Our name Whimble comes from the combination of "whimsical", "nimble", and "simple". We want a classic-looking garden-gnome style gnome, but the image should look modern, fun, and whimsical. We'd like some combination of a gnome and textbooks...so the gnome carrying books, standing on them, barely able to handle the weight of a canvas bag filled with books on his back...anything is acceptable.
We'd like to have the text "Whimble" in our logo, as well - just so we don't have an awesome gnome next to "Whimble" in plain-old Helvetica. The gnome could be standing on the text, or off to the side...we'll offer quick feedback as concepts come in. We're open to creativity.
Our target audience is college students, so they're young, appreciative of something new, cool, fun, but also more inclined to trust our brand if there is still a touch of professionalism.
Possible follow-up project for the winner to create different variations of the gnome for marketing material.
** After seeing some of the designs, we'd like to clarify a bit more: we're looking for something along the lines of a garden-gnome come to life; we want a realistic and 3D look, not something that looks 2D and "paper". The Travelocity gnome and their fun commercials was a source of inspiration for us - perhaps it can be for you, as well. **
** While we are asking for logo creation, we want this gnome to be a mascot and representative for our company. Typically logos use very few lines and are silhouette - this is the opposite of what we want. We want the gnome to be more than a symbol, we want him to be a character. Designs #9 and #10 best follow what we're looking for. Hope this helps! **
** Added a couple pictures of garden gnomes that we like. We are NOT looking for a direct copy of these, especially since one is the Travelocity gnome, but since there are a variety of garden-gnome styles out there we thought this would help narrow our preference. **