How to get a Blog Logo (My Journey)

A little step away from the norm this week with a post I won’t promote too hard but I think will be important to look back on as I move forward. This is directed at those of you who run your own blogs (for any subject) and How to get a Blog Logo pretty cheap. I’ve recently made the decision to post less frequently on this blog. Previously I wanted to post at least once a week, but I was making 2-3 posts full of general chaff and 1-2 posts with actual value. Instead, I am going to focus on posts which actually add value to the blog. if this is once a week then great. if it’s 3 weeks, that’s also fine. so long as I have put the time an effort in to make that post as awesome as it can be. I have a lot of plans and ideas for this blog which take me away from being just a blog and actually have some tools for the community to use for their hobbing benefit. I’m not ready to share details just yet, but I’ve taken some big steps forward in the last week. And I think the whole community will be happy with the plans, but I need to ensure I can deliver a good quality first. I’ll share more details when I’m ready to beta test. For now, on with the topic at hand.

I always love to get the branding right on any site and when I moved from Blogger to WordPress I knew I would have more control of the theme elements. whilst this is still in progress, the first step is completed. The logo. once I have a logo I have an identity I can grow around. This isn’t my first website. I’ve had a few attempts at small start-ups from laptop repair businesses and image printing businesses. So I’ve done some branding before myself, Now I’m a little older with a couple of extra responsibilities aged 3 and 2. I’m somewhat limited on time. So I sought help.

I had a concept in mind, I had a name but I needed a logo to support the theme of that name but also clearly show that this is a page for Miniature painting and tools. So I drew up a concept.

Yep, Fairly Simple, and I wrote a list of requirements.

  • Says FauxHammer (Capital F & H)
  • Has a War Hammer (But a bit of a sci-fi one)
  • The Hammer is cracking apart as it is a Faux (Fake), Hammer
  • It is cracking down and splashing paint everywhere
  • A Paint swoosh showing the direction the hammer has come from)
  • Has a Tagline (For Miniature Painters, Moddlers & Hobbyists
  • A Paintbrush Separating The Title and Tagline
  • Is Flat and Iconic
  • Looks Professional

AS I was limited on time, I took to Fiverr.com I have used Fiverr before for a Captivating SEO article for my repair business. and again to get a CV written up. Now It was time to use Fiverr and get a logo.

For those who don’t know, Fiverr is a website offering multiple services, Fiverr will put you in touch with a multitude of freelancers who excel in a certain skill set (normally a variety of digital skills) and those people offer their services starting from  a Fiver (for those in the US, a Fiver is what us Brits call a £5 note, yet the starting price is actually $5. Even though I’m sure Americans do not call $5 a Fiver). But anyway. It sounds too good to be true. a professional logo design for as little as $5! But this website is populated with Beginners in their Digital Trade who are using this to make money as they build their design portfolio and skills. Some of the people I got in contact with were actually teams of people in places like India and Shri Lanka who churn through these logos for people using pre-designed assets. When I wanted to be a designer I actually offered some services on Fiverr myself and had a fairly good rating. Until we wanted kids and I needed to go back into full-time employment.

I started searching for logo design starting at $5 and found user elsiejohn and bought the service in this link (known on Fiverr as a gig).

Elsie (was not her real name,) offered the following for $5 and had 446 ratings with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Source File
  • 3 Initial Concepts Included
  • Logo Transparency
  • High Resolution
  • Vector File

Brill! I bought this service and was charged $5 along with a $2 administration fee for Fiverr.com (I guess that was Fiverr’s cut).

I sent Elsie the above concept and list of bullet point requirements along with some details of my business (blog) and what audience I want to attract.

As promised, Elsie set me 3 Concepts.

I’ll add my response to each.

Ok, I like this concept. but it was not what I was after and is too square for a website banner. Also, these aren’t war-hammers they’re axes

 

Ok, Again, I like the idea of crossed weapons, but this isn’t the right hammer or brush.

 

I feel like this was for the sake of promising 3 concepts but little thought has gone into it.

I went back to Elsie a couple of times after this to explain that I wanted things like a paint splat a swoosh and the hammer cracking. I sent some concepts of other logos that used paint including the paint brand Dulux to give ideas about how paint can be shown in logos.

 

I think this was taken a little too literally on this example. Elsie found an actual Warhammer which I liked. But this Is the Dulux logo waving off the back like some oddly coloured flag.

 

AS above, but i was not a fan of the colours. Although I did like the pink. it was different enough to make me stand out in this community

 

This was after I said the paintbrush was a bit too detailed. can it be smaller (It’s now gone?)

 

And another after I complained about the Dulux logo being a direct rip-off. it was changed to this. but still not a swoosh

 

In the final concepts, I asked for the hammerhead to be cracking. I got this weird spider thing crawling out

 

And again, I guess for the sake of another concept I got the colour version. Which I actually liked. But I needed the swoosh correcting and the hammer itself cracking. Elsie and I agreed at this point to part ways. she provided a full refund ($5 went back into my Fiverr account)

All of the above was over approximately 5 days as Elsie went back a day each time to make the edits. After the money went back into my Fiverr account, I went hunting again for someone else. I had gotten my friends to give feedback along the way. I then found delogodesign who had a full 5-star rating but only 250 reviews. I liked their designs and bought the gig you can find at this link. This user sent me a message saying they couldn’t do the logo as they only do minimalist logos and I need a character designer logo. Sigh! I wanted someone to take my logo and make it minimalist.

As I had money in my account and no way of withdrawing it I decided to keep going and I found gigblast This user was actually a team and asked a significant number of questions about the nature of my business. I bought this gig.

Here was their attempt with my comments

Now, this was off to a great start. I liked the colours although it was a little to 1998 word-art), The hammer wasn’t right, and the logo wasn’t there. a few tweaks and we can make this happen. I responded asking them to can move the hammer to the front of the word, have only a little paint in front of the hammerhead and make it crack, make the paintbrush thinner, add my swoosh and tagline.

 

Brilliant, again moving in the right direction. I asked only for a thinner paintbrush. a better font and have the hammer oin front of the paint with a cracking head and swoosh.

 

So close now. This time I just asked again for a thinner brush and make the hammer head itself in front of the paint and cracking apart but they came back to me and said the cannot do it and just refunded me? I was literally 1 revision away.

After ending my working relationship with this user after almost a week I was a bit frustrated. I decided to have another go with another. I had used people with High ratings, I went for someone with low ratings. as a designer on Fiverr.com myself. I would put a lot more effort in my hope was that someone of similar ilk would put some more effort into seeing this through to delivery. I found umar1o1 and bought this gig. I did this based mainly on the following image and that he promised a logo within 6 hours!

Based on this alone, I thought “This guy knows what I’m looking for”.

I sent them my same design image and brief.

About a day after I placed the order I got a message saying he was out of town and just getting back (obviously a new user as you can set yourself to away on Fiverr.com to avoid such confusion) fair enough he said he would start working immediately. The next day as I woke up I got this concept. I was told not to worry about the hammer. I gave some feedback. the paint was too much and the brush was too thin. but otherwise, I looked forward to the outcome.
Another progress update, I think he was cautious of sharing the original file due to the photos of the screen he took. I pointed out the swoosh was not right and is it just me or does this look a bit too Final Fantasy. I asked for the axe to crack apart, the swoosh to be correct (I also sent a sample logo with a swoosh) and asked for the axe to be more sci-fi. this was too high fantasy.
Oh, my! I don’t want to be too harsh as this guy is new, but it worries me how honest it is being in this sample logos. The swoosh he used was the exact one in the concept I sent him I could not believe that this was done by the same person who shared the logo design paint splat at the top. He also made a point to say he had shown his friend who thinks it’s awesome. At this point, I asked for my money back.

 

I proceeded on with another week wasted and found a user called tonii_designer I can’t share a link as Tonii is no longer on Fiver. Tonii was very positive but frustrating. This was the best design I had by a good margin, but I simply could not get her to correct the finer details.

See below

Yes!, fantastic. I advised this was great, but there was too much splash, too much of a gap between the title and hammer handle and the hammer should be cracking The Brush handle was too wide at the back end.

 

Ok, you listened to the bit where I said there was too much colour and just muted it Also, you finally listened to me about the hammer crack. I reminded Tonii of the other issues and asked her to limit the colours to 2-3 max. I was also starting to detect that Tonii’s English was not very good. all her responses were along the lines of “yes, I do the very good job for you, you are be very happy I will promise”.

 

Ok, good, I even like the colour you’ve picked. but now there is a bigger gap between the hammer and title and the brush is still too wide at the back, Maybe only paint half of the brush tip to show there is paint on it?

 

Ok, the paint is now too small as you can see white behind it The font doesn’t look right and the tip needs some paint

 

Ok, changed the font great, not a fan of this font (again reminded of other issues)

 

Again, you;ve only changed the font. i dont like it. please change it and look at the other issues.
Again just a font change………………………. doesn’t look good. it’s getting worse. reminded of outstanding issues.

 

OK, I like the font. please change the other issues. It was frustrating as Tonii did not acknowledge any requests other than “I have your requirements”

 

Brill, we’ve closed the hap, but the text needs to fill the white space above better

 

I sent this to Tonii as my annotated list of requirements I was hoping this would mae it easier for her to do everything.
I have no idea what happened to the brush here. and why the splat is now even messier. the gap between the hammer and title has gotten bigger

 

Finally, the front was stretched to fill the gap but the paint handle was worse again. At this point, I had gotten tired and realised we were getting further away from what I asked. toni was not getting it and I had grown too tired of the bad communication. It had gotten to the point of me just wanting to go back and do it myself.

 

I designed the following myself, I took my original design and some assets from the internet to throw this digital concept together. I left the font plain, as I had not found anything I loved but I sat with this for a while and dropped it on teh website. I had some good feedback from a new friend of mine and went back on the hunt on Fiverr.

I started messaging people with this concept before buying along with a simple question, can you make this look professional, to some peoples credit they outright said no. or not for $5 if you pay $50 I can. But some offered to help. I don’t know why I picked ei8htz I didn’t really like any of the designs they had. but they were a top-rated seller with over 32000 ratings with an average of 4.9 stars. I gave them my sketch, the above concept with annotations. They came back with the following.

The above concepts were fantastic, I loved them immediately, but they were not what I asked for. I suspected this was a case of “here we go again”. I went back and thanked them but referred them back to my concept design. I was not expecting a very good response.

I was wrong

 

These were exactly what I was after, they have everything I needed. Hammer Cracking, a good font a professional look I simply asked them to add my tagline below the brush and make the orange a bit brighter.

 

As requested, tagline and brighter orange, it even has a nice gradient. I had the bonus here of them sending me back on white and white on black So I could choose one based on whatever theme I picked for the site. I prefer a dark them as I find white text on a black background easier to read on computers. That colour also makes my images stand out. I uploaded this to my website but found an issue.

The splat was too large and when I put it on the website the droplets were being sliced in half and looked odd. I put one final request in, Please remove all droplets within the red area of the below.

As requested, they came back with these final designs.

I am so happy with these final designs, you will no see them as the logo for my blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. I have asked ei8htz to keep hold of the designs as I will want to buy the source files and Vector files off him which are a further $25. and following this, I’d like him to expand the design to a full social media suite of images including profile images and page headers (this is a further $45). if anybody out there wants to get a logo design. I highly recommend ei8htz (who are a team of people really).

I bought the following gid from them. I Will Design An Outstanding Logo for $5 which provides the following

  • 2 Initial Concepts Included
  • Logo Transparency
  • High Resolution

 

Here are so bonus designs I made using image generators online

 

 

If anyone has any questions about getting a logo design for their blog, business or anything else and has further questions about my journey, please ask in the comments below

 

 

 

 

 

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