Let The New Logo Contest Begin. Which One Wins?

Eyram Sotome January 1, 2015
0 people like this post

Logos comparison 2

Logo contest are awesome, right?

Well, let’s make this official: In a week from the date this is posted, the Entry Level Engineers Group On LinkedIn will have a new logo.

I’ve re-shaped the way I view this group and even my online community on this blog due to the fact that I’m just not as disciplined as a person I thought I would be. Most of us, especially since we are engineers, we think we can do everything in a little bit of time with no preparation.

Since I’ve realized that we can’t, I decided to take things one at a time…

…Starting with this logo.

Which one is a better design? The voting begins on January 1st and end on January 8th. 2015.

Let’s go into the details!

Design #1:

Here is the old, winning design:

Old ELE Design Winner

Some of the suggestions were:

  • “..I think the world symbol should look more beautiful and mature so as to reflect the group even from afar” – DONE

 

  • “…How about representing possible engineering fields – Computer Science/ IT (using a computer symbol), Electrical (using a bulb symbol), Electronics (using a diode symbol), Mechanical (maybe a hammer?), Civil, Mining and Metallurgy around the globe…” – DONE

 

  • “…Firstly, I think the gear wheel should be pure black and no gradient. I think the flatter look will make it nicer (But I am not sure. This has to tried out first.)…” – DONE

 

  • “…the world. I like that idea. But, I wondering that it would be better to show all the continents. A good referenced will be like the UN’s emblem or flag…” – DONE

 

So, after I combined all these suggestions, the final result is this:

ELE winning logo 1

Design #2:

For the second design, my friend Lisandro helped me to think of a way that we could simply, yet correctly express what ELE is about.

Here is what we came up with:

The design on this one is more focused on how we will be promoting ourselves beyond LinkedIn.

Think about print, articles, etc. All of those purposes require us to be on the top of our game.

Honestly, I’m stumped because I like both.

Don’t be biased because the second one has more colors though…

Please focus on the mission that Entry Level Engineers has a group when you are deciding!!

Ups, Down, and Things Happen

For those who signed up for updates and are on the waiting list, thank you.

Even though, I’ve been trying hard. Lately, I’ve been getting beat up like this:

Cowboy_The Tube

You guys are very patient.

In order to pay for the costs associated with the course, I started providing coaching at $50/month.

“If I could pay for my maintenance costs for the site and get good gear to give a quality product, it would be a great help”

– Me, In My Head

In all honesty, I though it was good. But look at the results after 2 months, you start to wonder what happened…

Screenshot 2015-01-01 18.02.55 So, after asking around different people on LinkedIn, someone told me that people just don’t respond to that kind of price.

Screenshot 2015-01-01 18.07.36

I learned that I have to give results that don’t only affect me!

So, now, I’m focusing on providing more direct, guaranteed results to those that would pay for anything that I would offer.

With that said, it is still a challenge to build the course from scratch.

It has been a little hassle for me to make it with the coding involved so i just decided to buy a simple online platform plugin that organizes the courses easily.

Here are some of the screenshots of me building the lessons:

Structure is the most important part of making things simple for you. I focused on that first.
Structure is the most important part of making things simple for you. I focused on that first.

 

The interface of the platform isn’t ready so I’m focusing on the content that it will be providing.

First, I started with an outline:

The outlines have been revised a couple of times. But, I've been trying to help focus the mindset first, then the work second.
The outlines have been revised a couple of times. But, I’ve been trying to help focus the mindset first, then the work second.

 

The main part though is the actual content. Here is a short excerpt of one of lessons:

Inside of each article, I thinking of putting in simple illustrations that help us to understand what is the core of what's wrong.  Then, break down the solution so it is memorable.
Inside of each article, I thinking of putting in simple illustrations that help us to understand what is the core of what’s wrong. Then, break down the solution so it is memorable.

So, I’m working hard 😉

If you didn’t sign up for the email list to get updates on the course, you can do it here.

Click Here to Subscribe

 

What Do You Think?

With all the things I’ve shown you, I want your opinions too.

Do you like the 1st or 2nd logo? How can I better improve my way of making the course?

Let me know in the comments below!

  • 40
  • 328
Eyram Sotome

I like helping those who need help. Kind of like superman without the tights. To put it simply, you are in the right place. Thanks for reading.

Leave your comment

Comments (40 people commented this post)

  • avatar image

    Ikenna Val

    January 8, 2015 Reply
    I'm going for the 2nd design! It's memorable, colorful, simple, clear, & telling. Thanks Eyram! You are doing something great here.
  • avatar image

    Ahsan

    January 7, 2015 Reply
    Design 2 looks good
  • avatar image

    Damian

    January 7, 2015 Reply
    Design #2 for me! It's more professional.
  • avatar image

    Gustave

    January 7, 2015 Reply
    Design #2 for me! No abbreviations.
  • avatar image

    Ephrem Maximilien Kpizingui

    January 7, 2015 Reply
    Hi Eyram, You have done a great job thumb up! The logo 2 looks more global, I do really like it. My regards, Ephrem.
  • avatar image

    Neville Reid

    January 7, 2015 Reply
    Logo # 2 for me!
  • avatar image

    Hector M

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    I like the second logo. The first "gear logo" doesn't really convey what the organization is about. I vote for the second logo with the grey background.
  • avatar image

    Aaqib Khan

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    logo 2 is good!
  • avatar image

    MAHA FATIMA

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    I think LOGO 2 is more appropriate.
  • avatar image

    Rahul

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    Hey Eyram, Both logos look great and represent the Engineering profession. Being a Civil Engineer, i liked the Golden Gate Bridge symbol you have added in Logo 1, however since logo 1 does not incorporate lot of other engg. disciplines, I would vote for Logo 2. Wish you all the best in your career coaching endeavors.
  • avatar image

    Omar

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    Definitely prefer design number 2. It gets straight to the point as it immediately conveys what the group is about.
  • avatar image

    steavian

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    Number 2
  • avatar image

    Anna Varone

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    Design #2, clearer!
  • avatar image

    Toyin Thomas

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    I prefer logo number2... It looks simple and less ambiguous... Mature, even
  • avatar image

    Rbn

    January 6, 2015 Reply
    I'd say number #2
  • avatar image

    jaime

    January 5, 2015 Reply
    I choose number two; number one is too "busy" and won't simplify as well as a logo in the future.
  • avatar image

    Amal

    January 5, 2015 Reply
    I prefer design#2, looks sleek and defined.
  • avatar image

    Guoping Wu

    January 4, 2015 Reply
    The design #2 is better.
  • avatar image

    M. S. Ellis

    January 4, 2015 Reply
    Either one is ok really. #1 If I have to choose between the two. However, Its looks like a common LinkedIn Logo. So its #2 for me. More unique and it's has meaning for each element in the logo.
  • avatar image

    Nazaneen Mousavi

    January 3, 2015 Reply
    Hello! I really like both logos, but I love the first one. The only complaint I would have is that there's no biomedical engineering represented in things. Maybe some people dismiss the field, but it's what I work hard in and would love to see it represented! Regardless, they are both great. Thanks for all your time and effort. Best regards, Naz :)
    • avatar image

      Eyram Sotome

      January 5, 2015 Reply
      Biomedical is awesome too! We wouldn't have half of the vitamins that help us to deal with back pain without it ;) We did try though to incorporate everything into the logo. Thanks for the comment, Naz!
      • avatar image

        Nazaneen Mousavi

        January 5, 2015 Reply
        Then I'd say Logo #2 is more streamlined and caters to everyone because of the simple uniformity! :) Thanks for the reply.
  • avatar image

    Kasra Mohammadi

    January 3, 2015 Reply
    I say...Design #2
  • avatar image

    Karen

    January 3, 2015 Reply
    Design #1. Engineers and Poly are a global entity. Although you might fit in the complete spelling of ELE.
  • avatar image

    Kim S.

    January 3, 2015 Reply
    My vote is Design #2. Reasoning: 1) Minimal design, sleek lettering and right to the point. Looks sharp and professional. 2) The logo represents recent engineering graduates looking for a entry level engineering jobs and a potential group to collaborate and get help to look for jobs. 3) Second Jeff's reasoning, that when you're minimizing the logo, the other features (ie computer, light bulb, etc) in Design 1 will get lost in the image when printing. Maybe a simplified version of Design 2 would just be a globe in a gear with ELE above anyway. Side Comment: the yellow "e" in enginEer looks like a hard hat, which translates more to construction work but I can see how many engineers use them too.
    • avatar image

      Eyram Sotome

      January 3, 2015 Reply
      That's true, Kim. I was thinking about it but the best way to show engineering without being biased the discipline would be something simple as the hard hat. I didn't think about the resizing issue. Thanks for bring up these points! :)
  • avatar image

    Jeff Maynard

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Hey, Eyram; In addition to being an EIT/job seeker, I'm a graphic designer by trade (not that this fact makes my word "gospel"-choose whichever gets the best response!). Let me say that the literal interpretation/symbolism of design 1 is understandable, yet a little old-fashioned at the same time. That's not to mention the small details will be difficult to accurately reproduce at small sizes, since you're thinking ahead to printing it. FYI: in graphic design school, instructors tell their students to reduce potential logo designs to 1 inch square (the size it would print on a business card) & print at that size. If details get lost, it's NOT an effective design. Having said that, I feel that design 2 is stronger. If you LOVE the gear shape (MEs like myself might argue that your gold 'e' shape implies Electrical Engineering), I have a suggestion for keeping it. What if the center of the 'g' was a gear shape, rather than simply a circle? Cheers!
    • avatar image

      Eyram Sotome

      January 3, 2015 Reply
      Hey Jeff, Thanks for the critique! I do love the gear shape but, as Kim said, the gold "e" is a hard hat. I can play around with the 'g' and see how I can make that possible, but I'm just happy with the feedback you given. I'll make good use of it. Hopefully, you'll teach me so more one day ;) Thanks for commenting!
  • avatar image

    Gary Price

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Design #2 - The wording clearly conveys the message & graphically a clear clean design.
  • avatar image

    Brandon Easterday

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Design # 1
  • avatar image

    Ernest

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Design 2 is much preferable to symbolize newly graduated engineers seeking job opportunity
  • avatar image

    Evan Klein

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    I am voting for Design #1. Thanks!
  • avatar image

    Raymondo Rezendes

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Design #2
  • avatar image

    Mitchell Cahill

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Happy New Year... design 2 would be my pick Best wishes for 2015 Mitch
  • avatar image

    Chris Wade

    January 2, 2015 Reply
    Hello Eyram, I think logo design #2 is the best one.
  • avatar image

    Mazin KT

    January 1, 2015 Reply
    design#2
  • avatar image

    Matt Walsh

    January 1, 2015 Reply
    I cast my vote for Design #2.
  • avatar image

    Fred Roeder

    January 1, 2015 Reply
    Hello Eyram, I am new here but I am not new to the engineering trade. I have designed numerous products for several different companies over the course of twenty plus years now. Guarantees are not sold. Successes however, are realized through the design efforts and the exercises of putting the design to the "test" (i.e. does the design fulfill the application for which it is being designed? Will it pass the regulatory envelopes? Does the design meet the budget requirements? etc.). Time is the ingredient that is required to ascertain all of these criteria, and time is money. I am reluctant to dismiss "someone's comment" as having too high of an expectation (guarantee the success of the design), since we all have to work hard for our money, however, nobody should expect a professional to deliver guarantees of design when they are not willing to compensate the professional for his/her time expenditure to get them a successful package. The topic presents a catch 22 situation for the client. He should research his candidates thoroughly before hiring them, but I personally cannot and will not guarantee anything that I do not have full control over. To expect this, and to expect it without any compensation for my time spent to accomplish it is simply unrealistic. Regarding the logos, I like them both! I think that what the logo represents is of the utmost value though; the service(s) rendered. Logos are neat but it is the quality of the very service that they represent, that is the most important ingredient. Just my two cents Eyram. Happy New Year to you! Best regards, Fred Roeder
    • avatar image

      Eyram Sotome

      January 1, 2015 Reply
      Fred, Out of all the comments that I've received thus far, yours has been the most honest. I completely agree with you. But, I'd say that I'm using this as more of a motivating factor to produce "Apple"-like quality in terms of what it could mean to the user when I'm providing them services. It can be hard out there and my goal has to be to sell because I want to provide the best value for anyone that ever learns from me. Everything you see is based off of hard work, guts, and the determination to never give up when people think there is no way of achieving a design that is deemed "impossible". I guess we can say that engineers understand what it means to hustle. In any case, I am truly grateful for your comment. I hope to be able to connect with you on LinkedIn! Best, Eyram
      • avatar image

        Fred Roeder

        January 1, 2015 Reply
        Hello Eyram, LinkedIn Invite sent. Best regards, Fred Roeder