A good logo needs inspiration. This is something that we take from all of the sources around us, but it definitely helps when you start the design process with some ideas already brewing in your mind.
There are plenty of traditional and strange places that we take our inspiration from. The source really does not matter as long as you feel inspired. Some common sources include Google Images, although it can show irrelevant results, Pinterest and Logo of the Day, which is pretty self-explanatory. For inspiration regarding fonts or colours you can use Font Squirrely and Colour Lovers, respectively.
Then again, there are also those slightly weirder places where you can get your inspiration from. This does not necessarily mean that they are worse. In fact, they are oftentimes better as this way you can find a source of inspiration that is not only a perfect fit for your logo, but also one that is original and memorable.
- Characters and books. Old legends or motifs are a great source of inspiration and even modern characters can work equally well. Whatever you use, however, you must make sure that it is not copyright protected.
- When you play with toys you revert back to your childhood, a time where your creativity was much more frequently used. Not only that, but you will be using the kinesthetic part of your brain which allows you to see things from a different point of view.
- Some of the more popular choices include Roman, Norse, Greek and Egyptian mythology. Whichever one you choose, they are a rich source of meanings and striking visuals. Whatever the message you are trying to convey with your logo is, you can find an appropriate representation in mythology.
- History encapsulates a vast area for you to get inspired from. If your business has any kind of connection to a historical event or character, then this is a great place to find visual representations for your values.
- Personal stories. Plenty of popular logos have been created based on personal stories. The advantage here is that it gives you the opportunity to create something truly unique.
- The style that best represents your values is most likely represented in art so, if you are able to match them correctly, you can find inspiration that truly evokes the message that you wanted.
- This might seem awkward, but children are much better at thinking outside the box. Give them a chance and you might be surprised with the results that you will get.
Those are areas that are not often look at for inspiration, even though they can prove to be great sources. At the end of the day, the best place to look for logo design inspiration will be you and your colleagues. Very few places can match the creativity and inspiration that you can get from an hour of brainstorming together all the ideas that pop into your heads.