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Brain storming for Daycare/School sign...

Discussion in 'Designs & Layouts' started by TheSellOut, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. TheSellOut

    TheSellOut Very Active Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    I'm going to propose to my daughter's daycare tomorrow that they update their existing main sign and attached is the first layout I played around with last night. I am going to offer a partial trade out for services, as daycare is expensive, and I would like to get as creative as possible with this to make a really nice portfolio piece!

    The sign is double sided and the plan is for it to be completely 3 dimensional.

    Would love to hear any ideas!

    In the story "Tom Thumb was no bigger than is father's thumb" which has me imagining the creation of a little character to sit on top of the "T" (Tom)
    block waving at the kids is they come up to school! My only issue with that is I don't want to make Tom any specific ethnicity but maybe I could make him yellow like a Simpson.

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  2. cartar929

    cartar929 Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    They seem visually interesting, what type of medium are you thinking about building something like this with? Do you have a picture of what the sign looks like now?
  3. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    I like the top version with the offset shapes holding up the end. this would look so cool done dimensional with primary colors. as far as Tom Thumb, you there's so much going on, the name might be enough.
    I can understand your wanting to do this but since it's a story and has been published with images, I wouldn't change too much about him. I looked at images of Tom Thumb and he looks to be kind of a Peter Pan looking, really really small guy. making him yellow might make him kind of creepy looking.
  4. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

    Apr 17, 2003
    Valle Vista
    I would develop the bottom left a little more, not digging the books, maybe because the tiles may make the sign less legible, the blocks have been done a million times in 2D... maybe thats why I am leaning toward that bottom/left one.

    High praise for drawing out your thumbnails, thanks for showing them.
  5. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

    May 5, 2005
    I like the bottom left B&W sketch the best. I'm not keen on the blocks. Or the books. Not sure why.
  6. vid

    vid Very Active Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    oooooooh geez... gettin' hammered on the books and the blocks and that's what i doodled. :banghead:

    Aaaaaaaaaanyway, the bottom 2 were my favorites as well. They tend to fire the imagination a little more. But I'm having a hard time picturing them in place. They seem too vertical or high to me... I don't know what the space looks like though.

    For this project the things that I would consider:
    • Making the sign more horizontal - if space allowed.
    • Developing a sense of place for the sign.
      • A place where parents can get all misty-eyed when they drop their child off for the first day of school... and the photo-op to place in the scrapbook.
        A place where the teachers and children can gather for their graduation photo with the sign in the background.
    • Trying to make it interesting, but not inviting.
      • Place flowers around the sign to keep children from climbing on it.
        Buuuuuuut, putting other elements in the space around it that can be investigated. Like blocks, spheres or cones. Those would also work as places to sit for the scrapbook/advertising photo-ops.
    • Really pushing the dimension of the blocks with angles, texture and color
      • --- I know by suggestion of the others, they're on the chopping block. But, I would think about various rotations of whatever element you use to make the sign interesting from all perspectives.
    • Remembering it is still a sign, and not getting to carried away with color.
      • I guess what I mean by that is keeping the base a fairly neutral color so that the sign portion remains the focus of the structure. In my doodle for example, don't paint a rainbow on the arch. Maybe pinstripe it with some color or cut some texture in it, but don't let it overwhelm the sign portion. In that way, the blocks will appear more like they're floating in space.

    Anyway, that's my .o2.

    Good luck with the proposal!

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  7. Brandon708

    Brandon708 Very Active Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Orland Park, IL
    The design is pretty cool. First thing that came to mind is that kids are going to want to climb on it and around it.

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