Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

City of South Beloit

Discussion in 'Logo Design' started by OlsonSigns601, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Working on a new logo for the South Beloit City Park

    Its 100% Charity work as I'm a member of the Parks & Rec Committee.

    Got inspiration from Pine City, MN
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_City,_Minnesota

    Park has a lake, bike path, lots of geese, a dock, a bridge and playground.

    I feel I was able to incorporate the lake, geese, dock & park appearance with the logo, but just can't help feel something is missing.

    Looking for help.
     

    Attached Files:

    Tags:
  2. qmr55

    qmr55 Very Active Member

    1,755
    12
    38
    Jun 3, 2010
    Yardville NJ
    Do you really think you need to incorporate all of those elements into the "icon"? I feel it loses clarity with that many elements. Your eye travels throughout the entire icon and doesn't exactly decipher what it is suppose to represent. I think overall you are going in the right direction but it needs some fine tuning. Text could definitely use some work as well. A little too "blah" for me! If I get the urge, i'll throw together some ideas to try and boost start you! Good luck!
     
  3. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

    6,955
    379
    83
    Apr 17, 2003
    Valle Vista
    ummm, first, I would say that's more than inspiration, but not a total pinch.
    What's missing is simplicity... it looks like a poor pinch of the Pine City logo

    Too many elements. I would do some research on it. Cut out the stuff thats complicating the logo.
     
  4. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Thinking of taking the deck out. Didnt look right white and its not the highlight of the park anyway.
     
  5. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

    3,571
    159
    63
    Aug 4, 2010
    montgomery, alabama
    looks like it was ripped off Obamas logo.

    Hard to describe, too much going on, but not enough going on. It does nothing for me. Rick was dead on trying to find something significant to tie logo together
     
  6. south beloit.jpg
     
  7. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

    14,457
    16
    38
    Dec 24, 2003
    Butler, PA
    It does look like a total rip-off of the Pine City logo with a smidgen of Obama.
    There's way too much going on.
    I'd do the name in a pretty script with a blue underline in a soft wave, and maybe a yellow circle for the i dot with a flying goose silhouette off to the side.

    Or get really basic with a simple compass pointing south beside the word Beloit.
    Love....Jill
     
  8. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Any Better?

    The compass just didn't work... looked to much like a boating community.

    But I've created a couple variations as I'm really stuck on this one.
     

    Attached Files:

  9. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    15,549
    15
    0
    Sep 24, 2004
    <shrug>
     

    Attached Files:

    • sb.jpg
      sb.jpg
      File size:
      28.2 KB
      Views:
      11
  10. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    I do like it better with the top left of the tree cut off.

    Hmmm...

    I either go with something and get it done or start all over.
     
  11. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

    14,457
    16
    38
    Dec 24, 2003
    Butler, PA
    The latest batch are all pretty awful.
    I see you breaking three "rules" I try to live by:
    Never distort a script
    Never use all-caps in a display face (top left)
    If something has eyes they should be looking into the layout (middle left)
    Jhill's is nicer than anything you've attempted.
     
  12. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Thanks Jill, JHills is kinda like my bottom right...

    Its going on a longer sign, so the text will have to be to the right of the "logo" if you can call it that.

    Thinking I'm going to go with my Bottom Right, change the logo to the way JHill has it and be done with it. However.... I'm Going Hunting tomorrow so I'll have plenty of time to think about this while in a park like atmosphere.
     
  13. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Last Try of the Night...

    My thoughts... its to much like the Pine Town one now, but then again its been an 18 hour day already.
     

    Attached Files:

  14. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

    14,457
    16
    38
    Dec 24, 2003
    Butler, PA
    Adding the gradient did not help.
    Try losing that, flipping the goose, and blending the B into the circle.
    I'd draw something up but I'm too lazy and you probably wouldn't listen to my advice anyway.
    :)
     
  15. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    8,494
    29
    48
    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    :) sage advice above!
     
  16. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

    14,457
    16
    38
    Dec 24, 2003
    Butler, PA
    Here's a quick suggestion.
    Is the South as important as Beloit?
     

    Attached Files:

  17. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Yes South is important as we South Beloiters are Definetly not Beloiters.

    With that said.... I like the lettering style for Beloit you picked. Not digging the logo. Park is not open at night and I'm trying to say something about the lake. Its about all South Beloit has going for it.

    I took a new original approach. I like the bird in the B, but I'm not wild about the blue. I just can't figure out how to incorporate this lake into the logo without it looking dumb.

    I've attached a picture of the lake... I get nothing. I'm going to head to the park tomorrow and get some pictures myself and hopefully figure out a way to get something I'm happy with and hopefully the city government will be happy with. Maybe it will be Olson park after this. LOL
     

    Attached Files:

  18. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    I always listen to good advise and I appreciate your help. I really do.
     
  19. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Okay... Completely new idea now...
     

    Attached Files:

  20. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    8,494
    29
    48
    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    Kerning is awful, needs some belt tightening.
     
  21. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    405
    0
    0
    Jul 23, 2011
    Thanks, I did pick a different letter style with better Kerning. out of the several examples I gave they picked this one.

    I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who replied, I may have not gotten 100% perfect but at least I didn't go with the Obama rip off logo.

    I'm glad people are here to steer me away from what seemed like a good idea at the time.

    I really appreciate it.

    Thank you for everyone's input, I may not have used every piece of advise but I learned something and I think I have a better design because of this.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...