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Nov 24, 2012 01:25 |  #1

I gave up on a creative company name and just went with my own name. The only thing I don't like about my name is the fact that my first and last names nearly rhyme. I just need something basic, and this is my first run at it. Other than the occasional odd job, I'm not in business at this time. I need to tweak the colors. Otherwise, what is your opinion?


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Nov 24, 2012 13:06 |  #2

Wow, does it suck that badly?


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Nov 24, 2012 13:12 |  #3

I like the hand drawn feel of it. I prefer the 2nd over the first - there's just something about the hard solid lines of the K overlapping the half opacity of the L that is odd to my eyes.


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Nov 24, 2012 13:13 |  #4

They are interesting, what do you want to portrait your business as? What kind of clients do u have? Wedding, portrait, product photography? I think that might be important info, in order to decide the type of logo you need for your company image


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Nov 24, 2012 13:35 |  #5

Right now, I'm just putting together a site for macro photography and nature/wildlife, which--lets face it--is not something you can really make money at as a weekend warrior. The "jobs" I've done tend to be very specific commercial jobs like housing, photographing artwork and archival catalog type stuff. Currently, I'm only doing photography for personal enjoyment; but I wanted to pull together a gallery that has a professional vibe and be able to hand out a business card as needed.


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Nov 24, 2012 13:58 |  #6

I prefer the first over the second. With your macro work, a more crisp watermark as in the first logo will look more appropriate than the second.


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Nov 26, 2012 00:54 |  #7

The hand-drawn graphic is competing with the clean serif font. Also, the K and L are overlapping, either separate them or merge them but don't let the colors overlap. You could keep the KL but drop your name and just have the "photography" subtitle


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Nov 26, 2012 02:18 |  #8

Interesting, but a bit amateurish IMHO for a professional business. Depends on the business I guess.


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Nov 26, 2012 13:33 |  #9

tim wrote in post #15289912 (external link)
Interesting, but a bit amateurish IMHO for a professional business. Depends on the business I guess.

This is said with fair amount of affectionate frustration and good-humored eye-rolling, so please read on in that spirit! I have a stick in my craw about reading posts. I wonder if anyone reads past the subject line any more. I get this often, on various topics in various forums/sites. The person will reply with a comment like, "Well didn't you think to try XYZ in the PDQ?" And I'm left scratching my head because I just KNOW that I said something like that in my initial post. Case in point, I stated in my post that I am not running a photography business. I do occasionally pick up odd jobs, which is why I wanted to design something to put onto my gallery.

Now I will grant you that I posted this on the "Business of Photography" forum, which may imply a certain professional standing. I wish there had been a better forum for my query; but there is no "The Not-quite Business of Photography" forum.

I think that it makes perfect sense that its a bit amateurish, being that I am in fact, an amateur--both photographically and in design--but if it looks really silly, then I will scrap it and go with the $60/year Zenfolio package that just prints your name in an ugly font in the header.


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Nov 27, 2012 00:25 as a reply to  @ kristin6's post |  #10

You asked for opinions and that is what Tim gave you. IMO there's just too much going on with it, amateur or pro. Simplify perhaps.


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Nov 27, 2012 10:30 as a reply to  @ DavidAndrew's post |  #11

Kristen, The first logo is a winner for real estate on a website. The second would be difficult to place without moving things around a lot. If you altered the size you may lose detail.

I know what you mean about not wanting it to look 'pro'. My site www.campsiephotography​.co.uk (external link) started out as a "I don't really want too much work, but I like the idea of a place for people to see my work" thing.

If you have confidence in what you do just go for it :) If you like your branding, your name and URL then it's half the battle. I set up a IT support site years ago www.tech-m8.co.uk (external link) and from day one I hated the name, and changed the logo so many times. I often got teased about the site and name and I've eventually just lost faith in it.

If you feel 100% ok with what you're doing then you're on to a winner, only because it will show through in your work :)

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Nov 27, 2012 12:13 |  #12

Contrary to others, I like the second logo. Makes me think it's a family or child portrait studio... something on the artsy side. I'm not sure if I like the color combination, however... especially if these are the colors to be showcased sitewide, they feel a bit drab for a website theme.


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Nov 27, 2012 12:28 |  #13

I think the first version is fun and I enjoy how the name interacts with the word 'photography'. Works for me.

Doesn't suck at all.

So, exactly what kind of business are you in?

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Nov 27, 2012 13:04 |  #14

Nathan wrote in post #15295722 (external link)
Contrary to others, I like the second logo. Makes me think it's a family or child portrait studio... something on the artsy side. I'm not sure if I like the color combination, however... especially if these are the colors to be showcased sitewide, they feel a bit drab for a website theme.

Thanks so much! I agree on the color's. I was doing this at 2am and knew I would need to fix them later. I just wanted to bang out the basic design and see if I could find something I liked okay using free fonts. I went back on Sunday and updated it using Pantone colors that some shade of primary blue and red. I also lost the grey which, on a black background, ends up looking like a washed out 4th of July graphic.


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Nov 27, 2012 13:40 |  #15

It sounds like to me that you are trying to develop a brand for your personal photography site that can double as a professional interface if ever needed. There's nothing wrong with that. The logo, therefore, should represent you.

Something drew you to these fonts, meaning that it does somehow show a little bit about who you are. You're whimsical and relatively laid back. You are neat, clean, but aren't afraid to color outside the lines and be a little spontaneous. You like structure, but do not necessarily want to be bound by it. You're not rigid or calculated, but you're practical and sensible. Your aesthetic is relaxed and that is how working with you is like. You're a little school textbook-ish, which is neither good nor bad. You might even be a little predictable. All that said... you're a little sketchy. =P


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