Dear Fabulous Designers,
The Hooray Daily will be a blog/website and a series of books. It will convey the love of words and good thoughts that carry us through our days. (We are bombarded by so much noise, "news" and images.) The Hooray Daily will be a place of jubilant rest, recovery and reconnection with our own greatness. It's a happy place, an "I'm really great!" place.
The icon/pictorial that I would like you to work with is an old-fashioned, large megaphone (3-D, as opposed to 2-D, I think...depends on the design), like those used by cheerleaders from the 1940s and 50s. Also, I'd like the megaphone to be "sitting" on its flat "bottom". I don't visualize any type on the face of the megaphone. In an abstract sense, the megaphone serves as an "exclamation point" of sorts, but not literally!
I can also say that I like the concept that I've seen at the following website/blog: http://www.thedailylove.com (keep in mind that there is too much red on that site for The Hooray Daily...but I like the combination of color and font to distinguish words from one another, which seems to be a common design element in much of what I see these days.)
Here are some other designs that I like:
http://logofaves.com/2010/01/happy-quote/ (sweet, straight-forward)
http://logofaves.com/2009/08/curious/ (clever use of the ? mark)
http://logofaves.com/2009/05/octave/ (again, interesting use of type)
Keep in mind that the theme/logo you are creating will be one that is used in all forthcoming communications and books. Because I want there to be continuity in these, I want a powerful, memorable design, which I'm sure you will create! The design will be tasteful, bold and smart, just like you, with lots of happy thrown in...no butterflies or soft, curvy lines, please!
After the blog/website is up and running, the first book associated with The Hooray Daily will be published with a jacket cover like Malcolm Gladwell's, "The Tipping Point" (white, flat card stock with simple and elegant black font with only one image on the front, in my case a red megaphone sitting on its bottom with a shadow to emphasize its three-dimensional nature. The back cover will have me, the author, with an old-fashioned megaphone--most likely sitting in the same position as the front cover or I'll be casually holding it, leaning on it...you get the idea!)...I hope that mentioning this you find it helpful instead of distracting!
I will be returning to 99designs for my book cover. I'd like to utilize the same wonderful designer that creates my logo! Thanks to all and good luck! Can't wait to work with you!
P.S. What do you designers think of the autumn-like orange colors? I'm also considering this design change if you, the professionals, think it's a better choice than red. Hmmmm...
P.S. Take a peek at this fun, old b/w photo of 1940's cheerleader:
Shows the megaphone in seated position...