4 Crucial Steps You Need To Take Before Crafting Your New Venture’s Logo

Don’t hire us to create your logo. Not us, nor anyone else therefor. Sure, we could create a great logo for you. It would look timeless, be very well designed (I believe we are one of the best, and many agree), it would work across platforms and for years to come, and everybody would be telling you how much they love it. So why shouldn’t you hire us to create this important piece of branding for you?

Chances are you don’t need a logo designed. Not yet.

Chances are you need a brand built, and your logo is just a part of it. By creating a logo in a vacuum, and out of sync, you will likely fail. I don’t want you to fail. Nor be part of failure. I think we share this belief as entrepreneurs.

It’s the cart before the horse idiom: Why put the horse in place if we don’t know the message by the messenger yet?

Below are 4 key elements you have to have in place prior to embarking on your logo design; they are the bare minimum requirements, the wheels of your cart so to speak:

1. You have a positioning statement in place that focuses on the ‘why’ and you stand tall behind it

2. You created 3 target audience personas that stand for who you are actually talking to/with

3. You know your brand personality and its associated keywords and are ready to act upon it

4. You have created a meaningful name that responds successfully to all of the above

If you don’t have these in place, creating a logo would be wasting your money, and (y)our time. It’s a lose-lose situation. How would any designer know what to design without these in place; how would the logo convey what it needed to convey; and finally, how could it connect with your audience? I don’t know, but I see it happen every day on the client’s expense.

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