Every designer has their own approach to the logo creation process. Here is mine:
The initial step with any project is determining the customer’s needs. I ask anyone interested in working with me to first fill out my project questionnaire. The info you provide will allow me to create a price estimate / proposal based on your needs and expectations. If we’re on the same page with things, we can then discuss things further over the phone or a cup of coffee.
Once a project is underway, I spend some time researching my client’s business more in depth. This may include me asking more questions, viewing your company website if you have one, and learning a bit more about your industry. This extra research is key to creating an appropriate and non generic design.
The most time consuming part of logo projects is the conceptualizing stage. The process usually begins with the drawing out on paper a list of keywords that best reflect your business/venture. This offers a good starting point for sketching out and brainstorming of ideas. I usually end up with pages full of rough concepts, which are then narrowed down to a select few.
This is where the best ideas conceived in the conceptualizing stage are pursued further. Worthy sketches are scanned into the computer where they can be redrawn digitally in Adobe Illustrator. Time is also spent finding appropriate typefaces and possible color schemes. On occasion (especially with more elaborate logos), I will skip the refining stage and simply present the client with a rough version to see if the idea is even worth pursuing before time is wasted perfecting it.
Rather than send clients logo previews over simple white background, I display the designs in mockup form (on business cards, packaging, signage, etc). This helps provide a better sense of what the logo will look like in real life application or as part of a cohesive brand. Along with each preview, I include a write up detailing my thoughts on each logo.
Upon feedback from the client, any necessary changes to the presented logos will be addressed (i.e. color, type, graphic modification). In the rare instance none of the logo concepts are satisfactory, additional concepts can be purchased.
Once a client gives the thumbs up on a logo and makes final payment, I compile all design files and send via email or Dropbox. Assistance with printing can be arranged, as well as any stationery or branding design needs.