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Graphic Desiger Logo?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design & Logo Design Critique:' started by GilmoreVisuals, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. GilmoreVisuals

    GilmoreVisuals Active Member

    Hi all

    I am a graphic designer and i'm a little ashamed of my logo as i do not think it is very professional.


    (IGNORE the 'Think it. See it.' thats not part of the logo.

    Any comments to how i could improve or remake it?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Ant

    Ant Member

    Eventhough you say think it see it is not part of the logo.
    The whole part of a logo is something to remember you by.

    When i think of your little 'motto' i think of an eye. So this could be a basic start to a logo.
    Just an idea.
  3. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    It looks ok but it doesn't really say graphic designer to me. With the word "visuals" it kind of reminds me of an opticians or laser eye surgery?
  4. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    There is also no need to have a photo of you on your homepage.
  5. GilmoreVisuals

    GilmoreVisuals Active Member

    I had the idea of a photo of myself on the site from Just Creative Design - Graphic Designer, Logo & Brand Identity Specialist where a very successful blogger has a photo of himself. I guess it gives the potential client an insight of who he/she will be working with, and knowing if they are young, middle aged or old might sway their decision on hiring me or not.

    As for the logo I will be redesigning it, but not the actual service name as I have already registered it and created many things in its name. Maybe adding a tag/slogan under it to inform what it is. Not sure.
  6. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    read my bit about your website :)
  7. Thomzo

    Thomzo Member

    Personally I hate seeing a proper noun without a capital initial. Perhaps it's just my age. It may be trendy but if you want something more professional, then at least get the English right.

    Otherwise I think it looks good. I like the Think it See it motto.

  8. dedwardp

    dedwardp Member

    Things like that bug me too, but I can let it pass under artistic license for things such as this :D
  9. Ant

    Ant Member

    Gilmore, not being harsh on the photo or anything, but you say you got the idea from another site, on the other site, the bloggers image is of him looking happy, and smiling. Quite a welcoming image, your's you seem to be giving a smarmy look, again no offence intended!
  10. Alex L

    Alex L Senior Member

    Your site seems to be quite heavily influenced by the Just Creative Design website in my opinion. I'd suggest creating something that reflects your own style.
  11. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    This what I was getting at. I can give you an extensive (and very boring) instructional on semiotics and psychoanalysis in photography if you want? But there is a greater point.

    If you want to be judged as a designer, let your work do the talking.

    There is a massive difference between a blogger and a designer, (obviously you can do both, Ken and Dave Will both do a good job) if you are a blogger what people think of you is very important, as they are following your opinions and will get to know your opinions. It is important that you come off as approachable and friendly (this guys photo).

    As a designer, people want the best for their money, giving them any judgement on you as a person is an incredibly risky move. Again amongst our number we have a guy who is in his early twenties and is one of the lead developers at Sky! That is a big statement for someone as young as he is. Our resident CSS Wizard (see what I did there), like myself, spends most of his spare time "acting like a kid" on his bike! I am a heavily tattooed, bearded, punk, I do not want my corporate clients to know this! They know I can do the work and that is all they care about.

    Quick assessment of both photos (this is what my MA is about):


    Smiling = Friendly
    Face behind arms = Sign of shyness, which combined with the friendliness makes approachable.
    Body positioning = relaxed, again adding to the approachable feeling. It's casual but in a friendly way.

    All that adds up to one thing, this is a friendly, approachable guy. That is a good image to present. Also age, guessing mid twenties, which makes him old enough to be classed as young by adults.


    Body position = tilted head with a awkward smile, this is classic rogue/scoundrel, also joking nicknamed the Harrison Ford. This can be easily misunderstood as being cocky. You have your hands in your pockets, this is an incredibly casual statement. Shoulders are rounded, this is a sign of relaxation.
    Clothes = Sleeves rolled up, more casual. Tie not all the way up, open collar, more casual.

    So your photo adds up to present you as a casual rogue. This is fine is you are in hip hop video, but you aren't you are trying to present yourself as a competent, reliable designer.

    Another thing is eyes. The main point of contact between humans is the eyeline, I know this sounds obvious, but it acts as a connection between viewer and reader. You can clearly see his eyes, you can't really see yours.

    Please don't take this as an attack on you personally, I have never met you and don't know a thing about you. I am guessing that you probably aren't these things or you wouldn't have got any work.

    I'm lucky, in the respect that a lot of my work rely's on me being a disaster area! I doubt a Death Metal band would want a clean cut person designing there website, because they wouldn't trust them. Thus creating the opposite situation! The last time I went to a corporate networking event I wore a suit, trimmed my beard, got a haircut (so it was all the same colour) and wore a thick shirt so there was no chance of seeing any of my tattoos through it. Made that mistake once at a meeting with the Welsh Assembly! White shirt, that you could see my chest piece through! The guy I was in the meeting looking at my chest and arms like I was some kind of freak.

    Do you see my point, let your work get your foot in the door, then let them meet you.
  12. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    Little bit more thought....

    A friend of Glen Wheeler and mine has a very carefully presented image across the web:

    Martin Bean, Newcastle PHP web developer

    Blog, talkative choice of words, and a random silly touch (in a good way) with the buy me a coffee link.

    Newcastle web design by MCB Web Design, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Clean, well presented corporate work.

    The impression I get is this is what he loves doing. We talk about wrestling a lot on twitter.

    If all his work was lumped under one banner, it would be badly represented. This is the best way to think about it.

    The just creative design is a blog, I'm guessing he probably has a day job at as a designer and works freelance on the side. Hence why the front page of his site is centred around his blog.
  13. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    You need to listen to these guys, they are not being mean they are trying to help you. They know what does and doesn't work and allbeit you may like something they dont, thats fine, but please take on bored and look into EVERYTHING that they are kindly guiding you on.

    Agreed that your site looks like a knock off of Just Creative Blog, you need to really move away from copying peoples style as it will soon be picked up on. If you like something, use it as inpsiration and think of a way you can make it your own!
  14. Romack

    Romack Senior Member

    HA - this is a little shocking i reckon, he's asked for help on his logo and you's have ripped his whole business apart like gilded mongrels. Add to that the dissection of his photograph, which is a better image than most i've seen on people's websites.

    The pedestal is only so big and eventually some of you will fall off :( You can't hide behind "we're trying to help" - If you recieved this kind of help i'm guessing you wouldn't be best pleased, and to be honest... it's probably be worse looking at some of your stuff.

    I'm sorry if this is harsh i'm just trying to help.
  15. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    There is another post where he has asked for feedback on his website so I think the two threads have merged.

    And if he doesn't want a successful design business then fair enough, but he does and therefore this type of feedback no matter how harsh it may seem is sometimes neccesary.

    If you ask for honest opinions, you're going to get them.
    Nobody is trying to rip his business apart, we're pointing out things he might want to look into/amend.

    Put the claws away
  16. Romack

    Romack Senior Member

    just stating how i feel, honestly and openly
  17. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    gilded mongrels? I like the idea of being covered in gold!

  18. nolgeordie

    nolgeordie Member

  19. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    At the end of the day a logo is just part of the brand image, so it's important that everything matches.
  20. ralphsaunders

    ralphsaunders Senior Member

    You can have the best looking logo in the world, but if it doesn't represent your brand then it's useless.

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