Even if you are not a professional designer, it’s worth getting involved in the process of developing your own logo. Whether you pull together inspirational designs that you want a designer to draw from or you want to take the process into your own hands, these resources can help you get the job done. This list focuses on sources for inspiration where you can find ideas and trends. At the end of the list are some resources for logo design theory and even idea generation.
A vast array of logo inspiration from around the world – DesignCrowd provides a logo crowdsourcing platform and the designs submitted from the pool of international designers are simply amazing. The customers think the same thing – checkout the DesignCrowd reviews on their testimonial page.
An excellent source of both inspiration and design theory, this resource has lots of reviews of logos that include detailed discussions from the designers. Not a one-stop-shop, but definitely a great place to visit on your design journey.
Sometimes it’s just a good idea to be inspired. Sites like LogoPond have thousands of unique logos on display. You’ll find just about everything here in terms of design styles.
Perhaps you’re looking for specific attributes of certain types of logos. Brands of the world is the place for you. They even sell and award logo concepts. One great feature is the ability to search by designers if you have some logo designers you like.
Similar to brands of the world, stock logos is an online community where you can sell and buy logos. This is great for inspiring and purchasing ideas. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t use a stock logo, but these can be an excellent place to start.
Logo of the day is a logo rating website that allows users to interact with the content. This is beneficial for the designers because it shows which concepts are more effective and which aren’t. Lots of inspiration to be found here.
Logospire is also an open community of designers which rate and discuss logos. It’s perfect for getting online critiques if you want to see how other designers react to your concepts.
This website is home to hundreds of lake logos. These unique marks all have a similar purpose but hit home in totally different ways. While not as in-depth, I wanted to include something fairly specific just to show what kind of resources are available for specific logo genres.
Kristof Saelen of Digital Web Magazine published this article documenting his design process. This is valuable information for those looking for some structure when creating logos.
David Airey discusses the milestones of designing a logo. This different perspective on the design process can definitely help one understand how to get the most out of an idea.
This company is a fast and easy way to generate ideas for the direction of your identity. The designs are free, but the files cost money. If you want to start with a tool that auto-generates some ideas for you, this is an interesting way to get some ideas on the table.
Logo design is a tricky process to learn, and it can even be a headache for experienced logo designers. However, having some resources handy to pull from will help you better push through the learning process or a brain freeze faster than going it alone. What about you? Do you have any great logo design resources you’d like to share?
Tara Hornor has a degree in English and has found her niche writing about marketing, advertising, branding, web and graphic design, and desktop publishing. She writes for PrintPlace.com, a company that offers online printing services for business cards, custom catalog services, posters, brochures, postcards, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Connect with @TaraHornor on Twitter.