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Logo Design

Visiting professor at Parsons School of Design in NYC.

I was asked by to be a guest professor at Parsons School of Art and Design in NYC to discuss logo design, website design and brand development.
The class discussions centered around difference, making a difference, finding the difference in a clients company. A great deal of questions and back and forth with a class full of students, about how to find what is different and bringing forth the difference in relevant ways to consumers and general public.

Being at the school and the young minds full of innocence and excitement was invigorating and I was impressed with the uniqueness and artistry of some of the students work. Even the simple assignment of self portrait using a grid seemed to truly inspire some of the students.

Self portrait illustration made of typography.

Self portrait illustration made of typography close up.

Self portrait signature made of unique typography that is like a 'new" vision of where logo design may step into.

Self portrait illustration with surprising color.

Self portrait illustration using dots.

Self portrait illustration using dots close up.

Self portrait illustration using dots.

Self portrait illustration using dots close up.

Tracy Holdeman is Executive Creative Director OF Insight Design Communications. Tracy is one of the top logo designer in the U. S. You can also fine more of his work at http://www.logodesignwichita.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/insightdesignusa

Your logo design must work on your website.

If you haven't noticed everyone and every company has a website. It is the marketplace. We think of "The Web" as website designs viewed on a computer screen but in reality more website views accrue on smart phone than on traditional computers. What does this mean for your logo design? It means most of the latest trends in logo design will guarantee your logo will not work in it's most viewed context, your, website with a smart phone.

Logo design is best when thinking is first applied.

Most of the latest logo design trends lean on computer technology rather than thinking power. There are so many logo designers now. Per capita we have more logo designers than ever before in the history of the U.S.A. You can get 30 designers doing 20 different designs in three days for only $29.99. or some outrageous scenario. But what kind of logo design do you get? You get a lot of computer trained designers that use technology gimmicks rather than the power of thought. Yes I can easily make a bee hive out of geometric flowers that are blowing in the wind, but will anyone be able to see in on a website, website banner ad or smart phone for that matter. Computer technology makes an abundant array of techniques possible now but it doesn't make them smart logo designs.

Logo design questions you might want to ask your brand strategist or graphic designer.

Can my logo design work as a favicon?
Can my logo design work as a button graphic?
Will that "cool" pattern, sleek transparency, or all those little geometric shapes be visible small, viewed on a smart phone?
When someone does see my logo design, what will it mean to them?

Insight Design Communications is one of the most award winning logo design studios in the world. We have received over 20 international awards for logo design from just Graphis alone.

Learn more about our thoughtful logo design work at

Logo Design by Tracy Holdeman

LogoDesignWichita.com

LogoDesignWichita.com and youtube.com/user/insightdesignusa are website designs ©Tracy Holdeman

Figural logo design

Figural logo designs might be the most used images in all logo design history. Figural logo designs were most popular in the first half of the 20th century before computers and when drawing skills were highly advanced. In recent decades figural logo designs have disappeared from the graphic design landscape because few designers have the drawing skills to create figural logo designs. Therefore, a figural logo can be a unique and effective logo design approach for any brand identity.
The figure is used to represent the abstract concept of all artist. The figure is raising up a star which symbolizes the idea of art. The figure raising the star shows the artist hanging his work to share with the world. The confetti and streamers running through the figure and the star symbolizes a celebration in the process of the artist sharing his art. He is raising art and it is that act that also raises spirits. It's a celebration of the uplifting effects of art.

Client: Wichita Art Museum event logo design
Industry: Arts & entertainment logo
Style: Figural logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Wordmark or signature mark logo design

Not all logo designs are made with images, some are made with texts and images while others are simply text. A logo design that is only text is called a typography logo, logotype, word mark or signature mark. The type can be very straight forward or illustrated to communicate a specific feeling or attitude. A typographic logo can use a common font purchased from a font house, a modified font, a  hand drawn graphic design font or a computer illustrated font. We rarely use a purchased font for a logotype because anyone can purchase the same font and use it. On the other hand, a specially created font will be unique in the marketplace and be better protected by copyright laws.
Squeezer's Palace is a re-creation of a 70's ice cream store. We developed typography for the logo based on historical 70's fonts. We hand illustrated the logo letterforms to match the essence of the original hand drawn logo. Redesigning the letterforms also allowed us to make the logo more compact and there fore more legible as store signage.

Client: Squeezer's Palace logo design
Industry: Restaurant logo design
Style: Typographic logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Initial logo design

Logo designs that use company initials have been common from the beginning of graphic design, branding and even today in our website design world. An initial logo design is simply a logo that uses the initials of the company name. The key to this common type of logo design a successful logo is developing a truly unique image that holds visual interest.
Shallow Valley Foods uses the "S" and "V" from Shadow Valley.  The 'S" is a geometric and three dimensional ribbon weaving in and out of the "V". The three dimensional effect is done without the use of gradations for better printing and visual impact on virtually any application. The 3D illusion is created with white space to to show one element in front of the other and two shades of red to show depth. The combination of weaving and depth create a visually memorable logo design.

Client: Shadow Valley logo design
Industry: Food service logo design
Style: Initial logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Character logo design

A character logo uses a face or figure in an exaggerated illustration style to tell the most impactful story possible. Character logo designs are most commonly used for major sport franchise logo designs and even local small town sport team logo designs.
The Central Raiders logo design is a character logo illustrated to endow the bandit, the mascot, with extra toughness and meanness. The bandit has been the school mascot for over 50 years so he was maintained as the logo. Elements were added to the bandit such as the hat with the letter "R" and the handkerchief to be sold as merchandise and add extra fan excitement at sporting events.

Client: Central Raiders logo design
Industry: Sports logo
Type: Character logo design
Location: Logo design Wichita, Kansas

 

Animal logo design

Animal logo designs are ancient history in graphic design terms, but as in any endeavor, creativity and a unique perspective applied to tried and true concepts can make a very impressive visual statement. Animals allow for virtually any expressive idea and are universally understood.
The Surfing Bull concept restaurant logo design is a remix of the old boring "Surf and Turf" terminology. Surfing Bull is a steak and seafood restaurant. The logo illustration is based loosely on Cubist drawings by Pablo Picasso which embodies the logo design with a funky alternative look and feel. The bull is actually surfing, riding a wave. The surf board cleverly illustrates the water with it's bottom line.

Client: Surfing Bull logo design
Industry: Food and drink logo design
Type: Animal logo design
Location: Logo design Wichita graphic design

 

Crest logo design

Crest logo designs are a derivative of the old world "coat of arms". A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on a shield or escutcheon or on a surcoat or tabard used to cover and protect armor and to identify the wearer. Thus the term is often stated as "coat-armor", because it was anciently displayed on the front of a coat of cloth. The design is a symbol unique to an individual person, and to his family, corporation, or state. Such displays are commonly called armorial bearings, armorial devices, heraldic devices, or simply armorials or arms. Today we use this concept for logo designs.

Client: Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe vender event logo
Industry: Restaurant logo design
Type: Crest logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

"Modern" logo design

A modern logo design could be almost anything but in the big picture a modern logo is simple and usually literal but heavily stylized with a new typographic feel. The shapes are easy to draw on a computer and consist of geometric shapes cleverly assembled.
The GoJoe's logo design is a steaming cup of coffee held by cupped hands. Hands that seem to hold the cup of coffee with great care and concern as if GoJoe's coffee is special and ready to go. The steam is made of dots that are extrapolated onto other elements of the brand and graphic design. The colors are a modern combination of a toxic blue and a traditional brown.

Client: GoJoe's logo design
Industry: Food and drink logo
Style: Modern logo design
Location: Wichita logo design

 

Simple logo design

The logo design is two arrows interacting with the negative space creating an “N”. The simplicity is what makes the brand logo engaging. The consumers eye and mind fills in the empty space, like a light bulb turning on inside the brain the viewer realizes the logo has just acted out the company name.

Location: Logo design Kansas City
Style: Simple logo design
Industry: Technology logo design

 

Illustrative logo design

The Stables is a creative collective housed in a renovated horse stable originally built in 1929. The logo shows a hard working blacksmith pounding an iron to create. From the figures powerful strike comes forth an explosion of light and creativity complete with a © copyright symbol made from a horseshoe.

Location:Logo design  Wichita kS
Style: Illustrative logo design
Industry: Business service logo design

 

Abstract logo design

LifeVentures offers educational classes and programs for seniors. The educational programs and events include speakers, classes and with every event, class or speaker many seniors naturally gather together making every event a social event. The logo depicts these aspects of the nonprofit organization but moreover the logo is a metaphorical “Tree of Life”. A place to learn, grow and come together.

Location: Logo design Wichita KS
Style: Abstract logo design
Industry: Senior Care logo design

Conceptual logo design

The Anvil logo design is purely conceptual. Anvil is a business created to create new businesses. Like an actual anvil is a tool used to create other tools. Anvil is a metaphor. The brand visual is two steps of an infinite pattern that diagrams infinite creation. For example, the center circle is surrounded by a circle of dots. That (center circle surrounded by a circle of dots) is repeated at the red dot. If the pattern is extended out it would repeat into infinity. The Anvil logo is a perfect example of design style matching the company profile. The idea of the company is conceptual so a simple and clean design puts the idea, the concept,  in the forefront. An illustrative or complex logo design would distract from the conceptual meaning of the logo.

Location: Logo design  Wichita, kS
Style: Conceptual logo design

Industry: Technology logo design

Typographic logo design

For the Timberline Steakhouse and Grill logo design we developed a hand drawn woodcut illustration and graphic design style to match the name and casual eating concept and restaurant atmosphere of the brand. Illustrating the typography made it possible to use large readable type for signage while also giving the logo design an engaging character and style.

Location: Logo design Wichita KS

Style: Typographic logo design

Industry:  Food and beverage logo design

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73wiBugaNX0

The Tanya's Soup Kitchen logo design is the image of Tanya Tandoc and a bowl of soup in the same image. The Tanya's Soup Kitchen logo design is a visual metaphor to show Tanya is the equal of a true artist. Tanya puts herself into her creations, her art, her soup.
In the logo design Tanya's face is the bowl, her mouth is the spoon, her eyes are splashes/droplets and her hair is the steam. All the graphic design shapes and lines of this logo where drawn and redrawn, then scanned into digital form and re-drawn digitally. All the graphic design edges and curves were smoothed and softened to invite the viewer and remind the consumer of how beautifully delicious Tanya's soups really are.
Tanya and the Tanya's Soup Kitchen logo design and graphic design brand identity have become interchangeable, recognized as one-in-the-same. Her website design and Facebook persona allows Tanya to share her unique attitudes with her many fans and friends. All the graphic design in Tanya's brand identity reflects and has become the symbol for Tanya's amazing personality. Tanya has become more than a proprietor of a sheik restaurant, she has become a food goddess and a beacon for sub-culture lifestyles and attitudes. The early lines anticipating a bowl of Tanya's amazing soup often extend from one side of the restaurant to the other and even out of the door. Tanya has become famous in the Wichita area and well know in the highest perches of the food industry.

This brand identity video includes; logo design, website design, environmental and print.

oin the attitude at
http://www.facebook.com/tanyassoupkitchen
http://www.facebook.com/tanya.tandoc
http://tanyassoupkitchen.com/

Tanya's Soup Kitchen is located at: 1725 East Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67211

Tracy Holdeman is founder and creative director of Insight Design Communications, executive creative director of WhisperNewYork. His logo design, brand identity, website design and graphic design work has been recognized with over 100 national and international awards.

Insight Design Communications has been honneres with over 100 international awards for logo design, graphic design and brand identity design.

You can see more of Tracy Holdeman's graphic design work at Logo Design Wichita

Squeezer's Palace logo design is a re-creation of a 70's ice cream store. We developed typography for the logo based on historical 70's fonts. We hand illustrated the logo letterforms to match the essence of the original hand drawn logo. Redesigning the letterforms also allowed us to make the logo more compact and therefore more legible as store signage.

Wordmark or signature mark logo design

Not all logo designs are made with images, some are made with texts and images while others are simply text. A logo design that is only text is called a typography logo, logotype, word mark or signature mark. The type can be very straight forward or illustrated to communicate a specific feeling or attitude. A typographic logo can use a common font purchased from a font house, a modified font, a  hand drawn graphic design font or a computer illustrated font. We rarely use a purchased font for a logotype because anyone can purchase the same font and use it. On the other hand, a specially created font will be unique in the marketplace and be better protected by copyright laws.

Client: Squeezer's Palace logo design

Industry: Restaurant logo design

Style: Typographic logo design

Location: Wichita logo design

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