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Logo design dilema?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by fairwayCuts, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. fairwayCuts

    fairwayCuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    I started up my LCO last June and just threw a logo together myself to put on some flyers and such. Well this year I'd really like to have something professionally done and aren't quite sure where to go. I've been looking at designoutpost.com and they seem to have some good stuff for fair prices. What I was really wondering though is if anybody has used a local design firm for something like this. I called a couple of places where I from and it seems like it's just a bit out of my budget. Do you think it's worth the extra money to have a firm create something, or is an online studio just as good? If anyone has any other suggestions that be great to! Thanks
  2. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,830

    over the years, i've spent over a million dollars worth of other people's budget on design services. for the very minimal fee vs. design process you get from designoutpost, i'd highly recommend them. personally haven't used them, but i've spent much time on the site and am impressed. if you were to go through a similar process in a local design studio, you'd have spent many times their fees, so calling them "fair" is quite an understatement :) . my assumption is they are probably design students or part-timers padding their spending cash because you couldn't come close to that walking into a shop, especially with the often tedious design revision requests i've seen there.

    whoever you use, go into it with a good idea of the image you want to evoke. unless you tell them "no golf designs for fareway cuts", you'll proably receive every one with some form of golf theme.

  3. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I got my logo done for $150 or so at designoutpost.com. Compared to the thousands of $$ that a professional place wanted to charge, that's a damned bargain. I highly recommend them, I was more than happy with them.
  4. fairwayCuts

    fairwayCuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    it seems like a lot of people like their work. I'l think I'll probobly use them. Have you ever had them design a postcard or bus card?
  5. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    Put a posting up at your local tech school/University that has a graphic arts program. You can get a good design for very cheap and the students can add it to their porfolio. Just an idea.
  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    No, I had the chick that did my logo do my b card design, turned out nice, imo.

  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I recently had them design my flyer for the spring and was very impressed. Other than this particular artist not responding as frequent as I think he should of, I am glad I went this route and will do it again.
  8. Cracker

    Cracker LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Messages: 70

    I was very very happy with the people who did mine. They also did my yellow pages ad.They were very easy to work with.
    ammoadvertising- website
    no I do not have any association with this place, just very happy with their service, support, and pricing.
  9. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Promower has a good idea. Look for someone local (student, someone on the side etc). They have a feel for your region/area and a college student could always use the money. A face to face meeting always has its benifits and you know any problems will be fixed by final approval. Have them give it to you on CD in many formats (.jpg, .tiff, .bmp)
  10. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Don't for the vector based formats like .psd and .eps. If they are a true professional they will have these formats available. Honestly, try www.designputpost.com Your logo is not something you need to budget for (so to speak). If you can't afford the $100 that the logo will cost....beg. borrow or steal or wait until you can afford it, but get it done professionally. It represents the image of your business and will last for many years.

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