I think most people use Illustrator that is after sketching upon hours and hours of ideas of course!
Have to agree with everyone – No choice but illustrator!
I started in Corel Draw. But it can be little bit clunky in pdf exports. Illustrator is great and industry standart. But unfortunately it lacks some features I would expect in software its quality and tradition. For example symmetry would be nice and plugins like Vectorscribe should be implemented.
But you can do logo in every possible software which can export vector based files. So try them out and you will see what suits you best.
Can't go wrong with the Adobe products. Illustrator and Photoshop are excellent combos.
Illustrator + Astute plugins make my work easier.
Adobe Illustrator. It also seems to be the industry standard for where I live so it's easy when you have to send out your logo to be printed, etc.
Adobe Illustrator CC.
Astute plugins +1
i hear affinity designer is pretty dope, may still be in beta, and apparently alot cheaper than adobe CC
I'm a fan of Illustrator. I'm still getting used to the Creative Cloud component of it all, and NOT having CC at work makes things more difficult as the formats aren't always fully interchangeable.
Just remember when you're done, save your original source file *AND* PDF, JPG and EPS versions for the press and t-shirt folks. We'll thank you for it later. ;-)
Any vector software is good for logo designing , try to choose a standart one to be able to share and send your created logos to providers in the right formats ( .EPS , .CDR, .AI )
I personally recommend CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for all professional graphic design duties . The latest version is CorelDRAW X7 ( the 17th version!!! )
Regards and happy logo design!
Aside from illustrator:
Xtream path plugin for illustrator proved to be very useful, vectorscribe plugin is very simillar or even better.
Affinity designer https://affinity.serif.com/ is only mac vector editor but is super fast, and costs like 40 euro. You loose the connection between ilustrator-indesign-photoshop but if you want to do just vector work than its awesome. Double that for ilustrators.
Also one to mention is open-sourced Freehand. Very solid free vector editor. If you need just to vectorize something then its great.
Affinity Designer — https://affinity.serif.com
Sketch 3 — http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/
I'm an Illustrator guy, but Affinity Designer is growing on me.
To add another voice to the consensus -- obviously, vectors are pretty much essential for logo design. Illustrator is clearly the favorite (and probably the best), but there are other options. Once you've got your vector files, you can always import them into Photoshop and play around.