Logo for streetwear label

Ides of March's picture

Hello everybody! Im new here, nice to meet you. Im starting my own streetwear label called the "Ides of March". I created my own logo for it but think it may be a little bit lacking. My wife seems to think the logo is missing that "something" so I may be coming to a realization of changing the logo. However, everyone here seems very insightful and knows their design so I wanted to get you take on it. Please don't hold back, I can take it. Any advice or insight would be very much appreciated. Unfortunately my work's internet prevents me from uploading the image, you can check it out on www.BewareTheIdes.com. It's the large "I" with a crown logo on the main page, you cant miss it lol. Thanks, I'll upload an image when I get home.

hrant's picture

The owner of a company usually has very good ideas of
how the logo should look, but in terms of execution (and
insight into graphic design) it's rare for that same person
to also have the necessary talent.

Ergo: you should hire a designer. :-)
Which is not to say you/he shouldn't look to Typophile for help.

hhp

Ides of March's picture

Thanks hhp, while I would love to hire a designer, it's simply not in my budget at the time. Plus, I kinda want that feeling of self accomplishment of designing the logo myself :P.

hrant's picture

As long as you don't mind losing money with a less-than-ideal logo... :-/
As the saying goes, you have to spend money to make money.

Two other points:
1) Although there are talented graphic designers who frequent
Typophile, we're mostly focused on letterforms, and in your logo
there's only one, plus it's a simple one. So as things stand you
might not get very fruitful feedback.
2) Context is everything. You know what your product is about,
but for a third-party to help you he would need to know a lot more
about the nature of the clothing, the potential customers, etc.

In any case, good luck.

hhp

JamesM's picture

Sami, I'm certainly not an expert on street art, graffiti, etc., but to me your logo lacks the energy and spontaneity needed to reflect that type of art. Your logo is very symmetrical, precise, etc. I'd suggest going back to the drawing board and try to create a logo that looks more like street art. The "ides" art on your Kickstarter page that has more of a grunge look is maybe a step in the right direction.

5star's picture

For some reason or another - must be all the coffee - I got to here...

Ides of March's picture

Hello, thanks for the insight, I did decide to go back to the drawing board and see what else I could come up with.

Ides of March's picture

WOW, those are some pretty cool designs, I liek em. Thanks for the feedback. The crown looks a little too much like a paper hat but I do like the direction and appreciate the fact you took time to do this. This is definetley some good inspiration. Thank you once again.

5star's picture

Interesting that all I did was extend the lines of your crown to create tension and depth then tilted the crown for attitude. The crown has been done to death even I've used in reference to JMB, but somehow the paper hat / crown has more of an in-your-face street innocence and rebellion not to mention a youthful quality, all-be-it from by a by gone era. And even still a modern twist on the paper hat just might be long over due. And and, if you get the right model with the right attitude it would work.

If you want the design - go for it! My compliments. Just keep that top left corner of the I peaking through, it balances with the tilt and is a nice detail to emphasize attitude.

The top left version would be awesome done in the nappy collegiate patch style.

Good luck, glad to help.

n.

Catharsis's picture

I'm having trouble parsing the I as a letter; it looks like the cross-section of a steel girder to me. Is that intentional? Otherwise, how about varying the stroke width, or maybe slightly tapering the serifs.

Ides of March's picture

It is intentional, I wanted a stronger and bolder looking "I" so I wanted to steer clear of curves and what not. I may play with the stroke width though, thanks!

ilovedesign's picture

Although it's great, he logo already looks familiar. With the crown and the bold 'I', everything goes along well. Try transforming this into something that you would not have imagined -- a lower case 'I', for example.

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