Logo Design & Branding

This guide will help guide and mould the design of your custom logo by blueprint.red. Please see over the different sections to gain a understanding of the logo styles, logo fonts & colour psychology.

Let’s learn about you

Before I start designing your custom logo it’s important that I get to know you, your business and it can be quite inspirational to hear how your started and if that story can have any ties with the logo.

First I must ask What do you offer as a business?
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Physical Goods

Material products that you can hold, like perfumes, personalised animal accessories or a tinned food.
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Services

A particular set of skill honed over the years. Things like transport services, beauty services, construction services etc.
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Leisure & Hospitality

Material products that you can hold, like perfumes, personalised animal accessories or a tinned food.
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Original Content

Material products that you can hold, like perfumes, personalised animal accessories or a tinned food.
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Technology & Software

Material products that you can hold, like perfumes, personalised animal accessories or a tinned food.
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Other

A grand tinkerer of colours?

Or perhaps something even more unusual!

Choosing your typography Style

Your typography style plays a critical role in how the public perceives your brand. The font style, weight, kerning, letter-spacing, tracking & leading of font are all aspects that come together to build beautiful typography.

Choosing the correct font to begin with can make or break a great logo design, you can see the main styles below.
Sans Serif Font Sample

Sans Serif

There are modern fonts that have straight clean edges.
Serif Font Sample

Serif

A more traditional font category which feature embellishments.
Script Font Sample

Script

A whole plethora of flowing calligraphic fonts.
Slab Serif Font Sample

Slab Serif

Similar to Serif’s but thick bolder and traditional.
Blackletter Font Sample

Blackletter

Gothic style script.
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Hand

Usually handwritten or handmade fonts.
Monospaced Font Sample

Monospaced

The characters of monospaced fonts have a fixed width.
Decorative Font Sample

Decorative

Fun, crazy and themed.

Choosing your logo style

When creating a logo there might be a certain look you want to achieve.
There's are 7 main types of logos to choose from which all have their own benefits for different situations.

your logo & Brand colour Palette

Choosing a general colour palette (colour theme) for most businesses branding and logos follow the colour psychology process 🚦. You’ve seen it applied a million time around you and it’s not something to go changing willy-nilly or you would look very odd in your field, usually brands with a lot of marketing resources can be a bit more brash to their approach. However there maybe a few situations where we can stray a little and break the mould, just a tiny bit.

I've made interactive graphic below to help you gain a better understanding and broaden your knowledge of how your brands colour palette can affect your business and see examples of real world business already exceling with their brand. You may already know a lot of the information but some may surprise you 🎆
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Red

Associations

  • Passion
  • Energy
  • War
  • Danger
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Determination
  • Warmth
  • Anger
  • Hot
  • Youthful
  • Bold
  • Desire
  • Love

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Red Colour Summary

Red is the most emotionally intense colour, it stimulates you, increasing your heart rate, your blood pressure and metabolism helping you feel more energised and alert. It is highly visible and carry's a sense or urgency, which is why it's commonly used for stop sign, warnings signs and traffic lights.

The colour of courage, it's prevalent in a lot or heraldry like the royal arms of England and Scotland and many flags of various countries around the world, also the queen's guard dressed in their red uniform.

As a stimulant colour it can help prompt people to make quick decisions, like buy now or claim discount or entice people in to a store with big 'clearance' banner beaming in the window. You can see around you that it is also associated with being erotic (like a poster with red stilettos appealing to woman to buy), dangerous (warning signs and alert signs) and high energy.

YELLOW

Associations

  • Friendly
  • Cheerful
  • Warmth
  • Attention-Grabbing
  • Stimulating
  • Clarity
  • Happiness
  • Hope
  • Positivity
  • Chilldish
  • Imaginative
  • Warning

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Yellow Colour Summary

Yellow the beautiful colour of the sun, so bright and intense such as the feelings it can evoke, one of the most friendly and cheerful colours of the whole spectrum. Do be careful with it's use though as too much can cause eye fatigue and it is the most commonly used colour for warnings as it is so attention grabbing.

If your aim is to invoke quick thinking, yellow is a great choice, but don't over do it, too much yellow can cause feelings of frustration, that's why you rarely see it adorning the walls of any businesses or public places, if you do, it's likely a bad mistake! 

green

Associations

  • Growth
  • Peace
  • Health
  • Liveliness
  • Harmony
  • Nature
  • Life
  • Safety
  • Positivity
  • Ambition
  • Wealth
  • Soothing
  • Balance
  • Restfull

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Green Colour Summary

The colour of nature, seeing green brings reassurance and calm to users, such as nature it's self. It's very asynchronous with it's associations in real life and it brings them to the digital world. Think and reflect on how you feel walking in the woods, looking out over the moors or sitting in the garden, all these feelings you associate with the colour green.

It goes with out saying that green has a great positivity about it, with very few bad linked emotions (envy, money & greed).

PURPLE

Associations

  • Wealth
  • Inspiring
  • Adventures
  • Prosperity
  • Mystery
  • Wisdom
  • Spiritual
  • Ambition
  • Royalty
  • Sacred
  • Delicate
  • Nobility

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Purple Colour Summary

Such a rich a deep colour, with a strong psychological tie to royalty. It's a great choice for a accent colour and can really add an extra level to your design. Purple is also used a lot to portray mysticism and you would commonly see it in traditional magic shows or the like of a palm readers hut.

As with yellow, avoid using it too much as it can cause feelings of frustration if overly done.

BLUE

Associations

  • Calm
  • Peace
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Loyal
  • Sincerity
  • Melancholy
  • Dramatic
  • Tranquil
  • Confident
  • Strong
  • Responsible
  • Professional
  • Intellect
  • Stable

Existing Brands

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Blue Colour Summary

Blue is the most popular colour for men & woman, over 57% males & 35% females voted it as their favourite colour in a survey conducted in 2003 by Joe Hallock. Blue is predominantly the colour of trust & professionalism, it's a very sincere colour which doesn't scream for attention, it's very grounded and instils viewers with a sense of stability & professionalism, blue is Mr Good Ole'reliable!

Such as the sea & the sky, blue fills you with a feeling of calm, like looking out over the crisp blue ocean or admiring a bright blue summer sky. It's this association that gives you reassurance and trust.

'I'm feeling blue' - A popular phrase that ties the colour blue to the feeling of depression, being a cold colour it can have a sense of gloom and sadness, but as with all colours, there are pro's & con's.

ORANGE

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Associations

  • Warmth
  • Health
  • Happiness
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Confidence
  • Clarity
  • Creativity
  • Joyous
  • Compassion
  • Security
  • Fun
  • Freedom
  • Cheap

Existing Brands

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Orange Colour Summary

Orange has a strong connection with creativity, fun and enthusiasm, it's adds a little fun to some designs and can subtly grab the eyes attention. In a negative light, some people may perceive orange as cheap or childish, it can all depend on the context and what shade or orange you use.

We can see in the B&Q logo how it empowers there product portfolio, capturing the creativity of DIY and home decorating. It heightens your excitement for that next project! 

PINK

Associations

  • Compassion
  • Femininity
  • Playfulness
  • Love
  • Comfort
  • Warmth
  • Happiness
  • Innocence
  • Flirty
  • Gentleness
  • Optimism
  • Excitement
  • Imaginative

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Pink Colour Summary

Blue is for boys and pink is for girls...

This saying wasn't always true, it's only this way as of the 19th century when marketers started to capitalise on the colour associations for new born baby boys or girl. It used to be quite the opposite before then, pink was for boys as it was seen a a more strong & confident colour and blue was for girls as it was associated to be quite dainty.

21st century pink and now its main association is femininity & playfulness, commonly associated with makeup brands, beauty products & product packaging. In moderation it lends itself to be more comforting and playful, as seen with Baskin Robbins branding.

BLACK

Associations

  • Power
  • Strength
  • Intelligence
  • Glamour
  • Death
  • Luxurious
  • Modern
  • Authorative
  • Prestige
  • Serious
  • Expensive
  • Sophisticated
  • Mystery

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Black Colour Summary

Black in one of the most popular colours you see in high street clothing stores, it's a strong and powerful colour that provides a great contrast. Paired with the correct typography it screams prestige and elegance.

As black is such a strong colour it also tied closely to death and mystery, using black incorrectly can create a very sombre feeling to your brand. There maybe certain situations where you want to convey that feeling, like a remembrance day image or promotion (I.e - 10% of profits to charity)

There are only a few distinguishable shades of black before we start going in to the grey category and usually a lot of logos are all in!

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