This logo is for a general information site about legal concepts. The site will contain a large number of terms and definitions specific to the U.S. legal environment - some might be orientated to specific States, but most are general.
Most logos in the legal arena have a look like a sheriff's badge (like http://www.bailbondfreedom.com/) or utilize the "scales of justice" approach (like http://www.clker.com/clipart-scales…ce-5.html). We are not against either of these but want something where the detail of the logo does not get lost as the logo is reduced in size (ie for a favicon or small website logo). For example, see on one or our sites of http://www.safeopedia.com/ where the shield does NOT have much detail and still looks good at smaller sizes.
The logo should have a bright shiny, "new" look with reflective surfaces. The website domain name should be part of the logo design and maybe upper case, all lower case or a combination. The "pedia" of the domain name refers to the fact this website will be mostly educative - listing content that the average person could read and understand. To see a sister website of ours that will be similar, go to http://www.techopedia.com.
This site uses the same Bootstrap-based design and layout. Note the shape and size of the logos from these sites - the same template will be used on the new Corrosionpedia.com website, so the proportions, rough size etc. should be similar.
The attached color palette will give you a good idea of approximately what colors will be used. You are not restricted to these colors but do not include a red or rust or browny-red color of any shade.
The graphic designer whose logo we pick will be asked to come up with a series of related images that can be used throughout the website as additional design work..