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  • eoin

    I'm trying to come up with a logo for a website and restaurant guide I'm developing. It will be called "the cut", do any of these work, in terms of concept ... ?

    http://i.imgur.com/ovkSeFp.png?1

    Jan 31, 13, 7:37 a.m. – Permalink
  • eoin

    And yes, I know my illustrations are shite.

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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:38 a.m. – Permalink
  • sine

    http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/assets_c/2010/09/Jimmy_bieber_Popcorn_cu-thumb-350x197-14878.gif

    • Hahahahaha!
      eoin1/2
      LOLOOLOLOLOOLLLLOOOL... what is that from?HAYZ1LLLA2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:39 a.m. – Permalink
  • robthelad

    3rd one along is a good start. Go from there. Remove the, napkin? leaving the knives. Maybe just use one knife and make the other a fork.

    • Yeah, I don't know about knife and fork though, seems a bit cliched? Was hoping to avoid using a fork.eoin1/5
      But thanks!eoin2/5
      Delighted you recognised it as a napkin!eoin3/5
      I didn't recognise it as a napkin - how about, instead of a fork, a knife sharpener/ steel?detritus4/5
      Excellent point, had thought about using a steel, might work well. Thanks.eoin5/5
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:40 a.m. – Permalink
  • mattwrightgd

    Defiantly a start lose the Clip art style knive make it a more simple style. And like robthelad said Remove the napkin and add a fork?
    Just my opinion. There are some great examples online of restaurant/food branding jobs out there worth looking at for reference.

    • Yup, don't like the 1st year Illustrator style either, would love to have a nice crosshatch styled illustration ... don't have the skills though so I may commission someone, essentially I'm just looking at concept at the moment.eoin1/2
      ... though so I may commission someone, essentially I'm just looking at concept at the moment.eoin2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:45 a.m. – Permalink
  • MrAbominable

    no napkin. i'd like the first one if the knife were intersecting, cutting the banner in a minor way. would probably require changing perspective on it but same orientation. kerning on 2013 is screaming at me.

    • Like the minor cut in the banner idea, had thought about this too. Thanks.eoin
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:46 a.m. – Permalink
  • monospaced

    Where's your other idea? Hard to critique just seeing one concept.

    • The rest, if you can believe it, are way worse than these. I haven't done anything like this for a bout ten years ...eoin1/2
      I doubt they're as bad as you think.monospaced2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:50 a.m. – Permalink
  • 23kon

    no napkin, it looks like someone concealing a knife.

    • As a restaurant critic I kind of like that idea ...eoin1/2
      Maybe that would work better as an ad, with a real knife and napkin, photographed.eoin2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:50 a.m. – Permalink
  • sine

    the knife is an obvious start...
    how about turning it upside down, like this:

    http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/sizov/sizov1109/sizov110900007/10572893-steel-knife-with-wooden-handle-stuck-in-the-old-cutting-board.jpg

    • stuck into "whitespace". tells a story and has character.sine1/4
      Do you mean that the point of the knife is partially unseen, in the white space? Like it.eoin2/4
      yeah, something like thatsine3/4
      Thanks, nice idea.eoin4/4
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:52 a.m. – Permalink
  • monospaced

    Overall, conceptually, I don't think it works. Sorry. A knife is obvious both for 'cut' and restaurant, and the rest just seems thrown in. A star for no reason, a red ribbon, for no reason. Conceptually, you could really have fun. Cut the type, relate it to a restaurant guide, etc. What you're showing is really one concept with things pushed around. Try to come up with at least 20 completely separate concepts, some with illustration, some type only, some really out there, and then come back, perhaps. That's my advice.

    • Ok, thanks, solid advice. The star and ribbon could be related to the grading system in the book, but you're right it's a bit too irrelevant at the moment.eoin1/3
      irrelevant at the moment.eoin2/3
      ...good adviceMiesfan3/3
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:52 a.m. – Permalink
  • detritus

    Needs to be rawer and more contemporary.

    May i suggest soemthing along the lines of..

    http://phoebeblogme.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/jb-i-love.jpg

    • conceptually you might be on to something actuallymonospaced1/3
      Completely agree, would love it black and white, crosshatched illustration ... or some arm gouging.eoin2/3
      John Barrowman???MrMackem3/3
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:53 a.m. – Permalink
  • feel

    can't recognize it as a napkin, i guess most people wont
    try something different from a knife, that is a cliche for the cut

    do a little research on what your client's competitors are doing, it gives you a good idea on what not to do or what you're competing with

    • I am the client! Thanks for your input, all noted.eoin
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:56 a.m. – Permalink
  • i_monk

    No no no, *this* is how to make a quality food industry logo:

    http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/guys_american_grill_logo_detail.jpg

    • ughfadein111/6
      Did you read the New York Times review of this restaurant abomination? It's great.eoin2/6
      Yep. Check the Guy Fieri thread - http://www.qbn.com/t…i_monk3/6
      Just checked it, the dude is a walking brisket.eoin4/6
      Walking brisket? That's a real offense to brisket.mg335/6
      True enough, bad analogy.eoin6/6
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 7:57 a.m. – Permalink
  • eoin

    "The Cut" refers to making the cut, as well as tying into a chef's cut, or a cut of meat. It also corresponds to a critic's cutting remarks ... perhaps. The book will be the top 100 restaurants in the city, i.e. The Cut presents Dublin's 100 Best Restaurants. Half will be voted on by diners, the rest by me and a panel of judges. One voting diner will win dinner for two in the Top 100 restaurants, to be used over a year.
    The website will be daily food/restaurant reviews, news, events that I'm hosting, and so on, with room for commenting etc. I'm doing everything myself so it's a hard slog! But hopefully I can get a sponsor onboard and get the book moving at least.

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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:01 a.m. – Permalink
  • ZOOP

    Replace the knife/knives with a vegetable/vegetables partially cut into slices. Soften the edges of the ribbon, lose the red star and maybe replace with a wine cork. Less cutting and more cut. :D

    • folds of the ribbon*ZOOP1/2
      Solid suggestions, thanks.eoin2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:07 a.m. – Permalink
  • bumdrizzle

    i would keep the mark really simple. maybe just 'the cut' in a nice face with a dotted underline (it made the cut, below the line didn't). you could then take that dotted line device and use it on collateral in other ways. this being the obvious choice: http://www.list.co.uk/article/17… although personally I would keep it more abstract.

    • < cool conceptsmonospaced1/3
      Fantastic, intelligent advice, thank you ... er ... bumdrizzle ...eoin2/3
      good advice!utopian3/3
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:13 a.m. – Permalink
  • qTime

    I would start by designing the logo in black and white, then when you have nailed the composition then think about rendering it in a particular style.

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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:13 a.m. – Permalink
  • i_monk

    I was about to say pretty much what bumdrizzle did – use the "cuts of meat" diagram as a starting point, setting the word mark in a shape suggestive of one of those cuts.

    • I agree, it's a great idea. Not sure what you mean by "setting the word mark in a shape suggestive of one of those cuts", can you explain?eoin1/2
      explain?eoin2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:28 a.m. – Permalink
  • Kiko

    how about an Xbox type cut in the paper?

    • I hear what you are saying bit I think it moves away from the types of cut I'm referencing. Thanks though, appreciate the input.eoin1/2
      input.eoin2/2
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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:30 a.m. – Permalink
  • CALLES

    good name for a circumcision clinic

    just saying

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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 8:31 a.m. – Permalink
  • doesnotexist

    just use the ribbon

    kill the knives

    done

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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 9:43 a.m. – Permalink

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