wednesday, March 03, 2004

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