Short version: I’m running a logo design competition over at CrowdSpring. You don’t have to be an artistic genius to win. If you know what E2R is about and can convey that in a simple logo, you could shape the face of this website. Enter to win a prize of $200!
Longer version: When I started Escape to Reality I cast about for an image that conveyed what the new blog was about and came up with this…
If you’re younger than 40, that’s Steve McQueen from the film The Great Escape. The scene where Steve’s escaping from the Nazis is brilliant – except for one small detail. (You’ll have to watch the film to find out.)
As the blog grew it became apparent that I couldn’t make my mark with a stolen image of a dead actor, so I changed the header to this…
And then this…
As you can see, I was trying to convey the sense of a journey or adventure, the idea that we’re going places in grace. We’re exploring the uplands of God’s favor and freedom.
Another angle I have explored is the idea of breaking out (of dead works) into something bright and exciting (abundant life). You might remember this one:
But as logos go, none of these was very good. They were too detailed and couldn’t be easily put on the back of a book. So what to use?
I returned to the original escape theme. Of course the greatest escape artist of all time is Jesus – he escaped the tomb. That led to this:
That was another idea that looked better in my head than on paper. Eventually I settled on this:
You probably haven’t noticed, but that circle in the middle is meant to represent the open tomb. Pretty cool, huh? But the fact that I had to explain that to you reveals that it’s a poor logo. A good logo stands alone.
Do you have an idea for a logo, something that conveys a sense of escape or adventure or freedom or hope or rest?
If you have some thoughts, I’d love to hear them. If you’re able to sketch them out, even better! It doesn’t have to be perfect – at this stage a rough concept is good enough.
Submit your design over on the CrowdSpring page and you could win a big prize. Not only that, you will shape the face of Escape to Reality!
I look forward to seeing your designs.
PS: If you have artistic/creative friends, please let them know about the competition. Thanks!