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Logo. want your opinions please

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by PonyExpress, Oct 4, 2017.

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  1. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress Tele-Meister

    Sep 28, 2017
    Came up with this for my build.
    comments, advise, suggestions welcomed

    headstock w logo.jpg
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  2. ponce

    ponce Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2011
    I like Texas State border form, but I'd change the font (less or other serif) and bold the OCD part.

  3. ponce

    ponce Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2011
    And the small print should be other, sans serif simple type.

  4. Jules78

    Jules78 Tele-Holic

    Dec 12, 2016
    Northern VA
    I like those suggestions. Also, personally I would put the made in part on the neck plate or maybe the back of the neck. I think it looks too "busy" on the headstock. I love the ocd over the texas part. Its a catchy name. Did you trademark it?
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  5. bl28

    bl28 TDPRI Member

    Jul 5, 2017
    San Diego, CA
    OCD is already taken. Haha.

    In my opinion, it's too much text - I'd simplify it with just the: OCD/Texas logo + Seguin, TX
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  6. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Texas shape is nice. Agree with bolding the font, at least the OCD part.

    Guessing it's gonna be hard to read the "Old Country Dude" part under the OCD letters too.
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  7. Armo

    Armo Tele-Holic

    Nov 13, 2008
    Reads QCD to me. I think your trying to pack too much info in there. Too busy maybe.
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  8. JustStartingOut

    JustStartingOut Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

    I like it but it is too busy imo. Can you make the OCD fit better in the map (or maybe not use that at all, just the map and no OCD)? Maybe it will look different bolded or even a different color if possible, but it is just a bit off to my eye. I'd also like just the Old Cranky Dude and Hand Crafted in Seguin, TX...the Custom Guitars is too big and not needed (on the front anyway).
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  9. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    I like the logo.

    But, I think that people using the term OCD in any context other than as a mental health diagnosis is distasteful.

  10. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

    Oct 29, 2013
    I'd try to fit the text within the borders of the state, rather than on top of them.

  11. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2011
    I'm reading "Old Cranky Dude". If it should be "Country" you will need to change something.


  12. speedingjet

    speedingjet Tele-Meister

    Hey, I've been an art director/designer for 20 years. There's a few things from a professional design nerd:

    • The OCD in script – Script fonts are not meant to go all caps (ever – unless it is a regrettable tattoo). As initials, they are hard to read and should be avoided.

    • Fonts that mimic hand writing but aren't are um, not the best choice. A little cutsey. Like a greeting card with a kitten with a speech bubble that says "I wuv U"

    • I like the idea of using the Texas shape, but maybe you fill it in with black and have the OCD in a sans serif bold face knocking out of the black.
    I only say this as all of the lines and type are very thin. The area covered vs the density isn't really adding up.

    These are just my suggestions. Not trying to be too hard on the design. Just some fundamentals at play.
    Design is a weird profession. There is more to it than you'd think. People go to school for this and work for years getting ground into a fine paste in high pressure entry level positions before learning enough to move up.
    Just because people have access to software that lets them make designs, doesn't mean that's all there is to it.

    I could easily go out and buy some pipe cutters and a soldering torch, but that doesn't mean I'd know how to design and install a plumbing system in my house.
    But I could sure cut some pipes....

    A good designer is no different than a good plumber. They look at what is needed vs what is available and come up with something that will work for as long as possible without becoming dated (or flooded).

    Keep it up. You'd be surprised how many versions and iterations a logo or wordmark can go through before it's done.

  13. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    +1 Yup, as a retired product design engineer I agree with everything speedingjet mentions. It is easy now to try various iterations of fonts, bold and fill of the Texas shape. Keep at it and you will hit the right combination. Overall, I like the layout and to me that is the hard part.

  14. toomuch

    toomuch Tele-Meister

    Mar 22, 2017
    ^^^I'm not a designer by any means but I agree with most (if not all) of this.

    I'll also add that I happen to prefer the font printed outside of headstock design ("american 90s thin line") ;)

    All critiques aside, best of luck with your endeavors!

  15. Tomasi

    Tomasi Tele-Meister

    Jan 26, 2016
    To add as one also with over 20 years with visual design experience, I'd try to have some separation with Texas border and right edge of the letter D. Either inside or out. Having lines/form edges intersecting and/or going very close creates a hotspot sucking attention and bringing uneasy tension. And it does not also look very tidy most of the times. Naturally the effect can be used for the benefit of communication if used intentionally, but I presume that's not what you are looking for here.

    There are best practices and rules in design like the ones expertly pointed out by Speedingjet but remember many things are a matter of taste and opinion too. I'm first to admit there are well designed stuff I don't just like and some with flaws that just do it for me.

    When you love it it's just right! :)
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  16. Scaper2014

    Scaper2014 Tele-Meister

    Jan 12, 2014
    Looks very busy IMO, and as another person stated I think you could brand it "Old Country Guitars" :D

  17. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress Tele-Meister

    Sep 28, 2017
    its "old cranky dude"

  18. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    Mix two fonts but not more than three fonts, If one is serif then another needs to be san-serif. Make one italic the other regular. Sometimes you find two fonts that fit these parameters of differences yet seem to work together.

    +1 on the Blocky OCD across the Texas logo, but put a Texas Star in the center of the C. The Texas State outline could start to become two lines one above one below. The star here might be too big, and the pan handle a little too squashed, but this is a general two minute example.


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  19. devrock

    devrock TDPRI Member

    Jan 12, 2017
    New England
    I think it's too much as well. I think you should stick with the logo. Maybe shrink the other parts and put on the back of the headstock.

  20. mgreene

    mgreene Tele-Holic

    Jan 27, 2010
    south carolina
    I agrees with jvin - the letters need to go inside the borders. Overlapping makes the "OCD" unreadable.

    You could just go with "Cranky Dude" - we assume you are old :lol:

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