For my portfolio website I wanted to design myself a logo that was clean, simple and recognisable, just as a logo should be. I took a lot of my inspiration for it from clothing companies such as Crooks and Castles, and Hype. The logos use a cursive font which I really like and wanted to use in mine. After hours of looking at logos and contemplating designs, i set to work using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to try and create the logo ideas.
My first logo idea had my full name on it and copied the same circle style as the other logos. I included the crossed skateboards at the bottom to be representative of me, and my interests, along with the date to show when the website was created. Despite really liking this design, I found that as it got smaller it became increasingly hard to read to a point where it was almost illegible. This meant that for it to go on my website it would take up a lot of space, making the header rather large (where I intended to put it). The second image is a development adding a bit of weathering to the logo. I felt it made it much more visually appealing and the scratched look of it connoted the wear and tear on a skateboard.
Still using the same cursive font and circle shape, I abbreviated my name to just the initials so its clearer to read at all sizes. This logo design is a lot simpler and cleaner and I felt it works a lot better as a logo.
I then thought about how the logo would look on my website, and after looking at my designs i saw that a lot of them included rectangular shapes for the images and divs. Because of this the logo was further developed to mirror this so it would fit in better on the website.
I feel the lettering fits a lot better in the square shape, being aligned with the bottom, while still going over the edges. The second image, adds the same weathering as before as it makes the logo much more visually interesting compared to a basic block shape. As it stands this is the logo I intend to use on my portfolio website but as I progress I might think of even better ideas!
If you want, feel free to tell me what you think, any constructive criticism is more than welcome.