Logo review please

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  1. ctrlaltdesigns

    ctrlaltdesigns New Member

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    So I'm more of a coder and I'm building up my portfolio finally. I'm trying to get my feet wet with the graphic design portion, please critique my 2 logos and be harsh.

    The attached images do it no justice btw, they look better to me on my dev site, check out dev.ctrl-alt-designs.com if the quality looks bad.
     

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  2. gregt

    gregt New Member

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    Your Logos

    I think your logos could be improved by trying to simplify them. For instance the Blue logo, lose the vertical lines separating the CAD. They do not really serve a purpose other than complicating the logo for the viewer. It is also to create a "mark" that makes your logo memorable. CAD is does not really make you stand out. One feature to think about when design a logo is to think about the viability of that logo being part of a bigger system of icons that will represent your brands. I could go on and on, but those are a few things that jump out at me.
     
  3. Wreck.one

    Wreck.one New Member

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    The top logo's font is pretty dated. I would just make a few more and once your juices start flowing you'll end up with a better result than you thought you would.
     
  4. Sophia M

    Sophia M New Member

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    Honestly, it looks like something walked out from a 70's fiction movie... Try some bright color and effects.
     
  5. rapidseo

    rapidseo New Member

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    it needs a bit more colour in it.

    although it does look nice :) good idea
     
  6. jumpingspider

    jumpingspider New Member

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    I would agree on adding some bright colors and effects. It looks dry on my eyes. Not that interesting. Sorry to be blunt.
     
  7. helloworld

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    to the rescue!

    For those of you who do not work with programmers..
    adding SOME bright colors is still much too vague for developers trying to learn design.. lol

    @ctrlaltdesigns they all have the idea right, but in the spirit of teaching..
    I do like the keyboard idea better.. since with initials "CAD" it makes me think of several things waaay before web design..

    you definitely need to simplify things a lot. you can always make a 3d version of your logo for certain projects later. you want your original to be
    1. VECTOR
    2. SIMPLE enough to put through a fax machine and still be recognizable.. if anyone still has a fax machine?.. not the point
    3. actually just go read this
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/26/vital-tips-for-effective-logo-design/

    now.. i went and found an ugly keyboard stock photo so you can see more of what i'm talking about. Here's an idea for you if you want to keep the keyboard theme for your logo.

    Look at these simple logos: http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/20-examples-of-simplistic-but-effective-logo-design

    ..and recreate/simplify the one i attached

    cheers!



    ps.. looking at this again, the return arrow is somewhat distracting on top of all the shadows/ rushjob grunge. I think it's because it is aligned with the ctrl/alt labels so you read it "louder"
     

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  8. ilovedesign

    ilovedesign New Member

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    I think it's not very attractive. Remember that a logo has to be remarkable. You can try rearranging the layout.
     
  9. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    And do you do any C.A.D. (Computer Aided/Assisted Drawing/Draughting) work?
    Because that is what your "logo" is going to tell them you do.
     
  10. che09

    che09 New Member

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    I believe you can improve your logo and make it better.
     
  11. jumpingspider

    jumpingspider New Member

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    Put some more effects and bright colors for the best result.
     
  12. jumpingspider

    jumpingspider New Member

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    Put some effects and bright colors for best result.
     
  13. maxisxjay

    maxisxjay New Member

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    The design is good but the colors needs some changes. Try something brighter. I think people will get confused your site to AutoCAD.
     
  14. HireLogo

    HireLogo New Member

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    Great tip for you to get in the habit of creating logos in vector rather than raster. I'm not a huge fan of this though. Are these two seperate logos or one whole logo?
     
  15. HireLogo

    HireLogo New Member

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    Also I don't think bright colors and effects are always the answer. Coders like simple code so simplicity may be your best bet. I'm not sure where your target is, but thats what I got from it.
     
  16. lindavictoria

    lindavictoria New Member

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    I guess the upper part is sufficient to be a logo already. The other part maybe could be used in the front page as an explanation of the website.
     
  17. jamesmorrison92

    jamesmorrison92 New Member

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    Your logo is good but i think it could be modified well to have a unique and attractive design logo. Just do one thing you can make the size of this logo slightly small, like CAD should be compact and the text below it should be kept apart that shows "CTRL ALT Design". Then only it looks good and clear to check. I think the color combination will also play an important role in this design.
     
  18. WooServers

    WooServers New Member

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    It has an average look! You have to change the color and font size.
     
  19. AnthonySavino

    AnthonySavino New Member

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    Can anyone recommend a good logo designer? Freelance basis. Much Appreciated.
     
  20. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    He's not stunned, he's dead! This, ... Is an ex logo.
     
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