If you are a graphic designer who specialises in logo / brand design, you may very well own and use these 3 essentials for logo design on a regular basis; if you don't utilise these 3 logo design tools as a designer, you may very well want to look into doing so as I consider them absolute musts.
1. Wacom Tablet
As a graphic designer myself who has, over time, moved into a niche of logo and brand design projects, I got myself a Wacom Tablet pretty late in the game. I have only been using one for around 3 years now and I wish I would have gotten myself one earlier on in my design career.
There are some designs or aspects of a logo design that are made either quicker, easier or both with a Wacom Tablet. But more importantly you are able to build a bridge between the 'pen and paper' development stage of your logo design process, with the digital vector format aspects of the project. I find this truly helpful and I use my Wacom in almost every logo design project I come across these days.
You don't have to buy yourself a top of the line model, some of the very basic Tablets will do a lot of what you need them to do, and be picked up for under $100
2. External Hard Drive
I have made the mistake back in early stages of my graphic design career of not backing up my work. My computer was stolen one day and I lost much of my work, I was able to salvage a few designs and projects that were uploaded to specific websites, but a large majority of my design work was gone forever. This was quite early on in my career but I soon leaned my lesson.
These days I back up all of my work in two separate locations, one of them being on a terabyte external hard drive.
As a logo designer or graphic designer in general, you really need to be backing up all of your work in an orderly and easy to access manner. I personally have folders for each year, and then folders for each project within the annual folders.
3. Good Old Fashioned Pen'n'Paper
I feel this is starting to become a lost aspect of the logo design process, and I also consider it to be one of the most fundamental and crucial parts of designing a logo or a brand, if not then the most important.
Allowing your creativity and ideas to flow onto paper before you even boot up your computer will really help you to explore and develop many avenues of the logo design. It gives the brand identity the time and effort it needs to become refined and developed into a professional design solution. Some designers will spend multiple weeks on the research and initial development stages of a logo design project, and for good reason.
So what did think of these 3 'essentials' for logo designing? Do you think they are all a crucial aspects of logo designing in 2017, if so which is most important?