More often than not when asking a client for their current logo, I am provided with a file format that is less than desirable for the project or situation. Although this can be argued both ways, I’ve seen both instances where it was logo designers responsibility to provide the proper deliverables or the client was using an improper method of creating their logo. Below is a list of deliverables you should be giving your clients and what clients should be getting from their logo designer.
Delivering a variety of file formats to your clients will not only leave them satisfied in the long term, but any designer who follows you will also be greatful. Whether you are printing high quality, adding a logo to a website, or inserting your company logo into a Word document, there are various file formats that should be used over the other.
Black and Reversed Logos: Make certain to convert your in-color logos to both black and reversed-out so your logo can work in ANY situation.
Favicon / iPhone / iPad icons: Many designers I’ve questioned do not do this, but I’ve always felt like it added a nice touch to my logo services — something that makes me different from the next guy. A favicon, or “little logo” that appears in the corner of the address bar in a web browser, is a great way to compliment their logo on the web. It only takes a few minutes to create (in most instances) and your clients will be thrilled when they see their miniature logo on their webpage. Also, with the rise of mobile browsing have a iPhone and iPad optimized icon is a nice touch as well.
jpg and gif: Although it cannot be scaled to a desired size like that of an EPS, JPGs and GIFs are great and preferred for internet use. Due to their smaller file size, they load faster on the web and still look ‘sharp’ to the eye when viewed on a computer monitor. I tend to create these files a little larger than most so my clients are able to downsize as needed. (Websites, Online Ads and Banners, Email marketing and signatures, anything ‘web-related’)
eps & ai: An EPS file, or Encapsulated PostScript file, is a versatile vector format of your logo. In other words, you can resize your logo as big or small as needed without compromising the quality of the logo. EPS is compatible in a large number of programs and is great for use with printed elements due to its high quality. (Business cards, Brochures, Advertisements, …anything that will be printed of high quality