I thought it would be helpful to create ‘one-stop shop’ resource page for all your logo design needs. I’ll add to this as I learn and discover more so it remains up to date! I suggest bookmarking it for future reference. Enjoy! Anything to add? Send me a message and let me know!
Logo Design Tutorials
No matter what skill level you’re at, watching design tutorials is a must! I highly recommend signing up to Skillshare, as you can learn all the tools you ever need for a small monthly cost. Skillshare has also kindly allowed me to offer you a free month membership to try it out!
I’m a big fan of Aaron Draplin. The course Logo Design The Draplin Way is great. If you’ve not seen it, watch the video on the right that went viral when it was first released, and hopefully you’ll be a fan too!
As an alternative online learning service, I also recommend Lynda Learning.
Logo Design Books
Here’re a small selection books I’ve really enjoyed, that have been helpful for me in my career. I recommend buying yourself a copy.
- Logo Creed amazon.com | amazon.co.uk
- Logo Design Love amazon.com | amazon.co.uk
- Smashing Logo Design amazon.com | amazon.co.uk
- Designing Brand Identity amazon.com | amazon.co.uk
- Work for Money, Design for Love amazon.com | amazon.co.uk
Logo Design Blogs / News
- Logo Design Love
- The Branding Source
- Creative Bloq (branding section)
- Brandnew (A division of UnderConsideration)
- Design Week (branding section)
- Design Taxi (branding section)
- Logo Designer
- The Logo Smith
- Identity Designed
- Logo Lounge
- Logo Geek (my blog if you’ve not seen it)
Logo Design Galleries
There’re heaps of logo galleries online, perfect for inspiration, and a great way to share your work with the design community.
- Logo Pond
- Logo Lounge
- Logo Moose
- Logo fury
- Logo Gala
Logo & Branding Competitions & Awards
- Logo Lounge – you can get in the books
- Transform Awards
- How Logo Design Awards
- International Visual Identity Awards
- Best Brand Awards
- Contest Watchers – an up to date list of the latest design competitions.
Creating a portfolio website
Every designer needs a good online portfolio. If you want a quick/easy solution I recommend using SquareSpace as it has nice templates out the box, however, it does have limitations, especially if you want to use the site as a freelance graphic designer. Most designers and well-known bloggers (including myself) are using WordPress to power their website, which is a free open-source content management system.
To get started you will need to register a domain (the website address) and arrange to host with an SQL database. A 1and1 website offers a really easy and low-cost all-in-one solution, allowing you to buy your domain and hosting in one go. They also have a one-click instal for WordPress making it really easy to get started.
Although there are free WordPress themes if you’re serious about your new business I recommend the themes from Theme Forest. They are around $50 each, but worth the investment.