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    my eyes are glazing over from staring at the monitor too long. I need some guidance. I'm creating an identity system for my design portfolio, business card, letters, an so forth.
    My teacher suggested I might want to make my logo appeal to corporate businesses since a lot of my design skills seem to cater corporate jobs. And since I'm a generalist, she also said not to go crazy with my logo but to make it appeal to a variety of businesses. (but I can go crazy on my portfolio pieces)

    This makes sense, but I'm finding this hard to do! Cause my instincts are saying to go quirky and random since that's how my personality is. Honestly, I'm tempted to draw a bunch of scribbles with an M on top, or a hippo and call it a day.

    Maybe I can find a blend between what corporate businesses want and what represents me..

    Being my name is Mark Mizal, I tried to do something with the two Ms.

    My favorite color is lime green, but my teacher said that corporate people like blue. So I tried to use both.

    Honestly, guys. I dunno anymore. I need a break. So here's what I came up with.

    I need a lot of direction, so please share some constructive criticism. Making a logo for myself is harder than I thought. Thanks

  • #2
    9 and 14 look like the view from the foot of the bed during...well, you get my drift.

    You are your own client in this case. Have you written a brief? Have you asked yourself the same questions you would ask any client? Clarify (with a pad and pen) what you want your business to be, and to whom it should appeal.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Markasin3 View Post
      my eyes are glazing over from staring at the monitor too long.
      Try staring at a pad of paper with your pencil then.

      Originally posted by Markasin3 View Post
      My favorite color is lime green, but my teacher said that corporate people like blue. So I tried to use both.
      Then use (lime) green. That's what I did!
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      • #4

        I saw some potential in number 8 because it was very simple, and so um... I got a little carried away

        Last edited by Markasin3; 02-20-2010, 10:53 PM.


        • #5
          I like number 4 and 7. 7 would be very cool animated as if writing your name......just a suggestion.


          • #6
            My favorite color is lime green, but my teacher said that corporate people like blue. So I tried to use both.
            Sounds like an odd thing for a teacher to say. Just because many corporations use blue doesn't mean you should follow suit - otherwise we'd all end up with only blue logos. Go with what suits YOU - as you are the designer for your work - not your teacher.
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            • #7
              also - i like where you're going with the mark - but the typefaces you seem to stick with are on the thin side - i'd play a bit with different fonts- check on the readability of the overall mark at different sizes.
              - Jen

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              • #8
                okay, thanks

                I think I'm leaning toward sample A


                • #9
                  If you're going with A then sort the shadow out. It looks like an A, with the left leg shadow completely throwing it off. Plus this is greyscale. How's it going to work in b&w? The two-tone M doesn't really seem to be signifying anything. Dull type too. Actually, there's not a lot to like in this. There's better choices in the original 15, like 5 and 7.


                  • #10
                    Why not a hippo?

                    My logo is a penguin.

                    I like 6 from your first batch, but they are a bit boring... It seems like you've got some talent and I good eye for design - I reckon you could do much better.


                    • #11
                      I like 5 from your initial designs.

                      I don't really like the shape of the 'M' in Markasin's edits, the straight edges at the tops make it look a bit cheap. I think that's why I like 5, because of the pointed tips. Looks a bit more sleek.


                      • #12
                        Thank you everyone. Roth, you're right, the more I looked at logo A, it just looked like one big mess, and the crown-like appearance doesn't really fit me anyways. I messed around with number 5 and number 7 and challenged myself a little bit more.
                        These are designed completely in black and white. Number 5 is near the bottom, and number 7 is there, a tad bit tweaked.


                        • #13
                          Who is your target audience with these designs?
                          What do they expect a designer to be like?
                          I think your designs are developing in a very technical, artificial, virtual direction.

                          If I were an engineer, a lawyer or an evil director of HR I might prefer designers with a touch of artistry or even handcraft.

                          So I'm the dissenting opinion here: I vote for number fifteen. Or for a future number fifteen with a little work done on it...


                          • #14

                            Your logo is more than just an important part of your marketing materials. It is the face of your business. Your logo gives clients and prospects a visual reference to pair with your business name, which increases the memorability of your brand.

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                            • #15
                              "A" in POST #4 looks like a crease in folded paper, up the centre of the M, yet the rest of the M edges say it isn't folded. What about cutting out an M in card, putting in a real crease, and then playing with a torch to get a real shadow that really looks like the shadow you would like to have. I find doing things with card or paper in reality, triggers ideas that I wouldn't get in front of the VDU. But thats what happens when you're a Blue Peter fan And for all you yankee doodles...
                              Last edited by Heartburn_02; 02-22-2010, 08:46 AM.
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