With our world shrinking to the size of a smartphone screen, the first impression you make in a small space is more important than ever. What does your logo look like atop your website, on a mobile phone, or on a business card? Does it work in embroidered teamwear? What does the design say about your competence and quality?
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Logo Design: The Smartphone Effect & Other Logo Tips
May 5, 2021
Customers judge you by your logo, shouldn’t you get it right the first time?
What is a Logo?
A logo is an identity. Basically, it’s a name with a bit of personality. The design of your logo should reveal your brand’s … We see this in big brands like McDonalds or Mercedes; their logo is easily recognizable and immediately conveys a brand identity with just a small icon. But what about your business? Even small businesses benefit greatly from having a unique and recognizable logo.
What is the Role of a Logo?
Your logo is an illustration of your name. It helps you stand for something. Think about the last time you were driving down the highway, even children can identify the golden arches of McDonald’s and make a choice to want a Happy Meal over a fast-food competitor down the street. All from one glance at their logo.
What Most Small Businesses Get Wrong about Logo Design
The biggest problem we see is that small businesses task their logo with too much. When you overcomplicate your logo with multiple images, a slogan, etc, it makes it really hard to recognize who the business is. These days, your logo is most often seen at the top of someone’s phone screen in a tiny space. The more complex your logo, the less readable it becomes. You definitely don’t want to confuse your customer. An easy to understand, recognizable logo will yield your business brand recognition and convey trust to your customer.
Your logo is often the first impression your business makes; sometimes, it’s the last impression if your potential customer doesn’t like what they see. We highly recommend investing the time to get your logo right the first time. We hear lots of businesses say, “We’ll just put something together and fix it down the road.” This could cost a lot of time and money, with reprinting business cards, updating your website, signage, etc. Getting your logo right the first time allows your business to build confidence from Day 1 and start building brand recognition.
How does KMA Help Clients Establish Lasting Logos?
We listen to who you want to be. Your logo should be unique to you so we want to understand the image you’d like to portray to the world. We start with a one-page Creative Brief where we get some important input from you.
We talk about how your logo will be used. If customer search via smartphone is important, and your logo’s first impression is often made in the small space at the top of a mobile website, that will affect the simplicity of design. If you are a fun beach bar where tee shirt sales are important, that guides our creative approach.
We create options for you to consider. Most of our logo projects result in 3-4 different design options submitted to the client for review, usually in about 3 weeks. We review the concepts with you and typically select one of the directions.
We refine the chosen concept into a logo you love. It’s not uncommon that a client would like to see a revision where an illustration from one of the concepts is paired with the font from another. Typically, 2-3 rounds of refinements result in approved colors and success.
We give you the proper file types. Most business people have used .jpg and .pdf files and placed them on their social media pages, etc. (you’ll get those from us). But, professional printers will need .eps, or vector files, when you want embroidered shirts or vehicle graphics. You’ll get about 5-6 key file types.
Whether it’s to dress up an outdated image or modernize your logo for the digital age, we enjoy helping businesses look their best and have hundreds of satisfied logo clients.
Remember when QR codes were promised as the next big thing? That was about 10 years ago, and it’s taken a while, but the Covid-19 pandemic has propelled the contactless technology to the forefront. Restaurant menus have been replaced by phoned-scanned QR codes and the technology is making its way to billboards and retail displays as a source of product information.
We recently designed wall posters for a medical practice so patients can easily access information, including social media news and videos about procedures, while they wait in exam rooms.
Another use has been generating Google reviews where customers are asked to scan a QR code to leave a Google review about their service. The same is also being done for Facebook reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions about QR Codes Include:
1. What percentage of people use QR Codes?
As of March 2021, data estimates that about 60-65% of people use QR Codes on a daily basis for payment services, marketing purposes and other industry verticals.
2. Are QR Codes dead?
No. They are on the rise, especially since most smartphones enabled the QR Code scanner into their cameras for easy usage.
3. How can I track a QR Code?
Most QR Code generators feature a dashboard that allows you to track a QR Code’s usage including time, location and device of scan. While many are available, at KMA we use this QR Code Generator which automatically creates a QR code from the link you want to use. The QR Code Generator dashboard allows you to integrate the QR Code with Google Analytics for a comprehensive picture of consumer behavior.
4. How long will QR Codes last?
QR codes are not temporary and will last as long as the website, social media page, or whatever it is linked up to, is functional.
5. How can I create a unique QR Code?
We are happy to help. Just contact [email protected], where we’ll listen to your needs then effectively work it into your design. If you’re looking for DIY, we suggest this free tool.