Logo Design needed!

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by evoluzione, May 7, 2005.

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    evoluzione

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    maybe someone here can help me out...i'm thinking i need a logo for my new business.

    i don't have much money but i'm willing to pay a few bucks if i get results...or, maybe put a link to your site on mine or something. anyway, i've registered thee domain MacLessons and have done a quick three page site which will suffice for now. i would love to get a quality logo to design a site around, and to print on business cards, and mousepads for clients etc.


    anyone have any ideas? willing to help me out (in return for something) ?


    thanks very much!
     
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    Keep it simple

    A tip: choose a logo that will work in just solid black on white before worrying about colour or gradients within the artwork.

    Ideally, the logo should be reproducible and clear at small sizes on a variety of different media from print, web and other surfaces.

    See what it's like reversed out from a dark background, try it in different positions on stationery, avoid something that's too wide or long... think about all its possible uses before committing yourself to one design. It's not something which you'll want to change in a hurry.
     
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    cheers for that one, i kinda knew that already though, maybe should have mentioned it.

    i've been in pre-press for years, (oh, thanks to you i found that pre-press forums, great site!) so i realise the importance of keeping it simple...i'm simply using the lucida grande typeface (to match Apple) at the moment. but i need something a little more distinguished shall we say.


    i was thinking something close to the whole Apple corporate identity, but then i was thinking how about something organic, not too dissimilar from Adobe's CS logos these days. i live in (the legendary) Woodstock and there's a bunch of writers etc up here, something "earthy, organic, natural" etc could be nice, and (think) different
     
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    How about a hand reaching up to take an apple from a branch?
    Done simply...
     
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    evoluzione

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    hmm...could be interesting....simple enough though d'ya think?
     
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    Just an idea...

    It was just the organic idea with the Apple association and also with the education thing. After all, don't you usually bring an apple to teacher? :)

    Anyway, I'm sure others will come to you with ideas. I'd offer to throw a few ideas together myself for you but I'm deep in other stuff at the mo for work.

    Good luck!
     
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    This is kind of an aside, but if you want to match apples font, you should probably use Myriad instead of Lucida Grande. They seem to have 'Switched' . . .
     

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    thanks for those two tips...gotlogos i'll maybe try, they kinda look like very similar styles in their gallery

    on the myriad font, well, that's the one by the looks of it :) thanks
     
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    hmm here's an idea that popped into my head

    maybe two hands cuped together with the apple logo in it, possibly an outline apple logo

    i do not know if a company already has a logo of this.
     
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    eva01 ... thanks. i like that, suggests to me that you'll have support with your apple [computer].


    i've been thinking about the apple picked from a tree thing, then got thinking about a simple apple drawing on a chalkboard, something along those lines. seeing as it's Mac Lessons, gives it a learning theme perhaps.

    anyone have any more ideas? or even feel like drawing something up?
     
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    yes, numerous, one i could think of off hand is allstate insurance. i believe their moto i "you're in good hands with allstate". it is a classic idea though. :rolleyes:
     
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    i like the chalkboard idea, you could use the apple logo as a base, and make it seem drawn in chalk with some erasure marks and all, could easily be one color - white or black
     
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    Those are some good ideas guys. I am behind the Apple on the chalkboard idea. Just have 5 lines or so and a black apple laid over them, with a piece of chalk added in or something. Other than that, I cannot think of anything too stellar...
     
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    Do you want something similar to the Apple logo or your own version....I don't know if there you're going to need to worry about trademark infringement, I've seen plenty of logos that come close to Apples....

    D
     
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    i could probably design one for you, i really like the apple drawn in chalk or even the classic apple on the teachers desk( with a ruler or a pencil or something).

    one thing you really need to keep in mind is copyright infringment, apple is a real shark when it comes to that, especially if you're going to use this logo for
    a money making venture.

    the other catch is that i will be able to maintain the right to use the logo in my personal porfolio, if you use it that is. i would also need some info from you as i would use it on my resume. if you want to see some samples of other logos ive done please email.

    if you agree will the terms, i'll treat you professionally as i do this kind of stuff for a living...isn't it great :D
     
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    *sigh* i wish i didnt install Tiger so soon. Photoshop has been acting a little weird after the install. Im to lazy right now to recreate the logos i made.
     
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    Some ideas I made in a hurry with Illustrator:
     

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    thanks for all the replies everyone.

    and the offers...

    mnstr_trd_sd - i'm fine with those "terms" but how much would you charge, if anything??



    ok, so i've had a couple of people throw some ideas and designs at me, none of which i'm like "Yes! that's it!" about. don't think i mentioned it in this thread beofre, but i live in Woodstock, and there's a lot of laid back people here (shocking huh?), and there's a lot of people that care too, about the environment and that buy decent local organic produce and that sort of thing (as do i) so something kinda fluid and organic for a logo would be cool. also, orange is my favourite colour, so that would be nice to work into it all (but still live up to a black and white ad). to give you an idea, a couple of my fave logos right now are the Cingular splat guy thing and a logo for my buddies site moosedesign, borh of which i've included below.....
     

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    i quite like the last one actually...maybe with an orange background?
     
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    Maybe a photo of theacher's table with green apple on it? Maybe make a chalkboard also visible in the scene?
     
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    not really what i'm looking, but thank you anyway :)


    maybe too complicated i think, but yeah, it's a great concept, difficult to get it to what i want though me thinks
     
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    Critique?

    so i've come up with something myself, after all...

    i had some temporary business cards which i cut the corners off, so they were rounded, and i liked it..got me thinking about a few things...

    the logo below is a first attempt, you have the orange which is good for me personally, the chalkboard style also, and it has the rounded corners that would translate well to a card. it also is the shape of the Mac Mini and the font is recognisable also as the one Apple itself uses. anyone want to critique this for me?? i can take it, don't hold back if you think it sucks! my girlfriend thinks it may look a little too similar to the GeekSquad logo, but is that neccessarily a bad thing? i'm thinking maybe not. so, what do you all think??
     

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    Not bad! :) But one thing though: I think that Apple logo shouldnt overlap with "Mac". Maybe move it a little bit? or scale down? What do you think?

    Oh **** I like it!! :D I wouldnt mind having a mousepad with this logo ;)
     

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