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Contest Updated: Need Academic Site Logo - now $35

Discussion in 'Design Contests' started by YMC, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. #1
    Hi All!

    Here's what I'm looking for. I am looking for a logo that relates to books, academics, and/or college. I've played around with the idea of including a little character/mascot as part of the design but it would have to be something that wasn't too childish but is cute and scholarly. I've also doodled a bit using a simple open book and typewriter style lettering. Am open to your great ideas.

    I'm looking for something limited to 1-3 colors. (Will consider if design has more but am really looking for simple i.e. no gradients and other jazz.) Hoping for something modern and light.

    The target audience is high school and college students. It needs to work well on handheld devices and be "Pin-able."

    The site will be called --xx-----Free----xx-----Online-----xxx------Textbook....xx.......List---- (remove dashes, dots and x's and please don't mention the name in this thread). The title should be fairly self-explanatory. There are different sections on the site for the different subjects. It would be great if the logo could be easily changed or modified between the different subjects, i.e. one for math, a slightly different one for chemistry, English, history, etc. BUT that's not a hard requirement. Would be willing to discuss further projects with winner for subject logos.

    Current color scheme of website is: 850E00, 555555 and f9f9ec with some white elements; but I am open to suggestions.

    Payment via PayPal.
    SEMrush
    Thank you in advance and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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    6/28/15 - UPDATE

    I had truly hoped to pick a winner by now but there's just not a design that I really like.

    I would like to extend the contest for another few days and increase the payout to $35.

    I appreciate everyone's efforts and do sincerely hope that by extending the contest and upping the ante that it will bring in something that I won't be able to live without.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2015
    YMC, Jun 25, 2015 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Gorgon

    Gorgon Well-Known Member

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  3. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #3
    Hi Gorgon,

    Thank you for your entry. The book kinda reminds me of wings. The idea of mixing the weights of the fonts isn't bad but, I don't think I like the thinner text being italics. I guess I was hoping for something a bit more memorable/brandable where the text and the graphic interact with each other more or it looks more stylized somehow.

    Thank you for jumping in and being first. I do hope you give it another go.
     
    YMC, Jun 26, 2015 IP
  4. johnrossgd

    johnrossgd Well-Known Member

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    #4
    my try :)
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  5. HoussemNeo

    HoussemNeo Active Member

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  6. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #6
    Hi John,

    Thank you so much for your entry. I've been looking at book and academic related logos for days and have not seen anything quite like yours - that's a good thing ;).

    I'm on the fence about it though. It seems a bit heavy. The mouse pointer seems oversized. The book image reminds me of an icon image. I like the way you really feature the second two words of the name but I think the first two words look a bit too much like a button to click instead of part of a logo.

    I asked someone else to look at it and she hates it. :( But, hasn't really given me anything I can pass along to you other than it is "garish" and mentioned that she thought there should be text on both of the pages. (My original doodles had no text, so I'm thinking maybe it should be all text or no text.) Wish she had told me more than that. I suspect she was reacting to the addition of that gold color and the thickness of the book edges.

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    To anyone considering entering my contest - please feel free to suggest different colors. It would be easy enough to change out the site template. I'm just hoping for a design with something other than blue or green - they seem over-used.
     
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    YMC, Jun 26, 2015 IP
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  7. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #7
    Hi Houssem,

    It does have a modern and clean look about it. I also like the way the text could be read in two different ways. The two center pages look a bit too long and the whole thing looks a wee bit like a bug face or a spray of water. It too is different from the ton of logos and graphics I've looked at this week.

    Thank you for your submission.

    I do hope both you and John will give it another go.
     
    YMC, Jun 26, 2015 IP
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    logoesdesign Notable Member

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    Erick0225 Active Member

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  10. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #10
    appleiinc - not really liking it. The hand is off somehow and the book is a bit bird wing-like. I'm not against curved pages and an open book but I think they maybe should be a little flatter on the bottom to look less like a "V" or wing.

    logoesdesign - replacing the double o's with the book is clever but I'm not sure either design is really taking my fancy. Turning the open book into a B is interesting but I would be interested in seeing it done a little differently - the red rounded background reminds me a bit of tablets or tombstones - not sure how you could tone down that without losing the B concept though. Don't really get the radio signal part.

    Erick0225 - your's is kinda interesting. Maybe a 4th line on each page? Not sure though. And maybe incorporate the books into the text a bit more, it looks a little too much like two separate pieces placed next to each other.
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    Thank you everyone for participating. I'm excited by the variety of ideas people are proposing.

    Please feel free to explore ideas other than books. Maybe something related to college or school in general? Also, the vast majority 95-99% of the books will be college level.
     
    YMC, Jun 26, 2015 IP
  11. appleiinc

    appleiinc Active Member

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  12. Robert Cox

    Robert Cox Banned

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    #12
    I used negative space to create the cover of the textbook.
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    johnrossgd Well-Known Member

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    #13
    another try :)
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    johnrossgd, Jun 27, 2015 IP
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  14. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #14
    appleiinc - don't like the hand, sorry should have been more clear on that with your last entry. Not sure I like the shape of the book either

    robert - I like the idea of using negative space. But, I'm sorry, but I just don't like this one.

    john - thank you for trying again. But, I don't understand the shield imagery.

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    Thank you everyone.

    I wish we were closer. I don't really have a favorite at this point.

    Perhaps we could try some with multiple books? Also, I would love to see some critter interacting with the book or books, like a wise owl or scholarly bookworm - some sort of character that could be like a mascot (think somewhat simple line drawing rather than cartoonish clip art).
     
    YMC, Jun 27, 2015 IP
  15. getdomain4u

    getdomain4u Well-Known Member

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    onlyfights Notable Member

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    #17
    I agree with your criticism of my design. I'm not feeling this one yet.
     
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  18. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #18
    Thank you so much for saying this. It's so hard for me to criticize what people submit - I always worry that I might offend someone.

    I do hope the extra time will allow a new idea to form.
     
    YMC, Jun 28, 2015 IP
  19. YMC

    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #19
    getdomain4u - interesting idea. But, I think the hat band is too thick. Maybe make the book thicker or add another book or two to keep the general height of the drawing? And, please, there's no "s" on book.

    onlyfights - Sorry, could be for anything. Not feeling it.

    Thank you both for your entries.
     
    YMC, Jun 28, 2015 IP
  20. appleiinc

    appleiinc Active Member

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