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#32Logos: An Exercise In Practicing Your Craft To Strengthen Your Skills

With my 32nd birthday coming up, I decided to do something for the occasion. From June 9th through July 10th, I am designing and posting a new logo on my Instagram. I’ve done a few daily projects and have learned that they force me to practice my craft and help build discipline. The more I work, the more I learn.

You only get better by doing and you will only do if you commit to doing on a consistent basis. Being successful working in the creative field means marrying the freedom of imagination with the discipline of focus. You always need to be improving and learning. One way to be constantly improving is to commit to practicing every day. #32Logos is a personal design project that is equivalent of putting up a lot of shots (hehe Dribbble) so ,when in game situations, it’s second nature. Constantly going through my process gives me the chance to refine it for optimal results in the future.

So far, here are the shots I’ve posted.

01. Whisk
01. Whisk

Whisk – Inspired by a new addition for my kitchen, I used the shapes that I saw to illustrate this.

02. Iced Tea
02. Iced Tea

Iced Tea – Dedicated to one of my favorite drinks. Continues my desire to use the most basic shapes that gets the point across in the most efficient way.

03. Smoker Gauge
03. Smoker Gauge

Smoker Gauge – Made this after coming back home from a BBQ & Blues Festival. Used a photo I took from the event and pulled the essential shapes from it.

04. RB Brand
04. RB Brand

RB – This is an example of what happens when I allow my mind to wander. Playing with my initials produced this concept. I want to make sure I use my personal design time to experiment when different types of concepts and styles of logos.

05. Diamond & Pearl
05. Diamond & Pearl

Diamond & Pearl – I’ve been listening to a lot of Prince lately. “Diamonds & Pearls” is one of my favorite songs of his. I took this opportunity to translate the two main visual objects to a logo.

Summer Run
06. Summer Run

Summer Run – I had been working on a runner logo concept. Decided to revisit it and add color and develop it a bit more. I went through many color variations before arriving at this one.

macOS Sierra
07. Sierra

Sierra – This one came shortly after watching Apple’s WWDC 16 keynote. Took the mountains seen in the graphic for their new operating system and hit it with my minimalistic magic! Rarely do I use gradient for my logos but it seems to work here.

Chess Comics
08. Chess Comics

Chess Comics – This originally was my attempt to visually represent comic books through their panel design. Once I realized a few of my sketches could be turned into a chess board, I pivoted into a chess, comic book hybrid.

The SOS Band
09. The S.O.S.

The S.O.S. – Had songs from The S.O.S. Band (“Just Be Good To Me”, “Tell Me If You Still Care”, etc.) stuck in my head so I started playing with the letters and seeing what I could come up with.

10. Lantern
10. Lantern

Lantern – I am a huge Green Lantern fan. I identity with the Green Lantern on many levels. Played with a slightly different style of coloring the shape.

11. Father's Day
11. Father’s Day

Father’s Day – A tie is the classic Dad gift so I paid tribute to the day by illustrating a big tie and a smaller tie representing the bond between father and child.

12. King James
12. King James

King James – In celebration of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James winning his 3rd NBA Championship

Be sure to follow my journey as I continue to allow my imagination to run free.
~b.