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Iterations of the NEW LessEverything Logo

written by Allan on March 15, 2012

Disclaimer Pt. 1

Before you start reading, there's no real "lesson" here. I just thought it would be interesting to explain our thought process for the redesign of our logo and how/why we changed it.

Disclaimer Pt. 2

I’ve never really thought the logo of a site mattered a whole bunch. I like a nice logo as much as the next designer, but it’s role in the overall feel of the site is strictly aesthetic. I’m not a designer that preaches that your mark should “brand” your company.

Background

Our logo has been the same since 2007 when I first designed it. I never really changed it because it never bothered me too much. We’ve never promoted “LessEverything” as a company; we’ve always just promoted our products or ourselves.

Why We Changed It

About a year ago, I started to hate the LessEverything logo (I hated the website, too, but I’ll talk more about that redesign later). The old logo started being painful to look at for one reason or another, and I began to research logos that I liked. I tried to think about why I liked certain ones more than others. I tend to gravitate toward designs that feel timeless. If you look at graphic design over the past 100 years, you'll obviously see a trend. Design has become nothing more than a series of pixels created with a mouse on a computer using Photoshop.

I love logos, lettering and signage from the early 1900s.

When I see this, I imagine a guy (or gal) taking a pen or a paint brush and creating something—by hand—from a gut feeling. I wanted something reminiscent of that, so when I started looking for a logo designer, I went to Dribbble and found Sergey Shapiro.

A big thing I wanted our logo to subconsciously convey was something handwritten, but not handwriting. Know what I mean? Take the Disney logo for instance. It has the “by hand” look, like it might be a signature, but it doesn’t feel like handwriting.

Working with Sergey

Once I found Sergey, I emailed him (he's Russian, but his English is fairly good), and we worked out a price: $1000 for X number of comps.

Side Note: the only part of the process that sucked was paying him through MoneyGram.com, because it’s even worse than PayPal to use.

When Sergey delivered the comps, he delivered more than we agreed upon (which is totally awesome), but having so many choices to pick from made it tougher than we expected.

We started the selection process by eliminating ones we just didn't like at all. They simply didn't feel right or didn't fit the image we wanted our company to portray. I don't know how else to explain it. They just didn’t jive.

After that round of cuts, we had 4 left. The next round were ones that reminded us of other logos or ones that could be easily mistaken for purchased fonts.

We ended up buying 2 designs from him. Yes, we have two logos. Weird, I know.

Our company name, LessEverything, makes for a long horizontal logo. The visual length definitely puts constraints on the design of the website, so I ended up only using LESS out of the whole illustration. It just seemed to fit better.

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4 Comments

Sebastian
Sebastian said on March 17, 2012

your company name is LessEverything, why your logo says “Less”?. And that’s another name. A new element. You are adding something new, and it’s a contradiction with your “less”.

If you are LessEverything, then be LessEverything. Simple.

It might feet better in THIS design, but…

Richard Merrill
Richard Merrill said on March 28, 2012

I disagree with Sebastian. I think Less works perfectly, like a verbal icon of LessEverything. After all, the one common element in all the product names is “Less.” Nice logo, Sergei. Good choice, Allan.

Brandon Mathis
Brandon Mathis said on April 01, 2012

Sebastian might take solace remembering that until recently, Apple, Inc was called “Apple Computer, Inc” but not only did they almost exclusively use their logo mark, but even when their name appeared, they almost never included the word “Computer” unless it was in some kind of legal document.

Name and logo don’t have to be consistent to be strong. Coke vs. CocaCola, for example.

Nice work Allan.

Ben
Ben said on June 26, 2012

I like the first one of the final two! Its stronger, bolder and makes more of an impact. Cheers from Ben @ webtemplates.com.au.

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Allan loves his family more than breathing. He lives in Panama City, Florida & grew up washing cars at his family's car washes. Oh and Allan hasn't worn underwear since 2004.

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