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08-07-2016, 04:03 PM   #1
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Logo design?

Want to upgrade my Professional logo. Has anyone hired someone for this? Or is it worth it to design my own? Any advice appreciated.

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Whether it is worth it depends how well you think you'll do yourself, and how much you are able to invest in professional help.

You can try a crowdsourcing service like crowdspring.com rather than hiring a marketing firm...
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Art Photography is pretty much exactly that...you take and show hundreds of pictures in the hope that one will sell. If not, you don't get paid. But obviously it's not compulsory, so I don't expect designers to work like that if they don't want to. The contract you use as a buyer is up to you, too.

If you have a local design school, that's definitely a good option, but if you don't like the result you are in the same position...you either accept poor quality, or don't pay and expect them to do that work for nothing...and you're still stuffed if their work is not 100% original.
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Why not just use one of your best pics as your "logo"?
A collegue who I really respect simply used his initials and business name across a really great shot of The Rolling Stones.

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Thanks for the replies! I am getting hired for events and portraits. I have been burning discs for clients and wish to stamp them with something more than the lightroom presets. I posed the question of watermarks (use em or lose em?) a while ago and I guess I am thinking branding may be a good thing especially in the early stages of building a sizable portfolio.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Crowdspring and their ilk are about the most anti-creative professional sites out there. They are even worse than sites simply posting pirated logo designs, where at least the designer got paid at some point to produce their work. Instead, their business model is to run design "contests" where designers work on spec and submit competing designs, and only the winner gets paid, while everyone else ends up working for nothing. Would you cheapen your own work this way as a professional photographer? If not, then why expect a graphic designer to?
Yes. They are a poor option and I don't like how they operate, but everyone involved does so willingly. The people who submit their work understand the rules of the game. Most of the people submitting work are probably students or hobbyists. Experienced, talented designers already have clients and don't waste their energy on these sites. Unless the work is being produced by force or coercion I don't have a problem with it.

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Thanks for the replies! I am getting hired for events and portraits. I have been burning discs for clients and wish to stamp them with something more than the lightroom presets. I posed the question of watermarks (use em or lose em?) a while ago and I guess I am thinking branding may be a good thing especially in the early stages of building a sizable portfolio.
Early on I probably wouldn't invest that much in a logo. Really, really, really push for clients to buy a printed book. Give them 2MP digital files that will show fine on an HD TV, but get a printed book and always show a printed portfolio. A3+ prints. Build a name not a logo. Focus on building the portfolio and showing it to as many people as you can. The brand and name recognition will follow. Take DCSHOOTER who posted above. Most people on this website know he does a phenomenal job restoring old lenses. He is an artist and a craftsman. He doesn't need a brand. People just need to see his work.

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Want to upgrade my Professional logo. Has anyone hired someone for this? Or is it worth it to design my own? Any advice appreciated.

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Maybe you should post your idea here and give ppl a stab at it or at least give you some advise on it. Most effective logos have some sort of subliminal design in them

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Hiring a Pro is a good idea if you want a logo. Think about who you are, what you want to do and what might set you apart. I see a lot of amateurish logos out there, and some which are obviously professional, I know which I remember. Once you pay for it, it's yours forever though a refresh every 5-10 years is advisable.

If you don't need a logo, just pick a font you like and have cards/letterhead made.

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