Create Your New Logo with DesignEvo

A Review of DesignEvo

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Imagine for a moment…your business is growing, people are seeking you out on Facebook and LinkedIn, but you do not have a logo for your growing empire. What do you do? Look no further than DesignEvo.

DesignEvo provides you all the tools you need to design your logo for free (if you desire) or for a nominal fee depending on your needs.

This service is an exciting one for the non-designers among all of us. I love design. I know what I like, and what I do not like; however, I do not have the skills to create it from scratch.

DesignEvo is excellent because it sets you up with a template that you can customize to your heart's content. You can use the models provided and merely change the color scheme or font, and voila you have your logo.

I tried both the free version and the paid version of the service. I created a couple of logos using the stock templates. The first was for some philanthropic work I do during the summer with my church.

I have been searching for some further branding to help bring identity to the work we do. I used DesignEvo to help build the logo for our missions work.
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Logo made with DesignEvo

I created this one with the free version. It was a 500px x 500px logo that would look great on print material. What’s exciting about DesignEvo is you can view your logo in different contexts – business cards, letterhead, shirts, etc.

When using the free version, you must give credit or attribution to DesignEvo. DesignEvo provides the attribution code, and you just copy and paste it in where you use the logo.

<div>Logo made with <a href=“https://www.designevo.com/en/“ title=“Free Online Logo Maker”>DesignEvo</a></div>

When you download your logo (and agree to the terms), they provide a helpful readme file about the attribution guidelines for social media, blogs, and websites.

ReadMe

It’s a simple “thank you” for the work of the many designers who gave their time to create the stock templates.

The three versions have multiple features:

  • Free – limited to 500px – must give attribution
  • Basic – max of 5000px – no need to give attribution, don’t own the copyright, multiple re-downloads
  • Plus – max of 5000px – no need to give attribution, own the copyright, receive fonts, multiple re-downloads

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There is a plan to fit any budget at DesignEvo. If you are a budding graphic designer but are not versed in Adobe Photoshop, this is a great place to start. You can gather ideas or better yet create your own.

What I Liked About the Service

I found the service to be simple and easy to use. I did not have to know a lot about graphic design – I just picked a design I liked and began experimenting with new color schemes, sizes and words.

If you want a little bit more a tutorial feel, there are a number of YouTube videos I found to aid you in getting off the ground quicker. I figured things out pretty quick; however, I did find a few tips and tricks to help me get up to speed quicker.

There are a wide variety of templates to choose from plus an extensive symbol and shape library. The search features lets you filter your parameters based on industry or creativity spark.

This service has two options:

  • Web-Based
  • iOS app

I extensively used the web-based service to create my logos versus the iOS app primarily because of the bigger screen. In a pinch, I might use the iOS app, but the screen real estate for visualization is most important to me.

If you are feeling ambitious, you can start from scratch and create your own masterpiece. You can build a simple logo to convey an idea, concept or your budding business – it is up to you!

What I Would Like To See

I would love to be able to upload a file and use that as part of my logo. It could be a background, background pictures, or an organization logo (used with permission of course).

In the case of my philanthropic logo, I would love to use the church’s small logo in the corner to help associate people with the church along with our mission for building homes.

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I did have to do this in Adobe Photoshop, but it would have been great to do it here in DesignEvo. It is not a deal breaker for using the service, it was just a feature I would have loved.

The layout tab which lets you flip between the logo on the top or a side logo with the tagline is buried down at the bottom. It would be nice to see that come to the top along with some of the other editing features.

Layout Tab at Bottom

How It Compares to Canva

Canva is a web-based tool for primarily designing social media graphics; however, you could use it to create a logo using its symbol library, but it would be more difficult. The difficulty surfaces because you do not have any templates for reference to kickstart your creation.

Where Canva has the slight nod is you are able to upload your own pictures to its service.

How Does It Compare With Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a robust graphic design tool, but it comes with a steep learning curve. If you are a graphic designer than you are familiar with the content creation method of Photoshop.

If you are a non-designer, Photoshop is overkill for your needs because you will spend more time (and equal amounts of frustration) to get what you want if you get it at all.

Photoshop is a start from scratch tool or you can buy templates and tweak them. It still takes time to learn the nuances of this tool.

How It Compares To 99 Designs

I have used 99 Designs to help create logos for various projects. If you have a budget, 99 Designs or a local graphic designer, might work out for you. This service starts around $250 to get a custom logo made for your project.

99 Designs is a service where you provide design direction directly with different designers competing for your payment. In most cases, you can get a good design in a short period of time, but it will cost you a few hundred dollars.

Bottom Line: DesignEvo Is a Great Tool for the Non-Designer

DesignEvo is an excellent tool with many stock templates. It is especially geared to the non-designer; however, designers can take advantage of the simplicity of the tool for quick prototyping.

The price point is unbeatable especially if you provide proper attribution – who can’t beat FREE. This tool could help you prototype your logo for your next venture.

I would recommend DesignEvo for building your next logo. It’s simple tools help you get up and running with a logo in a fraction of the time.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Disclaimer: I did receive a code for the PLUS features of DesignEvo for the purposes of this review.

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Graduation Gathering

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For someone who loves learning, this an excellent platform to grow your knowledge in a variety of subjects. You can audit courses for free or earn certificates in specializations such as Data Science. There is something for everyone on Coursera.org.

Platform: Web, iOS

Cost: Free (some coursework is available for purchase)

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Office Chair

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When I first came to my day job nearly 18 years ago, I was given a “standard” chair. There were no fancy features, and ergonomics were.

Over the years, I have seen the chair industry morph into a smorgasbord of chair types ranging from the petite to large. Today, employees can select the right desk chair for them based on “fit.” Just as we “fit-test” our shoes, we now “fit-test” chairs for employees.

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A Habit Tracker That's Clean and Beautiful!

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App Friday - Productive

Today, we kick off this new segment with the app Productive. This app helps you track habits and acts as a pseudo to-do list.

Platform: iOS

Cost: Free


Feature set:

  • Clean design
  • Simple user interface (UI)
  • Stats page for all your habits
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  • Custom habit addition – there are stock habits, but you can add your habits to help you achieve your goals.
  • Reminders – you can have the app remind you of your habit

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Facility Issues and Frustration

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Business leaders want to know how to maximize employee productivity while balancing their employee's work and life commitments.