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THIS IS A RE-LAUNCH OF A PRIOR CONTEST. IF YOU WERE IN THE PRIOR CONTEST, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR DESIGNS THAT WERE NOT ELIMINATED, BUT ONLY IF THEY CONTAIN AL ORIGINAL ART WORK.
ALL GRAPHIC ART WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL WORK! IF THE DESIGN IS FOUND ON THE INTERNET BEING USED BY ANOTHER COMPANY, OR IT IS STOCK ART WHICH CANNOT BE PURCHASED FOR EXCLUSIVE USE, YOUR SUBMISSION WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ELIMINATED!
I am not totally unhappy with my current logo. It has served me well, but I'm going looking for a new, fresh look. And, I am looking for a design that uses both my name and a symbol or some similar design using lines or unique layout.
The contest winner will also be designing a business card for me so there is some additional work here. We are not doing the business card just yet, but I like a design that has print on both sides of the card.
The length of company name lends itself to a horizontal format, but that format does not work well in web applications that require uploading the logo to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. I want to see horizontal designs that will work well on a business card, but would also like to see designs that can work in a square format. However, putting the letters in a circle does not work. That round format is not very readable. Stacking the words works better.
Many people have submitted designs that make the word “Department” smaller than the other words, as in “THE MEETING Department”. This does not work! If one of the three words is smaller, it should be “The”. It would not be correct to say, “THE HOME Depot”. Make sense?
My company name is all caps except for the letter “I” in meeting...THE MEETiNG DEPARTMENT. I want to keep this lower case “i”. It has become a signature item for my company.
I want the design to include my tag line at the bottom of the design in smaller case letters. Best Practices-Best Results
When people meet, they often sit at conference table. I have often thought that appropriate "character mark" using a solid round circle with smaller circles around it (signifying people), or something similar. This is just one idea. Young people relate to icons like we all use on our phones and tablets. However, I am most interested in YOUR ideas and would lie to see images that are not round, as in square, diamond, rectangular representing people meeting.
If you use a design showing people in a meeting circle or square, DO NOT use 5 people or 5 dots. When used in a circle, 5 looks like a wreath or the points of a star. Six in a circle or 4 in a square works best.
My company is an LLC. I go by THE MEETiNG DEPARTMENT, but I like the way my original designer used the understated LLC in my logo. It lets people know I'm an LLC but in a subtle way. It can be on or off of your design. Up to you.
I DO NOT use acronym TMD. No TMD designs, please.
If you Google my company name, do not confuse me with a company of the same name in Chicago. "The Meeting Department" is a Registered trademark of my company. The ® symbol needs to be incorporated at the end of the word Department®.