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We are a church rooted in the historic, orthodox Christian faith, our congregation is embraces coastal New England culture, and yet we're not afraid of the future and taking some risks. While our design ought to have some nods to the past, we want our identity to target a younger demographic.
Here's some info about our current look:
--[updated] We're looking for a more distinct, image-based logo; not just an M any more. One possibility we're excited about is to use the cross design in the images below; this cross sits on top of our steeple.
--We'd like a design where the church name and slogan are also stylized, but that also allows us to use any of the three elements (logo, church name, slogan) on its own. For instance, if we just wanted to use the stylized church name or slogan somewhere, it should be easy to do that.
--We tend to prefer Old Style serif fonts and Humanist sans-serif fonts. No handwritten fonts, please :)
--We use blue (#124b88) as our main color.
--The simpler the better. This should translate well to many different types of printing, and be clear and legible even when printed at a small size.
--We prefer for the logo to be relatively modern, but with slight nod to traditional Christianity.
--Absolutely no cheesy symbols (fish, doves, people holding hands, cartoony-kids, trees, leaves, etc) :)
We were founded in 1826 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which is a small coastal city, very stereotypical for New England. Imagine wooden sailboats, simple clapboard houses, lots of brick buildings, heavy snow in the winter, etc. The city of Portsmouth is doing a terrific job of preserving its history while still forging ahead into the future and developing and growing the city.
Thanks so much!