After giving some thought into what I would like to have as a logo for my website I have come up with a design I am happy with. Since I understand the limits of my artistic skills in drawing, whether it be on a physical medium or digitally, I aimed to keep the design simple and yet capture me. I believe I accomplished this goal with the aid of All-free-download.com for the sport equipment graphics.
The central focus of my logo is my name, using the same Avero font as the theme, with my first initial in my domain expanded to my full name and keeping my middle initials. To capture my athletic side I represented the ‘i’ in my name graphically. I chose to make the base of the ‘i’ a golf tee and the dot a golf ball, as one of my favorite pastimes in the summer is golfing. I slanted the tee and position the golf ball off to the left to signify movement like teeing off.
With my initials the periods presented another opportunity to represent a little more me. The first dot is a tennis ball, another one of my favorite summer pastimes. I still needed to capture the technical side of me, as that is a significant part of who I am. With my second middle initial being the letter C and software development being a key interest I represented the dot as the hash character (#); a nod to programming and the C#.NET language, which is the first language I worked with in industry for any real significant period of time. Yes, checking out my resume you will see my first programming job was a summer at Tbaytel using VB.NET; however, that lead to a 16 month co-op at HydroOne, followed by a full time job upon graduation where the language is C#.
Once I had an initial design mocked up in Paint.NET I tested it with the Quark Theme and realized I did not like the look, in part due to the oversized graphic compared to the 300×80 pixel recommendation. I tried placing Devin W.C. on the top line and Ryan underneath (left aligned, then right aligned), but getting the golfing idea in made the graphic to high and so I moved ‘Devin Ryan’ on the bottom and W.C. on the top, right aligned, which I liked better. The graphic was still to large and I wanted to make sure my first and last name was the focal point, which lead to me reducing the font size of my middle initials and using bold for my first and last name.
Overall I am pleased with what I have come up with and will be sticking with it unless I come up with some grand idea :). So now that I have my main logo done that leaves my favicon, which I know what I want that to be, just need to get a decent picture to create it.