• Kimberly Norris

The Breakdown of a Logo Design at Norris Design

A logo design is something that will impact your business for years to come. It is important to get it right from the beginning. This is why at Norris Design, we put a lot of time into the design upfront before we even touch the computer to design something that is beautiful is easy, to design something that works is another story. We want to show you the breakdown of our process and how we create logos.




Discovery Session with Our Client

In a discovery session, our main goal is to listen. This is where we can really begin to hear and understand your problems, goals and dreams.


We also understand that we have to ask the right questions. We want to know about your goals as a company, your problems, who your target market is, how you are differentiated in the market, and how we can help!


Strategy Development

After the discovery session, we take the information and develop a strategy according to the needs, goals and target of the business. This is where we spend much time researching, thinking and brainstorming on our own.


Strategy is not just one simple part. Usually there are multiple aspects of the brand that we must marry together to create the fully developed feel of the brand.


Sketching

Once the strategy is developed and the vision is clear, we start to sketch. Sketching is the best way for us to get our ideas on paper efficiently and creatively. This helps us illuminate ideas that don't seem to pan out and further develop the ideas that do. Many times, the original ideas evolve into something very different as we continue to sketch. This is usually how our best design work is done.


Design of the Digital Logo

Once the sketch is complete and we are in love with the design, we scan the sketch and start creating the artwork on the computer. This is sometimes the shortest part of our design process. Sometimes, we just digitize the sketch but most of the time we continue to perfect and evolve the logo even further.


Logo Presentation

When we present the logo we start with a brief presentation. This includes a step by step introduction to our thought process and experience when designing a logo.


First,

We tell our clients that its not always about what an owner likes or dislikes, it is about what works. Our goal is to create work that is effective and appropriate for the business and target market. Many times the owner of the business is not the target market so our goal is not to only appeal to them.


Second,

We explain the criteria that we use for a good logo design. This is that it is appropriate in style and feel according to your target market as well as your position in the market. We also aim that the mark is both distinctive and memorable. This is important so that you can have ownership of your logo but also so that it can really hold its own and stand out. Lastly, it must be simple. This is usually overlooked. The logo should not say much. It should be these three things and it needs to be simple enough so that it can work in every place that it might be used. It needs to work in small formats, vertical or horizontal orientations, and it needs to be able to take on different colors as a silhouette.


Third,

We help manage our client's expectations. It is never love at first sight. It doesn't have to say everything about our client and their company. And most importantly, the mark is meant to be a vessel to contain what the brand says over time.


Fourth,

We discuss our perspective of the project, the objective as well as the strategy. This is to prepare our client to understand the thought behind every decision that we have made.


For this project our objective was to create a logo that can encompass the

values of the brand and can have consistent representations across all platforms so that the brand can grow recognition and value.


This was the objective because this was their third logo. Each time they changed the logo they lost time of brand recognition. We needed something that would work for many years to come and gain value. We also wanted to encompass the values and feel of the brand. The feel of this brand was to be personable, not rigid, forward thinking, the feel of upward trajectory and the ideas of accounting.


The strategy was that...

Empowered Tax Services should be represented by a logo that is unique and

encompass the feeling of personality.


It should feel inviting, not harsh (because she wanted to break the rigid stereotype of impersonal accountants since her business is very relational and involved.)


It should feel professional, not rigid (because it still need that element of trust and professionalism since it is a very important business service.)


It should feel modern, not old fashioned (because of this business' forward thinking, use of technology and modern practices when it comes to accounting).




The Presentation of the logo

Below is a style scape. This is one of multiple that we show to our clients in the logo presentation. The purpose of this style scape is to show the overall feel of the brand. Since the brand is not just the logo, we want to show the logo as well as our vision for the brand, too.


To accomplish the personable feel that this business wanted to portray, we chose the color of blue along with this light and airy feeling that is inviting yet not too feminine.


The color blue represents calm, trust and intelligence.

The light and airy feel helps this brand to not look too rigid while still looking high class, professional, and inviting.


The icon of this logo takes on many meanings.

The icon is in the shape of an abstract "E."

The three checkmarks represent the tasks of the accounting and the number of three represents completion.

The angle of the line represent upward trajectory of money.



Implementation of Feedback

During the logo presentation, we get feedback from our client and afterwards, we implement any changes needed. For this specific project there were no changes needed. For any logo project, we do include 2 rounds of revisions of the design work if needed.


Final Delivery

Once the logo is finalized, we prepare the files for delivery. We provide a package of many file types that you might need, a brand guide and all rights to use the logo. We also have a discussion to see how we can help you from this point to build your brand whether that is through a website, print marketing, or any other services.

 
"Kimberly with Norris Design was great to work with. She communicates effectively and focuses on understanding client needs and direction. She does quality work in a very timely manner. I highly recommend Norris Design Company for your website and graphic design needs." - Michelle Ross, Empowered Accounting Services

 

Check out or blog What Makes a Good Logo? for more useful information.


Logos that don't say ANYTHING is also a great blog that provides more insight on this subject.

 


Kimbelry Norris | Norrisdc.com | Kimberly@norrisdc.com





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A Note From the Author

As a business owner, brand strategist, and graphic designer I run in to questions and ideas every day.

As the owner of Norris Design, I started out wanting to solely be a designer, but education changed the way I thought, the way I viewed business and the way I viewed my role in helping other's businesses.  

Graphic design will always be my original love, but as I grew in knowledge, I realized the small view of design for the sake of something beautiful was such a disservice to businesses.

Businesses needed much more than just graphic design.  They needed to see the bigger picture of their businesses from the perspective of a designer.  Once I realized that branding had a huge role in large businesses that see amazing success but very few small businesses even think about branding or brand strategy, I realized that if I could offer a brand strategy view as a consultant rather than just an order taker graphic designer, I could actually move the needle in their businesses.

This is the beginning of where I started to fall in love with business, marketing, branding, brand strategy, consulting and brand building. 

It all started with education after college.

I obsessively read articles, listened to podcasts, watched videos, read books, and took classes.  This was to fulfill this desire to be more involved in the businesses side of design rather than just design alone.

So, this is why I wright. I appreciate other people's perspective and I hope that one day, mine can help someone else.

Kimberly Norris

Brand Strategy

We create a results-based brand strategy for all aspects of your company to foster customer trust and build brand acknowledgment over time.

Logo/Brand Design

Creating brand identities is our passion. We believe it takes insight into your business, your customers, and your hopes for your business to build the best logo possible. And we’re willing to take the time to do this.

Brand Consultation

We’re happy to meet with you on a consulting basis about your brand strategy. As your Brand Consultant, I’ll periodically check-in after the initial strategy session, on a continual basis, to make any adjustments or revisions to keep your brand and messaging on track. 

Print Marketing

Think of us as your one-stop-shop for printed marketing materials. We create thoughtful designs and take care of the printing for you. This can save you time and money. Our printing services include business cards, brochures, flyers, and more.

Website Design

Your website is crucial to your business, We design custom websites that are responsive to all platforms, are easy to navigate, and present your company professionally and clearly.

Search Engine Optimization

We offer affordable SEO that actually gets results.  This service includes on-page and off page SEO.  We offer local, regional, and national SEO Services with not long-term contracts.

Our Services

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