The 5 phases of professional logo design

The research Dare I say this is most important phase of the logo design process.  Research may include asking the client questions about their preferences when it comes to the design of the logo.  It should also include research of the competitors logo and creative work.  In addition, you should research the target audience and makes plans to tailor your design to their needs.  Remember, you have been hired to design a logo for a lot of reasons but the

Interview with Designer/Blogger Brian Hoff

I recently had the opportunity to chat with graphic designer/blogger Brian Hoff.  Brian’s blog, the design cubicle recently celebrated some great achievements and I thought it would be a great time to get advice from such a talented and successful designer & blogger. 1. Please tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Brian Hoff and I am a graphic designer from Philadelphia. I specialize in identity and logo design, but work

55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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

“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

Ridiculous client requests (and how to reason with them)

Ridiculous Request #1: Can you show me how you would do this project before I hire you? Unless you are a fan of doing work without getting paid, the answer to this should be a respectful “no”.  This question is simply a request to do spec work disguised as a reasonable request. Solution: The Ice Cream Store Analogy I like to use the ice cream store analogy. “Design is like an ice cream store,” I tell them, “You wouldn’t be

25 Attributes employers look for when hiring creative people

Recently I have written a lot of articles about the various creative agencies I visited in Seattle, Washington.  At each agency, I asked the creative professionals which attributes they considered vital for someone in a creative profession. Below is a list of the wide variety of answers I received. 25 Attributes and Abilities all creative professionals should possess. (in no particular order) Weber Shandwick 1.    Be motivated and eager to learn 2.    Be Organized

The ideal creative professional – Are you one?

The ideal creative professional = General Education + Professional Education I recently had the privilege of meeting with Jim Copacino, cofounder of Copacino + Fujikado, a world-class advertising agency in Seattle, Washington.  Upon asking him what attributes he considered to be most important, he said to be equally educated both generally and professionally. Where professional education and general education meet, creatives flourish. This article will teach you what General and Professional Education are and why it is important to get

The three “i”s of creating brand awareness

…as taught by Copacino+Fujikado Ad Agency. I recently attended a group interview with Copacino+Fujikado, one of the leading advertising agencies in Seattle, Washington.  They presented the three “i”s that, if executed efficiently, will lead to a successful ad campaign and an increase in brand awareness. The first step in this process is Insight. This step involves research both with the company and with those who are directly affected by the company. This involves interviewing company leaders and employees, customers and

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