{kaleido, a study in curiosities} Eugene, OR via San Francisco, CA
I’m so silly! I forgot to post a borderless version for your consideration. Big difference, actually.
Thanks to those who have already given me feedback :) You guys are quick!

I’m so silly! I forgot to post a borderless version for your consideration. Big difference, actually.

Thanks to those who have already given me feedback :) You guys are quick!

This is it. I think I have it! It still looks like the minimalist version that everyone voted for, but with slightly more flair, which is more my style.
Black border or no? I was just excited to figure out how to do it. GIMP is so frustrating. By the way, any offness in spacing is because I haven’t figured out which tools to use to make words completely centered. My eyes simply aren’t good enough.
Thanks to everyone for giving me their opinions last time. I know this is tiresome, but I wouldn’t be able to improve without everyone’s help. I appreciate it :)

This is it. I think I have it! It still looks like the minimalist version that everyone voted for, but with slightly more flair, which is more my style.

Black border or no? I was just excited to figure out how to do it. GIMP is so frustrating. By the way, any offness in spacing is because I haven’t figured out which tools to use to make words completely centered. My eyes simply aren’t good enough.

Thanks to everyone for giving me their opinions last time. I know this is tiresome, but I wouldn’t be able to improve without everyone’s help. I appreciate it :)

Here are three new versions, playing with the same two fonts. People basically confirmed what I already knew: I like illegible fonts. What I’m worried about these versions is that they look too basic. I’m a minimalist, but I don’t want to blend in.
(Lisa, I’m going to worry about the copy after I figure out the logo now. Too much going on!)
Thoughts?

Here are three new versions, playing with the same two fonts. People basically confirmed what I already knew: I like illegible fonts. What I’m worried about these versions is that they look too basic. I’m a minimalist, but I don’t want to blend in.

(Lisa, I’m going to worry about the copy after I figure out the logo now. Too much going on!)

Thoughts?

I wasn’t sure if that would become too hard to read. What do you suggest for the positioning of my name, if it’s in the same font as Kaleido? I’ll try it out in my next version :)Thanks for the feedback!

I wasn’t sure if that would become too hard to read. What do you suggest for the positioning of my name, if it’s in the same font as Kaleido? I’ll try it out in my next version :)

Thanks for the feedback!

Ta-daaaa.

As I’m forging more of an online identity for myself, I needed to give more thought to how I come off to people.

I went through a whole bunch of ideas before I went back to “kaleidoscopic,” the name of my old Wordpress. At the time, I picked the name because I wanted to talk about several subjects and not restrict myself to a particular theme. I still take the same approach to blogging. “Kaleidoscopic” gave the sense that the blog was always changing itself. “Kaleido” is a shorter, catchier version of that. I almost think of it as the name of a character. It also means “beautiful form,” which is perfect since I thrive off of visual stimulation, and hopefully my work also reflects that.

The font doesn’t exactly fit my casual-but-hip idea for “kaleido,” but I returned to it because I couldn’t shake it off and was tired of searching through fonts that all looked the same after a while. I did want to come off as more friendly, but I think that’s possible with accompanying copy in a different font (see second image).

Thoughts? Constructive feedback?

Charmaine Ng, writer and social media strategist. Available for work in June. Find me on Twitter (noodlemaine) and on my other Tumblr (nowgoforth).