Accidental Similarity

rs_donsata's picture

After I finished and selected this sketch as my main proposal for a client I started feeling like I have seen this somewhere else before, then after a short time I remembered:

Bad luck or subconscius memory? Is this sketch useless? (mine is the second one)

Norbert Florendo's picture

Héctor,

Many years ago I developed an identity system for one of the city hospitals in Salem, Massachusetts (so old I no longer have a sample). I decided to use a stylized graphic of a flying dove since in the city's official seal there is a dove with olive branch.


Several years after this, I noticed the new logo developed for Dove Soap as well as several other logos using graphics very similar to mine.

My point is this: there are many things, flora or fauna in the real world that have significant symbolic meanings. Birds, dove, hawk, lion, snake, rose, clouds, fire, eyes, hands, and so on. Your use of a flame, torch, fire, etc. is bound to be similar to other identity systems whether you were inspired directly by them or not, and IMHO your treatment of the flame does not come close enough for the two logos to be confused.

Personally, I would stick with the direction on the graphic you are taking. You may only want to consider a variation on the typeface that would be less similar theirs.

rs_donsata's picture

Well thanks Norbert, I'll actually try some sans serifs, that's a good idea.

Héctor

Norbert Florendo's picture

Héctor,

I don't mean to be presumptuous about altering your design, but this treatment of the uppercase "I" came to mind. Perhaps you also thought of this but found it too obvious to be unique. Just a thought, but the typeface still needs to be changed.

rs_donsata's picture

That's a good suggestion and unicase roman letters always are good attention grabbers. I'll be experimenting with other typefaces and treatments. I just like so much how Quadraat works on this that I'm not so satisfied with what I have tried so far.

Héctor

dezcom's picture

A slab serif might work too.
What I like about your original design is that the flame part can eventually be used seperately. I think a sans or a slab would be best for thr type.

ChrisL

rs_donsata's picture

Thanks a lot for the input, I made a sketch with syntax but it didn't work so well so I presented my original idea.

After the first revision this is going to be the direction we are going after so there's no need to worry anymore:

Héctor

dezcom's picture

Careful about ARCO Gasoline logo though:

ChrisL

rs_donsata's picture

Ohhh.... ·*`=?%$· jajaja

It's ok... out of the marketplace, out of the category, not known in here (and likely will never be), out of question.

Héctor

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