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What is the exact name you would like in your logo?

Flow Zen

What are the top 3 things you would like to communicate through your logo?

My music is upbeat dance music so I'd like it to be a little fierce-looking, and along with that I'd like to communicate a feeling of energy. It's dance music, so I'd like it to be upbeat and kind of in your face. Secondly, I'd like to communicate kind of a mischievous feeling. I like sampling soundbites from things people know and incorporating them into my music to, in a way, add some humor and nostalgia to my music, so I'd like to reflect a "messing with you" sort of feeling. Thirdly, I'd like to communicate confidence and strength. The logo should convey a firm sturdiness and show that I'm grounded and that my music is strong.

These, of course, are my ideas about what I think would look cool, but if you listen to my music, think about my artist name, read my description and think of a different design that you think would look cool, definitely run it by me because I want to be as open as possible to the creativity that can go into something like this.

I'm thinking to maybe add some character to the face. I like sort of a cartoonish or even anime kind of look, so don't make the design really traditional-looking. It should look more animated. I think I'd like it to have kind of a mischievous/evil grin on its face. An example could be kind of like the guy in this link: http://www.sodahead.com/living/how-do-yo...... , but maybe make the eyes look more like the eyes on this character: http://uploads.dancingastronaut.com/2011...... . But yeah, so I guess just stick to the major facial features like eyes, mouth, maybe nose if you think it can look good. And stick with just 2 or maybe 3 colors.

What logo styles do you like (image + text, image only, text only, etc.)

I'm interested in "Image" and "Image + Text" designs. A recognizable image is most important to me, but adding my artist name, Flow Zen, to a version of your design might be cool, also, and I'd like to see those, too.

Do you have any other info or links you want to share?

First off, this is my second attempt at a project for a logo design. I have a link to a design that I liked from another creative from the last project I posted down in the materials section, but I thought the design too closely resembled an image I found online, so I decided not to accept it and to try the project again. I like the facial expression (the subtle smirk), the imperfect circle in the background, the font and font placement, and the cartoonish depiction of the samurai head. Obviously I'm open to your creativity so don't feel limited, but these are things that I definitely liked.

Next, to give you an idea of the kind of music I do, here's a link to a sample of my music (the top 4 songs are the most representative of my usual work):

www.soundcloud.com/FlowZenMusic .

I'd like to have a design made that is fairly simple, easily recognizable, and easily marketable with merchandise. A good example of the style and relative simplicity I'm thinking of would be Deadmau5's "mouse head" design. Everyone who listens to electronic music knows immediately who it is when they see the design, yet it's very simple. It's also really easy to put it on merchandise and whatnot. Here are some links to a picture of deadmau5's logo:

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t291/......
http://www.deadmau5.com/wp-content/uploa...... .

I was thinking about creating something like a samurai head and helmet, but limiting it to at most 3 colors, maybe with some shading and lighting effects to add a touch of dimension. Or something kind of Japanese zen-like, but I'm leaning more towards the samurai idea. Whatever it is, it should be easy to recognize.

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