Design Evo is a website in which you can create logos online for free. I assume its main goal is to have a tool that allows you to make something fast and easy. So, with that in mind, I gave it a go.
The interface looks clean and simple, something extremely important if you want to have a hassle-free experience. You're welcomed with quick instructions of what you can do, so even in this simple environment you don't feel lost.
I started by searching for an icon, and I put "art" in the search box. The query gave me quite a few to choose from, some better looking than others, but all in all I found myself browsing through a lot of options, which is always good.
I then decided to go with "painting" and sure enough, there were many good icons to choose from, too.
I could then change the icon's color, flip it, rotate it and make it bigger or smaller, and change its opacity. As you move it around, there are automatic guides that appear when you hit the centers, which is extremely helpful. You can also toggle a point grid on or off for visual aid.
Next, I went for some text. Here you can add the company name, a slogan, and, of course, more text should you need to.
You have the obvious basic options like font size, color and style (bold, italics, uppercase), but also some extras like outline and glow. The font picking itself is quite nice, because you have the fonts displayed graphically (you see how they look), and sorted by type (bold, modern, traditional, handwriting and funny). You even have some presets (with effects applied) in the art tab. The amount of fonts you can choose from is not infinite, but I think it has good variety, and for a quick job I don't find it that bad that your options are not endless.
I know this from experience: the amount of time you can spend selecting a font may become crazy if you have too many. So, I think a good limited selection might work in your favor.
The last kind of element you can add is a shape. This includes badges, banners, lines, decorations, solid and outlined shapes and symbols.
There are not very many of these in each section. And although I maintain that too many choices may defeat the purpose, I think this section could benefit from a few more options. An interesting workaround for it is that you can find more of each type by searching in the icon section.
All these elements (icons, text, shapes) can be duplicated, and placed in front or back of one another. One more thing you can do is to add a background color, either solid or gradient.
When you're happy with your work, you can hit the preview button to see your logo on different mock-ups like cards, letters, computer screens and T-shirts. This gives you a general idea of how it would look in different supports, and I was very pleased to have this feature.
You can then proceed to download your creation by sharing the link to DesignEvo on your social media, blog or website. Being a fully free tool, I think it's only fair.
Some room for improvement
The opacity affects both the text and its effects. I think they should be separate; an opacity setting for text and one for each effect (after all, there are only two effects). This simple addition would increase the design control by a lot.
Another thing that would make this app that much more useful would be to be able to add a background image. Not only for having background patterns, but also a photo can be made social-media ready by using the tools available here. Of course, this would open the app for more than just making logos, but I don't think it would hurt anyone.
I liked the color picker and the fact that you can type in a color by its hex code. Also, that you can add a color to the palette.
You can move things around easily and align them with the help of the automatic guides. It may sound obvious, but I've seen too many apps that fail on the basics: usability. This one is a breeze to work with.
I think this is a great tool for anyone who wants to create something quick and without the overwhelming amount of tools and steep learning curve that professional software packages come with. I think it does its job.
It's easy, free and you don't even need to register to use it, which I love. When you're in a hurry, you don't want that hassle. Of course, you can make more than just logos with it: you can make overlays for social media images and many other things.
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links: