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Epic Logo Contest - Fella by BoffinbraiN Epic Logo Contest - Fella by BoffinbraiN
All of you should by now be aware of the potential new dA logo and the contest accompanying it. At first, I looked upon this with tired eyes, since the new logo that `TheRyanFord et al have created is excellent. Not only would it be a shame to waste it, but also challenging the community at large to beat it was in my opinion a bit of a tease. From what I currently see in the submissions, about one in 100 is good, and one in 500 has a reasonable chance of being picked. Eventually I decided I would not let depression make me shy away from another challenge, so I started drawing, and I ended up with this.



Look, it's Fella! aka The Creative Process

The dome-shape of the original dA logo is obviously very familiar, and many people have ended up with similar-looking 'da' attempts which look like the letter S when rotated through 90 degrees. I sacrificed easy letter recognition for the bigger goal - giving the logo a set of eyes and horns, it became a stylised likeness of our established mascot.

The logotext took ten times as long to make as the mark, and I'm still not sure I got the look I wanted. I'm not a typographer. I started off with the font Chambers Sans OT which I had in reserve for its techy look. I only had the italic version, so I needed to skew it back! Then, I converted most of the angles to be closer to 45 degrees and chopped off several ends to produce spiky-looking letters that are still smooth when looked at closely. As with the new logo concept, the 'ART' part of the text is uppercase but has the same base height - it would be a shame to waste that good idea just for the sake of originality. I used one of my other favourites, Calibri, and then made it much thicker. I changed the angle of the R and added a spike to the A to make it look more like the Chambers font.



All feedback is much appreciated! :)

Made in Macromedia Fireworks MX on a laptop with an overheated, glitchy graphics card.
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:iconultrakuraimephiles:
ultrakuraimephiles Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
EPICNESS
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bigfunkychiken Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
could you please tell me the winners? thanks:)
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BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Sadly, nobody won. There was an issue with copyright or something like that.
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bigfunkychiken Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
oh:(


that stinks:(
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:iconboffinbrain:
BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Yes, it did. But they did give out subscriptions to everyone who made a valid entry.
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bigfunkychiken Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
oh wow
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TekuConcept Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009   Digital Artist
The 4th one with the slick style would have to be my #1 logo of this pic.
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BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers. :) Of course that's the standalone, fancy one, and the others are the standard monochrome outlines for things like printing.
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TekuConcept Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009   Digital Artist
:devart:Ya, this gave me an idea of an 'inspiration; scene DA LOGO
-> NOT submitted to the contest
-> Credit for logo design, to you
-> Other credits sent as needed
Tell me what you think when you get the chance to see it.
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BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Err... Do you know that the contest ended ages ago?
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