3 Ways to Make Your Logo Pop!
3 Ways to Make Your Logo Pop!
Article updated August 24, 2018 from the original post on April 12, 2011.
In my more than 30 years in design, I’ve seen a lot of great logos and seen a lot of bad ones. I’ve created a lot of good ones and a few bad ones in my day as well.
One of the most requested design direction I’ve received was “Can you make it … pop?”
If you are requesting that a graphic designer help you achieve this, you may see their eye twitch. The reason is, we need more direction. The immediate idea is that you, as a client, want it to stand out more in some way or another. A great designer will have asked many questions, looked at your ideal customer, and compare you against your competitors in order to create a logo that stands out in your particular niche. Before you begin, give a designer examples of what you consider really ‘pops.’ Is it the color? The font (typography)? Is there an image/icon that catches your eye? Keep in mind, while it is important for you, as the client, to feel good about your company logo, it’s the customer that needs to be drawn to you to solve their problem.
But let’s dive in a little deeper.
Why Does One Logo Stick in People’s Minds
and Another Fade into Obscurity?
Coca-Cola has been around since 1885 and Pepsi-Cola since 1903 (although originally started as Brad’s Drink in 1898) (source: wikipedia.org). Now, I originally shared that Coca-Cola has never changed their logo (see image below) although they did go by just “Coke” on some products. Pepsi, however, has changed it numerous times. Why? Looking at the history of their logo, it appears they were copying Coca-Cola’s style for a while as well as what the current trends were at the time. More recently, they are setting up their brand to be completely different. This is a much better idea in the long run.
The update here is that further research shows that Coca-Cola did change their logo, but as a designer, I will still say that it was less a change and more of the fact that without digital files, variations occur. Nearly all signs were hand-painted, and art departments often relied on artists to recreate logos. (see additional image below).
Back to the original question, though: Why does one logo stick and one fade?
Part of the answer lies in the fundamentals of logo design.
If you really want to make your logo pop, you’ve got to start with the basics.
- Keep it simple. A logo with an icon should be instantly recognizable and not make the viewer wonder what they are looking at. Keep your business name easy to read. This, by itself, can help that logo pop!
- Make it scalable. From a social media icon to a billboard on the side of the highway, the logo should still be identifiable. Not sure if it’s scalable as a designer? Squint when you look at the screen and see if you can still recognize what you’re looking at. A photograph is not scalable unless you start at the billboard size. Even then, just… don’t.
- Is it memorable? This can be a challenge, but the Coca-Cola example with its script and handwritten style design makes it memorable. Same as the Nike swoosh, the Apple with the bite out (no matter the color used), and the McDonald’s golden arches. A medical practice with a caduceus will not be memorable.
- Ensure it’s versatile. By now, it’s already scalable, which makes it a bit versatile, but what you want to ensure is that you can use it on t-shirts, letterhead, business cards, web, magazines, ads, and more. Also, consider it may be used as a one-color, spot-color, full-color, or even reversed.
- Be relevant. This is all about visually communicating what you do quickly. Don’t make the customer think. Make sure it relates to what you do or sell. If you sell coffee, don’t use a fishbowl…unless you are called Fishbowl Coffee (which is a whole different conversation about why you would ever do that.)
3 Tips to Make Your Logo Pop!
To simplify, use these strategies to make your logo pop:
- Make sure it stands alone as a simple black and white image. It can be just a typeface. I can have graphics or cartoons. It can simply be an image or icon. But be sure it can stand alone as black and white and NOT shades of gray. This is optimal for reproduction in any medium, from a newspaper to yearbooks and from t-shirts to websites. You can add color as you create your brand, but be sure to review the psychology of color (one source of many) to see what would project your business best.
- Use imagery. But use imagery that is either a) eye-catching, b) representative of your business (i.e. a podium for speakers), or c) reflection of you or your services (i.e. if you are known for your tie, use a tie in the logo… but be sure that your staff uses ties).
- Use typography that isn’t common AND modify it in some way. For example, DON’T simply use Comic Sans, web fonts, or whatever came with your computer and leave it as that in your design. And make sure you do something unique with the type, such as extend the leg of a ‘y’ or perhaps make the cross of a ‘t’ extend out farther. Some will bring letters closer together (kerning) or even connect them like two letter “o’s” could be linked and produce a unique new form.
These three simple strategies will make your logo ‘pop’ from other businesses.
Sample Logos by
Blue Zoo Creative
Do you know the three R’s of successful project management?
They are real time, relationship and responsibility. These three R’s of project management can transform an idea into a successfully completed project. When planning a project it is important to give real time schedules in which a project can be finished. To do this, it’s important to make a plan of action. You want to include when will the project start, how long it will take, review points, due date and finalizing with the client.
Maintaining a positive, cooperative relationship with co-workers and clients is also essential to quality project management. Good communication is the key to these relationships. Take a few minutes to email, call and keep the other team members and the client informed about the current project stage.
Assigning individual responsibilities for the tasks and taking responsibilty for the overall project can be the difference between success and failure! Your name is on you work. Do a job that you want to stand behind. Not all projects succeed, but they do teach us about our weaknesses, strengths and where to improve. Practicing the three R’s of project management is your stepping stone to success.
Project management is a dynamic and multifaceted discipline that requires skillful navigation in a variety of domains. From time management to relationship building and taking on leadership roles, the foundational pillars of project management are rooted in the ability to balance and coordinate tasks to ensure a project’s success. Whether you’re a seasoned project manager or new to the field, understanding the complexities of time, relationships, and responsibilities is essential in any project’s execution. In this article, we will explore some key insights and strategies to help you excel in these three critical areas of project management.
As a project manager, one of the most important responsibilities you have is managing time expectations. With time being one of the most limited resources we have, it's essential that projects are completed on time and within budget. This can be a challenge, but with proper planning, it's possible to give realistic schedules in which a project can be finished. Planning a project is a key part of managing time expectations. You want to make sure you have a clear understanding of what the project entails, who will be involved, and what resources will be needed. Once you have a good understanding of the project, you can begin to develop a plan of action. Your plan should include when the project will start, how long it will take, review points, due dates, and finalizing with the client. It's important to break the project down into manageable tasks and assign responsibilities to team members. This ensures that everyone knows what they are responsible for and can work towards a common goal. When developing your plan, it's important to take into account potential roadblocks that could arise during the project. It's unrealistic to expect everything to go smoothly, so be sure to build in some flexibility into your schedule. This will allow you to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and still keep the project on track. Regular review points throughout the project are crucial to managing time expectations. This allows you to keep track of progress, identify any areas where things are falling behind, and make adjustments as needed. By staying on top of the project throughout its lifecycle, you can avoid any surprises that could impact the timeline. Another important step to managing time expectations is to set due dates and communicate them clearly. Make sure all team members know when their tasks are due, and build in ample time for review and feedback. By setting due dates, you can ensure that the project stays on track and that everyone is working towards the same deadlines. Finally, it's important to finalize the project with the client. This is when you will deliver the finished product or service and get feedback. Make sure that the client understands the timeline and is on board with the schedule. If there are any changes or delays, be sure to communicate them clearly. In conclusion, managing time expectations in project management is a critical task. By planning the project properly, breaking it down into manageable tasks, building in flexibility, setting due dates, and communicating clearly with the client, you can ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget. Remember to stay on top of progress and make adjustments as needed. By doing so, you'll be able to deliver successful projects that meet or exceed customer expectations.
Maintaining a positive, cooperative relationship with co-workers and clients is essential to quality project management. Successful project management cannot be achieved without effective communication, and strong communication skills are the key to building solid professional relationships. To be successful in any project management endeavor, project managers must put in the effort to maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders involved, including fellow team members and clients. First and foremost, good communication is fundamental to building cooperative relationships. Communication is more than just exchanging information; it is about connecting with others. Effective communication is about understanding the emotions and intentions behind the information being shared. When communication is practiced adequately, it is possible to build strong relationships with team members and clients. There are many ways to build good communication with co-workers and clients. One way is to take a few minutes to send an email, give a call or send a text with updates about the project. Keeping the other team members and clients in the loop about the current project stage not only helps maintain a positive relationship but is essential to effective project management. In addition to keeping team members informed, it is equally important to listen actively when communicating with them. Active listening means making a conscious effort to hear and interpret what the speaker is saying. It is an essential tool for fostering open communication and building robust professional relationships. Another way to establish a cooperative relationship with co-workers and clients is to practice empathy. By putting yourself in the other peoples' shoes and understanding their point of view, it is possible to build trust and establish a rapport that leads to effective communication. Empathy is also an important trait to have when working on projects, and it can be essential for identifying and addressing any concerns the team may have. Setting realistic expectations and following through on commitments is another key to maintaining strong professional relationships. Establishing clear timelines and keeping the team and clients informed of the progress of the project can help to prevent misunderstandings and miscommunications. Furthermore, it shows that the project management team is committed to delivering quality work on time. In conclusion, maintaining positive and cooperative relationships with co-workers and clients is essential to quality project management. Good communication is the key to building these relationships, and communicating through various channels, such as emails, texts, and phone calls, is necessary to keep all stakeholders informed. Active listening, empathy, setting expectations and following through on commitments are all essential skills that can help to establish and maintain strong professional relationships. Remember, effective project management is about more than just getting the job done; it is also about building and maintaining relationships that enable everyone to work efficiently and effectively.
As a project manager, your reputation is on the line with every project you oversee. To ensure that you are consistently delivering quality work, it is essential to create an atmosphere of responsibility in your team. Whether you're just beginning your career as a project manager or are a seasoned professional, the following tips will help you achieve this goal. Firstly, it is important to establish clear roles and expectations for each member of your team. This will help everyone understand their individual responsibilities and what is expected of them in terms of contributing to the project's success. Being transparent with your team members will give them a sense of ownership to execute their tasks with care and consideration. Secondly, it's important to conduct periodic check-ins with individual team members to evaluate their progress and provide them with feedback. Frequent communication will allow for any issues to be addressed promptly, and it will also ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the project's progress. Another key aspect of creating responsibility in project management is to lead by example. As the project manager, your actions will significantly impact your team's behavior. When your team sees that you are taking responsibility for your work, they will be more likely to do the same. It's also essential to demonstrate integrity and honesty in all of your dealings. Additionally, making sure that everyone has access to project-related data is important. This equates to having a clear understanding of what is happening on the project in real-time. Evidently, regular updates, progress reports and status updates will work best for all stakeholders. Finally, the most crucial element of ensuring responsibility in project management is developing a team culture based on accountability. To achieve this, you should strive to create an environment that encourages your team members to take ownership of their work, hold themselves accountable for their actions, and commit to doing their best to achieve excellent results. In conclusion, project management is not easy, and it requires an excellent level of commitment and responsibility. It is vital to establish clear goals and expectations, monitor progress consistently, take responsibility for your own work, and lead by example. By doing this, you will cultivate a team culture of responsibility that will lead to successful projects and a successful career as a project manager. Remember, ultimately your name is on your work, and your reputation hangs on your ability to be a responsible and capable project manager.
In conclusion, mastering the three R's of Project Management (time, relationships, and responsibility) is essential to ensure project success. Time management skills ensure timely delivery of the project, developing positive relationships with team members and stakeholders improve collaboration and communication, and taking responsibility can foster a sense of ownership and accountability. These skills also translate well into other areas of life. Remember, managing projects can be challenging, but developing these skills can go a long way in making the process smoother for everyone involved. So, start mastering these R's today and take your projects to the next level!
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