My retirement from hyperactivity on DesignCrowd.com lasted for about a month now and I almost bypassed my contest win. I was already in autopilot highlighting junkmail and trashing it all. But, this time the email preview on my phone looked a little different. “Design Selected,” “Payment and Files Approved!”, and “New Message” were unusual subjects for my eyes. Wow, was my heart racing. Obviously, I opened the email that said “payment”. LoL. And it was true. My eyes did not deceive me! MY FIRST CONTEST WIN!
If my fiancé were home he’d be the first to know. Instead, I called my mommy. (wink). Both were not aware of my contest submission for The Espresso Masters. Likewise I was unaware of my design being considered. It was a surprise for everyone, even my PayPal account.
My stomach felt light. My chest full of butterflies. I refreshed between email and Design Crowd account for a reality check. It’s real. I ever got a little teary eyed. This win definitely gives me a boost out of my graphic design woes. Knowing myself though I just have to be cool and humble about this win. It’s a small penny for a couple hours of work. My heart will be persistent.
This design helped me find my style and figure out a presentation that. Honestly, it’s thanks to The Espresso Master’s thorough description of what they wanted in a design that helped. I wasn’t initially invited to the contest, so I’m glad I stumbled upon it. And my purchase of the Back to Basics Index book helped me stay focused as well.
Today, I received a feedback message from a client to tell me that my design submission is in consideration, but other sources advice her that the logo too “for-profit university.” My initial design was in the Top 7. This logo was for a law company and wants a design that’s “clean, simple, approachable” and blends in with the law community. I’m thankful for the feedback. Outside feedback really makes me see my design in a new way. It’s definitely a learning experience that I can carry with me to future designs. The feedback definitely inspired me to continue designing. I’m pleased to have evolved the design with just thinking just out of the box. The hint: highlight “life is good” but keep it professional. 😉
Approachable: A great word to remember in designing all my designs. This journey is so exciting I can’t wait for more knowledge and come out a better graphic designer.
I am deep in my wave inspiration. Submitted three of these logos. The best part is I’m not second guessing them. I love the color, the movement, and the mood of all of them.
What do you think? Winners?
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. 😉
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?