If you've ever gotten in a new request for a logo and have thought to yourself, "there is no way to make THIS original" then you're not alone. Depending on the subject matter of the logo in question (i.e. abstract vs concrete thoughts and ideas) logo designing can be a breeze or more like spending 8 hours in the dentist's office.
That's where logo communities can prove so valuable. With most logo communities you can find instant inspiration at your fingertips. Whether you are looking for ideas for a specific logo or just need to refuel your creative juices, seeing some of the cream of the crop in logo circles can really give you the boost you need.
Today, I want to share some of my favorite logo communities:
Though this is the only community in my list that requires a paid membership, it's also one of the most valuable. In addition to the website which houses thousands of top designer's logos, Logo Lounge also offers articles on the most recent trends and compiles a "Best of Logo Lounge" book each year -- selecting logos from the site to make the cut on the printed page. In that regard you can think of it not only as a community for logo designers but also as a logo competition (This might make you feel better about the registration fee!)
My favorite of the free communities, Logo Moose allows designers to upload their work and share it with other creatives. You can request feedback or simply ask for 'likes' on your work, but ultimately you have the ability to showcase your work and collaborate with your peers on the site.
I think Logo Pond can best be described as inspiration at first glance. The logos are displayed prominently on the home page and are cross categorized throughout the site allowing you to easily find a logo to fit the bill! As with Logo Moose you can upload and submit your own logos to add to the mix.
The Logo Designer's Blog is your destination for articles and trends in the logosphere. Recently, unfortunately the site has been neglected, but hopefully new articles will be posted soon! At their sister site, Logo of the Day, selected logos are featured and showcased on the site. This site is kept up to date with new logos being selected daily!
Logo Sauce is part community, part competition for logo enthusiasts. After adding your logos to the site you are encouraged to promote your profile in hopes of receiving the recognition of one of their top profiles! They also allow the community to vote on entries and compare notes amongst themselves.
To finish up the post, I want to share a few of my most recent logo designs. I mean, what good is having a blog if I can't showcase my own work, right?