A New Business.. hows my logos?

Discussion in 'Logo Designs' started by doc fluty, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. doc fluty

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    hello im just starting my business out, and i have just a little clue on how to do things. ive made prolly 40 logos with logo creator 5.1 and these are my favorites. tell me what you guys think...

    also if anyone can do better than me (im sure of it).. could you show me some cool ideas with my business name "West LA Fitness"

    thanks alot.. and nice to meet you guys!

    Lonnie
     

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  2. Mr Laughingbird

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    Excellent Lonnie!
    Welcome to the forum.

    You've done some terrific work above.

    I've also copied this post into the "Logo Creator Gallery" section.


    - Marc
     
  3. OldenGray

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    I suppose if I had to pick a logo I liked from the 5 submitted by L., I would have to choose the one on the far right as it is the only one that is commercially attractive and appealing. My advice would be to avoid dark and muddy colored backgrounds as they do nothing to attract business. Also, it's a good idea to watch out for those color combination "gremlins" (as I call them) that cause oscillation. You know, that trick of the eye that causes colors to vibrate. Color combinations like red/green, blue/orange, and so on. You can usually tell when you have a bad color combo, but not if you are visually impaired as most of you know. Some folks can't tell the difference between red/black combinations, for instance.
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  4. 3DS

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    Hey Doc Fluty,

    I'd have to go with Olden on the #5 as the best choice. I like the choice of color & composition as the most attractive in the bunch for a Fitness biz. If it can still look nice without a background color it's usually a keeper, and I can see #5 hanging up on a store front of the gym all by itself no matter what color the building is. I can also see it backlit up at night very nicely.

    I would change the bottom curved font to match the upper curved font though. Using two font styles are ok if done properly, but they look a little uneven the way it is now.

    Great job!
     
  5. doc fluty

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    thanks for the tips... i was thinking of the black one as more a cool business card logo or something. im not the most creative type.

    i agree with you guys 5 looks the best.. cause its a template i just modified... i thought it would look too cramped on a business card. and i heard others on here talk about how cool black cards can be.

    maybe for fitness i can focus on the pastel colors since im working mostly with woman... or do you guys feel that irrelevant?


    thanks again!

    Lonnie
     
  6. homesight

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    put #5 on a black glossy business card, round the corners... that should look pretty sharp i'd think.

    Ryan
     
  7. OldenGray

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    My advice is to stick with what's acceptable, and traditional, by today's business folks. A standard size business card that will fit into a rolodex or a bizcard folder. No corners, no totally black cards, o.k.? (unless you're a funeral director) Go to your printer and look at some real nice vellum stock (go with the good stuff, like Cranes) in a cream or beige with a nice finish. You'll be glad you did. The professional image you present to a prospect is pretty much determined in the first few minutes of the initial meeting. Tip: an oversize card will be tossed.
    Olden
     
  8. Randy...

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    Black cards are very acceptable, depending on your business and done correctly. A black card for a fitness company could look great in black. You don't always have to do what everyone else does, especially if you want your card to stick out from the rest.
     
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  10. OldenGray

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    I still disagree with the concept. Sorry. Been on both sides of the desk. Want me to buy your work: look professional, be professional.
    Olden
     
  11. Randy...

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    Can you go into more detail on what makes a black business card less is than professional?
     
  12. homesight

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    I'll post my old business card when i get home... It was done in black, w/ a sleek or glossy feel, and rounded corners... It was extremely well-received. A little different than most real estate agents and memorable to boot. You need a bright color to pull it off though, much like #5.

    -HomeSight
     
  13. homesight

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    Lol!!!!

    Ps. Black Is More Slimming :)
     
  14. Topcatz

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    Black Bus. Cards

    I only created black business cards once. They were done for a co. named Dr Jag............They were his wife's idea and I was uncomfortable from the start, although I dealt with one of his customers (major client) and Jaguar owner (auto)........
    Short of the story, we did a leaping Jaguar (circa 1950's) and then he wanted a foldover (4 sided card.....) We complied, then he wasn't happy with the stock we suggested and wanted a coated stock when I told him you couldn't fold a coated card he said "don't worry". We had them printed and scored and he signed off on delivery..
    Final chapter, when they tried to fold they cracked, he stopped payment on his check.........I ate it, but it taught me a lesson about "pandering"
    to a client. Never again did that happen........
    I didn't and still don't believe a black card is professional..(maybe slimming)
     
  15. OldenGray

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    It really is a bold step to develop a business logo, write a business plan and a marketing plan, borrow the money and launch yourself into the great unknown. You are assuming a wide range of risk/rewards and you are placing your dream, and your financial future, right out there for everyone to see. So what happens if no one likes your logo, your business card, your collateral material, or even YOU?

    Wouldn't it make more sense to approach things from the traditional, the conservative, the sensible, integrating logo, business cards, stationery, signage, collateral? At the very least, you would project a favorable image and, believe me, image is everything. Give yourself some time to fully understand the business environment you work within and get your feet on the ground. Personally, I don't really care whether your business card is pink, black or purple. All I am trying to do is look at the larger issue, address the question you initially posed, and to try to answer you in a responsible way, just as I would for any other fledgling entrepreneur. It's not a question of black business cards, rounded corners, and/or justifying the rationale of those who choose them, rather it's a question of providing an attempt in this limited space to give you the benefit of my experience and, at the same time, a decided edge in your start-up.


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  16. Randy...

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    This would be a perfect example of 'what-not-to-do', speaking of the customer's selection of course.
     
  17. Randy...

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    All very good advise, from a veteran in the field.

    I think we were both saying the same thing, done 'correctly' and well thought out, a black card can be pulled off.
     
  18. Topcatz

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    You know I've looked at 100's of professional portfolios of those seeking employment with my agency"s.....I can not for the life of me remember ever seeing a black business card format in any of them...
    There must be a reason....
     
  19. Randy...

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    It may be your location or a regional thing????

    I've saw several of them.
     
  20. Topcatz

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    Indiana vrs California ?

    If you are talking about seeing them on Google, I'm not surprised, although I didn't see any on Vista print samples...................
    I just took a look at his web site and maybe the black works for him.....
    Topcatz
     

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