client wants handshake

wheelsforfeet's picture

so I have a client that wants to update his logo
but is hung up on having a handshake in the logo.

I included a couple of RAW ideas. I just busted
apart some clipart for most and quickly made the
hands that extend into arrows. Do any of these
ideas have merit?

I have done nothing with the typography other than
trying to get a feel for what might look good when
I get to that point.

The client is a MS certified consultantcy called
Mutually Beneficial. Colors in the logos will be
browns and blues.

I wanted to do something less trite and more
progressive. Do you guys have any ideas on how to
suggest a handshake or give the strong feeling of
a handshake without seeing two hands gripped

Any advice is appreciated on this one. I've been
lurking on this board for months now too scared to
ask any advice. I'm just finishing my education and
could use the help. Thanks


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Jan's picture

How about trying to get a little more abstract and make the hands more like into an icon. Drop the arrows. That seems to me like saying the same thing twice (with the hands).

2. Tweaking a typeface like this is an absolute NoGo.

AndrewSipe's picture

Sorry, but your progressive approach isn't coming through at all. First attempt is a bit bland and cookie-cutterish. Get all your ideas down even if you think they're retarded, they might help spark a new direction of ideas.

Take a look at the handshake illustrations at Veer could give you some more out of the box ideas.

James Scriven's picture

Didnt mean to post anything. . . But I guess I have to comment now.

I like four, but it's to sharp at the points of the arrows, and the contrast is not right. I agree, reference some other illustrations and perhaps go more abstract. . Perhaps with fouur, take the text out of the arrow, shorten the arrows, put the hand shake in the centre of them, and place the type elsewhere.

Just a quick idea.


wheelsforfeet's picture

So I went more iconic and I got some good results though still a little cliche'. But I am in a quandry with the lettering. I don't really like the company name 'Mutually Beneficial' but I can't change that. I don't think it looks good in open white space ever. So I try to enclose it but it was a little awkward with my logo attempts.

Do you have any ideas on how to make an ugly word pretty?

Lex Kominek's picture

Do you have any ideas on how to make an ugly word pretty?

Don't set it in all caps in a Windows system font.

Arial Bold is not a very warm and inviting typeface, especially set in all caps. Neither is TNR Bold. Try setting in all-lowercase, in a rounder, friendlier font. You might want to stack the two words on top of each other as well since they are both very long.

As for your mark, scrap what you have and get out the pencil and paper. Doodle for a while, and see what you can come up with. I find that this is a much more productive sketching technique than using clipart.

- Lex

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