So, I’ve realized…

…that despite my best efforts to come up with a suitable logo for my website, I don’t have nearly enough skills in design to create anything that doesn’t scream, “Awww…he did it all by himself!”

My good friend Amanda has been telling me to seek the help of hers for a while now, but I’ve been too proud to, until now.  (Seriously, it’s like I’m one of those husbands who hates asking for directions:  “We’re fine!  We don’t need any help here!  No, I know where we’re going!  Dammit, gimme that map!!!”

Amanda’s friend, Jen Moore, is the owner of Aries Designs, based out of Great Falls, Montana.  Jen has done gorgeous work for Amanda in designing her logo and business cards.  From her website:

The Design Process: Aries Designs likes to ensure that the client is satisfied. I involve you in every step of the design process. I consult with you constantly and ensure that the design we create is the design you are happy with. I will sit down with you and discuss your design ideas and print budget. When the design process begins I will create several designs and send you proof’s. This is your design and it is important to me that you are satisfied with the final product that we have created together.

I gave her a short email with some preliminary specs, and she’s agreed to let me show you her first drafts:

1st Drafts, jmgerraughty.com logo

I, personally, love both of these!  So far, I’m ecstatic with the results!  There are things that I would like to change, but you’ll just have to keep reading to see how these develop.

What do you think of these logos so far?  Feedback is important to me.  What are your experiences in developing your own websites?  Comments, people!

And once again, check out Jen Moore’s work at http://www.ariesdesigns.info!  If you like her work, let her know.  If you really like her work, commission her.  Most of you who are reading this are artsy-types; it’s important for us to support each other!

  6 comments for “So, I’ve realized…

  1. 01/27/2010 at 11:47 pm

    I’d also like to point out that Jen is another New Hampshire transplant, like me! She’s from Manchester!

  2. Cara
    01/27/2010 at 11:47 pm

    I like the second one mostly because I think the G font in the first is a little over-used now.

    I also would ditch the line by “composer” in the second one. By being smaller and lower and a different color, it already sets it apart enough. Doesn’t require the line and would look cleaner without it.

    I also might make the G a teensy bit bigger. Not too much so it’s overpowering, but just a little…

    These are pretty nitpicky thoughts, but I used to do this kind of design stuff in undergrad, and a part of me sort of misses it. 🙂

    The logos are looking really good, though!

  3. 01/27/2010 at 11:54 pm

    I think the most important thing to think about its how you want to market yourself. These say to me “professional” and “fancy,” and “elegant,” but not necessarily “modern” or “badass.” You’ll have to decide for yourself what these logos say to you and what you want them to say.

  4. Derek
    01/28/2010 at 10:20 am

    The first one seems very strong to me, but the second one is very sophisticated. I like them both, but I think the word composer is too close to the hook of the g in both of them, if you are sure you want to keep the name of your profession on there. Otherwise, I like them both.

  5. 05/19/2010 at 3:11 pm

    I’d also like to point out that Jen is another New Hampshire transplant, like me! She’s from Manchester!

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