What are the most recognizable logos you can think of? What makes them so memorable? I’ll bet that you could draw a number of famous logos from memory. If you haven’t thought about why that is, you are probably thinking about it now. It’s their simplicity. But simplicity doesn’t translate into cheap. A logo is not less valuable because it is simple. In fact, a simple logo can actually be more valuable than a complex one because it is more easily recognized.
Above this article are a few examples of easily recognized logos.
Now think about your business. What kind of impact is your business making? Does your logo work as well on a sign as on a business card or vice versa? If you were to show it to someone, would they be able to draw it out? Does your logo reflect your industry and communicate reliability? What about colors and type style? Can it be reproduced in black & white and still be recognizable and maintain its impact?
Here are a few guidelines for a great logo. It should be:
- Recognizable: You can tell what it is at a glance.
- Memorable: Easy to recall
- Reproducible: Able to be printed in color as well as black and white if needed
- Scalable: Recognizable at a distance on a sign and printed on small items
- Simple: Easy to describe and sketch is easy to remember and understand
- Timeless: The colors and type style are classic (unless you are intentionally promoting a “fad”)
- Representational: It represents the industry of the business.
Some businesses and organizations need a logo that conveys more information and may be more complex. A professional designer can help determine whether or not that is the case.
I hope you found this information insightful. If you would like to discuss your business identity, I’d love to meet with you.