Dublin Bay Mermaid

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Winning design #31 by monikamedusa, Logo Design for Dublin Bay Mermaid  Contest
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designed by monikamedusa

Project description

The Dublin Bay Mermaid is a traditional, Irish, wooden sailing boat; 17 ft long and with a helm and 2 crew, the class has been running since 1932 and is exclusively found in Ireland. With the majority of the fleet now based in Rush and Skerries in County Dublin, Ireland there are also a number of boats in Foynes, County Limerick, Ireland. The class has one of the highest turnouts to it’s National Event every year and an active community of sailors.

The Mermaid Sailing Association who are responsible for running the fleet are currently working on a big overhaul of the class image which comprises a brand new website, merchandise, social accounts etc. One requirement is to have a new, freshly designed logo for the class and also the association's existing burgee needs to be redrawn. A new colour scheme for all branding going forward has been selected and comprises blue, yellow, white, grey and black. You can view the official colours here: Colour Scheme.

The website is currently undergoing work and will be using these new colours which you can see on the holding page: http://dublinbaymermaid.com/. The new class logo needs to fit in with this new design and colour scheme. 

There is an existing association burgee which needs to be refreshed and updated but there has never been an official class logo. We are very sure on what we are looking for regarding this and want to keep it as simple as possible. As a voluntary, non-profit organisation we are looking for a graphic designer to create our official class logo for the first time ever and redraw the association burgee in high resolution and in a variety of sizes for various applications.

The class currently has a sailing burgee (https://www.google.ie/search?q=sailing+burgee&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQ8MTvs5rMAhXCaxQKHQcOBbIQ_AUIBigB) for the Association but does not have a logo for the class itself.

You can view this design brief with images in this google drive document if you would like: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BKWIx_sECWoRGIhjCHEKluCPtug_OyRq6A_Pw-HO3xk/edit?usp=sharing.

  1. Association Burgee

Existing: The Association burgee is a blue flag with a 5 point white star in the middle and is attached to a pole. There is also a banner running underneath with the words ‘Mermaid Sailing Association’.jmj7Mo-dfhQXB5J8lSWraxbFfaJSbxrwIO4Di0Os

Proposed: Redesign with the same basic concepts, flag and star in a nice, vibrant royal blue colour that will fit in with the rest of the branding. The pole and rope is not essential. The banner is essential. It would be nice to have 2 final versions, one with the text on the banner and one without text on the banner. Overall it should be clean and modern. It must be a burgee (triangular flag)

2. Dublin Bay Mermaid Class Logo


Existing: There has never been an official logo for the class (as far as we know). There was a vague drawing of a mermaid sitting on a rock which is used on and off but nothing official. We would like to have a recognizable class logo moving forward.

Proposed: The new logo should definitely incorporate a Mermaid (an actual Mermaid woman with a tail). It should be clean and modern looking, a simple silhouette or outline could work very well. It should be considered that the logo will be used for print on clothing, promotional materials etc. Colour should be kept simple, either black and white or using colours that will fit in with the new colour scheme (blue, yellow, grey).

We would like to have final versions of:

-The logo itself

-The logo with the text ‘Dublin Bay Mermaid’

-The logo with the text ‘Dublin Bay Mermaid’ as well as a tagline ‘Since 1932’. 

The main focus should be that the logo looks very clean, professional, is high resolution and has a modern feel. Flat designs please, no 3D images.

Some key words that define our class

  • Sailing
  • Boats
  • Wooden
  • Tradition
  • Irish/Ireland
  • Mermaid
  • Community
  • Pride
  • Professionalism
  • Racing
  • Competitive
  • Sea
  • Water
  • Natural
  • Family
  • Craftsmanship

If you require any more information on this brief please just ask. 

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  • Hi there, I have gotten a lot of entries but this one is still my favourite! I would like to choose you as the winner on the condition that we will work together to get this design finalised and perfect. I am still not happy with the hair and I think the font is getting a bit lost so we might try putting the font outside the shape, perhaps running it up along the yellow curve. Once we have this design finalised I will need it in a few colour variations; all blue, all yellow, all grey and simply black and white. Finally I had mentioned in my brief that there is also a burgee for the class, this is just a triangular blue flag with a white star in the middle. There is an existing version of this but I just want it redrawn so that it looks fresh and new, this should be very simple to do. Can you please let me know if you would be happy to do this? #31
    • About #31, @r_mccormack24  Hiya. It's nice that you liked my artwork. I'm ready to do my best till we reach the best result. 

    • @monikamedusa I have a question: how to upload my artwork now? How should I send it to you?

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