An upcoming solo running event needed a logo and I had less than 24 hours only to come up with one. ‘Unstated requirements’ included a connection to technology and sports. The name ‘iRUN’ was chosen for the event.
Exactly a decade ago, I designed the logo and posters for ‘Science and Technology Run’ (stylized as ‘Snt run’) at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. I wanted to take the same inspiration of ‘race tracks in a stadium’ for the ‘iRUN’ logo design as well.
My friend gave me the above slogan for an upcoming YouTube Music Channel in Malayalam.
“I need a logo. Can you help me?”
“Yes, yes. What’s the name of the YouTube Channel?”
“We haven’t named it yet!”
The one who MUST be named!
Kaviprasad is my friend of 20 years. Prasad and I started brainstorming to name the new YouTube channel. The slogan reminded us of a popular Malayalam movie teaser trailer that connects romance, songs and rain. The search for a drink/food that is consumed during a cold rainy season, evoking nostalgia, led us back to the slogan itself — ‘Coffee!’ In Malayalam language, ‘Coffee’ is ‘Kaapi.’
“Which color do you recommend for an app icon? Ours should stand out from the rest of the icons.”
“Don’t you have a brand color?”
“No. We are a start-up company and we are going to launch a mobile app soon.”
A couple of young guys asked me this and so I embarked on a ‘highly unscientific study’ on 90 app icons that happen to come my way. Continue reading Designing a Unique App Icon: An 'Unscientific' Study→
The very first edition of BarCamp Goa is happening on 30-Oct-2011, Sunday at BITS Pilani Goa Campus. When my friend Niju Mohan contacted me for a logo, I jumped and took the opportunity.
Why? Because I love to do a design under a lot of constraints. I believe that this will help me to explore and find innovative solutions. If I am correct, this is my fifth logo for a BarCamp (BarCamp Bangalore 7, Bangalore 8, Bangalore 9 and Kerala 9, Bangalore 10). I have tried to give an individuality to each of them. I suddenly found myself in an ideating mood.
The first image that comes to my mind when I hear ‘click’ is that of a cursor or a mouse.
But ‘Click’ can also be the sound of somebody taking a photo. If you are using a film camera, the sound comes when the film is exposed by the shutter and the next frame is advanced. In an SLR camera, the sound is generated when the mirror inside the camera rotates to direct the light on to the sensor or film. In a digital camera, the sound is generated electronically to give the ‘feel’ of taking a picture. There is usually a provision to turn OFF the sound. FULLfx decided to name his photoblog as ‘Clickography‘ and he entrusted the logo design with me.
Appearances can be deceiving. If you ask me, the pieces of logos featured above are that of a ‘save environment’ club, a painter, a bathroom fittings manufacturer and a coil making company.
But no, they actually represent a multinational FMCG conglomerate, a well known music company, a popular antivirus software and a standard audio format in movie theaters, audio video discs…
Not able to recognize them? The answers are embedded in this post, so continue reading…
For the past six months, we were collecting news about designs of logos that are interesting. We managed to get the information of the names of the designers, the design brief and any hidden meanings in the logo. From this week, you can read about some of the clever logo designs in our new website ‘kiKKidu.com.’
‘A cat has nine lives!’
‘Nine planets… Err, now Pluto is no longer a planet!’
‘…’ Barcamp Bangalore 9 (‘BCB9’) is happening on 18-Sep-2010. They are conducting a logo competition. I was brainstorming for a logo idea.