I am known as Kenneth or Ken though I’m more used to the latter. I’ve always liked my name but I’ve never actually thought of making a good logo for it. Then along came this domain and blog and thought there really is a need to make one now.
So off to doodle and here’s my first set.
Obviously, I started out doing that little chibi toon. Then went off to write my name a couple of times just to see how I can play with it.
I’ll have to admit I made a breakthrough by doing that graffiti style writing found just to the left of the toon. Writing the “K” gave way for the E and the N to look that way.
So I opted to progress from that idea and make everything going straight up to represent the letters. Decided to cut off the very base of the K because I thought it totally gave way that it’s a letter K and I just wanted it to be subtle and maybe even unrecognizeable at a point. It’s a stem-less K, a stem-less lying E, and an big lowercase N.
If you notice the top doodles, it looked like some bonefish of some sort. I had a friend of mine tell me the same. Until I decided how I wanted it to look but can’t seem to have the “N” go through with the overall feel.
I then decided to replace “N” with a big “n,” as seen 1st from the left, 2nd from the top. Followed by adding choices by doing some variations as seen below that.
Finally, I removed the stem of the N and had it rely on the last branch of the E just so I could clean it up a bit more and have it less ‘liney’ if you know what I mean. The result?
So what now, sure I made a fancy KEN, what of it? Well, if you have not noticed, it looks like a pencil. I am an artist, a designer. And like most of them out there, I rely heavily on my sketches and doodles via my reliable pencil. Don’t we all start there? That’s why at some of the variations, there seemed like a swoosh there to somehow incorporate an ink trail that could also serve as the stem of the K.
Then again, I reverted back to the original look (without the swoosh) because it gave that sports feel to it. But one bigger reason why it’s perfect the way it is, because aside from being a designer/artist, I am a developer.
I am very much qualified in valid xHTML/CSS coding and I’m well equipped too with WordPress knowledge so it’s really a bonus that the K looks like a < which is very common in coding specially in opening up tags.
So there you have it. A graphic designer and web developer in one. A bonus with this logo is the fact that it has a type-in version – <///7 . That’s Ken, and this goes as my very first progress blog regarding branding, one that’s pointed to my very own.