Branding is a vital part of your business. It’s an investment. However new businesses can’t always afford the services of a professional graphics designer. In this post we explore of the best places you can use to get yourself a free logo designed.
This is the Apple Logo.
It’s kind of logo every company dreams of having: beautiful, unmistakable and powerful. A logo that has inspired many legends as to its origins.
Yet this wasn’t always the logo of the company that would become a $700 billion dollar powerhouse.
This is the first Apple logo that appeared around 1976. It was hand-drawn by a forgotten co-founder Ron Wayne.
Like many Start-ups, Apple started from humble beginnings. Its founders did not have billions to start off with. Its initial logo was not the iconic logo we know today.
Like Apple, your first logo need not be the one you end up sticking with. Money is tight and you still figuring out how your product or service is going to be different or the next best thing.
In this post I’ll show you a whole range of ways to quickly get a decent first logo no matter what your level of creative skill is at.
Once your business grows you can then hire a graphics professional to upgrade and redesign your business branding.
Before we get started
If you (like me) have absolutely no creative bone in your body then it will be a good idea to touch on some basics of design.
I recommend reading 65 expert logo design tips by Paul Wyatt, Jacob Cass & Aaron Kitney. It’s a detailed guide and well worth the read.
If you hungry for more information there is also plenty of additional resources at the end of their article.
Now that we have been inspired and informed, let’s get to our free logo generators.
I’ve handpicked the best free generators I could find over the web.
These all work online so you don’t need any additional programs to use these.
Spaces is a minimalistic logo generator. There is a simple three step process: You start by entering your company or website name, select an icon to use and finally select an icon frame. In less than 2 minutes you could have a logo ready.
Spaces also include many other tools that will help new business, including a name generator and a free websites that allows you to sell your products online (no coding required on your part).
Logos created are 120 pixels tall and the width is dependent on how long the text is. The resolution isn’t high, but it’s enough for a website, business card or letterhead.
- Easy to use three step approach
- Quick to use
- Minimal Creative skill required
- Minimalistic designs
- Instant download, no account needed.
- Useful free extra services (such as website)
- Font choices somewhat limited
- Your future graphics designer might cringe at the font selection
Logo garden is a well-equipped generator with tons of icons, a full range of editing tools and special effects.
The website guides you right through the design process so you’ll never feel lost. Nearly every aspect of the design can be customized which means you can make your logo unique.
Despite its editing prowess, logo Garden also caters for those who would rather have instant results without spending too much time customizing.
Your designs are saved to the cloud, which means you can edit it at a later stage.
The paid option provides plenty of extra’s including t-shirt design, cups, websites and even phone cases.
Designs created are saved as jpg’s (so no transparent backgrounds) at 200 pixels tall.
- Easy to use drag and drop interface
- Over 10,000 icons to choose from
- Plenty of customization available to create unique branding.
- Generate designs quickly
- Saves to the cloud
- Paid option includes plenty of extras.
- Requires sign up to download
At first, this logo generator can be a bit frustrating since the link to the actual logo maker isn’t too obvious on the homepage. The second problem is that you’ll need flash to get it working. It also did not seem to work with the Microsoft Edge browser.
Once the logo maker has been started however you are presented with well-rounded logo creator with plenty of icons to choose from.
There is also a decent amount of editing tools. Logo elements can be customized and elements may even be hidden.
There are also some alignment tools, such as a grid and the ability to accurate position design elements according to their x;y co-ordinates.
Despite the customization offered the interface is not overwhelming in any way.
Cloud storage is also available so you can always save your work and edit it later.
The app is particularly generous when it comes to saving since you’ll be able to save high-resolution logos to a size of your choosing. I was able to export my created logo at a generous 3930 by 4000 pixels. Vector files however, are a paid feature.
On the whole, Logomaker is a rather impressive online app.
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- Well designed, easy to use drag & drop interface
- Decent alignment tools
- Plenty of icons to choose for any kind of business or industry
- Plenty of customization options
- Upload your own images to add to your design
- Supports Keyboard shortcuts
- Does not require login to use
- Very generous output sizes
- Allows cloud saving
- Tutorial available
- Font selection can be somewhat limited
- Requires flash to Work
- Some of the icons resemble clip art
Hipster logo generator does a good job of simplifying the decisions you make when designing a logo. Using its guided steps it allows you to create decent looking logo’s no matter what your creative talent is.
Finished designs can be instantly downloaded without needing to sign up. The caveat is that there is no online saving or any way to undo actions. In order to change anything you did in the previous steps you’ll need to start from over.
Hipster logo generator gives you an output file of about 600 pixels tall (including the transparent background). This is above average and enough for most purposes.
The app is also busy being upgraded so you can expect more features in the future.
- quickly and easily come up with a design
- Decent output size (600px tall)
- No Signup necessary. Download your design straight away
- Limited Design Options
- No Ready-made designs
- No undo function
- No saving editing it later
- Moving text could be made easier
Logobreeze relies heavily on your creative talent. Opening up the app you are greeted with just the basic tools you’ll need. There are no ready-made templates, step-by-step guides or tutorials. You will need to construct your logo manually using basic shapes, icons and text.
What sets this one apart from the other apps mentioned so far is that it allows you to export SVG files. SVG files are vector files, which means your logo can be resized infinitely without losing its quality. You’ll be able to use your design everywhere.
The App also opens and edits SVG files, which means your previously created logos can be edited at a later stage.
There are some things that irritated me about this app.
For one, the app does not resize to fit the browser which meant I had to do a lot of scrolling up and down to access the tools.
The user interface is also not particularly intuitive: you need to long press to access some tools, and the layout of the tools could be improved.
If you’ve never used any kind of design program (or even Microsoft Paint) then this program is definitely not well suited for you.
- No login required
- Keyboard shortcuts work (Cut, paste, copy)
- Exports Vector files (SVG)
- Opens & Edits SVG files
- Not very intuitive
- User interface has its quirks
- Does not come with pre-made logos
- Not suitable for beginners
- Interface takes a few minutes to get used to
- Limited range of fonts
This is the desktop counterpart to the free Logobreeze generator. It is available as a 30 day trial where you’ll be given full access to the program.
From the moment you open the desktop app, it’s abundantly clear just how much better the desktop app is when compared to its online counterpart. The user interface is well designed, friendly and somewhat resembles Microsoft Office 2007.
There are also plenty of templates which you can use to get started. Of the free logo makers, this one gives the best choice for good looking ready to use designs.
There is also enough editing power to satisfy those who would prefer making their own design from scratch.
PNG logo files are saved with a watermark. Surprisingly you can save a vector image without any watermark (SVG file). The Vector file can be resized infinitely and hence is well suited for any purpose.
As far as “free” logo makers are concerned; the 30 day trial period SOTHINK logo maker is by far the most powerful option on this list.
I find it really hard to find any criticism in the software, especially since it allows you to create SVG files without any watermark.
- Free trial exports in SVG (no watermarks)
- Abundance of built-in resources
- Abundance of ready-made templates
- Advanced editing & alignment tools
- Colour pallet suggestions to assist you
- You may be fooled into thinking you won’t ever need a graphics designer.
- Expensive after 30-day trial
Free Logo Templates
These websites will provide you with ready-made logo templates.
The advantage of using these is that they already have been designed. All you need to do is change the name or the colour scheme (if you feeling daring).
In order to edit these template files you’ll need specialized programs. Here’s a quick list of programs you could use:
This is a rather impressive website that’s dedicated to free logos. You are presented with a decent range of logos spread over a variety of categories.
What stands out is the level of detail this website provides. Each logo comes with a very detailed description. This means you’ll know exactly how to use it and what you’ll be getting. Attribution requirements for each logo are clearly stated with each individual logo.
The level of quality of this website shows is rather surprising for a free resource.
Logo’s are available as PDF’s , AI & EPS files. New logos are added over time
Speckyboy is a design magazine offering tutorials, design resources and a lot more. This particular post they’ve given away 15 collections of Retro and Vintage logos. Combined this gives you 115 ready-made Retro and Vintage logo’s to choose from.
Since this is a design magazine you know their freebies are going to be amazing and well designed.
Free PSD templates has a dedicated section to free logo templates in photoshop format (psd). Logos are free for personal or commercial use; however an attribution is required in the form of a backlink.
Feast your eyes with 4 226 Free logo templates to choose from. The website also clearly states that logos are free for personal or commercial use. Many of the logo’s require some form of attribution (such as a link on your website). Logos are available in AI, EPS & SVG formats
Template box is a website dedicated to giving free website templates. They also provide a section for logo templates. Logos used require attribution in the form of a backlink.
Creative booster describes themselves as a designer’s paradise for graphics design freebies and bundle offers. They have two sets of logo freebies
If you’d rather design your own logo from scratch, these websites will give you plenty of logo elements and resources to help you along the way. Many of these websites are used by graphics designers too.
Remember in order to use these you’ll need specialized programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or Inkscape (free).
A free vector portal for all sorts of vector files. Search for icon files under categories to find an icon for your logo. Vectors are provided by the community and are free for use and download.
Think of it as Google but for Vector images
A massive source of free vector files for designers and non-designers alike. This is also a website your graphics designer won’t hate you for using.
To get a free logo you’ll need to search for a logo element or shape that you’d like to use, download it and then open it in a design program to finally add your company name. It takes a little work but it puts you in full control over your own logo. You’ll need Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.
DB freebies combines the best freebies from Behance & Dribble. There’s a huge selection of free fonts & icon sets you can use to design your logo.
With these resources and a dash of creativity you can easily get your logo designed quickly and for free.
But remember, logo generators (free or paid) will not match the quality of a design professional. It will be a good idea to enlist the services of one when your business can afford to. Good branding will go a long way in adding value to your company.
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Disclaimer: The Apple Logo is a trademark of Apple Inc. Software Journey is not affiliated to Apple Inc. Logo’s created with the logo makers are of fictional companies. Any resemblance to any real company’s branding is purely coincidental and accidental