Logo design software for non-designer

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by mkeisha, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. mkeisha macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2007
    I've just started a small business and need to create a logo for business cards, website, stationary, etc. I already know what it should look like because I created the text in Powerpoint on a PC (just got my mac very recently) and combined with with a "swoosh" image and a small graphic image from a logo software called Logo Design Studio. Then I photocopied the text and the images together and created a print version of my logo. (Yes, a very strange way to create a logo.) I tried to replicate the whole thing with Logo Design Studio but had no luck. Either the software is corrupted or I don't know what I am doing. Following the simple Help instructions proved worthless. So I need a recommendation for another type of software to create my logo. Seems Illustrator and the other products mentioned in this forum are way beyond my abilities and price range. I've already spent $29 on this worthless Logo Design Studio software, plus, I hate to say it, another $200 early on when I asked a co-worker (a designer herself) to try to create a logo for me. (before I had any ideas chosen.) Well she came up with some very basic text-only logos that I could have simply typed out myself in a word processing software. Needless to say, I'm hoping to do this on my own.

    Any suggestions on some basic logo software?
    Thank you.
  2. twentyeight macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2007
    I don't want to be discouraging, but there is more then meets the eye (no pun intended) to logo design and corporate image. Think of this logo, and the business cards (and countless other objects) it will go on- as your business's face to your customers. It's important to get it right. Basic "Text Only" logos are often very professional (Edward Jones comes to mind), and while you think you may be able to type them into a word processor and call it good, this is rarely the case. Type treatments and typeface choice (appropriate choice,contrasting, etc) require a lot of forethought and training.

    If you are unhappy with results you received from a designer, there is a problem with your communication with that designer. I would encourage you to either discuss revisions, ask for explanation of the choices that designer made, etc.

    Even if I had all the equipment, scalpels, and necessary antiseptics, I probably wouldn't attempt surgery on anything more then a splinter. I simply haven't had the training.
  3. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    If you already know exactly what you want it to look like, then you can just use your 'designer' friend to re-create it in the appropriate software and format. I mean, if they're actually a designer that should be a no brainer.

    That said.. doesnt mean it will be good. These things take skill.
  4. Josephkyles macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006

    Yes! This is so true!

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