HOW TO IDENTIFY AND HIRE THE RIGHT CREATIVE LOGO DESIGNER FOR YOUR BUSINESS BRAND?
Importance of Logo Design
Brand identity determines your first impression, be it positive or negative.
A professional logo is the foundation stone of every brand identity.
It eventually becomes a famous symbol used for visual communication.
Also, a logo is the starting point of further development of your brand’s identity.
Meaning of Logo
Bad Logo Designer Choice
1. Avoid logo factories
Lots of people can fall into the trap of searching designers through Google. Knowing of the phenomenon "First page on Google" can be a problem. When you type "logo design" or similar terms in Google, on the first page you will get a lot of "logo factories" with all kinds of offers for logo design.
To have your logo designed properly, you need a real human, talented designer and not a program which just combines random elements and forges meaningless logo creation. Among all reasons, why you shouldn't choose any of those offers is time related matter. You can bump onto offers like : "perfect logo design within 24 hours", "Create Your Logo in 5 Minutes?" etc.
2. Hire Knowledge
For anyone who possesses even the slightest knowledge of art or has extended knowledge of art by graduating in art university or school, such offers to them sound unreal.
To explain an analogy to common people, I could make this comparison: It's like asking a sculptor to create a 4 meter tall, exact marble replica of Michelangelo's David in a day. It simply cannot work.
Proper process of creating a logo must have several stages. One of the stages is researching.
No matter how large or small a company or business is, proper market research takes time. There is research of competitors, studying their visual identities, comparing them, and a lot of other processes involved, so a designer doesn’t come up with a similar design already present in the market.
Knowing that, you can be certain that if you want a professional logo, you will not get it in those "logo factories".
4. Pricing Trap
Therefore, your search must begin in some place where you can be sure that you reached a respectable and talented designer.
There are several platforms which offer serious design services and where you can be sure that you can find the right person for the job.
Some of them are Upwork, Freelancer or Zillion Designs. Partially because of these platforms' reputation and partially because your option to choose from many, they can be the right choice for a start.
Several things are very important when choosing the right person for hiring. Decent logo designers must have:
Portfolio is every designer's personal ID. In portfolio you can find out a lot about a designer, from preferred style to design niche he is best in.
That is important if you wish to hire an experienced logo designer with a proof of his work. Portfolio doesn't have to be key for choosing a designer because there are a lot of very talented students who yet don't have an extended portfolio but have knowledge and passion to nail the job.
2. Logo design process
Every designer has their own design process and it's recommended to ask them about it. The process of creating a logo should include the designer's questions about the brand and task which is put before him, researching, contemplating, sketching, choosing right style, vectorising etc.
Questions from the designer are crucial and must be clear, straight and targeting right angles, which will help him later to develop proper ideas and to crystalize image in his mind and imagination.
As mentioned before, in the design industry and among real designers there is a rule "You get what you pay for." Meaning that spending a larger amount than planned shouldn't be considered as loss but as an investment.
Company colors, company typography, web and print rules for identity are just several elements that a brand guidance book should have. It will be much easier for a person who designed a logo also to create a Brand Guidance Book so when hiring a logo designer that should also be kept in mind.
Good communication is key to success in almost every corporation.
Therefore, when you choose a designer you think will fit your needs you should insist on a short phone/Skype/Whatsapp call. Desirable is a video chat because it can remove most suspicions.
Some people may not be comfortable with video chat so audio conversation should do the trick. In a short conversation, you can explain your ideas and ask the logo designer some questions that are important to you.
It's not recommended to ask the designer for an opinion on your ideas because it can drive him into an unpleasant situation if he disagrees with such an approach, so it's best to just say your wishes and thoughts and let the designer take further steps in deciding on the matter.
Short call should just be used for introduction and brief conversation, later communication is recommended to be in written form so both of you can refer to all parts of agreement in future, if needed.
If testimonials are mostly positive it can be a good sign that you are on the right path to hire a good designer. You don't need to look at only the good recommendations, you should also look into negative ones. From negative testimonials, you can learn what possible problems can emerge when hiring the designer.
In conclusion, there is no universal recipe for hiring the right designer and there is no guarantee that a designer will be up to the task but we hope these tips will help you go in the right direction and with these tips you'll avoid being tricked. Instead you can end up hiring real talent who will create the perfect logo for you.