DIY – Logo Design

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

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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!

Paddlesurf dreams

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
White Plains Dawn Patrol
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.

WikkedSalt-design
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!

Missing Hawaii

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.

Exploration Hawaii

Design highs and lows

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!

Business Card Design