Refused logos/works

adriano's picture

Another shame gallery :-) Does anyone had logos or works that were refused by the client? Here's one I did last year (a low budget logo creation). See the one they accepted by other company...

ideagent's picture

Ugh. Everyone is a designer! That is quite an "S"!!

jfp's picture

check Nescafe!
http://www.typophile.com/forums/messages/83/14508.html?1061559188

refused logo stories are always sad ones

hrant's picture

I'm not sure they've rejected this already, but they never got back to me, so...

nareg.gif

Above is the semi-finished proposed logo for an upcoming festival for an Armenian saint - it's a ligation of the five-letter name "Nareg", set below for reference.

hhp

ideagent's picture

Hrant: Looks like it could be used as a weapon!

hrant's picture

Hey, I guess so! Maybe by the Armenian Beastmaster.
(Figures...)

Speaking of shapes that "feel" very different in different cultures, check out the image here, taken in a Bangkok temple complex:

(~120K) http://www.themicrofoundry.com/other/bang.jpg

hhp

Hildebrant's picture

I see some "klingon" in that there ligation.

:-)

hildebrant.

ideagent's picture

Haha. I can spot a Trekkie from a mile away! I was thinking the same thing...scary! The infamous "Batleth"!!

eomine's picture

What about your picture, Hrant? What shapes?
It's a beautiful place, nothing strange there.

hrant's picture

Tom, you mean me? I'm not a Tekkie. But I'd be curious to find out if the guy who invented Klingon (no, I don't mean the Klingons) based it on Armenian (or maybe Ethiopian).

Eduardo, aren't there shapes in there that you see as somewhat "demonic"? Like the ngao (the spikes at the edges of roofs), an archetypal Thai shape. BTW, how Japanese are you?

hhp

ideagent's picture

Hrant: Actually, no, I was referring to Kyle. When he mentioned the Klingons, I was surprised because it was my first visual impression. I think you are correct though; there are a lot of references to different cultures in Star Trek.

Eduardo: It is merely a tongue-in-cheek reference. Not to be taken seriously.

eomine's picture

>Not to be taken seriously.

Oh, I see. :-)
Anyway, I can't see anything "demonic" there.
How Japanese I am? Hard to tell.

kakaze's picture

Eww, Tiffany, is the last one the one they chose?

God, normal people need to have their graphical decisions made for them...the first one was great! Like that out of the whole bunch.

And if not that one, the second one, but maybe without Dalliance.

capthaddock's picture

Very nice, Tiffany. I particularly like the second one.

I recently had my own first really difficult clients. At the beginning, they were open to anything. After I submitted a few options, they decided they wanted this really ugly sketch of a triangle and several mismatched fonts inside it. Here are my initial designs (the clients were Alaskan, by the way):
1

This is what they eventually purchased, from another designer:

2

Paul

hrant's picture

It's got speed, a swoosh and a mountain! Your stuff only had a star.

hhp

ideagent's picture

Tiffany: I love the first one! Too bad the family got involved.

Paul: That is scary! They should be flogged with their own logo!

kakaze's picture

Paul, what font did you use for the last version, the one with prime in blue and tech in green.

beejay's picture

Tiffany, what's the sans font used on the first one?

capthaddock's picture

Chris, that's good ol' Stone Informal. :-) I think I may be on a Stone kick right now.

Tiffany, exactly. My project went downhill when the guy's wife took over, and then all the employees put in their, ahem, ideas.

adriano's picture

exactly, that "family" also ruined the SIRMAF logo... they "loved" the old S so they just did a change to the color I presented.

Dan Weaver's picture

Tiffany, I'm in your camp I love Emigre fonts!

Rene Verkaart's picture

Here a logo for a ballooning company. My client is more conservative. He found this to much 'Harley Davidson' which I can understand. Anyway I like the logo.

ballooning

Ren

hrant's picture

Or maybe the question mark was too unnerving for a balooning company... :-)

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

Well. I'll join this party. The logos I'm about to show you ... well, the client was great. He's an endodontist that managed to find excuses to go golfing all of the time. He had a good sense of humor and realized that what he does for a living scares some people to death. We went through many wild rounds of ideas. These I think are the best.

First. He showed me the negative of one of the roots. They file them in separate sleeves with information. That is from whence came this concept:



And then there was the "old-time" dentist, but a little on the morbid side:



But in the end...after the family had there vote :wink: the only thing that seemed to stay constant was Perpetua.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes. The fear that is put into all designer's is that the family will get involved. However, it is a reality. I make a point of always talking very openly about who will be involved in the decision making from the beginning. I ask about there likes and dislikes. We discuss why this is good or bad. Etc. Being open from the beginning helps everyone. Even with bigger companies. Granted I'm not sure it works that way with corporations, but I'm sure within the larger realmn (so to speak) you still have an equivalent with which you have to deal.

BJ, the sans is Cholla. :-)

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