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don't beat me up too bad

Discussion in 'Logo Design' started by ExtremeGFX, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. ExtremeGFX

    ExtremeGFX New Member

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    Like it or is it too plain for the name?
     

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  2. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    why don't you build it around something extreme. Maybe some kinds of T rex or something animated, This one seems sleepy..
     
  3. ExtremeGFX

    ExtremeGFX New Member

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    any better?
     

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  4. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    both hard to read. especially from a distance
     
  5. ExtremeGFX

    ExtremeGFX New Member

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    ill keep working on it design seems to be the hardest part of sign making for me
     
  6. SignProPlus-Chip

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    I'll play devil's advocate here.

    What makes your design/graphics work so "extreme" when you self admit to having difficulty doing design work?

    If it's not your strong point, then why use a term like extreme to describe it?


    Now as for the actual design, the first version has the "X" shoehorned into the other text, which BTW is spaced out horribly. Just look at all of the dead space between the "E" and "X". The font used for the "X" is weak in stature compared to the other text...they just don't work well together.

    Drop out all of the effects and design in B&W first. Get your design balanced with the fonts you want, then star adding your colors and effects.
     
  7. visual800

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    First off lets all try and stop with the "Angry Look" it's been way over played and although Im no profit I think there is a steep decline in all the angry/agressive wraps and logos. Only flip letters if its to make a point or "even out" a logo. You already did the "x" in a different font so I would leave it at that

    The three fonts you have used do not match or compliment the others at all. When I look at your logo my eyes are all over the place and I dont quite know whats going on. Something can still look nice, clean and be a little agressive


    try something like the one below simple
     

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  8. Craig Sjoquist

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    Liked the 1st one way better then 2nd.
    Only problem I see was the ..X
    Likes the backwards...E even the fonts use on 1st one was good contrast.

    Like Chip says work in B & W 1st
     
  9. Gino

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    I'm just happy to see you not use an 'X' in the word graphics.

    When designing or putting ideas together and it's not your strong suit as pointed out.... try making up 5 or 6 ideas and slowly piecing together things you like and discarding things you do't like. Also, always design or layout in black & white. You won't confuse yourself with value or worthless combinations.
     
  10. Jillbeans

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    To be honest, both are atrocious.
    As had been said, no need to flip the E.
    The top one is ridiculous with the skinny X and the 80s fonts.
    But then you add insult to injury in the second attempt with that horrid X and the childlike script that looks like Comic Sans with diarrhea.
    The colors are especially noxious on this one too.
    Another thing...you don't have to outline everything.

    Try sketching out something with a pencil or a Sharpie until you get the feel you want.
    Then import it into your design program and search for a font that fits the bill.
    Do all this in black and white before you even think of adding color.

    I don't want to rip on your name, which might have some merit in the motocross or racing world, but I would try to think of a business name that will stand the test of time.
    Kudos for not using an X in graphics, and for using a grey drop shadow in your second layout. And for not using every fill known to man.

    I think a slashy script for the name might be nice, with Graphics the part that stands out, because that is what you are trying to sell.
    Beyond that, I'd start over again or hire out the logo design.
    Love.....Jill
     
  11. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    What Jill said.

    The only thing you did right in these examples is, as previously noted, spell 'graphics' properly.

    You might reconsider using the word 'extreme' at all. It's right up there with 'turbo', 'platinum', 'precision', 'XL', and a host of other meaningless throw-away descriptors. Something like "Hoserville Signs" [or whatever the name of your village might be] and 'signs' instead of 'graphics'** sounds like a firm populated by mature journeymen, not wannabe children.

    **I admit to violating this principle. My own business is 'Practical Graphics". A paraphrase of the movie title 'Practical Magic' with exactly the same meter and, since I already have a sufficient following, attracting business doesn't mean much to me. I just need something to put on the business license and seller's permit.
     
  12. Jillbeans

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    OK really quick idea
    (I am in the middle of doing something really dull and I needed a break)
    These are Steve C's Signfonts Cardiak and Poster Deco. I took the E from one and flipped it to make an icon, and stuck an X in there too.
    Then I trimmed it up a bit.
    I didn't want you to think I was a total b!tch.
    But your logo can use some TLC.
     

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  13. ExtremeGFX

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    thank you for all of the input. I will keep working on it taking everything you guys have mentioned in mind. If i were doing this for a customer i would hire someone to design the logo because it is not my strong point, but since im doing it for myself i figured to give it a shot. I used the word extreme because of the businesses i have been dealing with. The name is not that important to me because i also already have the work flowing in as well, just need it for tax reasons as bob stated. I will give it some more thought though. Who knows what kind of customers i will be dealing with in the future. Once again thank you all for giving your $.02
     
  14. ExtremeGFX

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    the worst part is I let other people talk me in to the Extreme Graphics name. My favorite idea was East Penn Graphics but a few people told me it was dull and Extreme was better. I have to give it some ore thought i guess.
     
  15. Jillbeans

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    I really like the East Penn name...so much more classic.
    PA is such a gorgeous and historic state.
     
  16. ExtremeGFX

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    starting out with black and white like everyone said with the new name am i headed in the right direction?
     

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  17. ExtremeGFX

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    seems too simple to me though
     
  18. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    It's too busy if anything...never put script on an arch.
    Always weld your scripts.
    The italic GRAPHICS is at odds with the script angles.
    I'd say back to the drawing board.
     
  19. fmg

    fmg Verboten

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    No doubt about that.
     
  20. ExtremeGFX

    ExtremeGFX New Member

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    i have to be heading in the right direction. i think the 2nd one is a good start. then again what do i know
     

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