I decided it’s time for a new logo. Some of you know this but I’ve neglected to actually post about it. There are those who would say not to change the logo (for the sake of brand consistency, blah blah blah) but I have ignored their advice.
Here’s the current (old) one. It’s been around since the birth of the original Blackbird Press almost 3 years ago. There are also several variants.
It was great for what it was back then – a small logo quickly thrown together for a brand new publication. But it’s a bit rough around the edges (literally, if nothing else).
Elizabeth Jordan, a talented artist friend of Travis Lambert, was kind enough to make this recently.
Wow, much sharper. The talent here is undeniable. But I’m not quite in love with it yet. It’s very menacing, which I have mixed feelings about. It’s probably better to have a non-terrifying logo, but then again, better to err on that side than on the side of cuteness:
Let’s look at Elizabeth’s logo scaled down.
I find it a little hard to make sense of (perhaps its that upper wing?). It’s also very rectangular, making it look stretched out.
So here’s the deal: we’re having a contest. A graphic designer by the name of Derrick Robbins has agreed to give it a go, and we’re looking for other takers. The more, the merrier. If have artsy skills and think you can top Elizabeth’s logo, be a hero and create a logo.
– Obviously, the blackbird logo should be a black bird. Transparent or white background.
– It should be good up close, but easy to comprehend when very small.
– You may send as many entries as you like to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Deadline is July 30ish*
Once they’re all in, we’ll have a vote about which people like the most and pick the new logo.**
*May fudge this date if you’re really not done, because it’s arbitrary and because I meant to post this 2 weeks ago.
**Because this is a dictatorship, I still reserve the right to pick the logo everyone hates.