When I picture the Savingsbird logo, I see a wordmark in a cursive font, preceded by a right-facing bird mascot.
The '60s television series 'Bewitched' uses an attractive font for the title - I'd like something similar. (See http://bit.ly/fc3TxN for an example.)
As for the 'Savingsbird' mascot - picture the results if the Twitter bird mascot (see http://bit.ly/ieBgqF for an example) were mixed with one of the women in this illustration: http://bit.ly/hIwW1t (Previously I said 'have a child with', but I don't want to confuse people - the bird mascot is not a child, she's a woman in her 20s.)
When I think of the mascot, I see her as a fashionable, elegant young bird, perhaps with large sunglasses and a handbag on her wing. In my head, she's mainly pink in color.
Do NOT copy the outline or any other element (legs, eyes, beak, wings, tail, feathers, coloration) of the Twitter bird mascot. I like the bird's playfulness, and my site does contain the word 'bird', but I want your logo to be drawn from scratch and clearly be distinct. Too-similar logos will be rejected. The Twitter example's for inspiration only.
UPDATE: Here's some consolidated feedback from my first few entries.
- Don't use a font I can get on Microsoft Word, because then it looks like I made the logo myself in Microsoft Word. I'm perfectly willing to buy reasonably fonts if necessary, so you don't have to use fonts that are commonly available.
- The bird has to be original intellectual property. I really can't have a takedown notice for infringing someone's copyright. Because of this, it can't look like Tweety, the Angry Birds, Daisy Duck, Big Bird, Toucan Sam, or any other well-known bird.
- The bird itself should be reasonably bird-shaped. I don't like the giant head / super tiny body look of something like Tweety Bird.
- This is a site aimed at women and the logo has to be feminine - but there's many different ways to be feminine. The look I'm after is 'stylish women in her late 20s', not 'pretty pretty princess'. If tomorrow we were all magically transformed into human-sized birds, this bird lives in New York City, has an editorial job at a fashion magazine, and looks put together and sophisticated when walking down 5th Avenue.