Graphics for More than Digital: A Checklist

Graphics for More than Digital: A Checklist

By Anne Kleinman
May 23, 2024 | 3-minute read
Technology Management Graphic Design and Branding
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How do you know if the new logo you’re about to approve will look smashing beyond your website and other digital assets?

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the presentation of logos, colors and design on a screen is fundamentally different than the presentation on any other tangible media.

Here’s a quick rundown of considerations before signing off on your new design.

Logo Design

A few things to look for with your new logo:

  1. Colors should have a solid option, not only gradients.
  2. There should be no overlays or transparencies. You should also make sure that there is small space between colors.
  3. Proportions — the total look of all of the elements in the logo should not be overly wide or overly tall with small text. If you have small text, go for square or round options and have an alternative version with no small type.

If you do want to include any of the above design elements in your logo, such as a gradient or overlay, just be sure to have alternative standard variations that maintain the brand and can be used for printing in other formats besides on screen.

Branding Packages

The second thing that you want to ensure when contracting for a new logo is that you get everything that you’re paying for. A branding package should include the following:

Colors, Delineated for Each Print Method

  • Spot colors (also known as Pantone colors) are used for screen print, pad print, etc.
  • CMYK colors (full color print) are used on paper and with digital printing equipment.
  • Hex colors (for digital assets) are used for anything that will be on a screen. A lot of designers will also supply RGB colors.

Logo Variations

  • You should be getting both full color and one-color versions of your logo, as well as variations appropriate for various sizes including icon or emblem, favicon and small spaces (those small items should have bigger spaces between elements so that they don’t fill in).


  • The names of the fonts that accompany the logo, as well as their hierarchy and appropriate placement and usage.

Usage Guidelines  

  • These include spacing of the logo and text as well as formats for full-color, single color, spot color and color combinations. It should also include guidelines for minimum sizes of text.

File Formats

  • Make sure to have a full suite of options available, including AI or EPS, PNG, JPEG, SVG. Different applications will require different file formats.

Physical Items

  • Consider a full inventory of where the logo may appear, including but not limited to: email signature, digital letterhead (template for email attachments), print-ready design for physical letterhead and business cards.

Usage Mock-ups

  • Most designers will provide you with mock-ups for various tangible products, including the letterhead and stationery, a pen, a hat or jacket, or perhaps a mug.  These are only to give you a sense of how your new logo will look on tangible products. It should not be relied upon for actual production suitability.



Logo creation and redesign can be a significant investment of a firm’s time. By considering a full inventory of needs upfront, you’ll ensure its thoughtfulness and quality is maintained, avoiding any issues down the road.

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Anne Kleinman
Ad Infinitum

At Ad Infinitum, we have been providing promotional products to convey firm brands and values for over 40 years. Through our graphics department, we also offer complete branding services and ongoing graphics support including for presentations and client communication.