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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

We are a Drupal development shop in Austin, TX. We work with open-source content management systems, and build websites for businesses. We are not a design shop - we specialize in backend development.

We're a younger shop, and are some of the newer (but more respected) faces in the Austin Drupal community, and it would be cool if our logo could help project that.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

We need a logo that can be used used on our website, business cards, branded materials, etc. The logo is for our company, emPoweredby.net - and I think we'd like to have the name, as well as the .net be a part of the logo design, for now. I don't care about the capitalization - do whatever you want with it - all lower case is just fine (probably would prefer not to have the whole thing capitalized).

The logo should not be focused on the name itself - we would prefer it off to the side, or as subtext, as I'd like to have a graphical logo not just words.

Right now we're looking at having our logo be a stylized water molecule. We aren't wedded to any colors in particular though we do NOT want it to be just blue and white (too overdone for our tastes). We're open to other ideas or interpretations of this concept.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Members of the Drupal community as well as medium-sized and larger business in need of a modern web presence. We spend equal amounts of time on consulting/development and community outreach.

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

Like I mentioned, we're looking at a stylized water molecule. We're open to interpretation.

Our current website can be found at www.empoweredby.net - we've found the "50's -era retro robot" theme interesting, but we need to get away from it.

A similar shop to ours can be found at http://fourkitchens.com/ and while we dont want to look anything like that, the fact that their company name isn't necessary the centerpiece of the logo is probably something we'd like. We'd like to have the empoweredby.net show up under or off to the side the rest of the logo, unless you think of a clever way to integrate it.

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

We don't want something completely sterile. For the same reason, we'd prefer not to have a standard pastel blue/white color scheme. We would like to continue building our reputation as a fresh, young, knowledgeable presence in the community - we'd like our logo to be a little quirky, if possible.

We don't want more than 3 colors. Gradients are fine, we just don't want to have difficulty theming our website based on a ton of colors.

As we work in Drupal, a lot of people in the community are familiar with the drupal.org logo. WE DO NOT WANT TO CALL THIS SPECIFIC LOGO TO MIND.

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