I've met with the marketing consultant and MD in an attempt to eliminate some of the options, before presenting to the board.
The first to go were the greens and blues, though effective, raised concerns about "confectionary" and "too colourful", with the yellows following suite for practical reasons (yellow on white in sunlight may as well be invisible) - apart from the Switch back-plate itself.
Some suggestions were made to highlight the "i" in the switch icon, by colouring the button and the top screw in the same colour as the typeface. As well as retaining an outline around the coloured lettering (as seen on a black and white version. Duo-tone backgrounds played second fiddle to the burnt orange. Everyone loved the starburst as a design element, but was dropped due to ambiguity (lighting company).
Red being the unanimous winner, despite a lot of debate around the possible emotional connectations with this fiery wavelength, along with the decision to work on orange wherever possible.
All in all, a job done well in my opinion - view the final here.
Jumping the gun as any good client would, Switch needs an interactive slideshow...yesterday!.
"But we've not finalized the colour selections OR the final catch-phraze", I say with disdain..
"There is no time, the presentation is at 13:00, and we've got to hurry!", he says.
Fortunately, these type of situations leaves little time for argument, and gives me pretty much free reign on decisions everywhere. So I've gone as cartoony as possible, hoping it will be easier to reduce the "approachable" as we go along - and if the presentation goes well...I'll have a cartoony corporate ID all round - win-win. The way I like it.
Meeting with the client went extremely well (for a change), and I'm happy to announce some focus in terms of concept and congruence towards orange and towards rethinking the slogan.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen - we have a winner :)
I still want to try and refine the illustration by trying some more rigid lines, to match the typeface, without losing the approachable feel.
That aside, let's jump right in with the colours I intend to try out. Some good old colour-wheel selections around orange, and on the far right, some reds for the relation to Obsidian.
Some rudimentary math will explain how these 7 (with white being an 8th) could pose quite a few combinations.
From these, the reds, yellows and oranges seem to work the best:
It almost feels like I'm getting nowhere, as oranges, yellows, greens and blues works well as secondary colours on all the chosen primaries. If I can, I'll avoid the blues (too much trouble with contrasting with itself and maintaining a warm feel. If I have my way, I'll vote for the oranges all 'round - I love working with orange. I just do.
So, based on pure personal preference, my final favourite:
I always tend to go for something approachable and obvious first, to get the creative juices flowing. What comes to mind when I think of a switch, would be the switches I use everyday..
Light switches and power-plug switches rating high, and where would we be with the good ol' power switch on hardware and appliances (with a symbol that's recognizeable anywhere).
The result may be a touch on the cartoony side for the client, and it may need a little more than just the typeface to relate to the current Obsidian branding. A few more rigid lines and the concept might work, however - I'll leave that for after some client review.
So let's look at some of the key elements in the Obsidian logo-type, as well as how it applied to some of the other sub-divisions and products of the company.
Applying the same principles, let's see what happens;
Perhaps with some fiddling and combining some of the stronger elements of concept 01, we'll have a winner..
That's more like it!
Be quiet - I was still warming up...Ignore the messy and feel the concept underneath ;)
Who could argue with a button? Emblazoned with the very familiar symbol. Hmmm...too familiar maybe. So in the execution, I've found myself revisiting high-school science class.
This concept was actually conceived in an attempt to follow one (or two) of the 15 emerging trends in logo design (some 6 with a dash of 8)
Here showing off some of my FreeHand skills - Nothing sells a logo like a little bit of shiny, after all.
In a variation where the icon is part of the text, like all the above concepts, the circuit component gets a little bit lost, so reverting to ye olde power symbol.
Stay tuned - after some client feedback, we'll explore some colour selection.
Inspired by the result of this one. I'm extremely fond of the way that grin came out - complete with gums. No grin is complete without gums :)
Update: Eternity's feedback inspired me to add some rough colour...What do y'all think? Should this be on a t-shirt?
As an avid fan (and renowned zealot) of open source CMS project, drupal, it's been a pet yearning of mine to contribute a theme..
In an attempt to brush up on my mark-up and styling skills and optimizing my drupal theming in general, I've started what has become a sort-of defacto DAYG (Design as you Go) project - and I liked it. Impatient as I am, and hungering for peer review, I've decided to upload the theme before completion. Hopefully it will inspire to make me complete it sooner (as I probably won't ever get around to doing a new ÜberEllis theme anyway..)
Probably the most challenging illustration this year, and hence, one of my favourites - all in pursuit of Shibumi. Understated beauty is where it's at.
Text in 3D using FreeHand is no mean feat. I do that all the time and has become a breeze with some creative cloning and the knife tool. Perspective has a few simple rules and really only poses a challenge when dealing with curves in space.
In this case, however, we're dealing with curved objects in space, on a curve..
I had to call in the help of PhotoShop to get some of the perspective right.
From there, it was a process of filling in the perspective in the substance in FreeHand, and voila! :)
The finished product was used on a t-shirt for the Obsidian stand at Futurex SA 2005. Using traditional blue shirts for the authentic Superman feel. I preferred the image on black, however. Pity really..
*Update* Limited edition shirt now available at Obsidian