After I mentioned the logo I’m creating for Caidy, Matthew Turland casually mentioned that Phergie could use a logo. Phergie is open source IRC bot written in PHP (My non-technical friends’ eyes have glazed over about now). The important part is that is open source and a PHPWomen.org sponsored project, so worthy of more than the limited effort I could put into a logo project. A logo request that combines wildly complex software development and diversity? How could I say no?
Since my day job is to create huge monstrous websites, it was good exercise to work on the subtle intricacies of a logo. To practice things I actually went to college for. Because my last logo for a client was several years ago, this project gave me an opportunity to judge my time and process in logo development. Yes, I do take this stuff serious (so serious, I won’t be showing the embarrassing thumbnails for this project because they sucked).
This project took a little over a month to complete. Mostly because of a vacation and the pressures of work. Actual hourly logged time is around 10 hours including research and sketches. The typography for the logo uses the Midiet typeface by Yamaoka Yasuhiro of www.yoworks.com. I had plans for a hand-drawn logo-type, but Midiet fit the project so well and had an open use copyright. The face sketch is digitally drawn with my recently acquired Intuous4 Bluetooth tablet. I approached this project with a low budget, so I started with black and white versions that would still be legible when reversed.
Matt’s notes were very clear about the aspects of the project and it’s statements of diversity. Colors were examined that would relate to the branding for PHP and/or for PHPWomen. A screen of a color close the PHPWomen colors won out in the end.
This is a logo completed for the Phergie project. Phergie is an IRC bot written in PHP. It is software that can be used to handle automation and other communication tasks within the Internet Relay Chat network. This project was completed pro bono and as an exercise in logo design. This was completed part time so the project spanned a little over a month with a vacation and some minor communication with the client. The logged work time was roughly 10 hours.
The focus for this logo was the technical nature of the Phergie project combined with statements of diversity. Phergie is an autonomous bot that can respond to chat users, so it has a feminine nature, yet this project is also supported by PHPWomen.org to promote more women in the PHP programming communities. The final logo is an attempt to show the technical and feminine aspects of the Phergie project with respect, professionalism, and some whimsy. The Phergie logo uses a digitally drawn image combined with the Midiet typeface by Yasuhiro Yamaoka.
This is a concept proof for a logo for a small communications company. This project was never completed, and was a favor for a former boss. I like seeing some of my old concept work. Especially the work completed quickly and cheap. I don’t know if any of this work was ever used by the client. I hope not because this was only a couple hours of development work.
Voice2Star was a company started by former Xspedius employees to sell satellite telephone equipment and service plans. This freelance project was referred to me by a former supervisor as I began work for Nicholls. The clients needed a logo and a simple brochure style website to showcase their products and options for satellite telephones. Like many clients they needed the work completed quickly, so I still think the project could have used a little more time. I believe the logo and website production were completed in less than 30 days. The website was mostly static HTML with a small set of custom PHP scripts to make minor sales notice updates.
Here are a bunch of self promotion pieces. Some of these were completed as student projects and others were just ideas. The portfolio CD was produced using Macromedia Director and sent out instead of a resume. This also includes my very first website ironically designed in a blog format.
The Loose Caboose Coffee House in Monroe, Louisiana as owned and operated by my roommates. I even had a small percentage stake in the coffee house, and help out from time to time. Most of my assistance came in the form of creating cleaned up logos, newspaper ads, fliers, and maintaining the Loose Caboose web site.
This is another group of logo concepts. The Forsythe Group engaged in multiple businesses mostly geared toward the business realty, mortgage, and business manufacturing areas. The logo was one of the Pearson Design projects that ended when the studio closed in 1996. As far as I know these concepts were never shown to the client.