Icons have been around for a very long time. You can probably trace back some of the original icons back in to the Egyptian hieroglyphics. And just like today, they all represent specific concepts and information. They can give you directions, highlight information, tell you what something is and in some cases, even keep you from seriously hurting yourself.
In recent months, there have been quite a few bootstrap startups and corporate entities trying out the latest trend of crowdsourcing their logo design, but this one really got my goat (or bison as it were). With America’s struggling economy and our country’s efforts to get things on the road to recovery, this particular situation was more than a little of a fumble and an oversight on the part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Hot off the presses! The new edition of the Directory of Illustration 27 from Serbin Communications just arrived on my doorstep this week. It’s got some of my most recent work included, with samples of my illustration, logo design, lettering and icon design. You can find it all in full-color splendor on page 469 of the directory.
Every once is awhile, you need to take a little inventory of the old portfolio. Usually, it happens whenever you get ‘forced’ to do it with an upcoming client meeting or an interview. You find the trusty book in your office or studio and gently blow the dust off of it and thumb through the work. Hopefully, you can find stuff that needs a little update and replace it with some new pieces. Many times though, I have looked at the case or book and thought that it might be time for a new look, you know, give it a bit more – oomph. And, unfortunately, it usually gets put off until the next time you have to get it out – reminding you once again.
With a rather popular post I wrote entitled, ‘How to find the right illustrator’, I thought I would contribute this one for those looking for logo designers.