Project Type: Logo Client: Friends Community Church Women’s Group Challenge: Create a logo a women’s group to represent love and a Christ centered life Solution: For this logo I wanted to do something very graphic and bold yet feminine. I decided to go with a tattoo style and work the cross into the negative space in the center of the heart. The client asked that I add the verse reference around the edge. I used a light font that would help it stand out from the boldness of the heart but would also meld with the feel of the logo.
Project Type: Logo, Coat of Arms Client: Fans For Christ (FFC) Challenge: Create a logo/Coat of Arms to be used on shirts, banners and other promotional materials. I’m a geek and love gaming, sci-fi and fantasy. I found out one of the fandom groups was in the need of a new logo and were doing a contest to find one. I don’t normally enter design contests but I like this fan group and agree with what they are promoting. I also thought it might be fun to create and different than my normal routine.
2012 was a busy year. Not so much for Gibbs Design but for me personally and my full time job. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my regular job has been very busy so I haven’t had time to focus on my freelance work (that’s the unfortunate part). I work as a full time in-house designer for a company the employs over 400 people. Last year we moved to a new building and had to redo all our marketing material. I had the pleasure to redesign it all. Working as the only designer at a large company can be very lonely from a creative stand point. Over the
Watch out because I’m going to release my inner geek. One of my hobbies is playing miniature wargames. You know the ones where you buy the miniatures, paint them, build terrain and play with them. Yup, those. My favorite one right now is Warmachine by Privateer Press. There is a group of guys I play with in the Carolinas called the NC Gunbunnies. I recently helped them create a riff on the Warmachine Steamroller tournament logo.
My full time job is an in-house graphic designer. Often I feel I am more of an EDT. I often receive 20+ page PowerPoints about an hour before they are needed for reformatting and making comply with corporate standards. Or about 10 minutes before an email is sent it is decided they need an image or something to help highlight what is being said. Or one of our departments has designed a new corporate program and only the day before they roll it out decide it needs branding; logo, page layout and whatever else they can think of. These are situations where the EDT goes
Too often I hear designers, friends and even myself say, “I’m waiting to be inspired.” STOP WAITING! We search the web, magazines or other places for inspiration when we don’t know where to start on a project. Stop waiting! Start creating. As you create the ideas will formulate and start to flow. Ideas don’t come to you while you’re sitting around doing nothing. They come to you when you are doing. Some of my best ideas come to me while I’m working on a project that is unrelated. I believe our subconscious is continually working on things and it is when we do something else
A friend of mine has started a new venture. Making pens. He and his family have a hobby of lathing pens and decided to turn it into a business. Custom turned pens by Ryan, Justin, Chrissy and Carl Fisher Custom turned pens make the perfect gift for anyone from business executives to students and everyone in between. Choose from design styles made from a wide variety of wood, acrylic and exotic materials in roller ball, ball point, fountain and pencil. Buy one or buy a matching set. He asked me if I would be willing to develop a logo for them. I said I would
For Valentine’s Day each year I design a card for my lovely wife. This year was no exception. I started with a sketch of what I wanted to do and scanned it in to create the vectors. Many times I go into these projects with a loose idea of what I want to do and experiment on the computer to come up with the final design. While not always a good practice, sometimes it is easier and quicker to “sketch” on the computer as you can make changes to elements quickly and see what the results will be.