31 Fantastic Resources for Logo Design and Inspiration

Tara Hornor

Time to design some logos? Stuck staring at a blank artboard (for you Illustrator buffs)? Or maybe your company wants to keep logo design in-house (gulp!) and the task has fallen to you. Designing a logo can be intimidating, even if you have designed a few before. A logo is what represents a company; it should help the public identify your business image and any public documents or products they may see. Another difficult aspect of logo design is making sure that it will be easy to decipher whether on something as small as business cards or as large as a billboard.

No matter your level of expertise in logo design, you should be able to find something to help you get started in the resources below. If you know of any other resources that we should have included, let us know below!

Inspiration

To start off with, it can be a great idea to see some other logos done well. There are tons of one-stop-shops online for people to upload their logos and get critiques. You can use these to peruse others’ work and get some ideas along the way. Not only does this help you get some ideas, it gets you away from that empty artboard:

Color Swatches

Once you have your inspiration, you know what you’ve got to do, take some time to analyze and craft your color palette. Sometimes this has been predefined for you in a brand’s style guide. If not, the absolute freedom can sometimes be paralyzing. Taking the time to develop your colors can help you consolidate your concept and articulate your ideas, too:

Type

You have your design and your color swatches, but now you need to get the typography elements just right. Maybe your logo doesn’t have typography. Great! Don’t read this section. For the rest of us, we need some points of reference to get started:

Illustrator Tutorials

Everything is together. Inspiration — check. Colors — check. Type — check. Now how the heck to do you pull it all together? Sometimes you run into a few issues when developing fonts that you just can’t seem to solve. Here are some tutorials to get you through the worst of it. We’ll skip the basics like using the Pen Tool and jump to the more advanced features:

You may not need all of these resources, but hopefully there will be some in these lists that you can take away with you. Let them guide you to new levels of design in your next projects, and be sure to let us know which ones you found to be the most useful.

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  • Hans

    Awesome post, Tara. Thanks for all the great resources!

  • Tony

    Hi Tara,

    Really useful resource for semi-creative.

    Thanks!

  • Pete

    Hi Tara,

    Great kickstart for the dreaded vapor lock.

    Greatly appreciated!

  • http://www.boisewebmaster.com BoiseWebmaster

    Feeling inspired to update my horrible logo!

    Thanks

  • http://www.marksvision.com/ kapil

    useful loges, looking awesome, nice work ….. :)

  • http://www.agpmedia.de Webdesign München

    Absoultely cool and essential Webdesign tools – great collection! Keep up the great work Tara.

  • http://arenacreative.com ArenaCreative Stock Imagery

    I didn’t even know about most of these sites… I’ve got some serious bookmarking to do :) thanks!

  • http://www.skytechgeek.com Gagan Chhatowal

    Really wasnt aware of such sites, they all are helpful but I am waiting more from you. Thanks Tara !!

  • http://logorium.com Andy

    Concise but covers all aspects. Cool.

  • Amiyu

    Thanks!

  • http://info@chosencommercial.com Ian Mbinzi

    I really appreciate all these guides . keep it up men!

  • http://www.grouppz.com Social Network

    We didn’t even know about most of these sites, until know. Thanks for the list!