Logo Design Project

The evolution of 20 corporate brands

The purpose of a logo is to identify your company, to make a positive first impression.

Whatever it is your company is, your logo should communicate that. What makes a good logo? Well, I think we can boil it down to five points. A strong uncluttered image, comprised of only the most essential elements. We don’t need any extra stuff. The imagery that’s used should be appropriate for the type of business that you are in. The imagery should compliment yourcompany name and any type that’s used should be in a readable font. Font singular, because we are probably not going to be using more than one typeface in the logo and that font should not compete with the logo symbol.

Finally, your logo needs to work in black and white as well as color. The color may be important, but the color isn’t the be-all and end-all because your logo is going to be photocopied, it’s going to be faxed, and it likely going to be printed on black and white printers and it needs to hold its own in black and white.


  • Simple Simple logos are easily recognizable. You’d never mistake Apple’s apple for any other fruit, even when zipping past a billboard at 70 miles per hour.
  • Memorable A memorable logo springs to mind at the mere mention of the company name—or, sometimes, even the product. Who doesn’t picture the magnificent golden arches when they hear the words “French fries?”
  • Timeless Graphic designers, art directors, rebranding campaigns… these things cost money—something most small business owners would rather reinvest in their companies in other ways. Timeless logos last for decades. Just consider Coca-Cola’s elegant red script. The mark is virtually the same as it was in 1885.
  • Versatile The best logos, like the Nike swoosh, are equally fantastic in color, grayscale, black and white, or reverse print. They also work well at any size, whether printed on postcards, brochures, flyers, or billboards.
  • Appropriate The best logos “speak” to the appropriate audience, effortlessly melding color, font, and graphics to convey the essence of the brand. The Toys “R” Us logo evokes memories of childish fun, while the Harley-Davidson mark channels a sense of cool.

Here is an example of logo idea sketches.

Here are some examples of logos that were not well thought out: Learn what not to do from these designs:




Task List

  1. Decide whether to create a logo for personal or business branding.  That means using your own name or creating a business or company name.
  2. Create a design idea sketch of at least 3 different ideas with 3-4 iterations each. as in the examples below:201509090838-page-001
  3. Work through a minimum of 1 GIMP tutorial from the provided links below.  You may also choose to view other GIMP tutorials that you find online. If so, please provide me with the link to the video.





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