I find starting a logo for a new client can be really fun, incredibly exciting, and sometimes a daunting process and task. That is only because I know there are hundreds, thousands of possibilities of the directions my creative pen or mouse could take me and the project! My mind starts to race, and inevitably, I draw a blank. Gotta love the creative mind . . it sees something shiney and . . . arrrrrghhhhhhh! Does this ever happen to you?! You just don’t know where to start, or dont know where to go next, or are afraid there is something brilliant just around the corner that you just can’t quite get to?!
I like to start with one thought, color, element, then go in a completely different direction, writing and drawing as fast as my mind and hand connection will let me, but when your mind goes blank what do you do?!
The fifth stage of creativity from my college course on creativity says that one incubates on it, engaged with other activities, those pesky little grey cells germinate and poof a solution presents itself. I like to look for inspiration. I am a seeker and a visual person and get excited at how other people have solved a problem (“How do you solve a problem like Maria?” from the sound of music is playing like a soundtrack in my head now . . . but I digress).
Sources To Get Logo Design Inspiration
My favorite web presence for showcasing, and viewing, logo design work is Logopond. LogoPond is a gallery site that exists specifically for logo design inspiration. You can find big number of logos created by designers all over the world and this maybe can help you to catch some ideas which will help you develop better logos.
Favup is a design inspiration gallery that allows visitors to vote on their favorite designs. The site features logo, biz card, flash sites, and css site designs for the uninspired.
LogoSauce is another portfolio site where users can submit their own work, featuring only logos. The logosauce website has the cream of the crop and there are featuring over 5,000 designers with profiles on the site.
LogoLounge is another great website for logo designers who are looking to display their work, and therefore a great place for design inspiration. It has become one of the pre-eminent online and print resources for great logo work.
Logo Galleria offers a clean layout, with a nice logo and large previews for featured logos. You can get inspiration for a logo and you can showcase your own work. The best feature they offer at Logo Galleria is large previews of current logos in the showcase.
LogoGala is another logo design gallery showcasing fresh logo inspiration. They have plenty of good samples to browse through and you can submit your logo designs into LogoGala features gallery.
Logo Of The Day is a high-profile logo design award scheme that rewards the best professional logos and trademarks designed throughout the world. Logo Of The Day is an excellent resource for inspiration. Check it out if you want to see what other designers around the world are creating!
LogoMoose is a simple and very easy to use gallery to inspire (logo) designers. LogoMoose not only features best logos on this website but also offer daily portion of logo inspiration.
LogoFaves showcase best creative logos developed by logo designers and they showcase it in their gallery. In their own words “We take pride in introducing some of the best talents in the world of logo design by bringing them together and turning the spotlight on their work”.
10. Logo From Dreams
Logo From Dreams Awards is a website collecting creative and inspiring logos from all over the world. It showcase some fine logos designed by professional designs all over the world.
LogoFury is a logo design gallery that provides an constantly updated source of logo design ideas and inspirations. LogoFury showcase logos collected from the best sources the internet has to offer and bringing them all to you in one place.
12. Logo Design Love
Logo Design Love is great website maintained by David Airey, which features logo designs under various categories. David writes articles on logo design and showcases a lot of great pieces of inspiration.
Lo8os is a logo and graphic design community where users can share their work and find inspiration. Lo8os lets you promote your work by posting it in the Gallery; comment on other people’s work and get feedback on yours; post News to let people know what you’re upto.
Logoed is a good resource that showcases excellent logos. It’s a good place to start with if you are looking for logo design inspiration. The site has been around for a long time and has a good variety of logos in the archives.
LogoTwo as the name says it’s a Web 2.0 logos showcase gallery. LogoTwo have one of the largest collections of Web 2.0 Logo designs on the Internet submitted by webmasters around the world. Various logos are gathered from all over the internet and categorized in the database.
deviantART is an online art community for artists and art lovers to interact in a variety of ways, ranging from the submission of art to conversations on a number of topics. deviantART contains thousands of portfolios and art work submitted by designers all over the world. There’s a sub-category for logos and logotypes under the design and interfaces category. It’s the best place to know what other designers are doing.
Carbonmade is a site where designers can post their portfolios in all kinds of design. It helps you build and manage an online portfolio website. Carbonmade also features portfolios of designers who specialize in logos. It’s a great place to browse and find some inspiration.
design:related is a community site and inspiration tool that brings together creative people from different disciplines (and parts) of the design world. Design:related serves to motivate designers to share ideas, inspire, and be inspired. It turned into a useful resource for those seeking design inspiration, or even those looking to hire a great designer.
19. The Identity Archives Project
The Identity Archives Project is amassing an international database of active or previously active logos, logotypes, icons, brand identities, brandmarks, corporate identities. Users can submit there own work for inclusion and showcasing.
20. Brand New
Brand New, one of the best resource dedicated on logo design. Brand New provides opinions on corporate and brand identity work. There is good discussion around changes in brand identity- not only in the posts, but also in the comments. If you’re looking to learn more about logo design and trends, this is a good resource.