The cost of a logo design varies from country to country, designer to designer and client expectation to, well, client expectation. It can be a hotly debated topic, where people often question why a logo will cost so much. Well, I’m here to try and explain the cost of a logo and give an explanation as to why I charge what I do for a logo.

 

The logo design process

The first thing to discuss is the process itself. It’s a multi-step process that can involve such things as research, brainstorming, sketching, comparisons, concepts and revisions. And, with so many variables, that’s part of the reason why a logo ranges in price. From the outset, I’ll say that I don’t have set prices for logo designs, but I do have ranges that I can estimate what the cost will be based on past experience.

A logo can be used in so many different places. And, before you jump on Fiverr and find the cheapest, ill-considerate designer you can find, think about the cost of running a business and how much a logo actually means to the business. Do you ever look at company logos when you visit a website? In a shopping centre? On products? Do you make snap decisions on whether or not you’ll buy that product based on their logo? You might actually be surprised how many people, yourself included, make decisions on what jam to buy, or what gym to join or what clothes to wear based on their logo design alone.

So, a logo can live in many different places; online, digitally, printed on business cards or shop walls, marketing material and so on. And all those variations can result is multiple logos being needed to be created. Logo file formats are usually in raster or vector.

 

 

Raster vs Vector Logos – What’s the difference?

Raster files are measured in DPI (dots per inch) and have a file extension such as .jpg, .gif or .png. These files are based on pixels, which are set dimensions. So, increasing or decreasing the size may result in pixilation or distortion. That is because the computer is working out where to fill in the pixels.

Vector files can be scaled to any size you can imagine without losing quality, which is great for printing (think billboards) all the way down to social media posts and email signatures. They can also be opened, edited, and saved in different applications, and have a file extension of .ai, .eps, .svg or .pdf. But don’t be fooled, some people place raster files inside vector files – these will not act the same way.

 

Colour variations of Logos

It should also be noted that logos need to be visible as much as possible. Their usage can vary too, so it’s important to have the logo designed in different colour combinations to make this possible. You’ll generally need light, dark, full colour and monochrome variations of the logo. I like to supply black and white logos for the times when a job might also be set in black and white.

We’ve also got colour options such as RGB (for digital logos), CMYK (for printed logos) and Pantone logos for spot colour jobs.

Colour use style guide for client.
I’ve displayed use of a clients logo colour breakdown and complimentary colours to be used along side it.

Costs / Packages of logos

Agencies can charge quite a lot for a logo design. The reason is because of their large overheads and staff that they have to pay, which is fair enough. I generally don’t charge close to what an agency charges which can be between $5,000 – $10,000. For a business, this can be a substantial outlay especially if you’re a start-up.

I tend to charge less, because whilst I have the experience of an Art Director, I still call myself a Senior Freelance Graphic Designer, because I feel like that’s a more suitable title for me. In fact, I’ve had clients who have come from having a logo developed by an agency, not been happy with their job and come to me to get a higher quality logo at a cheaper price.

 

My process and costs

I generally ask for a 50% up-front deposit to commence the logo design process. This allows me to have confidence in the client, and the client has confidence that project is underway. I’ll always ask the client information about their business. I’m invested in problem solving the situation to create, what I believe, is the best solution for the client.

So, what is the best solution? Well, you may have read in my other articles that targeting a specific socio-economic group and target demographic is the most important thing. This is because you want the logo and brand to appeal to a specific person – the person you want to sell to. This could be a wealthy 65 year old male from Brighton in Melbourne who loves expensive cars. Or, it could be a uni student just scraping through with rent each week and just wants the cheapest gym in town. Either way, your company has a market it wants to hit, and a logo can be massive in targeting the correct crowd.

Logo concepts design for a client
Logo concept example demonstrating three concepts presented to a client.

 

So, analysing your business with key information is critical. Are you big, are you small, have you been around for 30 years, are you close to the beach, who’s your competition, your market, where are you selling, and so on. So many answers do I want to pack into your logo to design it the correct way. It’s a very psychological and meaningful process that deserves consideration.

 

Logo concepts and revisions

I generally create three logo concepts first up. I think it’s important to suss out which direction the company can go in, and which of the critical information that I spoke about above, needs to speak the loudest (in the logo). I ask for feedback from the client, to see if my analysis is correct. Majority of the time it isn’t too far off the pace, and a good brief from the client usually makes this the case.

Some designers give a set amount of revisions like 2 or 3, and price their logo based on that. I don’t agree with that process, because if a logo fits after the first revision, then that’s a resolution. If it takes 4 or 5 passes, then perhaps the brief, or my interpretation of the brief, isn’t correct. That doesn’t mean it’s job over, so it’s no stress, it just means that further clarification may be needed.

Logo variation design costs
Three variations of one logo design for a client in Melbourne. Here I’ve demonstrated a typical revision where the changes are quite minor.

All of these variables I talk about are reasons why I don’t have a set-in-stone cost. However generally a logo for a small business will cost between $1,500 – $3,000 which is substantially less than an agency. And, I like to think that I put more care into a logo than an agency would too (but I’m bias)! For mid-sized companies, or companies with more exposure, this cost can be more. Somewhere between $2,500 – $4,000.

 

So, if you’re thinking about getting a logo design created, hopefully this article has helped. I’d be more than happy to discuss your business and requirements with you and give you a more accurate figure. I’ve done a lot of logos now, backed with 10 years of experience, that I have a good idea as to how much your logo could cost.

All the best on your logo making journey!