Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Home School Logo

A while back I was hired to design a web site for an organization that handles the mandatory testing of home school children. This organization does not have an official logo, so as part of the design I took it on myself to create a logo for them. Not being an artist I knew it was beyond my abilities, so out of my own pocket I hired someone else to do the work for me. My idea was to create an image that would become the de facto logo of all home schoolers.

I wanted to take the idea of home and school, and merge it into one. To get the idea across, I thought to merge a generic home image with the generic “little red school house”. I had an idea in mind, but first I had to see what had already been done. The closest I found to what I was thinking was this emblem for the AAM Home School group (www.aamprogram.org/homeschool), but it was not exactly the logo I had envisioned.

To start out, I thought back to all the simple drawings I did of a house when I was young: slanted roof with a chimney on the right side and the door on the left with a single window to the right. I think whoever did the emblem for the AAM must have done the same drawings as me when they were young. Next was the school, a door in the middle framed by windows on both sides with a bell tower on top and no chimney. My combined version would take the house as I envisioned it and put a bell tower on top. With this idea in mind I created a simple 2D clipart that I sent to Maggie of Sweden (http://www.maggieofsweden.se/), whom I had known for the work she did with SkyPortal (http://www.skyportal.net/) back when I was one of the SkyPortal admins.


A few points to consider in relation to what I now offer:
  • This work was outside the scope of the request
  • I paid for it myself
  • What I offer here is not exactly what I gave the client
  • The intent to make this image available to all was something I intended from the beginning
  • I told my client my intent at the start and he was OK with it
I now offer this image to all for free, with only one condition. Any use of this image needs to include credit to me and a link back to my site (Image courtesy of David Angell, http://www.angells.com/).



All images are transparent, without the blue background.
Full size Image (4196x3020, 573KB)
Mid Size (1049x755, 93KB)
Logo (208x150, 13KB)
Original (Adobe Photoshop, 1.1MB compressed)

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6 Comments:

At December 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM , Blogger Lewis N. Clark said...

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