***Update to the contest Monday Oct 30th, 10:38am-
Thanks everyone for submitting. I've had a lot of people respond to the idea of incorporating mountains into a logo for me. And at this point I'm not sure if that feels right. I am not sure I like anything I've seen with the mountains.
I added another visual design inspiration I found on 99D with a company called Warramba. There's also one in here called The Path. I'm liking the idea of my name contained within a box of some sort, possibly if it can hint at a house/building but it could even be as simple as the images I've shown, just a rectangle or square of some sort. That is one idea direction.
Alternatively, if you stick more to just font forward logo design, I might like to see more designs where the venture word is more bold, thick, less space between the letters. (see 'nest', 'rebase' and 'silo' above in ideas) The properties would be smaller and thinner font I'd think than the venture.
Also, it does help me to see the logo within a simple business card format sometimes or integrated onto a sign etc, just to help me visualize what it is going to look like out in the 'real world'.
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First, the name 'Venture' is the most important. The 'Properties' is part of my business name but most people around town refer to us just as 'Venture' when talking conversationally. I'm not sure which is better for the formal branding and logo. As you will see, my current branding does have Properties in there as well, but I'm open to a version or a new logo possibly without the Properties directly in the logo/branding.
Also, you will see I've had a couple versions of logo colors and branding. The darker logo is the more updated one versus the business cards you will see attached, which was the original logo design and original colors etc.
I am not attached to ANY of my current branding. However, I am open to utilizing the same or similar logo with different fonts and just an overall different look. But I feel it might make more sense to start over with a whole new logo mark and everything. But again, I'm open to incorporating some of the old into new.
It is important to design a logo/brand that will work well as we integrate it into various web applications as well as physical print. A big part of my business is the yard sign that goes in front of someone's house when they are selling their house with us, and that is a part of what I will ultimately need integrated into this new design.
For this initial logo though, I don't need to see the yard sign yet. For purposes of this part, I guess I just need the logo, but then when we work on the collateral things like business cards/yard signs/envelopes etc. that's when we will work on the yard sign.