Update 2: The fern designs are great. I would like to see more incorporation of a gate concept at this point. I'm not seeing much of that at all. Thank you all for your wonderful work and creative submissions!
Update 1: Designs with a fern and/or gate motif are resonating with me. Something creative that incorporates the ideas listed below. The symbolism is important to me as long as it's done with subtlety. Thanks for all the submissions so far!
Original: The name is (in part) a combination of the two words Fern and Gate. Both have symbolic potential. Ferns: fractals, multiple branches, the potential to find ourselves in many different areas but with similar constructs (fractal). Gate: a transition, movement through from one point to another, changes and new ways of doing things.
The best design would incorporate the above ideas within a simple layout that would appeal to business audiences and still resonate with our education institution clients as well.
In terms of colors, green makes the most sense (ferns). But I'm also open to seeing blues and grays in tasteful combinations that would appeal to our corporate audiences.