One of my 9 Rules to Creating a Logo is to design it in black & white only. The reason for this is that you don’t want the client to focus on the colors in the early stages of the design. It’s more important to get the typography and the actual logo mark right before worrying about specific colors.
That being said, once the client approves the basic logo, it’s important to choose the right colors. Color needs to be appropriate for your product or service, but it also needs to stand-out from competitors. When you look at the logos of large companies, you begin to see a reason for the colors they chose.
WeLogoDesigners has published A Guide to Choosing the Right Colors For Your Brand that offers some advice and psychology behind choosing the right colors for your logo.
I came across this freebie the other day and thought I would share it, since it’s something virtually every freelance designer will encounter at some point in their career. Dealing with clients who don’t want to pay sucks, so any insight into avoiding them to begin with is welcome advice.
The free 74-page eBook (requires an email address) is available for download here.
You have to set up the narrow parameters that you work in, and then within those, give yourself just enough room to be free and play.
Interesting read for creatives across all disciplines.
This is not an in-depth, step-by-step guide to becoming a freelance designer. Instead it gives you the broad strokes, with plenty of things to think about and act on.
I’m about half way through reading the 115 page PDF and I must say, there’s some really great advice in this eBook—even though the illustrations are stuck in the 80s 😉
There is no perfect set of tools for graphic designers. We’re all unique, we all work in different ways, and budgets always come in to play. I’ve put together a breakdown of major factors when building the best graphic design hardware and software toolbox based on my experience. Consider the following as a guide, rather than a set of absolute rules.
Keep it simple
I’ve been a graphic designer for 30 years, using the Macintosh the entire time to produce work for some great clients. I’ve worked for ad agencies large and small, a design firm, printing companies, and I’ve freelanced full and part time. Over the years I’ve learned a few short rules as it pertains to building my design toolbox and getting things done—and it has held true everywhere I’ve worked. Those rules are: keep it simple no matter the cost, don’t get caught up in software trends and gimmicks, buy a little more than you think you need, because you will grow into it. The following is more specific advice for building your design toolbox. (more…)