On behalf of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, I am looking for someone to design a logo that can be used on our website, letterhead, publications, etc.
The SOF is a non-profit organization incorporated in New York, which researches and promotes the theory that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the main author of the plays and poems published under the name William Shakespeare. website: http://www.shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org/
The SOF was recently formed when two older organizations, the Shakespeare Oxford Society and the Shakespeare Fellowship merged to become a single organization. we would like to have a new and distinctive logo to represent the new organization.
If you are not familiar with the Oxfordian theory, our website is a good place to start. I would especially suggest: "Was Oxford Shakespeare? Eight Reasons to Think So," (http://www.shakespeareoxfordfellows…akespeare/) "The Case for Oxford Revisited," (http://www.shakespeareoxfordfellows…revisited/). Also, for a succinct summary of the case against William Shakspere of Stratford as the real author, see the "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" on the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition website (http://www.doubtaboutwill.org/declaration). There is a 2-minute trailer of a recent documentary of the subject, Lastw Ill. & Testament," on the home page of our website, and you can also see it at http://www.hulu.com/watch/409868.
I am attaching pdfs of past newsletters with various logos that we have used in the mastheads. While these logos have been serviceable, we are hoping to find something more distinctive and memorable.
I asked around among board members of the SOF for ideas about what they would like in a logo. Following are some general thoughts, but these should only serve as inspiration, not as instructions, especially since some of them will conflict with each other.
"Tone: classic, legitimate, academic (i.e. the opposite of "brash & wacky"). It should suggest "Shakespearean" or "Elizabethan" without referencing Shaksper. Some possible visuals to play off of:
--feature the O for "Oxford"
--period graphics like emblems from Minerva B: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3665…fig_iv.jpg, http://shakespeareauthorship.com/pi…shield.gif
--symbols associated with Oxford: yellow & red heraldic badge, etc
--images of Oxford
--writing items: laurels, quill, ink, book, scroll, parchment
--recognizable early modern elements: neck ruff, slashed sleeves, woodcut style
--theater motifs like curtains, masks, stage."
"I like Oxford's five-pointed star badge (in a drawing as if the star were metal showing the shaped sides of the star) with the words "Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship in a san-serif font around the badge. Juxtaposing the ancient symbol with modern typography. In color using Oxford's gold and reddish (if that is right). Something very clean and easy to recognize. (Minerva Britannia images are too cluttered and archaic, IMO) The authorship question is entering a new phase and emphasizing that change in status will make an important statement."
"Shakspere mask coming off Oxford's face, which is nestled in the big "O" of "Oxford" in "Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship". The idea has been done before, but it was with Bacon and it wasn't done very well: http://www.sirbacon.org/graphics/co…inting.jpg. We would want something cleaner and more elegant for Oxford."
"The symbol on Shakespeare Matters masthead with the mullet star on Oxford’s emblem I still find pleasing – the mullet was found everywhere in Essex architecture as a sign of the de Vere family – on churches, monuments, etc. That is my only suggestion."