I have had a superb experience with DesignContest.com and particularly with my final chosen designer Manders14. I was on a limited budget and was nervous and unsure about approaching someone I might find from the yellowpages or on a google search with their own design company. It seemed like too much money to go into something I may or may not like. I also liked the idea of a more democratic approach and receiving multiple entries from which to choose. So I took a chance with DesignContest, assured by their refund guarantee. I have to be honest, I expected more entries that I would like. While there ended up officially being 89 entries, really only about 30 of those were distinct (all the others were variants). And some of them were truly terrible. There were probably only three out of the total number of entries that I would have been OK with. I do, however, recognize the particular challenges of my contest, as it was a church with an unusual and distinctive identity and a picky contest holder (me!). And three designs beats one design from one designer. And one designer just got it from the beginning--manders14. She had a creative idea that I would never have thought of. It captured the feeling and essence of our parish. It was great from the first submission. And she worked with me to get it just how I wanted it. I highly recommend her elegant and stylish designs. Thank you!
A logo that could be used for a variety of purposes: stationary, front of our weekly service leaflet, signage, website, brochures, and business cards, etc.
+Vector format is a must, as it will need to be variety of sizes.
+Not too simplistic or too complicated. Needs to have some interest, but not too busy.
+One or two colors: dark red or dark blue would be great. Needs to look good in both color and black and white.
+We write "Grace Church in Newark" in the Omnia font and are very happy with it, so something consistent would be great.
+Adjectives which I hope the logo would reflect: graceful, elegant, reverent, interesting, thoughtful, traditional, but stylish and progressive.
I have tried my hand at a few designs, but have not been satisfied. When I began as rector one year ago, I continued to use the old line-drawing of our historic church building, but it looks too old-fashioned and out-dated in my opinion. We have considered a cross and chalice design from the front of one of our altars, but it looked sadly like a wagon wheel. I have tried a thurible/censer, as it gets across our high church emphasis, but it seemed too narrow. We considered using chant neumes, but just couldn't get it to work right. Other symbols I've thought about: candle or sanctuary lamp, our altar carving, chalice and host, an update of our church building (not of the old line-drawing wood-etching type). If someone can combine a feeling of high liturgy and music/chant with a progressive feel that would seem ideal.