Sometimes it’s fun to create a logo design for a fictional client. Just pick a design style and play around with a concept of your choice without the hassle of the client approval process. This also gives you the chance to experiment with styles and trends you’ve seen around but never had the opportunity to try yourself. In this tutorial we’re going to create a logo design for a classic barber shop using the popular vintage theme. Follow the step by step guide to see how each individual element is crafted in Adobe Illustrator.

Vintage style barber shop logo

Here’s the logo we’ll be constructing for “Virgil’s Classic Barber Shop”. It makes use of the popular vintage style cross layout with small icon style graphics representing the nature of the business. We’ll construct all the individual elements and compose the logo’s layout, then add some roughening effects to give the design an aged, printed appearance.

We’ll begin by creating the small icon graphics. Copy a picture of some old barber scissors from Google Images and begin tracing the outline. Use the Ellipse tool to outline the hole of the handle.

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  1. another great tutorial!

    will give this a go!

    always learn so much about illustrator from your tuts :)

  2. I’m embarrassingly bad at Illustrator but your tutorials are teaching me so many new tricks. Thank you very much for explaining the steps in such detail, it really makes learning a lot easier. :)

  3. Hi, this is again a great tutorial. I have got to learn many things from your blog. If it weren’t for you, I would still be sitting on my computer with Illustrator and Photoshop lying rusting in it. But the simplicity with which you explain is amazing. Thank You

  4. Hi Chris,
    Of course it is a nice tut on Illustrator. I think mustache-symbol should be slightly bigger than existing other than it is wonderful.


  5. Hi Chris, this is a genuine vintage desing, very nice. But can you please make one, or can you tell me about the effect/effects used in image preview?

    Thanks in advance!

  6. very technical post regarding logo designing specially designing a logo for barber shop. it is really helpful for the designer who just start their career in the field of logo designing.

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