Design How-To: Turn Letters Into Logos

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Many companies have logos that are composed of linked letters — take the logos for CNN and GE.

The capabilities of modern software programs make it easy to join characters, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got an instant logo. Linking letters takes some thought and experimentation with different typefaces and type styles. The results should fit the image the business wants to convey and its target audience.

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Posted on: November 8, 2005

John McWade

Designer, teacher, and author John McWade has been at the forefront of the graphic design and desktop publishing worlds since 1985. The very first beta user of the desktop publishing program Aldus PageMaker, he went on to found the first desktop publishing company, PageLab, to take advantage of the new tools. With his wife Gaye McWade, he founded the acclaimed Before & After magazine, long a favorite resource for graphic designers.

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