From Scratch To Finish: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Logo In Canva

by | Nov 10, 2023 | Content Creation

Have you been losing sleep over the perfect logo for your solopreneur startup? I’ve got good news for you. Your logo isn’t as critical as you think it is, so relax, and let go of that logo obsession.

Coca-Cola and Nike may have iconic logos, but remember, you’re the face of your brand! Sure, a logo can etch your brand into the minds of your potential clients, but it doesn’t need to blow your budget!

Two Methods of Training Here

You likely know what Canva is, but in case you don’t, Canva, a platform that simplifies graphic design, even for those of us who feel lost without a blueprint.

You’re going to learn how to create your own logo with the free version of Canva.

If visuals are more your speed, there’s a tutorial video ready to assist, and a surprise at the end that’ll put your logo creation on the fast lane!

Logo Basics

Let’s get started by understanding some logo design basics. I know, boring right.

A logo isn’t just an attractive doodle or a snappy symbol. It’s your brand’s story told through a visual medium. Think of it as the cover of your brand’s book. It needs to be unique, relevant, and a representative of your brand’s values.

But that doesn’t mean as a solopreneur startup, you need to spend thousands of dollars having one designed. You can find some half decent designers on Fiverr, but even then, you’ll have to make sure to choose the options that give you unlimited revisions, which in the end costs more.

Logo Types

There are seven main types of logos, but don’t get overwhelmed, this is an FYI only:

Wordmarks: These are text-based logos that primarily feature the company’s name, like Google or Coca-Cola. They often use custom fonts to express their brand personality. My logo is a wordmark logo.

Lettermarks or Monogram Logos: These logos use initials or acronyms instead of the full name, making them a great choice for companies with long names. Think of HP (Hewlett-Packard) or HBO (Home Box Office).

Pictorial Marks or Logo Symbols: These logos are based on a specific graphic or image, such as Apple’s apple or Twitter’s bird. They are usually very simple yet highly recognizable.

Abstract Logo Marks: Abstract logos are geometric forms that don’t establish an immediate connection to an existing image but represent your brand in a unique way. Pepsi’s circular logo and Adidas’ three stripes are good examples.

Mascots: Mascot logos are often fun, colorful, and cartoonish, featuring a character that represents the brand. Examples include KFC’s Colonel Sanders or Pringles’ mustached character.

Combination Mark: As the name suggests, these logos combine a wordmark or lettermark with a pictorial mark, abstract mark, or mascot. This combo makes the logo versatile for various applications. Think of Burger King or Lacoste.

Emblems: These logos contain text inside a symbol or an icon, creating a classic and often regal look. Starbucks and Harley-Davidson use emblem logos.

Ready to Make Your Own Logo?

Canva is a great tool for crafting your own logos, especially for startups. It’s like having a little design studio right in your pocket! Canva provides a variety of customizable templates and a vast library of design elements, allowing you to create a logo as good as a professional designer.

You can follow along with the written instructions or watch the video tutorial.

Let’s dive in!

Log into Canva if you’re already a user. If not, no sweat, head over to Canva’s website and quickly set up your account.

You’re just a few quick steps away from creating your own logo, but I highly recommend the video tutorial to to get the biggest value from the training.

  • Click on “Create a design” and select “Logo” or type “logo” in the search bar.
  • Pick a template that resonates with your brand’s personality and style. (this is where most waste so much time because they are looking for the perfect logo)
  • Give it your personal touch by altering the font, color, and icon.
  • Download your logo as a JPG for our website and a PNG for everything else.
  • While choosing colors and fonts, reflect on your brand’s mission. If your brand promotes wellness, think greens and blues. Luxury brand? How about black and gold? The key is to create a seamless connection between your brand’s mission and your logo.

Alright, let’s dive into some rapid-fire suggestions to make your logo shine:

  • Be unique. Your logo should be a distinctive representation of your brand. Due to the number of users on Canva, if you’re going to use a Canva template, make enough significant changes to it so it doesn’t look like the thousand other logos created from it.
  • Maintain consistency. Your logo should align with your brand’s overall visual identity. If you are a weight loss coach, your logo shouldn’t have a pepperoni pizza on it.
  • Keep it clean and uncluttered. Avoid tiny swirls which are hard to make out when your logo is resized small (see next point).
  • You should be able to read your logo if it was only 1″ square.
  • I’m not a graphic designer, but I do know that colour can interfere with your creative process. When I create a temporary logo for a startup, I’ll design it to look spectacular as a black and white logo. Then add colour later.

Wordmark Logos (my favourite)

Consider these examples of effective wordmark logos which doesn’t have any icons or imagery. The logo is the brand name.

  • The Good Batch Bakery: A quaint logo featuring a whimsical font and a charming icon of a rolling pin and whisk.
  • The Minimalist Hustler: The bold wordmark logo against a black backdrop brilliantly represents the minimalist hustle ethos. The white text certainly stands out, speaking volumes about the power of simplicity.

And if you still need convincing that a wordmark logo works, consider these 10 brands who all have wordmark logos:

  • Google
  • Etsy
  • Virgin
  • Vimeo
  • JVC
  • Canon
  • Jeep
  • Stripe
  • Panasonic
  • Calvin Klein <- the simplest of them all

Once your logo is ready, here are some places to put it:

  • your website
  • business cards (yes they are still a thing)
  • social media — although I don’t agree with logos being the profile icon, it should be your face — humans like to deal with humans, not companies
  • and any other place you interact with your audience.

A consistent brand experience helps your audience remember you better, but honestly if you deliver amazing service, your customers are going to remember you, not your logo.

Wrapping it Up

I’m going to split up this conclusion in two parts. Yes, Canva is the perfect partner to explore and express this creativity, enabling you to create a unique logo that stands for your brand.

But don’t go overboard with trying to make it your logo perfect. Your customers aren’t hiring you because of how spectacular your logo is (unless you are a logo designer). They are hiring you because of you.

And, before you dash off, to help speed up the process of making your own logo, download 10 free customizable logo templates right here.

Until next time, stay inspired!



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