What Makes for a Good Logo?

By February 25, 2016Business, Design, Web Design

A logo is an important component of a business brand. It is the visual manifestation of a business and symbolically represents the business values, products and services.

An effective logo is one that invokes feelings in consumers and allows them to instantly associate it with the particular business. For business brands to have long term success, entrepreneurs must invest in their logos. Herein are several vital characteristics that make a good logo.

1. Simplicity

A business or company logo should be streamlined as it makes the logo easy to recognize. Complicated logos do not engage consumers visually and they make it difficult to remember. A simple logo will easily convey a clear message to consumers in an instant.

It makes it easier for potential clients to recall if they are referred by regular clients of the business. Additionally, simple logos are more aesthetically pleasing to a viewer which further reinforces the business image.

2. Uniqueness.

Nowadays, the market is awash with tons of product and service providers. Competition for customers is stiffer especially with the development of e-commerce. With a unique logo, a business has higher chances of standing out among st the competition.

A common place business logo makes customers struggle to associate it with the specific business. Chances are they will mistake it for another totally different business. Moreover, a business brand benefits most from a logo that is distinct among other logos. However, in the process making a unique logo the designers should make sure they do not end up complicating the logo.

3. Versatility.

A good logo should be easily portrayed in all the business mediums without losing the message it is meant to convey. This particularly applies to the graphic design strategy.

Whether on company websites, advertisements, emails, blogs, social media outlets, print outs or videos the business logo should be effective. The colors or taglines used should elicit the same response in the mind of the consumer no matter where the logo appears.

4. Customization.

Ideally, all business logos should be designed with the specific target demographic in mind. They have to relate in a way to the targeted audience. The design, tag lines and colors should be relevant to the business niche. Business owners should factor in the age, gender, income bracket and preferences of their target audience and tailor their logos accordingly.

5. Ability to withstand the test of time.

Consumer trends will always be dynamic. People generally do not have preset purchasing habits. With time, customers change their preferences and how they use products and services. In order for a business brand to stay competitive, its logo should be timeless.

The logo should not weaken the brand due to market changes. Changing a business logo constantly can lead to customer fallout because they no longer associate the updated logos with the original business. To them, businesses without a timeless logo seem like totally new enterprises.

Logo designers should remember not to subscribe to latest designs and logo techniques. Trends come and go, eventually becoming clichés. A good logo should be able to endure such changes, while still portraying the same message etched in the customers’ minds.

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