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Ronald
03-26-2013, 04:58 PM
A local tire shop is having me design a logo. Their current design is a dynamic set of blue and red text with flames sweeping off the top like some sort of muscle car logo. So far I showed the owner my first set of concepts and he immediately was drawn to my horizontal text layout. Sadly for me, he wasn't too fond of the cheerful serviceman graphic I created; however, I got him to consider the circular logo for the breast of a shirt. I told him that most local auto shops don't have a personification or mascot and that it will both stand out and have a vintage charm that seems to be gaining popularity in the modern marketing/design world. He said he'd look it over more and maybe "warm up" to it. Below is essentially the batch that I showed him; the only real change is the addition of "Est. '92" on the circular logos. I'd like to tidy up the serviceman graphic to be more realistic yet still very simplified. I might also decrease the size of the serviceman graphic as paired with the horizontal text. Thoughts? Suggestions?

http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae247/CaleStelken/Graphic%20Design/dst_02_zps925a98bc.png

Andrew B.
03-26-2013, 07:31 PM
I don't see examples.

Ronald
03-27-2013, 06:41 AM
Sorry; I must've still been organizing my account. It's up now.

Steve Rindsberg
03-27-2013, 07:27 AM
He doesn't like the guy? Really? I think he's great ... he practically screams Good Old Fashioned Service. In a quiet way, of course. ;-)

I'm partial to the first one, the one w/o the circle, but I could see using both, the first for letterhead, the others where the more compact shape would be more appropriate. Is the little "flame" off the top of the "A" in "Auto" deliberate?

Ronald
03-27-2013, 07:50 AM
He doesn't like the guy? Really? I think he's great ... he practically screams Good Old Fashioned Service. In a quiet way, of course. ;-)

I'm partial to the first one, the one w/o the circle, but I could see using both, the first for letterhead, the others where the more compact shape would be more appropriate. Is the little "flame" off the top of the "A" in "Auto" deliberate?Thanks a lot, Steve! :) I'm really glad you like the serviceman; I feel the exact same about him.

The spike on the 'A' is an Adobe Illustrator glitch, from a heavy stroke weight, I believe. I wasn't sure people would notice it, but I should probably lay a white shape over it for now.

LoisWakeman
03-27-2013, 08:13 AM
I think they are great and the guy is just right: nostalgia for good service is a great hook.

As a Brit, I can't see "tire" without wincing (or yawning) - but that's just transatlantic spelling for you!

Of the two circular ones, I think the black border version is more eyecatching.

Andrew B.
03-27-2013, 09:22 AM
I'm going to disagree with the others. This doesn't ring a nostalgia bell for me in a good way. Also, you can run into trouble depending on the ethnicity and grooming habits of his target customers. One quick litmus test would be to ask him to ask some good customers which they like better, this one or the previous one.

terrie
03-27-2013, 12:56 PM
I like the guy too but his right hand and arm (holding the tire) could use a bit more work--the fingers are odd looking (particularly the 1st 2--perhaps taper the ends a bit more) and arm is too short/out of proportion to the left arm. I don't see the issues Andrew does with him.

Terrie

Ronald
03-27-2013, 03:33 PM
This doesn't ring a nostalgia bell for me in a good way. Also, you can run into trouble depending on the ethnicity and grooming habits of his target customers. One quick litmus test would be to ask him to ask some good customers which they like better, this one or the previous one.Grooming habits? Could elaborate on what you mean? The serviceman isn't intended to be a low-wage Latino immigrant if that's what you mean; he's actually inspired by my dad (a Caucasian, German, Catholic farm boy) who's helped me with my automobile over the years, intended to conjure the theme of 20th century Americana. I intend on improving the likeness to represent him better yet maintain simplicity.

As for the ethnicity of customers, it's a Midwestern college town, so there's probably a some diversity but I'm sure it's mostly Caucasian. Thanks for your input, Andrew.

I like the guy too but his right hand and arm (holding the tire) could use a bit more work--the fingers are odd looking (particularly the 1st 2--perhaps taper the ends a bit more) and arm is too short/out of proportion to the left arm. I don't see the issues Andrew does with him.You're right, Terrie. I plan on fixing up those blocky fingers and, although I like the current level of detail, I may simplify the serviceman graphic slightly more due to the shop owner's apprehension about its use in small-scale.

Franca
03-27-2013, 05:55 PM
I like the serviceman also. And every business should have both horizontal and vertical (or round/square) logos for different uses, IMO. As well as maybe a "reversed" version if needed. Don't forget to fix the apostrophe. ;) (Can't quite believe I'm the first to mention that.)

Andrew B.
03-27-2013, 06:38 PM
By grooming habits I mean "mustache." Also, he didn't strike me as Latino.

LoisWakeman
03-28-2013, 07:32 AM
Don't forget to fix the apostrophe. ;) (Can't quite believe I'm the first to mention that.) - ole Eagle Eyes! :)

terrie
03-28-2013, 02:02 PM
ronald: You're right, Terrie. I plan on fixing up those blocky fingersGood...'-}}



>>although I like the current level of detail, I may simplify the serviceman graphic slightly more due to the shop owner's apprehension about its use in small-scale

Yes...I think that might be a good idea because with all the shadow, it might just sort of "blob out" when reduced in size but you could experiment a bit and see what happens--maybe try a grey rather than black in some areas?

Terrie

terrie
03-28-2013, 02:04 PM
franca: Don't forget to fix the apostrophe. ;)What apostrophe needs to be fixed?

Terrie

Ronald
03-28-2013, 04:09 PM
What apostrophe needs to be fixed?I think the apostrophe on '92 needed to be rotated 180 degrees. That's what I did to it anyway. Must be the font mistake.

I'm a bit torn on the logo. I really want to incorporate the serviceman graphic, but I think the text alone does fit somewhat better on a shirt breast than text with the man, which is a bit wide and looks better centered on the chest. Then again their current logo is actually more wide/rectangular than mine; it's just that mine has more intricate text. Maybe the man should be be on the business card and advertising, but left off the shirt design?

http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae247/CaleStelken/Graphic%20Design/dst_07_zpsda07c783-1.png
http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae247/CaleStelken/Graphic%20Design/dst_03_zps87383cf6.png

terrie
03-28-2013, 05:02 PM
ronald: I think the apostrophe on '92 needed to be rotated 180 degrees. That's what I did to it anyway. Must be the font mistake.Ahhh...of course...'-}}


>> Maybe the man should be be on the business card and advertising, but left off the shirt design?

I think that's a very reasonable approach--it's what my own mechanic shop does. The only way to really know if it would work as a shirt patch would be to create the patch logo at its actual size and then take the file to a local shop that could create the actual patch and ask their opinion on how it would look. If the cost weren't too high--say...less than $10 or so--for a single patch, have them make it, see what you think and take it to the shop owner. If nothing else, it would give you a souvenir of the job...'-}}

Terrie