New Logo for birdbrain graphics

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Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while but I think I’m finally back into the groove now that I’m settled into my new home in Nova Scotia. So let’s get right to it. For this post I’ve decided to make myself a new logo. It’s time for a change. Not that I don’t love the old one but I think it’s time to retire “phat bird”. I went through lots of fonts and ideas then came up with this as my final one. I have 3 samples for my final and I’d love your opinions on which one you think I should use for my new logo. Here are the samples.

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Fonts, Fonts and More Fonts

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FREE FONTS…this is one of my guilty pleasures. I love going online looking for free fonts. Better yet, free fonts that I can use personally or professionally. There are so many fonts out there that you can literally spend hours just looking for new fonts. I have to say I’ve had many a stiff neck from staring endlessly into my computer screen perusing serif, sans-serif, hand written, fancy scripts, medieval, basic, dingbats…I could go on forever. So I am going to share all my favourite go to sites for free fonts.bbgHeader01

Have fun perusing! I know I will.

Dafont   UrbanFonts   Font Squirrel   Font Stock   and my favorite for not only finding unique fonts but building your own as well, FontStruct.

There are plenty more sites out there who have free fonts but there’s only so much time in the day to look for them and frankly I’m bushed from looking. Enjoy!

Until next time.

Remember  “Imagination is more important than knowledge” ~ Albert Einstein.

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Something to Add to My Portfolio

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He everyone. I know it’s been a while but I thought I’d share with you two new logos and business cards I designed in the last few weeks. These were two jobs totally opposite to one another. One being very classic lines and the other very flashy.

The first on is for a contracting company and I thought it should stay fairly clean in design. Here are a few samples shown to the client.

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As you may have noticed, I am showing two samples per idea. The client has a dark grey truck and I thought it would be good to show  the logo  on a dark colour so he could visualize how it might look on his truck. After seeing these samples the client had a few more requests and I came up with the final logo for DBW Contracting and here it is.

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For the second logo (same client, different business) I went for a more flashy concept for the logo. The business is Island Movie Nights, which is a portable movie screen that is hired out for parties and events for outdoor movie events. I had an idea in mind for this one before I even finished my meeting with the client. Here are the samples.

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As you can see in the first two samples I went for a little splash and colour and in the second two for something that evokes the feeling of movies or movie making. Again after the client mulled over these samples, this is what was decided on for the final logo.

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Now I will be adding these logos to my portfolio. I have to say the Island Movie Nights was the most fun to make. I can’t wait to see it on the side of the truck.

For my next blog I will show what was decided on for the business cards for both companies.

Until next time. Be creative!

 

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Having Fun With Fonts 2

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“Fun With Fonts” was so popular last time I thought I’d do it again. This time though, I’ve taken one phrase and used the same font for each example but a different effect. The font I used is “Americano” and the phrase is “A Rose”. I had a lot of fun working on each effect using both Illustrator and Photoshop to make each of the changes. Mainly I use Photoshop and some of the filters I have like Filter Forge and some of the filters that come with the program like drop shadows and bevels. Let me know which is your favorite.

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Having fun with Fonts

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Once again, Happy New Year everyone! I’m going to start the year with fonts and how they can change the meaning of a word or phrase. This isn’t some hard-nosed lesson in typography, just a little bit of fun playing with fonts.

I’ve taken the phrase “The Nanny” and found a few different fonts to play with and here are the results I came up with. I should mention that you don’t need some fancy computer or fancy programs to do this, just the fonts that came with your computer or you can go online and find loads of free fonts and as long as you’re only using them for personal use you don’t have to worry about copyright. I made a list of fonts  and marked the first four as to what I think each font could represent. Then I took four of them and added a little more design to them in Photoshop. Now if you don’t have Photoshop, most computers come with some type of photo manipulation program (quite often something comes with the printer) and if you have clip art that’s all you really need. Well that and a good imagination. In the meantime print out my list and use your imagination as to what  mood you think each font could represent and enjoy my interpretations of “The Nanny”.

 

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