You have tremendous value to offer and want to make a positive impact in the world through your business. You may be early in your journey and not yet reaching as many people as you want to... or perhaps your business is well established, and you feel ready to step up to even greater visibility.
DIY can work for awhile... but not forever
I've met many business owners who had bootstraped their website and marketing materials on their own, and later realized that their brand feels a bit awkward—like it doesn't really fit them. It's a patchwork of mismatched styles and templates, and it's frustrating because they want it to look good, but it's just not coming out right.
Sometimes people feel reluctant to hand over that business card when they meet someone new, and grumble “I've been meaning to make nicer ones” under their breath. Visuals and website you're not satisfied with can hold you back from starting new marketing campaigns and reaching a bigger audience, because you realize they don't show your work in the best light.
I've been there personally, and it's not fun! If this is a problem you're struggling with, I can help.
Imagine how different could it be?
- A brand that your dream clients connect with on an emotional level.
- People see you as an experienced and skilled professional that you are.
- Memorable and gorgeous marketing materials you're proud to share, and that people compliment you on.
- An online and in-person experience that delights your clients and gets them to come back over and over again.
- A brand that reflects the heart & soul of your business, and grows with it.
Visual design has a tremendous effect both on you as a business owner, and on your audience.
Scientific research and my own experience confirms it. My clients report that they gain greater confidence to reach out to more people and raise their prices.
People are willing to pay more for beautifully designed products, and consider professional-looking websites and marketing materials more trustworthy.
Design is both practical and emotional. This is important to note, since business is too...
Business is never “just business”
Depending on how long you've been working with clients, you might have already realized one simple truth that people rarely talk about:
Clients hire people they like, not the “best” or the cheapest.
When they're examining your website, your ads, brochures, or talking to you in person, they're not only looking for signs that point at your competency, but also wondering “How much will I enjoy working with this person? Do they really get me, or will they try to stuff me into a mold?” Service businesses get into intense relationships with their clients, and personality fit is just as important as any other aspect.
Gone are the days when you had to hide your personality to appear “professional”.
In today's market, showing your personality is the only way you can stand apart from thousands of other businesses who offer more or less the same thing. Here's the good news: no matter how many competitors you have, nobody is just like you. You have everything it takes to be remarkable already within you.
If you want people to take notice and feel a strong connection with your brand, you need to take a stand for what you believe in, and not hold back. This may feel scary at first, but I'm here to help.
Human centered brand design creates resonance and connection with your dream clients.
Through the process of discovering the essence of your brand, we’re crafting a visual story that is designed to speak directly to your right people, and make them feel like they belong in your community.
The visual story we're creating is built on your core values and reflects your personality – it's naturally unique and true to you. This means that your brand highlights your individuality and demonstrates how you’re different from everyone else.
You no longer have to bend over backwards to distinguish yourself from others in your field – your brand does the job for you.
When your brand effectively communicates your values, the benefits of your work and how you're different, this attracts the people you want to work with the most.
“All of our clients notice the consistency of our visual brand”
“We set the brand identity as a priority at the time of starting our business, because of the positive impression we’d get when a company (especially a small one) that had a professionally defined brand identity reached out to us. This proved that somebody cares about their business, and invested additional time in shaping their approach toward their users.
We expected that this approach will bring recognition to our company, and we’re proud that we've achieved that – clients and partners tell us years later “We remembered you because of your unusual business card”, or “We saw your people doing field measurements, we recognized the car because of the labels”, all the way to the positive comments about our documentation.
Over the years we confirmed that all our clients notice the consistency of our visual brand application, even those we would never expect, especially because our company is in the engineering and technical consulting niche, not sales or marketing.
Our communication looks professional, and we don’t consider visual branding too large an investment – objectively, it’s not a big expense, and we believe it’s an essential first step for any company.”
100% handmade and original – because your business is different
My superpower is translating your core values, your brand voice, and the benefits you provide to your clients into the language of symbols, colors and letter shapes that tell your story.
I put special emphasis on hand-lettering, as well as drawing elegant and attractive visual symbols.
Hand lettered logo designs stand out in the sea of trendy, overused fonts.
Instead of doing what everybody else does, you’ll have a font of your own that reflects your individuality. Every single letter is crafted with care, and the final logo will be unlike anything you’ve seen before.
You can use the logos and brand identity packages I design in a variety of media: websites, print, social media, e-mail marketing, in person presentations and more.
Go from boring and bland to a remarkable brand
Two levels of logo and brand design service are available for you to choose from, based on your specific needs.
Included in this package:
- Unique & original logo design
- Multiple versions and file types for versatile logo application
- Basic branding style guide that outlines correct logo application, color palette and typography.
Starting at €1.000,00 EUR (~$1.200,00 USD)
Complete Brand Identity Package
Included in this package:
- Unique & original logo design
- Multiple versions and file types for versatile logo application
- Business cards and letterhead
- Social media graphics
- Documentation templates
- Email signature
- Comprehensive branding style guide that will help you, and everyone you work with, maintain a consistent brand through all the media.
Starting at €2.000,00 EUR (~$2.500,00 USD)
Which one is better for you?
I'd recommend taking the full brand identity package, because you get a lot of done-for-you graphics that you can start using immediately. If the full brand identity package is out of your budget at the moment, then a logo design with a basic branding style guide will be a good start. I can also create a custom proposal based on your specific needs.
Need a website design too?
I can help you transfer your brilliant brand into a delightful user experience.
Check out my brand & WordPress web design services
How to get started
Get in touch with me by clicking the button below, and I'd be happy to answer your questions and give my estimate of your project.
“Better than anything I could have imagined!”
“Nela was fabulous to work with! I had a general idea of the direction I wanted to go in with my logo when we started working together, but nothing concrete. I sent her some images I liked and tried to describe the feeling I was going for, but felt like all my guidance was pretty vague. Somehow, she was able to take my vague guidance and turn it into an image that was not only exactly what I had in mind, but was even better than anything I could have imagined! I was blown away at her creativity.
She even thought of hand painting the background in watercolor to give the image the organic and soft look I was hoping for. Nela made the entire process of designing my logo really fun. I can't recommend her enough!”
Examples of branding & logos I did for my clients
You can check out many more project samples in my design portfolio.
Student Justice Union logo & brand identity design
Cudesa od mesa hand lettered logo & brand identity design
Wild Moon Spirit logo design
Silver Lime Café hand-lettered logo & brand identity design
Incon logo & brand identity design
Savarakatini hand lettered logo & brand identity design
Claire Fortune hand lettered logo & brand identity design
Komfor organic hand lettered band logo design
Rikon hand lettered logo design
About Nela Dunato
I run a boutique design consultancy that helps service-based businesses evolve into premium brands and connect with their dream clients, by crafting extraordinary visual experiences.
I empower creative entrepreneurs to feel confident in their position on the market and attract better paying clients, with my hand-lettered logo & brand design, digital strategy and mobile friendly websites.
Apart from my freelance consulting practice, I teach design classes, write thousands of words on my blog every week, and create magically surreal mixed-media art.
Enough about me...
More client success stories
“I’m absolutely delighted with the results”
I needed a logo and branding for my new cafe business. I had considered doing it myself, but concluded that although I could create something for free from the internet it was probably not going to be of the quality or have the impact I wanted. I considered it too risky leaving something as fundamental as this to chance.
I chose Nela because her website presented her as someone who was knowledgeable and experienced, and her artwork demonstrated that she was clearly talented in the field. But ultimately it came down to a face and a character I knew I would be able to trust. She was more expensive than some other designers appeared to be but I felt sure I would be getting what I paid for if I went with them.
The experience of working with Nela was great! She was friendly, helpful, patient. Her instructions and requests were clear. She encouraged a dialogue and valued feedback and opinions. She answered queries and questions. She helped with various aspects of tech and gave advice on some of the wider considerations and implications of the project.
I think the best thing for me was feeling a valued part of the creative process, helping to make something that I could be proud of and be happy with.
I found the creation, bit by bit, of it all satisfying. Seeing all the different elements come together, from ideas to initial concepts to tweaked versions to the application across all the different formats. I'm absolutely delighted with the results, and I think it's telling that other people in the business have noted the logo is clearly the work of a professional.
Nela provides an excellent service and I would definitely consider engaging her again for another project when the need arises. I’d recommend her to anyone needing a logo/branding for a new or existing business. She’s been brilliant to work with.
“Nela provided a stunning logo.”
I needed a logo for my brand new company, and Nela provided a stunning logo. I’m very happy and excited that she was able to fuse all of my company values into a striking logo.
I chose to work with her because her portfolio and design procedures struck me the most. Initially I was concerned about trusting to work with someone internationally, but her professionalism proved trustworthiness. Every aspect was well taken care of. I would most definitely work with her again, and recommend her to anyone who could use her service, 200%. She’s the best!
“Caroline and I are thrilled with your work. We really appreciate the professionalism with which you have dealt with us throughout this assignment, the timely manner in which you have completed each stage and the quite outstanding final art work. Thank you very much indeed. I hope we have cause to use you again.”
How my logo & brand design process works
First, you send an inquiry with basic information about your project.
I'll review your inquiry and if we're a good fit and I'm available for your project, I'll send you a more detailed questionnaire to fill out, where you can share more information about your business, your project, and your design needs.
Once I receive back your questionnaire, we'll schedule a Skype coffee meeting so we can chat and get to know each other. I may ask you additional questions I have about your business and take notes. (If we end up realizing that we’re not the right fit for this project, we’ll part our ways – no hard feelings.)
After we wrap up our call, I’ll dive deep into the questionnaire you’ve sent me and go over the points we covered in our meeting. I’ll use this to craft a custom proposal for you that outlines the project details, time-frame, and price.
When you accept the proposal, we can get moving on the scheduled time frame.
The project officially begins when we sign the written agreement of the project terms, and you pay the advance invoice (50% of the total project amount).
I'll get to work and draft sketches of your logo, which I'll then refine into more polished concepts. I'll work on these concepts until I create one final logo concept that addresses all your needs.
This process can take up to 2 weeks.
I'll present my logo proposal to you.
If everything looks great, we'll move forward with the project!
However, if you have any concerns about the proposal, we will discuss how I can understand you business even better, and create another proposal that suits your needs.
One round of revisions is included in your project quote.
Once you approve the logo design, I'll take care of the rest of the brand identity package.
Depending on the contents of the package we agreed on, this can take 1–2 weeks.
When I'm finished with the brand identity package, I'll send you my concepts so you can review and approve them.
Once you're happy with your new logo and branding, you'll pay the final project invoice.
I'll send you a download link to a ZIP file containing all the deliverables, so you can start using your logo immediately!
Order your logo & brand identity package
To get started working with me on your logo design, click on the button below and fill out the details of your project in the request form. If I'm able to take on your project, we'll arrange a chat!