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Starting a new venture? Retooling an old one? Sounds like you're in the market for a logo.
Before you spend big bucks on a designer, consider creating one yourself. And before you insist that you don't have the necessary tools or skills, check out DesignEvo. It's a browser-based logo maker that's simple, effective and free.
Actually, the tool itself is free; if you want to download a high-resolution version of your creation, it'll cost you $20. But not today: BBH readers can get a free DesignEvo logo download when applying coupon code DEBPM00F1M at checkout.
You can start your logo from scratch or choose from over 4,000 templates. In the screenshot above, I searched for coffee-related templates and founds lots of attractive, professional-looking options.
Next you enter your company name and, if you have one, slogan, and presto: Instant logo. From there you can make changes to the layout, fonts, colors and so on, all using a very novice-friendly interface.
That same interface can also be used to build a logo from the ground up. DesignEvo offers a mammoth selection of icons and shapes -- though it doesn't allow you to upload any artwork of your own. Here, you'll have to build your logo using banners, stars, lines and the like. Thankfully, there's also a big pool of fonts to choose from, and you can easily curve text, add shadows and adjust opacity.
Obviously a tool like Photoshop would afford you considerably more options, but it's nowhere near as easy to use -- and it's not cheap, either.
I actually had a lot of fun designing a logo in DesignEvo. If you need one for your business, it's definitely worth a try -- and thanks to this code, it won't cost you a penny.