Today, I just discovered a do-it-yourself logo design website and it’s FREE! I’m a little blown away that these websites exist, but at the same time I’m not. Graphic design is just so readily available! But, I thought maybe there’s a catch to this LogoGarden. I clicked the large orange button that read, “Make my FREE logo.” Immediately a list of company styles/themes/topics pop up. Click one and an array of logo folders related to that topic are gridded. So, the choices get narrow and reaching your final logo nears. The editing stage lets you input your company, edit fonts, resize, change color, and even add a few effects like a shadow. But then, I stop when after I click the “save now” button. A large square form appears for you to enter first name, last name, email, and password…you are required to make an account with them. That’s when I just took a screen shot of my final product. =P
These websites are for clients that aren’t sure what they want and they was their choices to be limited, less complicating, and EASY. Oh, lets not forget FREE, but who knows what’s on the other side of that account setup stage. I don’t trust it!
Stumbling upon a “contest” that gets design juices going is a real pleasure. And there’s just something about shades of blue that relaxes me. And my favorite color is green. Pretty close to the blue part of the rainbow. Right? Haha! Anyways, I dished out these three logo concepts for Kainalu Designs. Yes, that is Hawaiian. “Kai” means water and “nalu” means wave. Sounds simple enough. Now, for a little story about my struggles through these logos.
Usually, I go straight into Photoshop and use the pen tool. First error was trying to freehand the circles. But, then I had to plan how I was going to use the circle shape in order to get to the design. The curves were present as you can see in the first design (left). I didn’t want to stop there.
I really wanted to make an organic looking wave. Again, I tried to freehand it with the pen tool, but my fingers couldn’t trace my imagination. Instead my pen touched real paper and I made a small sample for myself. Carefully laying down the points one-by-one it did not turn out like the end result right away. Tweaking here and there my the wave took form. I was going to follow the same layering of waves as I did first, but I thought lets get simpler. I love how my second design made me feel calm and free. The font needs a little bit of help, but that can easily be changed.
My last and final design I was inspired by another wave vector from ShutterStock. This one was all the circle shape; blue, white, blue, white, blue, white…layer, layers, layers. Aligning them definitely took the longest. I went for a little more edge in this design. It sort of tightens my neck looking at it, but it’s still very dynamic for my eyes. The font actually inspired the border shape. Notice how the “a” is the same shape. There needed a few adjustments and probably needs a little more, but I was total zombie mode.
Now, I’m still learning about logo design as I get eliminated from these “contests” and scope out the competition. I’m way behind in selling point, but I’m can reach for it. 😉
Ever since moving to Florida I realized the waves are just not the same, as Hawaii. Not only are there rip current warnings along the beach and it’s like a holiday when there’s decent surf. I get bored watching my fiance try to paddle though panhandle surf. So, it’ll be a real treat when I head back home and fell the cool white water wash beneath my bored. That’s right, white wash. I’m no pro when it comes to paddleboarding. You can call me a wimp, but the fun has to be just the same as the killuh rippin the big waves outshore. =P
Now, I haven’t literally dreamt about paddlesurfing, but I’ve been itching for an island cool-off. Florida’s heat is keeping me inside with the a/c. Once I take a step outside I’m in deep moisture and maybe my breathing gets a little heavier. Running in that is a real challenge for me, which is why I sorta cut out the running and started practicing yoga. I’m hoping to see results in my balance on the board. Seems that I’ll be waiting for a trip back to the rock. For now, I’ll be finding new Florida adventures. And I’ll continue my graphic design dreams.
I recently designed this logo and I thought “wow, this is pretty cool, can’t believe I did that.” Unfortunately it was eliminated from the “contest.” Looks like it’s back to the drawing board for this one. At least I’m practicing and building my portfolio. Thumbs up!
My cousin, Coty, has a blog about hiking in Hawaii. I revisit his blog quite often since I moved to Florida. There are no mountains to gaze upon, so going back to Exploration Hawaii sorta makes up for it. Coty and his friends shoots a lot of great pictures of their adventurous hikes, from waterfalls to mountain tops sometimes waterfalls on a mountain top. I definitely miss the Hawaii air. Effortless inhale of clean freshly cut grass maybe a little damp from the sprinklers. =P
Hawaii has a lot of places to hike: flat hikes, mountain hikes, dry hikes, slippery hikes, all with great views. If you every get a chance to go to Hawaii go for a safe hike or two. As far as I travel I don’t pack hiking shoes, but if you reach Hawaii pack a pair.
It’s been two weeks or so since I became a designer on Design Crowd . This business card was my second design “contest” and my first catch, which the client, ProCare, collaborated with me to reach a suitable design. I was feeling really excited that my design was in the running to be bought. It was only my first week as a designer! I can get excited, right? Well, the closing date was nearing, so I wanted to work as fast I could. Waiting for feedback. Tweaking things here and there. I didn’t want to stop! Unfortunately, I noticed ProCare discontinued feedback on my submissions. Then, the closing date was being extended. -___- Now, I feel like I missed a bite and ProCare was collaborating with another designer. There’s still a possibility that my design can be bought! ProCare is currently deciding on a design. Crossing my fingers!
It’s very literal take on this food service business. I love how it turned out. All done in Photoshop. Since the design itself is so unique I didn’t want to flare it with any effects. What do you think?