There’s never been so much choice when it comes to getting a logo designed.

Prices can range from $20 (approx. £11) up to around $280 (approx. £150) with various package options along the way.

If you need the logo printed on some stationery then check with your printer first, as most print companies will have an experienced designer on-board who can often produce what you need at a favourable price, as generally, print companies are more interested in getting regular, repeat work (the stuff that gets printed) whereas a designer’s only bite of the cherry would be the initial design, hence the higher cost. This doesn’t always follow, as many print companies are pushing more on the design side, due to the lower costs and good return on investment.

Not every designer can produce a great logo so this is where a logo-dedicated designer may well be more suitable for your needs.

VERY IMPORTANT: if you need the logo to arrange some printed stationery – business cards, letterheads, invoices etc. then I would strongly recommend that you contact your print company and get prices for various colour options. Let’s say, for example, that you decide you are happy with the 3 spot colour prices. This means that the printer will produce your stationery using 3 separate colours that you have agreed on. You can now approach your logo designer with the brief to produce a logo using the 3 spot colours you’ve already decided on. For instance, you may have decided to use Black for all the text on your stationery, and Pantone 032 (Red) + Pantone 072 (Blue) for just the logo. You can instruct your logo designer to produce a logo in 032 + 072. Black could also be added, as you will be using this anyway for all your text.
To recap: make sure you know how many colours you have available before you employ the logo designer.

What format will I need for my logo?

At the very minimum you will need an eps (encapsulated postscript) file of the final design, with any text converted to outlines.

What this means is you will have an industry-standard format that should be perfectly fine for sending away for various uses, e.g. magazine adverts, t-shirt/clothing printing/embroidery, printed promotional items (mugs, plates etc.), signage, vehicle livery, etc. etc. The list is endless. The main plus point of the .eps format is that it is totally scalable, in other words the file can be enlarged to any size you require, without loss of image quality, as would happen in bitmap formats, tiffs, jpeg’s for instance.

You will also need a hi-res jpeg format of your logo which you can use yourself in Word, Publisher, Powerpoint etc., just about any decent program will be able to use this format.

I’ve seen some logo design companies who only offer a high-res jpeg, as part of the package, and asking for an .eps file costs extra.

This is ridiculous as the logo will probably have been designed in Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand and the native format for these type of programs is a vectored image (eps). In plain english, they will make an eps first, and then produce a jpeg from this image, so to charge extra for an eps sucks.

Even if your new logo is for your new website it would be worth thinking ahead. Are you ever likely to need business cards, letterheads etc. to advertise your website? If there is a possible ’yes’ to this answer then, as previously outlined, get costings for various different colour combinations and order your new logo based on your findings.

Is it risky ordering a logo via an internet company?

As long as you choose a company with a good track record there should be no problems when using an online supplier. It would probably make sense to order from a company in your own country, should there ever be a problem.

Who should I commission to design my logo? A designer or a print company with in-house designer?

There’s a couple of ways at looking at this. Firstly, it has to be borne in mind that generally speaking, a designer has one shot at designing your logo, then you may never need his/her services again. Which would explain why his/her costs could be quite a bit more expensive than using your local print-shop’s in-house designer. The print shop, however, wants you as a regular client, so quite often their costs for design work would reflect this. In fact, many printers will throw the artwork in free of charge and make a nominal charge for the logo.

Are you getting the best design for your money?

Well, a ’top’ designer would probably not entertain being employed by a print shop, as he/she would obviosuly be seeking a position with a ’top’ design agency. However, just because a designer works for a print shop does not mean you will be getting an inferior design. Far from it. To prove the point, ask your print shop for examples of work designed in-house and you may well be pleasantly surprised. Just because you’ve spent £500 / $1000 with a ’top’ designer doesn’t automatically mean you will like the design. It’s purely a matter of taste.

Hope this helps a little when making your logo design choice.