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Logo Design & Graphic Design: 66 Smart Words

Logo Design & Graphic Design: 66 Smart Words

We are sharing this fun experimentation that involves logo design, graphic design and obviously words. Designed by Bachir Design, this is a personal collection where a word is spelled out into a straight-forward concept. Seeing this project reminded how often we would encounter a logo and we would be saying how the design is so simple. Well it might be because the work has been well done, this experimenting proves it well. Bachir is a brand designer from Rabat, Morocco. He's is also an art director and brand design developer, you should check out more of his work on Behance. I made this collection just for fun, it was such a funny & good experience for me i hope everyone enjoy it. Photo Gallery   More Links Make sure to follow Bachir on Behance

Branding & Logotypes Work by Wete Studio

Branding & Logotypes Work by Wete Studio

While most of our team and part of North of America is celebrating a holiday today, I am currently working on a branding/logotype project for a client. Scouting for inspiration on Behance, I stumbled across the work from Wete Studio where they shared their latest of their personal and commercial work. I thought it would be great to share it here on ABDZ, hope you like it! Wete Studio is a small and independant studio that specialized in typography, graphic design and art direction. Currently based in Barcelona, Spain; you can definitely find them via Behance. Few commercial and personal type works I did between 2016-2017. Clients: Desigual, Superism, Fortune Magazine, Overall Murals, Carolina Herrena, Aritzia, CdeC, LVMH, Agencies: 2x4, Creasenso, Havas   Links Check out Wete Studio: wetecacahuete.com Follow them on Behance

Logo Design Process: Marvel, a Prototyping and Collaboration Tool

Logo Design Process: Marvel, a Prototyping and Collaboration Tool

We would like to share this logo design process from our good buddy Paul von Excite who has done a tremendous job at redesigning the new Marvel logo through a custom logotype. From the sketching to the final result, let's follow an in-depth process through his words. I would like also to mention that it is the logo of the Marvel app, a prototyping and collaboration tool not what some of you might think! Paul von Excite is a designer that specialized his work into branding, lettering and logos. Located in Utrecht, Netherlands, we have featured his work before on ABDZ, make sure to follow his work on Behance and Dribbble. Marvel's co-founder Murat Mutlu reached out to me for a logotype refresh. I quite liked the old logo actually. Next to being awesome, Murat was pretty clear in his intend for style direction and after a quick call I was excited to get started. The goal was pretty clear, the new type needed to resemble a friendly, fun yet professional character with lots of personality and energy. The Marvel type also needed a stand-alone "M" character for smaller display usage.   In Paul's Words As mentioned above the goal was pretty clear which made the hunt for inspiration much easier. I had a clear view in my mind on how the first sketches should look, image below was used as a reminder while sketching. Work included from Nick Slater, Sergey Shapiro, Mark Caneso, Leo Gomez and myself.   Sketching Actually took a lot of inspiration from the previous Marvel type, especially the "r-v" and "v-e" connection were interesting to explore further.   Murat was a big fan of the angled versions as it resembled an energetic character. In the following image it was time to reflect on the type and see what needed improvement. The top left "M" was favourite over the bottom left "M", used Photoshop to combine the two together.   Final Sketch At this point it was time to improve the reflections of the sketch above and build the final sketch. With the above sketch underneath I used tracing paper to model the final sketch.   The counters of the "e" and "l" turned out a bit too small but left it at that and decided to go digital from here and refine it in Illustrator later.   Digital Version Below is a screenshot of the final sketch with the vectoring lettering on top. To position the characters correctly along the curved underline I started the tracing with the underline and used the underline as grid. The finished trace has a slightly less slanted curve angle, coming closer to an arch. Other aspects like kerning, stroke width and corners were also digitally refined.   Alternate Version With the full logotype done we still needed a stand-alone "M", this particular one was tricky to use because it was so slanted and angled. This caused us exploring back and forth between different "M's" but after all we maintained the original "M".​​​​​​​   The stand-alone "M" will only be used at the smallest display's, on small to medium and above sizes the full Marvel type will be used most. We modified the original "M" from the word-mark to make it fit better within smaller sizes and make it look more extinct.   Final Result Had an awesome time working together with Murat on the new Marvel logotype and really satisfied how the final result came out. Hope you like me doing this kind of articles more often, I would like to do this on a more regular basis and happy to hear your feedback for improvements!   Links Find out more about Paul von Excite: paulvonexcite.com Follow Paul on Behance And follow him on Dribbble

Logo Design: The Work of Leo Gaidukevic

Logo Design: The Work of Leo Gaidukevic

Time for that fresh logo inspiration here at Abduzeedo! Today we're featuring the work of Leo Gaidukevic, a graphic designer that comes up with some super awesome logos. He's got a clean and flat style, which I like very much. For more of his work, please visit his portfolio at Dribble! Cheers. ;)

Logo Design: The Work of Kudos Design

Logo Design: The Work of Kudos Design

Time for some sweet logo design inspiration. Today we're featuring the work of Serbian agency, Kudos Design. They come up with awesome design pieces for various clients around the world. Here are some of their logos. For more of it, please visit their portfolio at Logopond! I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Logo Design by Logo Lord

Logo Design by Logo Lord

It's that time of the week to get super inspired by a sweet set of logo design. Today we chose to show the super cool work of "Logo Lord", a L.A. based company. These sure are tight, so we hope it gets your brain pumped and running! For more of Logo Lord's pieces, please visit their portfolio at Dribbble! I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)

Clever Wordmarks by Duminda Perera

Clever Wordmarks by Duminda Perera

One thing I love about creative people is that they have to use that overflowing creativity somewhere. Some might write songs, compose melodies, stroke brushes in a canvas or even play with words and design logos. Duminda Perera is an Italian logo designer that comes up with amazingly clever ways to depict words as wordmarks. Here are some examples of his project called "Clever Wordmarks". This is only volume 1... for the 2nd one and much more of his work, please visit his portfolio at Behance! Cheers. ;)

Smart and Beautiful Logo Design by Spoonlancer

Smart and Beautiful Logo Design by Spoonlancer

Spoonlancer is a a freelance designer currently based in Fukuoka, Japan. He has a set of beautiful logo design projects on his Dribbble page that are for us a great source of inspiration. The range of styles is something to be definitely highlighted, from simple lines like a giraffe or a frong eating a fly to more classic/vintage looks like the amazing Book Keepers one. In addition to that there's very smart ideas like for the Breakfast Bear, the bear nose is a fried egg. There's much more to get inspiration from his work and that's why we are featuring them here on Abduzeedo. It's important to notice that despite the fact we have been focusing a lot on design system types of projects, like UI/UX and branding, we truly admire and will always feature all types of projects that inspire us. This post on logo design is a great example and we look forward to posting more on logo design. If you have any recommendation, please don't hesitate to share it with us. For more information about Spoonlancer make sure to check out his Dribbble page at https://dribbble.com/spoon-lancer Logo Design

Logo Designs by Sociedad Anónima

Logo Designs by Sociedad Anónima

With the year coming to an end, most of us will be publishing the work we’ve done during the past year. I stumbled across with the work from Sociedad Anónima who is a designer focusing his work into graphic design, branding and art direction based in Mexico City, Mexico. We are featuring a series of logo work that Sociedad has worked and they are quite beautiful. Playing with different approaches and style, it’s nice to see the work from different perspective. Selection of logos created during 2016.   More Information: http://www.sociedadanonima.mx.

Case Study: Trampa Logotype

Case Study: Trampa Logotype

Over the last month, we have featured the lettering work from Joe Sutton and today he is back with a case study. I shall add that he is sharing a full complete A to Z case study from the start and finish. Thank you Joe for taking the time to give us a demonstration of his experience and also sharing his process for everyone. Let me stop talking and give him the mic and hope you will enjoy his breakdown. This is a client project of mine broken down from start to finish, I share all the details that was discussed with the client and let you know about design decisons and process. I've always wanted to offer a sneak peak inside my process as I’ve seen it done before in other disciplines and found it highly valuable. I want to put something together that wold have helped me when I first started. In his Words   I was contacted to create a Logotype for Trampa. Trampa is an Urban Cycling Clothing Brand in its infancy. Their products have a Swedish design influence and a minimal and clean look that is functional, stylish and not out of place in a casual setting. Their target market is 16-30 year old male and females. I put together a document for the client to start with that broke down the the brand, goals, usage, keywords and competition. We put our focus on these as we found them to be the most important factors to focus on. After this I asked if everything align with their thughts and what kewords represented Trampa best. They wanted to try and represent Urban, Cycling, Swedish, Movement,Ffreedom, Exploration, Clean. Thet also also provided me with a few logos that he liked, they were very varied in style and so I knew that identifying which direction early on would be important. Sketching   When I go into sketching I just write the word out in a few go-to style, all caps, all lowercase, joined, unjoined and cursive script with a mix of character variations etc. Through this you can quickly understand where the issues might be between letters and where there are opportunities to create some unique ligatures. I’ll list the points that I discovered below: The ‘r’-‘a’ gives an opportunity for a ligature. • The two a’s could be interesting to experiment making the feature point • The ‘p’-‘a’ join could be an issue • We could join the ’t’-‘r’ • The capital ‘R’ or ‘P’ could be legs pedalling (Huge Gimmick) • Type of ‘a’ and ‘r’ were open for experimentation. • Capital or Lowercase T Sorry if those sketches have made your eyes hurt, but it's all part of the process. After Identifying these I can target each one and try and make something interesting. I had a feeling the best way to go would be with a very simple san serif type with a slant, I felt like it’d be the most simple and reflective of the clothing and brand. Howver, I still sketched lots of other styles incase I found something better. Once I had exhausted all my options I selected 9 sketches, there’s no specific number I choose. Usually below 10 as too many options can confuse the client and with this I refined them to an acceptable standard, still very far from perfect. The reason I choose at the early stage is usually they are so rough I'm the only one who knows where they could potentially end up like. So by choosing the best based off my judgement, with the project goals etc in mind, I offer the client more accurate optinons. You need to realise they aren't lettering deigners and that you probably understand your vision more than anyone else, so explain everything. Presenting First Concepts   Now I had all my first sketches to a point where it’s clear enough for the client to understand. Also not too far that it’d be a waste of time, I was ready to display them all. So I scanned the versions in and then played around with them in photoshop until they are darkened but not distorted, I find this again aids the client in visualising the options clearer. At this stage you're sharing the work to really to gain a better understanding of what the client's preferences are so you can get on the same page in regards to stylistic direction. It’s also the first point to explain my thoughts on how each one relates to the goals for the project. After initial discussions with the client and with the research I had done, I was pretty confident I knew which ones would appeal to them the most. They did select the ones which I advised towards being the best, which is always a relieving moment. I know that some designers don’t offer the options to their client at this early stage. I think it’s so important to keep them engaged from the beginning so that you don’t go off on the wrong path and face the revisions at the end. The client chose options 2, 3, 6, and 7 as his favourites and you can see the reasons below. 2: I love the underline, and the slight slant works well conveying movement. Maybe slightly harsh on the eye though. 3: I think it’s interesting and could be really cool or could be a bit odd. I think you could experiment a lot with it. 6: Is similar to 2 but feels more understated. Experimenting with the underline could work well here. 7: Surprised I liked this one but it feels like it has some flow to it. The capital T works well. They agreed that 5 and 9 were not clear enough and I agreed with what he said so onto the next stage. Refining Chosen Sketches   I take the scanned sketches, scale them up a bit and print them off so I can go into more detail and refine them. I use a light pad to trace versions rather than using tracing paper, that’s just my preference. Along with this I have some notes for each sketch with what to focus on initially improving. I work on this until I have them to a point where they are almost as refined as I can get them on paper. With this particular project it was more straight lines due the preference of the more simple, san serif style. So I think the computer is where the larger refinements could be seen properly. On projects where the style is more rounded and cursive then I like working on paper and creating nice smooth curves for longer as I feel like you can capture more personalitly on paper. I offered each option with variations to show which ones could be experimented with further. The aim is exhaust all possible directions narrowing your way down to the perfect final logotype. The client decision was to take 1 and 3 further. I decided that making a quick digital rough would give a clearer idea of the final and help finalise it down to 1 version. Digital Roughs   Starting in illustrator now I made both versions to a point where they were slightly refined but not nearly perfect. I also came up with a 3rd version which stemmed from option 3. This is now the point where you can really start to see what you’ve envisioned them to look like coming together. We decided that 1 would be the best option to refine completely. It had been the stand out for me all the way. It offered lots of options to experiment with underlines, fullstops etc. I made some small changes to it from the sketch, but it maintains the same character and basic overall look and feel. I added a fullstop as I know the client mentioned something about it. I think that we had a strong base to work off from here and now it was just down to the final refinements. Final Refinements   Now it’s all about the details. The main thing I discover when refining is when I tested what we had on a dark value, it looked too bold. This logo needs to be versatile and work in many usage cases, so I concurred with the client and displayed thinner version, we both felt that even making the line weight a little thinner helped with that issue and we kept pushing on. When I come to create the final version firstly, I create a grid so that I can align all the horizontal and diagonal lines. After this I look at the letter spacing and the kern the final version. Finally I go over making use the letter endings are all the same. Not forgetting the most important part which Is checking the logotype optically and how it looks to the eye. Sometimes the grid might force things that don’t look natural enough so making sure it looks optically perfect and not just grid perfect is important. The adjustments I had to make to this were the curves in the m, they were too thick and similarly with the p. I also did a lot of playing around with the a’s as they were becoming a distinguishable feature in the logo. As we planned to do, I also showed thick and thinner options with underlines and small changes which you can see below. We ended up going with a rounded full stop which you can see on the final version. Final Logotype   Here is the final version, on a dark and light value. There isn’t a colour palette yet as the project is in its very early stages. I've tried to share all the details I could, and hope this has been useful to some of you. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.    More Information: http://joesutton.co and make sure to follow him on Dribbble.

Halloween Logotypes

Halloween Logotypes

Halloween! Whenever you like this holiday or not, it’s always a great time of year to see everyone get in disguise and taking the time to Trick and Treating, playing pranks and more fun stuff. Designers, we take a different route, always! That’s why I love this initiative from Logobaker to assemble designers/artists all over Europe to create a series of logotypes on the theme of Halloween. Spooky, cheesy, predictable, we can’t help to enjoy the different types of style that would apply to these logo designs. We took the liberty to feature all of them instead of a few, hope you will enjoy! This collections has been created by designers from Logobaker community to celebrate Halloween. We hope you enjoyt it!   More information on this project via Behance.

Logofolio by Shaivalini Kumar

Logofolio by Shaivalini Kumar

Late at night, currently surfing the Web for a logo for a client project. One of the best parts of my process, exploring and get inspired. It might sound silly but letting my mind free while surfing does make a difference instead of trying to find something. I stumbled across the work of Shaivalini Kumar and I can't help to enjoy her logofolio from this year. It's full of great pieces and I like how she can co-exist a neutral solid colour with shadows. Hope you will enjoy! About Shaivalini Kumar Shaivalini is a designer currently based Los Angeles and she's focusing her work into Art Direction, Graphic Design, Ilustration and Typography. You should definitely check out her work on Instagram. For more information: http://www.supernovadesign.net.

Logo Design: The Work of Paul Saksin

Logo Design: The Work of Paul Saksin

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. The last time we featured the work of Monome and today we're featuring the work of Paul Saksin! Paul is a Russian designer, and for more of his logos, visit his portfolio. Every week we search the internet looking for great logo design. If you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Logo Design: The Work of Monome

Logo Design: The Work of Monome

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. The last time we featured logos with footprints and today we're featuring the work of Monome! Monome is a Switzerland based designer. For more logos, visit Monome's portfolio. Every week we search the internet looking for great logo design. If you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Typography in Motion

Typography in Motion

I am always amazed to see the evolution of the design community and the adoption to new styles and techniques. Motion design seems to be taking over, not only in the design industry, but everywhere. Apps like Snapchat are proof to this evolution and it gives a glimpse of a day where no more static images will be seen. Until then I hope we find a better format than GIF. That said, for this post I want to share some beautiful examples of typography in motion created by Starov Evgeniy and Dubnichenko Alexey. The main idea of this collection is to show new vision of using lettering logos combining animation and calligraphy. Each of these works have their own style and animation details so they can be placed in any kind of media space and become a part of the branding. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/Starov

Logo Design: Footprints

Logo Design: Footprints

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. The last time we featured logos with flowers and today we're featuring logos with footprints! Every week we search the internet looking for great logo design. If you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Logo Design: Flowers

Logo Design: Flowers

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. The last time we featured logos with giraffes and today we're featuring logos with flowers! Every week we search the internet looking for great logo design. If you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)