Contemplating A New Logo/Favicon
Currently my blog is hosted at WordPress itself which is why it shows up with the “favicon” of the WordPress logo. But while I was watching all of Being Erica Season 3 for yesterday’s post I started thinking about the fact that sooner rather than later I am going to be moving this blog to my own self-hosted domain. This would be awesome for many reason one of them being, obviously, that I won’t have to worry about such things as “How to Add a Tweet Button With YOUR Twitter Handle On A WordPress.com Hosted Blog” as well a whole slew of other ones. But I digress. The other thing I started thinking of while watching Being Erica was that I wanted to have a cool logo and/or favicon for this site – once it can have a favicon that is – and so I started sketching.
What is a favicon? You ask. Well, obviously you can click on the linked Wikipedia description at the first mention of the word above but then this will be a shorter post so I am going to tell you instead! A favicon is the little icon you see in your browser tab when you are on different websites. It gets its name from the portmanteau of the words “favorite” and “icon” because when you save a website as a favorite in your bookmarks, that’s the icon that represents it next to the title of the site. It makes it easier to find at a glance and it is more recognizable as a unique site.
I also just found out in writing this post that the word is pronounced “faa-vih-kahn”. I always pronounced it fave-icon until now. So that’s some learning for me and for you.
The reason for wanting a logo is pretty obvious. What blog/blogger doesn’t want their own logo? Of course I could spring for a proper designer to create these but I like to sketch and doodle – much to the chagrin of many a teacher through elementary and high school – so I thought I’d take a stab at it first and then maybe let the professionals take over and really flesh out my idea. I drew 5 of these with a black Sharpie and one with a regular black pen so the coloring and shading are not what the finished product will necessarily look like. I just used the hatching or the lines or filled in the letters totally so that people looking at it would get a sense of the difference between the letters and a feel for what I was going for with each.
I have shown these around a bit and have garnered some opinions but also wanted to throw it out to all my readers and see what they thought. I do have my own personal favorite. Which do you think I should use? Any other ideas for what I should make it? I have numbered them so they can be identified easier than having to describe them or their whereabouts within the gallery/slideshow.
One last thing to remember when you look at the slideshow above or the gallery below is that the sizes of these mean nothing. They are sketches meaning I was just drawing where there was room to draw. As for getting them online – I merely took 2 pictures with my phone of the piece of paper that had the sketches and synced to my computer. I then took those two pictures and cut out each sketch into individual files and these are the results.
Collage above made via photovisi.com. It was quick, it was easy, and it was one of the first things that showed up to do it online when I searched for a collage creator.