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This is my first question here, so excuse me if it's off topic.

I am creating a news aggregation website that will cover all national news from all sorts of topics. And because I am no designer and I can't afford services of a professional one, I'm here to seek help.

Are there any guidelines to respect and/or points to take care of when designing a text-based logo for this kind of websites ?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about logo design--try the graphic design stack exchange –  Charles Wesley Nov 1 '13 at 21:52
    
It's not a UX question and it probably won't work on GD, either. It's just too broad. –  DA01 Nov 2 '13 at 5:41
    
I knew this question may have some problems fitting in here, but the point is that the logo may define how the user feel about a site. If a logo is poorly designed, it may gives the impression that the site is not that "serious". –  ahmed Nov 2 '13 at 10:43
    
And I generally consider good design as a sign of respect toward the user and vice versa. A bit exaggerated but this what I really feel as a user. So I want to show users of my site that I "respect" them and take them seriously through good design ... and that starts with a good logo. Isn't ? :) –  ahmed Nov 2 '13 at 10:46
    
@ahmed good design is good design, for sure, but I wouldn't say a good web site begins with a good logo. All that said, you're essentially asking "how do I become a good graphic designer" which, while a legitimate question, is just way too broad for the StackExchange format. –  DA01 Nov 4 '13 at 6:01
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First of all logos Should be creative and / or unique and should also represent your company/blog/website.

For a text-based logo, you should consider two things:

  1. font
  2. colors

Then, for which kind of news?

  • celebrity news > shiny, glossy colors and a modern font.
  • tech news > cold (gray, blue) colors and a tech font.
  • news about energy, green energy, nature > green colors and a tech/grunge font.
  • mixed news > different colors possible, based on website colors and a modern font.

Colors: For colors, color mixins and color trends please have a look at http://www.colourlovers.com. I realy love this website.

Fonts: Have a look at http://www.google.com/fonts and dafont.com for inspiration (May you could use a font already exist on your computer)

Possible font-mixins:

  • MYnews
  • NEWS.corp
  • PROSEC.TO
  • APPAGio
  • (simply use your domain with 2 different colors) domain.com // domain (first color) .com (second color)
  • NEWS FLASH
  • news flash
  • NEWS flash

If your website have a big header you could also use for example CORP below NEWS (2 line logo) to fit your websites header or if you have a small header nav and want to put your logo in, use a single line for your logo.

NEWS

CORP

Current design trend are:

  • Flat Color Design ( single color without any effect )
  • Slight gradients with 30 degrees
  • Shadow extrusion ( back to the 80s yeah :) )

To know what i mean, have a look at googles current logo for slight gradient color effect.

You could also google for "text based logo design" and have a look at the top 3 results:

  • 125 creative text based logos
  • 75 creative text based logos
  • 50 Creative Type-Based Logo Designs For Inspiration

Hope I could help you

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Wow. Thanks for this answer and for the examples and links you gave. –  ahmed Nov 2 '13 at 10:50
    
You're welcome. Could not link some examples above, therefore i had to point you to google search (reputation to low to add more links). –  Lahmizzar Nov 3 '13 at 18:44
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