55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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There are lots of questions to be asked when preparing to design a logo.  I do NOT suggest you ask a client all of these questions, but hope that this list will help you think of a few useful questions you’ve never considered before. I have broken them up into 5 categories: company/organization questions, branding questions, design preferences, target audience, budgets & proofing. Company/organization details What is your company/organization/product name? What sets your company apart from others? What services or

Balancing speed, cost, and quality in graphic design

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“Choose the best two out of three.” That’s the advice I frequently give my clients. On almost a daily basis I deal with clients who want high quality work done “as soon as possible” and “for cheap”. Unfortunately finding a perfect balance of speed, quality and cost in graphic design is virtually impossible. Let me explain: Speed and low costs mean the quality will suffer This is the most frequent request I get as a graphic designer. “Can we have

Typography tips from 7 top designers

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David Airey Typefaces for graphic designers Typography tips for graphic design students Jacob Cass – Just Creative Design Top 5 Typography Resources Brian Hoff – The Design Cubicle 10 Common Typography Mistakes 15 Typography Books To Help You Learn and Love Typography

10 Dos and Don’ts when redesigning a logo

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Redesigning a logo can be difficult. Companies, and the public become very attached to a logo and, if done incorrectly, a logo redesign can really hurt a company’s image.  Below you will find 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts when it comes to redesigning someone’s logo. #1. Don’t stray from the general look and feel of the company. When you change the colors, style, or visual goals of the company, that’s called rebranding – not redesigning a logo. #2. Don’t copy

Justifying your type justification

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Right alignment? Left alignment? Full justification? There is always be a debate on which justification (or alignment of text) is best for your design piece. This article will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each of the most popular justification styles: right alignment, left alignment, center alignment, and full justification. Left alignment The most commonly used text alignment style used in design, and in the world generally, is Left alignment. Found in most books, magazines or other “literature”, our eyes

Dressing your design piece for the occasion

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I recently had an opportunity to meet with Steve Colin, creative director at Creature, a world-class ad agency in Seattle, Washington.  He emphasized the importance of “dressing your design for the occasion”.  “It’s important to keep the company’s personality and appearance,” Colin said, “but change their creative wardrobe frequently.”  This creates a challenge for designers to maintain brand equity while reaching new creative heights. Dressing for the occasion Picture yourself at a concert for your favorite rock band.  Now picture

Three rungs on the creative ladder of success

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Climbing the ladder of success in the creative industry  can be a tricky journey. In February, I visited WONGDOODY, a creative agency in Seattle, Washington where I asked Shaun Moshay, an account director at WONGDOODY, what three attributes I should possess if I wanted have his job some day. More or less, this is what he told me: Rung #1. Demonstrate Writing Skills. Working at a creative agency doesn’t mean just designing or simply brainstorming all day. It involves writing emails, giving

Why failure is a good thing in the creative business

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Failure. It’s something we are all afraid of. It can, however, be an effective tool in helping you progress quickly in the creative industry. The following article will teach you why failure is not something you should fear, but something you should cherish. Some clarification Before really diving in, let me make one thing clear: Failure is a good thing as long as you keep trying. Once you let failure overcome you to the point where you quit, then it