Logos

Formats

A logo is usually one of the 3 following formats:

  1. Brand name in letters (Wordmark).
  2. Brand name in letters (Wordmark) + Symbol.
  3. Brand name in letters (Wordmark) + Design.

While you can decline your logo in several formats, I recommend to choose one format and one format only. The most convenient format is the wordmark alone, as it is the easiest to insert in documents and supports of all kinds.

Variations

Once you have a format for your logo, you should decline it in different variations. Here are the 3 different types of variations to consider: shapes, shades and extensions.

If you apply all of these variations, the ideal set of logos should consist of 18 logos per logo format.

1. The 2 shapes

Have a logo:

  1. in squared shape (ex: 5000px by 5000px)
  2. in rectangular shape (ex: 5000px by 3090px)

For the rectangular shape, I recommend using golden rectangles. Their proportions are supposed to be aesthetically pleasing.

2. The 3 shades

Have a logo in:

  1. black
  2. white
  3. color

3. The 3 extensions

Have a logo in:

  1. its original vector extension: .eps, .ai, .svg, .psd, .sketch.
  2. its transparent final extension: .png.
  3. its non-transparent final extension: ?jpg.

Dimensions

With logos, there is only one rule: the bigger, the better. A good width for a logo is of 5000px. That way, your logo can even be used on large formats such as billboards.

More resources

When it comes to tips and advice about logos, I recommend these very good articles from designer Lauren Hooker:
- 5 Types of Logos to Incorporate in Your Brand
- The Do's and Don'ts of Logo Design
- 5 Characteristics of an Iconic Logo

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