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Rick
03-22-2004, 05:01 PM
Hello everyone,

We are looking for a design that will be used on our trucks, which are white, and on our crew shirts, which are heather grey in color. We will not be using this for letterhead or business cards.

The design should include our company name, Hayden Landscaping, and probably our tag line of "Since 1965" or "Est. 1965". We also use "Family owned and operated since 1965" but I think that is a little wordy.

Please stay away from formal, corporate type designs. Even though we've been around awhile, we still want to present a more upbeat, mischevious image.

Even though we are located in Illinois, I think I would like to incorporate an ocean type theme. Nothing obvious like palm trees or anything, but more subtle like a cresting wave or something. One design I have seen included a ships port hole with a design inside the circular shape. These are just things off the top of my head to give you inspiration and not necessarily things I'm looking for.

I'm open to the use of colors as almost anything will look good on the white trucks and grey shirts. I do like multi-color images better than one or two color images. See Suni4u #8; MGZ #33 and XRay #189 for examples of these. The brighter the better.

I also liked the detailed image from XRay #429 really well. The scene itself is not really for us, but the overall "picturesque" approach was very appealing.

I hope this gives you enough to get started. If not please let me know and I'll answer any questions you might have.

Looking forward to seeing your ideas.

Thanks.

Rick

Steve
03-22-2004, 05:32 PM
This contest is now active and has been pre-paid. Artists please begin posting and good luck to all of you!

Odesigns
03-22-2004, 10:06 PM
#99

Odesigns
03-22-2004, 10:15 PM
#100

Odesigns
03-22-2004, 10:37 PM
#101

Rick
03-23-2004, 01:45 AM
Odesigns,

I like #99 the best of the three. Any way to make the wave stand out a little more? Maybe think along the lines of the Ocean Spray logo. I wouldn't be opposed to moving the text off of the image either.

If the wave was say a little more darker blue perhaps the text could be a contrasting color? I guess what I'm after is a really eye catching effect.

Very good job for a first try with what little I gave you to go on.

I do like the wave if I can just figure out how to put a landscape spin to it so people don't think I've lost my mind.

Thanks for your efforts so far. Looking forward to any revisions or other concepts you might have.

Rick

Xray
03-23-2004, 08:25 AM
#604

Xray
03-23-2004, 08:49 AM
#605

Xray
03-23-2004, 08:55 AM
#606

Rick
03-23-2004, 09:29 AM
Xray,

Thanks for the submissions.

#604- The port hole was a bad idea on my part sorry to have wasted your time on that.

#605- Really like the detailed look and picture type quality. Do you have another image other than the house theme?
Maybe a nature type theme? Rolling hills, winding stream, setting sun, or something along those lines?

#606- This one has a good feel to it also. I might ask to see the Hayden in a different color other than white. Maybe make it pop out you a little better.

Thanks for the entries.

Sunil4U
03-23-2004, 09:50 AM
Two of my concepts for Hayden logo:

MGZ
03-23-2004, 09:55 AM
Hello Rick,

Here is my first shot at it...I'll try and post some more ideas either tonight or tomorrow.

-Mattz

BVD
03-23-2004, 10:10 AM
#31

Xray
03-23-2004, 12:05 PM
#607

BVD
03-23-2004, 01:05 PM
#32

Rick
03-23-2004, 02:05 PM
Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay in posting feedback. I appreciate all the quick responses.

Sunil4U,

Very nice. Could the outcroppings be rounded off a little to assume more of a "sloping hill" effect? Also could the sun assume more of an orange hue? I like the overall image.

MGZ,

Don't know if this is good or bad, but I think you did a great job pulling off my port hole idea. Very nice image.
Could the waves be more tubular in shape and not quite as high? Would also like to see it without the hands if possible.

BVD,

#31. Good job. Nice use of color(s). Has a good coastal theme and is soothing to the eye. I don't think I would change anything with this just yet. Any other concepts?

Xray,

Much more like what I had in mind. We may want to experiment with the trees a little bit as far as overall number and shape. Otherwise, nice job.

You are all doing a fantastic job. I am very pleased with what I have seen so far. Even though I suggested the ocean theme, if you have any ideas which you think would work better with vibrant colors feel free to post them. I don't want to pigeonhole anyone's creativity.

Thanks all.

Rick

BVD
03-23-2004, 04:28 PM
#33

Rick
03-23-2004, 05:50 PM
BVD,

Nice work on the last submission. Of your entries I think I prefer #31 so far.

Thanks.

Rick

Odesigns
03-23-2004, 10:16 PM
#102

Odesigns
03-23-2004, 10:29 PM
#103

Sunil4U
03-24-2004, 03:03 AM
Two variants of concept 2, with outcroppings rounded off:

BVD
03-24-2004, 07:20 AM
Hi Rick,

here are a few variations of 31. I will try to get a few more ideas up for you today.

Bryan

#34

BVD
03-24-2004, 07:21 AM
#35

Xray
03-24-2004, 07:46 AM
#608

Xray
03-24-2004, 07:47 AM
#609

Rick
03-24-2004, 08:49 AM
Odesigns: *Wave in #102 looks really good. *I might ask what would be the best way to reproduce this image on trucks/shirts?

Sunil4U: *Rounded off outcroppings look very nice.

BVD: Thanks. *Looking good.

Xray: *The different trees look pretty good. *Adding the blue sky was a nice touch also.

Everyone is doing a fantastic job. *You're making it tough to narrow it down!!

Thanks for all the hard work.

Rick

MGZ
03-24-2004, 09:11 AM
Rick,

Here is my first submission w/o the hands. I wasn't able to move the wave down due to the way the drawing was made.

here are a few more ideas as well

Thanks,

Mattz

Rick
03-24-2004, 11:06 AM
MGZ: 063 looks good without the hands. I could live with the waves. 066 is also good. Thanks for the revisions.

BVD
03-24-2004, 11:35 AM
#36

Rick
03-24-2004, 12:25 PM
BVD: Another good submission. I think I prefer the shore bird design over this one though.

Rick

BVD
03-24-2004, 03:05 PM
#37

TigerDezine
03-24-2004, 04:09 PM
553

TigerDezine
03-24-2004, 04:10 PM
554

TigerDezine
03-24-2004, 04:11 PM
Quote[/b] ]we still want to present a more upbeat, mischevious image.
How about that? http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Odesigns
03-24-2004, 05:00 PM
Rick,
A vinyl shop should be able to do it for you. If not I can do it. I can put it on vinyl or on a magnet for you.
Odesigns

Rick
03-24-2004, 05:05 PM
BVD: Thanks for the most recent post. I think I still prefer the beach goat from #31.

Tiger: That certainly does present a mischevious quality!!

You guys are certainly making this tough to choose!!

Good job.

Rick

Rick
03-24-2004, 06:33 PM
Thanks for the tip Odesigns.

I will set a deadline for this Friday afternoon and try to have a winner for you guys then. *Thanks for all the submissions so far. *I am very pleased with everything I have seen so far.

Rick

Rick
03-24-2004, 11:26 PM
BVD: Is there anyway to incorporate a setting or rising sun into design #31? Your thoughts on that appreciated.

Rick

BVD
03-25-2004, 06:18 AM
Hi Rick,

I'll get right on it, shouldn't be a problem.

Bryan:cool:

BVD
03-25-2004, 06:31 AM
#38

BVD
03-25-2004, 06:43 AM
#39

Rick
03-25-2004, 08:44 AM
BVD: Nice work on #38 and #39. *Using #39 as an example, would this be a problem in having it reproduced in vinyl for a truck side with all the color variations? *Or would we be looking at using a magnet type sign? *Your opinion on this appreciated.

Thanks.

Rick

Odesigns
03-25-2004, 11:03 AM
Rick
any design can be printed on just vinyl or magnet
odesigns

Odesigns
03-25-2004, 12:50 PM
#104

Xray
03-25-2004, 01:08 PM
#610

Xray
03-25-2004, 01:17 PM
#611

BVD
03-25-2004, 02:11 PM
Hey Rick,

They use vinyl usually to make the magnetic signs and then use a UV lamination. If the colors are to many I can reduce the number of colors in the sunrise or sunsets for you.

Bryan

TigerDezine
03-25-2004, 04:47 PM
563

Rick
03-25-2004, 04:49 PM
Odesigns & Xray: More excellent work. It is going to be a tough decision.

BVD: The multiple colors are fine. I was just wondering how hard it would be for someone (say the guys at Gopher) to reproduce. We've always just had the basic vinyl lettering with no images so multiple color images are new to me.

BVD
03-25-2004, 05:15 PM
#40

Rick
03-25-2004, 06:01 PM
Tiger: *I like that one. *May not be ble to use it as a "logo" but I like it a lot.

BVD: *Again, nice color combination.

Odesigns: *I have a request. *Could you take the text in #104 and place Hayden on top of the oval and landscaping on the bottom? *The textshould follow the curvature of the image if that is possible. *Hope this is not too much trouble. *

With all these great ideas, I may have to pick several and start plastering everything we own with them

Thanks everyone

Odesigns
03-25-2004, 09:20 PM
Rick,
They should be able to produce a multicolored image on one piece of vinyl. The machine is called an edge that an do it.

Rick
03-25-2004, 09:22 PM
Tiger: This may seem a bit unusual but could you have the starfish in #563 appear to be holding a small Ford Tractor or Gehl Skid Steer in his left hand or tentacle or whatever starfish appendages are called, and a drink with an umbrella in his right?

Rick

Odesigns
03-25-2004, 09:31 PM
#105

BVD
03-26-2004, 08:03 AM
#41

MGZ
03-26-2004, 08:33 AM
Rick,

Here are some variations based on the designs of mine that you said you liked. I should be around the computer most of the day to day so feel free to let me know if you would like to see any changes.

more about your output questions: The "edge" vinyl printer is a good way to go like somebody mentioned. The only thing to consider with that is the fact that it is a thermal printer and up close your image will look a bit grainy. From a normal viewing distance it will look great though. Alot of sign shops these days can inkjet onto pressure senstive vinyl. This process combined with a good laminate over the top will yield a very durable and high quality printed piece (magnet or decal).

Basically, any of the designs that we have all posted will translate well to the sign making process.

Thanks,

Mattz

BVD
03-26-2004, 09:25 AM
#42

TigerDezine
03-26-2004, 09:40 AM
564

TigerDezine
03-26-2004, 09:49 AM
565

TigerDezine
03-26-2004, 10:04 AM
566

TigerDezine
03-26-2004, 10:05 AM
566

TigerDezine
03-26-2004, 10:06 AM
567

BVD
03-26-2004, 12:08 PM
#43

Rick
03-26-2004, 03:04 PM
Hi guys,

Just wanted to thank each and every one of you for all of the quality submissions. I would like to officially close the contest as of now. I will review all of the submissions and get my employee's opinions and try to post a winner for you either tonight or tomorrow.

I appreciate all of your hard work and original ideas. I know I will return here when I am ready to have designs done for each of our various services.

Thanks to everyone.

Rick

Rick
03-27-2004, 02:50 PM
Guys,

It was a tough choice to make with so many great ideas. I could have easily been happy with any one of 5 finalists we had narrowed it down to.

We have chosen BVD's design #40 as the winner.

Many thanks to all of you for your ideas and hard work and I look forward to working with you again soon.

Rick

Steve
03-29-2004, 02:42 PM
Great work BVD!

Steve
03-30-2004, 01:24 PM
Rick your logo files have been sent.

GrassBustersLawn
06-27-2004, 10:22 AM
Awesome work by all. VERY COOL pick Rick!.

Mike