Whether you’re a blogger, entrepreneur, designer or a group with a site to display their business, we all need a way to show our audience how our logos stand in behalf of how we want people to look at us professionally or personally (hence why graphic designers exist as they are able to work with clients is able to create a cool looking logo for their site).
It wasn’t like that when I first started out my blog ZyraKuma.
You can say that I was studying graphic design from online tutorials and courses with just only the basic elements and principles of design, which means that with much benefits from those lessons and knowledge, I was like, “why not just create your own logo?” So I did.
To be honest, I don’t think it looked as good as it did when I created them. I very often “cringe” while analysing these old logos I created about a year ago. It’s like looking at old drawings I did when I was 12. Very cringeworthy indeed.
But, the point here is, I want to show you guys all my older logos I did (yes, ALL by myself kind of) and I’m aware that you’re either going to criticize my logos, cringe or both. But that’s OK! I’m pretty much criticizing myself while we go through them so feel free to judge me however you want! (I’m cool with it).
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
1. Very First Logo
I did this on Canva, the site where you can create graphics and more etc for free. I wasn’t very confident in using Adobe Photoshop but might as well use a site where I created all my “terrible” Pinterest Graphics.
Anyways, the problem here is the placements. I tried to do a thing where I connected the heart with the word “Kuma” and place the word “Zyra” on top of the heart. What I was trying to pursue here is using the spur of the “K” and making it look like a heart string that is connected to the heart. The “Y” however just blocks it from looking like a heart as well as clashing colours of the hot pink and black.
The fonts, I don’t really like it that much since it’s not a contrast between serif and sans-serif.
Most importantly, I don’t really see a purpose for the heart, it just came out of nowhere. Maybe it was to show self-care or lifestyle? Not really sure.
2. Second logo
Again, this was created in Canva. The placement is awkward.
I wanted to shorten my logo to make it fit as an icon so I removed the full name and just add in the “Z” & “K”. I must admit, I like how the leg of the Z fits in the heart (good job younger me!) however, the “K” was to make it look like a heartstring (like the first logo) which now looks off.
3. My third logo…
Urgh, how will I explain this? Ok, so this time, I made my logo in Photoshop. Again, I was not confident enough to use Photoshop and basically, my idea here was just to hurry along and create a new logo. Bad idea.
For the paper origami heart behind the letters, I was trying to make it look like an actual origami heart but if I look at it now, it looks like a pink folded crepe. The letters, I copied them and scale them to fit into each other. Why did I think this was a good idea?
Lastly, the roses were just to add a crop so it doesn’t look plain. Another bad idea. And oh, the colours, it hurts my eyes!! This has got to be definitely one of my worst logos.
4. It’s time for number 4!
Ok, so this logo was inspired by many banners from other bloggers where you can see that they have those watercolour backgrounds and their site name on top of it (pretty much like the one I have currently). It looked so cool so, I wanted to try to do that.
Except, I wasn’t using actual handmade watercolour backgrounds. Experienced with different brushes on Photoshop, I found one that kind of looks like swatches. It looks like lipgloss swatches instead of watercolour swatches, to be honest.
And the lettering, urgh, again with the colours. I was trying again to connect the letters together but somehow, it looks like something you would see on a wedding invitation.
5. New change
I saw different logos where they had circles used for their logos so I wanted to try that. Definitely not what I had in mind.
The patterns behind the circles, I really don’t know what the purpose for that was. Was it to make the background busy or something? The typography type is fine but it’s scaled way to large, overfilling the circle.
The colours… I’m between bad and good. I like the pastel between blue and pink but it just clashes with each other and I don’t find it admiring.
6. The cycle repeats
I yet again tried to use Photoshop. Ok, I must admit, this must be my worst one out of all the worse ones. The spacing, the typography, the colour, the shape… Pretty much it just doesn’t work well as I thought it would.
This logo, however, was used for the quickest time before I changed to another logo. What I was supposed to achieve here was a sort of layout where the shapes collapsed on each other (pretty much like a pop-up book).
The typography isn’t even my style, I’m not sure why I picked those and the colour just clashes with each other, making it look very unappealing. If I had to pick between 3 or 6, it would probably have to be 3. I even forgot I made this logo!
7. The lucky 7th logo!
Inspired by many other logos, I wanted my blog theme to have triangles in it (no I am NOT in the “secret club”) so, I wanted to try logo 6th movement with the object collapsing and I must admit, I like this one.
I like how the triangles angle with each other, how the colours contrast instead of clash together. The typography, I could at least improve it by using sans-serif instead of fancy type and change it to a more lighter colour instead of using black.
So, this is where I start to progress in my logos and improve each time as I go.
8. I love this logo.
I’ve started to learn the advancement in graphic design, explored ideas and resolute into something that I did approve on.
I learned that I need to explore, research, sketch up as many designs as I can, trial and error the picked design and do a little twitching for the final product. All the long and awaited work finally paid off as I went through the stages.
The 1st to the 7th logo, I just got ideas or use my own ideas and splat it on the application hence why I don’t like how neither of them looked. This, however, was pretty much the longest one that I have left on my blog and I might use it again sometime in the future (probably not we’ll see).
Only problems were the dpi, background, and sizing based on how it appeared on the web. I wanted the type to fit in the white circle but apparently, it to large. I wasn’t expecting it to have a white circle as the background because I wanted it to have a transparent background.
Oh well, it doesn’t matter since it looks transparent when I placed it on my blog posts.
9. This one you are seeing now is the current one I’m using (when the post was posted). I love this one even though I didn’t create it!
Those templates were free to download when I had bought my new theme for my blog on Creative Market. I definitely got a chance to try out and do some editing based on my liking and what fits. I know, I know, there are so many sites out there with a circle logo but I actually like them.
Not sure why I do, but I guess it’s the spacing and balance between shapes and typographies. Anyway, with this logo, I used Photoshop. Hey! I’m getting used to using this popular software and I’m using it often with my editing for my images. With this logo, I changed the typography type, font, and scale.
For the circle, I didn’t like it is all plain and black so I choose gradient by using my main blog colours hot pink, light pink and gold.
The outcome is fabulous and something that really impressed me so far as well as how my blog stands out.
Hey, I know the last one seems like it’s cheating but it really isn’t! I edited it based on my liking and boy, I can say that this logo is going to stick with me in the long run.
In the future, if I do improve my “graphic design skills” then I will be able to create something on my own based on my ideas. And all of this? Cost 0 cent to create.
Literally, I didn’t buy from a professional graphic designer to create a logo for me. This is all it’s come and you don’t really need much graphic design skills as you need to create it except for the basic elements and principals.
Even though I did learn graphic design, doesn’t mean you got to be a professional to create one. My outcome ended up with me downloading a template from a design site and improvising.
Another way that I wished I found out sooner was LogoGarden. You can create custom designs on this site for free and like Canva and CreativeMarket, it has logo templates suitable for beginners wanting to brand themselves.
Also, if you thought I was a little (a lot) harsh on myself, then you should probably know that being honest is better than appreciating the wrongs.
What were your thoughts about any of my logos? You can criticise me in the comments below!
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