JJ Surma Voice Imaging Logo Design Contest

JJ Surma Voice Imaging has selected their winning logo design.

For $300 they received 220 designs from 22 different designers from around the world.
Contest
Logo Design Brief Hide
jjsurma
United States

What We Do

I'm a voice artist who records for TV and Radio.

Industry

Media

Top Three Things to Communicate

#1 - I work with my voice - there should be a microphone displayed but not an old fashioned 50s or hand-held one.
#2 - I work for TV and Radio and both are important.
#3 - I am on the cutting edge of technology.

Our Target Audience:

I'm looking to impact decision-makers in TV & radio nationwide who are looking for a voice to represent their station, client or product. These are frequently male and typically between the ages of 28 and 54. They are educated, web-savvy, plugged-in media types who are trying to stay on the cutting edge of what their audience cares about.

Color Preferences

Black, green, blue.

No yellow, orange or grey.

Our Ideas and Additional Information:

My work can be heard here: jjsurma.podbean.com

Themes

Simple
Refined
Masculine
Colorful
Secure

Style

Pictorial Mark

Literal or representative imagery is used to symbolize the brand.
Famous Logos displayed under fair use to enrich the general publics' knowledge of graphic design.

Applications

Web
Print

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Discussion

Discussion

jjsurma
United States
@dazzleinteractive: Thanks so much for being the first to respond to my contest! I'd like to see the colors reversed (black being predominant) and maybe a more clearly identifiable microphone presence. I think I get what you're working towards but I think it needs to be a little more clear to the uninitiated.

One thing it does make me put out there is that I am bald, so the semi circle idea in general appeals to me. Google "Michael Jordan Cologne" for images of his logo that I appreciate. Maybe you could try to do the bald head with headphones with a mic in the center?

Another bit of info: the site will be predominantly black, so the logo should correspond.

Thanks again for your prompt effort!
JJ
12 years ago
brandtub
Egypt
Ok JJ , will work on your feedback now and upload the others , give me your feedback on my designers logo page by pressing on it and leaving your comments there , i will do my best as its my job to get close to something you like , but i thought that symbol of the microphone is simple and modern icon representing it
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
Dazzle, thanks so much for putting your thoughts into the design. I appreciate your effort!

Will do on the comments...sorry, this is my first contest :)
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
Notes to everyone: As designs have been posted, an idea has evolved. Taking the Michael Jordan cologne logo (I am bald also) and adding some headphones on it, a microphone shadowed in the center and a little bit of my face, which includes a goatee.

See MJ logo here: http://www.regalo.co.za/UploadedImages/LogoMichael-Jordanth.jpg

See my face here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=44259979

Please use a black background with blue and white (not grey) as the dominant colors. I'm also into seeing a horizontal and vertical treatment.

This is only one thought, I look forward to seeing other interpretations and am very open to your ideas!

JJ
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
After taking the weekend to digest the excellent entries that have been posted, I'd like to thank those of you who jumped in early to my contest. I've learned a lot about the site and how it works over the last few days and plan to hand out plenty of blue ribbons to those who have diligently worked to help my business.

That said, I feel like posting the pic from myspace may have been a mistake. While it's an easy image to latch onto, it really doesn't convey the friendliness and softness I need to project to reach my future customers. I'm not a rock-n-roll voice-of-God guy at my core. I can do this, but I also need to convey that I can sound young, fresh and friendly to TV producers who already have guys to do the "in a world where no one is safe" movie trailer.

To those of you who have used my pic in fun and creative ways, I appreciate this. If you still feel moved to pursue this my mind is not closed, but I definitely am looking for some other directions.

I'm also interested in the Michael Jordan Cologne idea I posted about earlier. I don't feel that this has been nailed and would love to see it come to life. Until then I'll be browsing designer pages to see what inspiration and insight can be gleaned from the excellent work displayed here!

Best to you all. Thanks so much!
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
Here are some images I pulled from the web to jump-start your thinking, most of which are very familiar to my audience.

A wave form: http://www.medafan.com/mp3-splitter/screenshots/screen01.gif

A V/U meter: http://boozhoundlabs.com/mike-vaughn-pre/images/micpre-2.jpg

Another meter: http://www.cityfujisawa.ne.jp/~rsekido/audio/RSA-1/Photos/vu.jpg

An understated meter: http://plugin.org.uk/meterbridge/vu.png

A cool compressor: http://www.crysonic.com/graphics/SpectraC1_Screen.jpg

A channel from a sound board: http://www.euphonix.com/pro/news/img/prod_fusion/s5_fusion_chan_fader.jpg

A choice microphone: http://www.freefoto.com/images/11/41/11_41_75---Neumann-Microphone_web.jpg

A crazy guy who built a computer to display light as a V/U meter:
http://unknownerror.com/wavemod/index.html
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
I would like to thank everyone for the excellent work displayed here. What a great community of very creative people! I am thankful for not only the talent so many possess but also for your diligent, hard work.

Again, many thanks. In the end there can be only one winner but I will hand out as many blue ribbons as I can!

JJ
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
Greetings all. First, let me thank those of you again who have worked so hard and brought your gifts to the table for my benefit. This is a great community full of wonderfully talented designers! I've had the pleasure of private messaging with many of you and have enjoyed our interplay.

I've decided to extend to ask those of you who are interested to add another dimension to my contest. My career has spanned almost 20 years in radio and while I have a lot of opportunities in this field, I'm moving towards getting more and more TV work these days. That's why I'd like to incorporate not only radio but also TV into the image mix. If you have a design that can be changed, feel free...but I would really encourage new designs altogether. If you have a question, message me. I'm quick to respond to messages and will give you all the input and answers I possibly can.

Those of you who are at the top of the list, please know that your logos are still being strongly considered. If you've yet to contribute, here's your chance. I'm going to adjust the brief in a few moments so please check it again before submitting.

Thanks and I look forward to more great entries!

JJ
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
p.s. - no more designs with my head please! :)
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
Also, if you've seen your submission move around in the ranking please don't let that throw you. Still learning the best way to use the site and how to give designers those sweet little blue ribbons. This site needs a tutorial!

JJ
12 years ago
Mare
Serbia
p.s. - no more designs with my head please! :)
i saw this too late.. :(
12 years ago
Tyler
Canada
jj - I hear you on the tutorial. I am going expand on the explanation of how things work.
12 years ago
PrintMarketDirect
United States
Now YOU'RE the one with the tough job! Good luck sifting through all of these great entries!
12 years ago
jjsurma
United States
You guys are killing me...so much great work. I can't thank you enough!
12 years ago