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I am involved with a small group of Freethinkers in Fort Wayne, Indiana that want to eventually incorporate, and an trying to help spiffy up their design. Although I like to think I'm pretty good with typography, logo developing isn't really my thing, so I figured this is a great place to gather some ideas.
In case you don't know, the Freethought movement is to promote critical thinking, science, and logic, and reject dogma, superstition. Things like pro-science, evolution, positive atheism, and secular humanism go hand-in-hand with our group, which as you can imagine is often a touchy subject, considering we're in conservative Indiana.
Attached is our current logo designed by an enthusiastic founding member, which is more of just a stylized wordmark. It's nice, but it doesn't really have anything to do with freethinking, or any of the above points I was talking about. I've included a few other concepts.
I've been thinking about trying to use a graphic of a brain, or a head in there somewhere. Something that implies thinking. Basically, I need something punchy, simple, and looks good in B&W and color as well (with only a couple colors, maybe blue and black?) If we could incorporate our tagline, "Be Reasonable.", it would be better all the more.
Here are some ideas, heavily inspired by a couple awesome iStockphoto graphics.
Any ideas, concerns, brainstorms? Thank you for your time, and I love this forum. It's always a wellspring of good, constructive criticism!