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Logo Sizes for Social Media, Websites and Print

Logos these days have to exist in more spaces than ever before. You might need to blow your logo up to the size of a billboard or shrink it down so that it fits within a URL bar.


In each of these scenarios, your logo must stay consistent and recognizable. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and consider each of the different logo sizes and logo dimensions early on in the design process.


Source: Kool Kids Bedding logo by artwithashley, illustration by Orange Crush.



When we talk about logo sizes and dimensions, we are referring not only to the physical size but the shape and orientation of your logo. These can shift around along with your logo’s content (the icon, slogan and company name) depending on the context.


In order to help you optimize your logo for every setting, we’ve put together the following guide on the common logo sizes and dimensions for social media, print and web.


LOGO DIMENSIONS BASICS


Logos often have to be resized and reoriented when placed across websites, social media, merchandise, printed advertisements and so much more. In today’s digital age, your logo has to be ready for anything.


A logo should adapt seamlessly in any context.

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Great logos will retain their integrity over any background and adapt to any size without losing clarity. To get an idea of how you can achieve this, start with your design fundamentals.


Versatility, scalability, balance and proportion are some of the basic principles that apply directly to logo size. Like any aspect of design, sizing is no exact science, and it requires your best judgement depending on the kind of logo you are working with.


That said, here are some best practices to keep in mind:

  1. Your logo should be legible at every size: The goal should be maintaining proportions no matter the destination.

  2. Sizing needs to be consistent across various mediums: Your sizing choices across mediums need to be consistent and reflect your brand voice.

  3. Horizontal, vertical & square: Your logo should be effective regardless of how it’s oriented and displayed.

  4. Brush up on file types: Vector files such as PDF or EPS are designed for effective scalability. Having your logo in vector format and using that as a starting point for resizing or reformatting is always a good idea.



LOGO SIZES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA


Social media allows your business to present itself to clients and interact with them. For this reason, it’s especially important that your logo looks professional and attractive on social media, and this means that it needs to be optimized for every space—cover photos, banners, posts and profile pictures.


The logo’s icon can stand alone in the avatar space while the cover image can carry the weight of the full logo.

Source: Design by CREATIVE NINJA



LOGO SIZES FOR WEBSITES AND APPS


Recall an experience in which you went on a website to find a pixelated logo that looked either too big or too small. How did that play into your forming an opinion of the company?


A logo should be designed to fit comfortably at a smaller scale in a website’s browser. This design goes the extra mile to be subtly incorporated throughout the website:


Source: Matacurut


Websites not only need to look good but they also need to provide customers with all the necessary information about their product. This includes conveying a cultivated brand impression, and your logo, situated at the top of the page, pulls a lot of the weight here.


The two most common places for a logo to appear on your website are the navigation bar (or header) and the favicon (the icon that appears on the tab next to the title of the page, next to your URL in the search bar, and in a user’s favorites/bookmarks list).


Similarly, your logo will likely need to be condensed to fit the dimensions of an app icon, usually in the form of a minimalist image to make the most of the space.


Some important considerations when sizing your logo for the web are:

  • Does it fit well with the rest of the page?

  • Is it distinct and recognizable in both the large and small format?

These are the standard dimensions you should take into account when designing your logo for websites and apps:


FAVICON

  • 16 x 16 pixels

  • 32 x 32 pixels

  • 48 x 48 pixels


WEBSITE HEADER


This will depend on what sort of website builder you’re using. But here are some standard measurements for various situations.

  • Full banner: 468 x 60 pixels

  • Horizontal layout

    • 250 x 150 pixels

    • 350 x 75 pixels

    • 400 x 100 pixels

  • Vertical layout:

    • 160 x 160 pixels


MOBILE APP ICONS

  • iPhone 6S and up: 180 x 180 pixels

    • 120 x 120 pixels in Spotlight Search

    • 87 x 87 pixels in Settings

  • iPad: 152 x 152 pixels

  • Android: 192 x 192 pixels

  • Windows: 62 x 62 pixels

A good example of a logo that thrives on both web and print is Amazon’s.


Source: 99designs



LOGO SIZES FOR PRINT AND MERCHANDISE


In the realm of print media, your logo may end up on everything from signage, t-shirts (on a chest pocket or full size over the front or the back), pins, mugs, packaging, and more. While digital spaces tend to favor smaller dimensions, you can see that sizing varies greatly across print media. That’s why it’s important to gather a list of what you will need sooner rather than later, and make sure your logo is able to adapt for situations as they come up.


The following are some common standard sizes for print and merchandise (be sure to check with your intended printer beforehand):

  • Standard print size for a mug: 8.5 x 3 inches

  • US business cards: 3.5 x 2 inches

  • The maximum print area for a t-shirt is 14 x 15 inches

    • Chest pockets are typically around 4 3/8″ x 5 3/8″

  • Sheet sizes for billboards

    • US: 27 x 40 inches

    • UK: The most popular size is “48 sheets” which is 6.096 x 3.048 meters

    • France: The grand size is 12 x 8 square meters

  • Common envelope sizes

    • C4 in Europe which is 22.9 cm x 32.4 cm

    • #10 envelope which measures 4 1/8 x 9 ½ inches

  • Letterheads

    • A4 letter size is 210 × 297 mm

    • US standard letter size is 8.5 x 11 inches

  • A standard coaster size is 4 x 4 inches


ONE LOGO SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL


When it comes to sizing your logo, always remember that adaptability is your greatest asset. Even if there are five spaces your logo needs to fit into today, in the future it could be hundreds. Always leave room for your logo to (literally) grow with technology and display its best self to the world—even if it is best displayed through a magnifying glass!



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