Designing an Intriguing Cube Logo in Illustrator

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke uses Adobe Illustrator to create an intriguing (TM Deke) cubical logo.

While the bulk of the exercise is really drawing with the pen tool and figuring out (with your artistic-spatial abilities) what color each "side" should be, the real infrastructure here is provided by an intricate set of snap-able guides. And thanks to Illustrator’s reflect and rotate tools, you can draw this yourself using math and a little organization.

Guides in place to draw a cube logo in Illustrator

Then, the sides and corners are traced and filled with the pen tool:

Usign guides with the pen tool

And in the end, you have this compelling cube:

The completed cube

If you’re a member of, Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to take unfortunately mitered corners like these:

Sadly mitered corners in Illustrator

And turn them into beautifully aligned corners like these:

Consistently mitered corners in Illustrator

Deke’s Techniques, walking you through cubic space so you don’t lose your way.


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  • Congrats on new website design. Is it just me . . .  the video for this tutorial does not play. On my end, I just have a black rectangle with play button in center. I tried both Firefox and Safari. Since l love creating patterns and using Illustrator this looked interesting. I already recreated. Simple! I made a seamless hex pattern, Live Paint Fills and Strokes was my friend. I was just interested in viewing Deke way. K

  • Here I have also included my Outline mode and zoom view of live strokes mitered corners. K

  • @Kate1492, thanks for your feedback! Really appreciate your help working out our bugs. (Your approach is very close to mine, btw!)
  • We’re still working on figuring it out over here. The Play button does not seem to work on the first try. Frustrating, and we’re talking to various folks to figure it out. Can’t tell you how much we appreciate your love and support.
  • Thank you for this amazing tutorial! I am an aspiring graphic designer and I’ve been trying to make a cool isometric design. This tutorial really helped me out with the grid part. I wasn’t able to figure that one out!
  • Thank you for this amazing Designing an Intriguing Cube Logo in Illustrator tutorial. This was exactly what I needed to take my designs to the next level. I can’t wait to try out all of the tips and tricks you shared. Thank you again for sharing your expertise!