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#ActualCornstalks

Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:33 PM

Well I'm sure you can come up with some shape that relates to software or IT in general. Pac-man, mouse cursor, enter key, ones and zeros, etc.If you come up with suitable one while developing your idea why not give it a try?

If I think of anything I'll certainly try.
 

Noticed you could build a lowercase m out of the B shape by turning it 90 degrees? Could you get something out of it?

Like this guy? (thanks for the link to google image search smile.png )
 


Just going to throw this out there: Your latest designs seem a little too similar to Milton Bradley as is.

I've heard a few people say that. It's a little unfortunate but I'm not too concerned by it.
 

Since mb letters like any letter combination isn't too rare you can actually just Google image search you don't have identical design as someone else. Doing that search is also good eye opener if one thinks combining letters alone is original ;)

Those search results are both inspiring and a little discouraging (as it's seeming quite cliché). But I guess since this is just a personal website/portfolio I'm not terribly concerned (as most of the MB logos are other people doing something similar to me; very few seem to be actual brands). But thanks for that link! When I just googled "mb" the results were a lot smaller. Should've put "logo" in there too when I did it.
 

Since your first idea was to use color, I think you should go back to that. There's a lot of room to explore with colors.
Perhaps black only works better when you have a symbol for your identity (i.e the Nike symbol).

I'm thinking of adding color, but I'm debating if I just want to add accents or do the whole logo in colors (not black+white). But that's an interesting graphic!
 

But note that I only come to that when I already have the design figured out. And I think that's what's missing in yours, the design.
It comes from mostly an idea or a statement. "I'm a software developer" is a start, but what else can you say about you and the work you do? This sort of brainstorming will make it easier for you to come up with a symbol (be it concrete or abstract) that you can define your identity with, and have your MB letter accompany that symbol in an elegant fashion.

I agree, thanks! I'll try to do some thinking.
 

PS: I'm interested in what others may have said about your logo. Please post the links to the Reddit thread etc.

Original reddit thread. Reworked reddit thread.

Feedback from my Facebook (not sure if comments are public or not):
Friend 1: I think it's cool, but a lot of logos are really simple. Like you could draw the logo for a lot of big brands really easily so maybe it should be more simple? Or maybe something with sharks and an explosion?
Sarcastic little brother: Needs more... Pop. Maybe add some drop shadow, gloss, fire, lens flare, and word art to it. /s
Cousin: It's cool how the letters overlap, but I would do it in a different way – maybe slightly offset from each other – instead of the diagonal lines. The diagonal lines distract and probably don't look as good when the logo is shrunk to a small size either...
(here I post this one to the comments, asking for more feedback)
Friend 1: Frikkin love it
Friend 2: Much improvement!
Cousin: It's great! Just two colors and pretty bold, so it can be shrunk to whatever size or be in whatever colors you need...

I'm loving everyone's feedback, by the way. Keep it coming!

#1Cornstalks

Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:32 PM

Well I'm sure you can come up with some shape that relates to software or IT in general. Pac-man, mouse cursor, enter key, ones and zeros, etc.If you come up with suitable one while developing your idea why not give it a try?

If I think of anything I'll certainly try.

Noticed you could build a lowercase m out of the B shape by turning it 90 degrees? Could you get something out of it?

Like this guy? (thanks for the link to google image search smile.png )
 

Just going to throw this out there: Your latest designs seem a little too similar to Milton Bradley as is.

I've heard a few people say that. It's a little unfortunate but I'm not too concerned by it.
 

Since mb letters like any letter combination isn't too rare you can actually just Google image search you don't have identical design as someone else. Doing that search is also good eye opener if one thinks combining letters alone is original ;)

Those search results are both inspiring and a little discouraging (as it's seeming quite cliché). But I guess since this is just a personal website/portfolio I'm not terribly concerned (as most of the MB logos are other people doing something similar to me; very few seem to be actual brands). But thanks for that link! When I just googled "mb" the results were a lot smaller. Should've put "logo" in there too when I did it.
 

Since your first idea was to use color, I think you should go back to that. There's a lot of room to explore with colors.
Perhaps black only works better when you have a symbol for your identity (i.e the Nike symbol).

I'm thinking of adding color, but I'm debating if I just want to add accents or do the whole logo in colors (not black+white). But that's an interesting graphic!

But note that I only come to that when I already have the design figured out. And I think that's what's missing in yours, the design.
It comes from mostly an idea or a statement. "I'm a software developer" is a start, but what else can you say about you and the work you do? This sort of brainstorming will make it easier for you to come up with a symbol (be it concrete or abstract) that you can define your identity with, and have your MB letter accompany that symbol in an elegant fashion.

I agree, thanks! I'll try to do some thinking.
 

PS: I'm interested in what others may have said about your logo. Please post the links to the Reddit thread etc.

Original reddit thread. Reworked reddit thread.

Feedback from my Facebook (not sure if comments are public or not):
Friend 1: I think it's cool, but a lot of logos are really simple. Like you could draw the logo for a lot of big brands really easily so maybe it should be more simple? Or maybe something with sharks and an explosion?
Sarcastic little brother: Needs more... Pop. Maybe add some drop shadow, gloss, fire, lens flare, and word art to it. /s
Cousin: It's cool how the letters overlap, but I would do it in a different way – maybe slightly offset from each other – instead of the diagonal lines. The diagonal lines distract and probably don't look as good when the logo is shrunk to a small size either...
What color background do/will you have on your web site?
(here I post this one to the comments, asking for more feedback)
Friend 1: Frikkin love it
Friend 2: Much improvement!
Cousin: It's great! Just two colors and pretty bold, so it can be shrunk to whatever size or be in whatever colors you need...

I'm loving everyone's feedback, by the way. Keep it coming!

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