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Concept : This is a logo idea that represents an all natural cleaning company that serves residential and light commercial (retail/boutique/studio) clients.
Purpose or Goal : The goal for this logo was to touch on the eco-friendly concept, while primarily conveying a fun, friendly and trustworthy tone. The trust is conveyed with the door in the negative space. The overlapping of the “n” and “m” create the feeling of a house paired with the door. The “n” wraps over the home, as if to protect it (from dirty germs, duh). The “m” does share the shape of a wiping motion associated with cleaning (I guess?). The font is Comforta.
Format : This will be used in embroidered polos, aprons, etc. It will also be used for some paper marketing materials, but primarily online.
Audience : Ideal audience is everyone. Realistic audience is airbnb host, parents, middle-aged upper class, elderly/chemically sensitive, and eco-conscience small businesses.
My Experience Level : Self taught since highschool (2013). I primarily design when myself or those in my circle need something done. From logos, banners, album covers, marketing material or just fun stuff, but nothing too major. I love logos, tho. Hit me up for my take on what you’re doing.
Nature of Job: This work is for myself and my own cleaning company start-up. Please be critical, but not without explanation or direction. The goal is growth, both in design and business. So please, use your words with intent. Any ideas you think would work outside of whats shown? Share any and all thoughts below.
If you’d like to see the 3-5 iterations before I got to this, ask below.
Smurf, most designers don’t get to change the name of the company. You know this. At least, I don’t think this is a student project. But it could be.
I don’t know where this company is based but in the US there is a lot of play on the word Maid. It’s kind of an old-fashioned term now with a more quaint meaning rather than servitude. I honestly don’t even know what cleaning people prefer to be called these days.
Just one ( and a halve) point on an open list. The name is rather small compared to the icon.
When I put it just for example in the logo place of a website like let’s say https://maidnaturally.com the name is too small. Maybe check by search engine and trade mark protection search like this.
The name is just there to show you guys the font used. The goal here was to just present the logo. I have cross verified TM reg and search engine results. On my website, the logo is actually not in the nav bar, instead I use the wordmark variation I’ve made.
It was “leaf shaped.” I recently changed it to this shape, but I’m not sure of it at all. And haven’t been sure of the whole thing… That is why I am here.
This is NOT a finished product. There actually isn’t a gap between them when using illustrator. I’ve verified this in outline mode. I am trying to figure out why it keeps showing up that way, tho. Corner radius are same, everything line up in outline mode, just not sure why it’s doing that. Any clue?
I agree this aims more toward residential clients, which is about 80% of our client base. I am curious what direction I could go to lean into commercial a bit.
As far as the word “MAID” being used in the name, I also felt that it was an older term and derogatory before doing extensive research. I’ve also found that the most successful cleaning services in the US do in fact use the term “MAID” in their names, and this tells me that consumers do not feel that it is derogatory, but instead spells out the service we offer in a clear manor. I’ve field tested this amongst locals paired with similar names, vibes, and intent, and Naturally Maid was chosen over 15 other options by people that fit our target audience. But i 100% thought the same thing, smurf. Also, my partner being a herbalist, we will offer hand made cleaning products sourced from organic ingredients as well, lending to the “naturally maid” reasoning. Beyond that, many things are made naturally, and most things should be. Not just food. That is something the company stands by, and what sets us apart from other services.
Your opinion is valid. I would agree the logo needs a lot of work. Again, that is why I’m here. SO I greatly appreciate your criticism. The name however is strong, clean, and also not why I am here. EcoCleaners is taken by atleast 100 different companies in a few states alone. It isn’t unique, and doesn’t allow for good scoring when considering SEO and online presence. A search would also present way to much information to get lost in before a potential client would have the chance to click on the actual company.
Please, I encourage you to give more direction on this. I like where your head is at. More logo suggestions, less name suggestions.
Marketing strategy will primarily be targeted ads, email marketing, and SEO. Aside from there there are platforms where we will post our services for specfic end buyers. Such as TurnoverBNB for airbnb host, or thumbtack for homeowners, etc. As a service company, you will serve most types of people in your community at various times. Events, move-outs, construction cleanup, maid service(recurring cleans), disinfecting, etc. However, the realistic audience listed is who NEEDS the service, and who will be actively searching for it (per research numbers and peer knowledge).
Any suggestions on the logo? Or direction on marketing that would be helpful?
Thank you for the direction when telling me what needs work. The name to logo size is not going to be that way. Just added to the bottom quickly to show the name and font used. I made no changes to the fonts character, but will given your direction.
I like the nested n-m concept enough to get why you pursued it this far. The leaf is a bit cliché (to a designer’s eye—they’re everywhere now), but I’m not the target. I wouldn’t necessarily call it inappropriate, provided the “natural” feature is a major component of your service and image strategies. I’d say the door is superfluous at best; misleading, potentially.
The problem I see is the fat, round aesthetic and relatively bright colors give it a very juvenile quality, a rather inescapable baby toy aisle look. (And the door comprised of basic shapes only reinforces that.)
I understand that it’s the font, and the nested arrangement is facilitated significantly by it, but I’d be looking for ways to slim or trim it out, subdue the colors some (they aren’t reliably printable anyway), and get a bit more mature, problem-solving tone in there.
I’d have to say I agree 100% with your opinion. (My partner keeps saying she loves it, and to move on. Meanwhile, I don’t want to spend hundreds embroidering a shit logo, yes made my me, on a bunch of clothes, while trying to build a trustable strong brand.) Thanks HotButton!
I’ve been trying to find way to hint at “luxury” which in turn would be more mature, but I’m stuck mentally, as all my previous iterations are “fun and quirky” to some degree. Trying to change them to touch on maturity and professionalism leads me to want to start over completely. My problem is when starting over… I don’t know where to start…
Below are a few ideas previously explored. None are great. I know. But if you have a preference on a base idea, do any of these warrant a redesign?
Again, the name and tag are present only to see how they look (shape and curves of characters) in regards to the logo, not for size or finished product.