Something I’ve been thinking about for a while is getting business cards. It’s not something that’s totally necessary nowadays what with phones and the ability to look up someone online within seconds of meeting them – however when you have a hard to remember name you often find people are put off and you never end up hearing from them again.
“who even uses usernames these days”
The age of using a username instead of your real name is a dying artform and, if i’m honest, I’m not quite ready to move on.
One of the most important things when it comes to a business card is a logo. Something that I don’t have. Something to catch people’s eye and get the vibe of your brand across without being too in your face.
Now, I’m no logo designer. I know my way around photoshop, and I can make a circle in illustrator, but designing a logo from scratch isn’t a skill that’s joined my brain just yet. Tom has had a few attempts, oh boy has he tried, but there was an image in my brain that I wanted and he never quite got there.
Queue LogoJoy. I’d briefly heard of this site a few weeks ago when I heard Tom blabbering on about it, but hadn’t used it before I was approached by them to consider writing this very post. They’d asked if I’d like to use the site, and in return for an honest review of my experience, would give me my very own logo.
So here’s the site. You choose some logos you like the look of, to set a feel for what you want in return. Then, you add your own name and an optional slogan – for me, this was Hxanou and my adopted slogan “somewhat of a fashion blog”. From here you’re then asked to pick some icons.
Personally, I couldn’t find any icons I found to be that suitable, and if there’s one thing I think they might be able to improve, I think its the amount of unique icons/artwork involved, and so I left this blank. Once you click continue, that’s it. You’re done. Yeah, it’s really that simple. You’re shown a seemingly endless amount of custom logos for you to pick from, and I couldn’t have been more impressed the first time I saw the end results.
This is the one I went for, and was funnily one of the first ones that came up. I love how clean it is, yet (I think) personally conveys the tone of my blog and aesthetic that I go for. It’s crazy how just font choice and a few geometric shapes can really sum me all up.
Once you choose a design, the site then does this really cool thing of showing you your logo in different environments and scenarios. Be it on a tshirt to the side of a building, you can see just how scalable your logo can be, and having seen it on a business card, I was straight to moo.com to get some ordered.
Once you select a logo you’re happy with, you can then purchase one of several different packages dependant on what you need from that design. I was given access to their premium package, which gave me super hi-res versions of my logo that were ready for print, as well as (for an extra $9) a nifty social media pack that I could easily upload to my various social channels. I think the main thing you get by paying more here is simply just how much time it saves – it’s the convenience.
Yes, you could work with a designer for a couple weeks, umming and arring over the perfect idea behind a great logo, and to be honest, it could have the potential to be better than what logojoy offers, but that’s not what this is about. It’s putting the power in your hands to create, and doing it in a simple, effortless way, that gets you great results in a literal matter of seconds.
I really enjoyed the whole process and got exactly what I wanted. Fresh from the deep dark depths of moo.com, I present to you, my new cool-looking business cards:
If you’re looking for a new logo why not take a look at Logojoy.com and see what you are able to make!
Yellow Ralph Lauren striped top | ROKIT London | £15
Black Ring Pull Slim Leg Jeans* | Pretty Little Thing | £30