If your creative juices are flowing and you can’t wait to express yourself, then stay away from designing the logo for your business website. While creativity is a fantastic asset, when it comes to logos, it needs to be harnessed quite carefully. In our increasingly busy world where information is hurled at us from all directions 24/7, creating a logo that will stand out and be immediately recognizable is no easy feat. This year, we are seeing logos simplified to an even greater degree, proving that less is often more.
Branded: The Purpose of a Logo
A logo is intended to embody the essence of your business and create a means by which potential customers can instantly recognize your brand. It should be versatile enough that it can be applied to various platforms, giving your business a consistent image on everything from your website to your mobile app. While you want it to be current, you also want it to be timeless so it’s important to consider if the latest trends really embody your product or just boost your ego, after all, you don’t want it to be so trendy that, by next year, it already looks out of date. Clear lines and simple forms are at the center of any good logo design, especially in 2018 which sees form simplification continuing its former popularity and going one step further in terms of minimalistic design.
Rainbows Reign: Shades of 2018
The past few years have seen an upsurge of white space and negative color usage, but designers are finally ditching the minimalist approach. With a mobile website, essential features, including large images and complex details, are giving way to bright, brash colors. Using too many different colors in a logo design can be counterproductive, however, and it is often those with a limited color scheme that prove the most memorable. Given that a logo will usually appear on a range of different platforms and products, by associating a business with a single color, it becomes easier to maintain consistency.
While 2018 sees many graphic designers moving away from the clean, minimalist lines of last year within logo design, the desire for simplicity still dominates. By using words to produce specific silhouettes or outlines, it’s possible to create an eye-catching yet versatile logo that is adaptable to a variety of platforms without compromising on quality. An edgy look can be created with just a simple font, some adjustments to spacing and clever use of letter stacking.
Figure it out with Simple Shapes
Simple shapes, like circles, rectangles, and lines, can add consistency to your logo. By creating balance, the logo is easier on the eye and encourages brand recall – the audience is drawn in and retains that image, making an automatic connection between image and product. The increasing popularity of smartphones has had a marked effect on all aspects of website design, including logos. With large images falling by the wayside, designers are focussing increasingly on illustrations and icons that are quirky, quicker to upload and easier to understand. As a part of the website, the logo needs to fit seamlessly into the whole design, which is why many companies choose to outsource their logo creation to a professional graphic designer.
Slices of Space
Simple concepts can have dramatic results, and utilizing effects such as logotypes, letter stacking, and negative space are great ways to achieve brand retention. Elegant shapes have been used to great effect by the likes of Samsung and Google, whose logos are known and remembered globally. Nike’s timeless logo epitomizes the use of graphic elements to create balance within the design and the company’s success speaks for itself. Another great way to add a more striking visual is through the use of overlapping shapes and bold colors, like those applied in the Mastercard logo design. Overlapping elements can produce a sense of movement as well as adding depth to a design without over-complicating it.
Hell-vetica: Fonts that Fail
As with any design, there are as many counter-trends as there are trends and designers are currently steering clear of certain elements that, through overuse, have become trivial to the point of being banal. For a while, Comic Sans was the typeface of the moment, and then Helvetica took over as a symbol of the minimalist aesthetic. Described by some as being a “neo-grotesque” font, Helvetica has had its day in the sun and designers are deviating into some of the less explored typefaces available. Emerging typefaces include the hugely versatile Opposit from the Good Type Foundry; the colorful and charming Trade Gothic Display from Monotype; and the ultimately logo-friendly Mont from Fontfabric with its distinctive look and wide weight variation.
Why Swooshing is Off the Cards
That standard swoosh figure looked good for years and did exactly what it was designed to do, bringing humanity to the heart of many logo designs. The swoosh humanoid, with its gender-neutrality and flowing movement, gave many of companies a clear figurehead, but the stylized look is losing its momentum. The swoosh figure is now indicative of a lackluster design and a company that sees its customers as a bland collective rather than a group of creative, imaginative individuals. The precise styling inspired by technological advances of previous years looks set to give way to a more humanized approach where artful imperfection engages the audience with humanity and warmth.
While these design concepts will give any logo a cutting-edge feel, the most important thing is that it is consistent with the business, its mission statement and its products and/or services. Enthusiastically following the latest design trends don’t guarantee the perfect end result and the key is to be driven by the brand rather than the hottest crazes. Creating a logo that can effectively communicate the heart of a business through a quick glance and maintain its integrity across multiple platforms is a challenge, to say the least, which is why many companies seek consultation with professional designers before launching their latest look. While following the crowd and embracing state-of-the-art movements can be constructive, not all that glitters is gold, after all, even market giants like Pepsi make some serious mistakes.