Vote in My Logo & Header Contest!

The Logo & Header Contest is now Closed! Thanks to all who voted and gave feedback! A HUGE Thanks to the designers!

It’s time to vote in my Logo & Header contest. Some very talented designers answered my call for help and submitted headers and logos. They are all great. I wish I didn’t have to choose one. Well, in fact, I don’t have to choose anything – that’s your job!

The field has been narrowed to the top 3 submissions. Let’s take a look at the finalists’ examples first.

The 3 Finalists

Entry 1

Julie Jancen, One Twin Design @OneTwin,

One Twin Design Header One Twin Design Header

Entry 2

Matt Dougan

Matt Dougan's Logo Matt Dougan’s Logo

Entry 3

Mithril. He actually submitted a whole sheet of letterheads, business cards, headers, logos, etc. You can see his whole submission here.

Mithril's Logo and Header Mithril’s Logo and Header

How to Vote

There are a few ways to vote:

  1. Leave a comment below with your thoughts and your vote.(Be professional, I reserve the right to delete anything inappropriate.)
  2. Click here and to take this survey. (Update: 12/14 Survey removed)(In fact, I’d love for everyone to take that survey.)
  3. Contact me privately.
    Try me on Twiter, Facebook, LinkedIn, the contact form, or call me!
  4. Tell me in person.
    In the street, at the bar, at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s business after hours, at Friends in Business, etc.
  5. Take the Survey!
    Again, here’s the link: Click here to take survey.  (Update: 12/14 Survey removed)

Voting Rules

  1. Vote early!
    Votes end when we get a quorum of responses or December 25th, 2009. Whichever comes first.
  2. Vote often!
    Ex. Email, + survey link + comments section below + Twitter + Facebook + LinkedIn, etc.)
  3. However, only one vote will count per medium.
    Ex. If you vote 100 times on Twitter (which might be awesome) it only counts as one vote. This is to prevent abuse.

THANK YOU to Each of the 3 Designers!

I want to thank each of the designers that submitted work. Each one is great and I am incredibly lucky to have met each of you. I am certain that we will be working together in the future.

In fact….

Would You Like a Logo or Custom Header?

You don’t have to run a contest. All you need to do is to contact the designer you liked best and they’ll build you one for a very reasonable fee. Let me know and I will put you in touch with any (or all 3) of these great designers. Obviously, each is incredibly industrious, hard working, and very, very talented. They were willing to put time in and take a chance on working with me and it was a great experience. I recommend each very highly.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol December 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Vote: One Twin Design, Julie Jancen’s design


mithrill December 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm

good luck!


Lincoln December 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I’m going to have to go with #2 — I like the clean look, and that logo will be a lot more re-usable than the other two in the long run. Less going on and a more generic color scheme that will look good on many backgrounds.


Kevin M. Horn December 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I think #1 is more visually stimulating and eye catching, but #2 can be useful not only on the website but also on business cards.I like how both designs have the Charlotte skyline.

I would go with Matt Dougans design for the synergy you can have between your website and business cards.


CWD December 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

@Carol, – Thanks for voting!
@Mithrill – Thanks for entering!
@Lincoln – I appreciate the analysis. Good Gravatar pic, too!
@Kevin – Again, thanks for voting and for the analysis!

Please keep passing this page around FB, Twitter, LI, etc! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s help!


Jill December 10, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I’m going with entry #3. I like the color. I like the brightness. Clean. Fresh. and you can add all sorts of colors on the website and it won’t clash.


Jason December 10, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I like #3. very professional. Colors can be changed; and it’s the most creative.


CWD December 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm

@Jill – Wonderful to get a photographer’s opinion! Especially one with your eye.
@Jason – Thanks for voting!


Rachel Heath December 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

While I LOVE the look of #1, I think #2 is more versatile…. this is a hard one! Final Vote- #1. I think it could be adapted for other uses. And it’s beautiful!


Brendon December 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I’d go # 3 – clean and professional. I assume much of your market is local, so the large word Charlotte will have an impact to denote you’re local too.


CWD December 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

@Rachel – Thanks for the vote and the opinion. You’re right, choosing between these three is hard work! I’m glad I outsourced the decision making to you!

@Brendon – Bigger is better, eh? You may be right. But the skyline in #1 and #2 may do that as well. 3 excellent designs here. Thanks for the vote!


Matt Ward December 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I like the second one. The first and third will be way to complicated for certain media. The first one has way to much detail, the third one has no relevance.


CWD December 11, 2009 at 5:21 am

@Matt Ward. Noted. Thanks for voting!


Jon - Ephricon December 11, 2009 at 7:07 am

#1 is too much of a header and not so much a logo. The feel is not really “development” to me. #3 looks like template logo design and too basic and generic.

I vote #2. It looks more like what I’d want my web developer’s logo to look like. I would, however, have a few scale variations here b/c that current proportion won’t scale down as nicely. Have Matt create an alternate version where the circle graphic part is scaled down to 50% but the text on the right is the same size. That will fit more nicely into a website header and will also scale down another 50% (the whole thing) as needed for letterhead, etc.

#2 is my vote.


Bob Singleton December 11, 2009 at 7:23 am

Number one.
Number two if you decide to pursue Nascar business.
Number three if you decide to become a web hosting site.

Number one is clean enough but it is busy and dark. It is not an ideal layout for duplicating on everything. There will be some substrates that will not like that design and some layout formats that can not handle the width will wish you were more like number three.

You have to have a black on white version, a white on black version and the full color that you are already illustrating. I say that understanding you may have the budget for full color reproduction on everything you do. That is not so for everyone. The more I type, the less I like number one.

I would have liked to have seen number two without the thick black circle and a type face other than Eurostyle. I wore out eurostyle back in the late 80’s and to be honest was hoping to never see it again.

If I had to make a decision today, it would be to have number two reworked.

Enjoyed the exchange. Best of luck.


CWD December 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

@Jon. Thanks for the analysis and the vote! The scaling on Matt’s – and Julie’s – and Mithrill’s submissions are all my fault. I had to get the images to a size (dimensions and memory) that could be downloaded quickly but would still be large enough to see the detail. Each designer has been very willing to make changes along the way.

As an aside, this page has been getting a TON of traffic and my server has held up very well even with the extra post images. Knock on wood….


CWD December 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

@Bob You certainly know your logos, banners, and signs! Great eye! Thank you very much for all of that detail.


Brian Kennedy December 11, 2009 at 9:12 am

I like number two the best. It shows Charlotte more than number three and not as busy as number one.

If you are expecting to target more national business, I may choose number three because the name Charlotte isn’t necessarily local only – that’s if you feel locality of your business resally matters.


Rick December 11, 2009 at 9:15 am

#2. Clean, relevant to charlotte, versatile. Agree with scale/sizing concerns someone else posted.


Bill Ambrose December 11, 2009 at 9:19 am

#1 for your header and #2 for your logo


Michael Anders December 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

I would probably go for logo #2. I love the first one but due to its dark nature its use is limited. the second one gives you more options. I think #3 is blending too much in with logos that already exist. Either way great work on the artists side.


Ron December 11, 2009 at 9:31 am

Of the three options, #2 is the only real logo, #3 would be the next one that qualifies as a logo but the icon is too ambiguous to me. It would be interesting to see the creative brief to determine how closely each of the designers hit the intended mark.


Matt Dougan December 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

Hello Ted,

I like this contest and survey you have done. I think surveys and forums can go a long way in giving relevant guidance to designers. After all, it is the public opinion that in the end counts.
I am paying close attention to the comments posted here. Various observations are a great help to me as a designer as they help to keep me up to date with the current design trends. I especially noted the comments per the font and scale which can be changed to accommodate whatever your needs are. I welcome all suggestions and critiques.

Good luck to the other designers!


Erin December 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

I think #1 is really cool, but #2 would probably work better as a logo. But the detail of #1 looks classy.


Julie Ball December 11, 2009 at 10:13 am

Hi Ted! I vote for #2 b/c its clean, bright, and would integrate well into many channels…print, web, social, email…and of course biz cards and letterhead! Great job to all finalists!


CWD December 11, 2009 at 10:33 am

@all: Wow, you leave for a little while and you get a bunch of comments! Thank you to everyone who replied!

Specific Replies:
@Brian I do feel that the locality of my business matters. My goal isn’t to compete against the national brokers but to provide a custom experience to motivated small business owners.

@Ron The creative brief is here. Everyone hit notes in the request. I do not think that it was possible to do everything all at once though. 3 very talented people here!


Emery Jeffreys December 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm

No. 3., It’s very clean and provides a lot of design options with just the logo. You received some very nice designs. I’d love to see how you implement it. The contest is a great idea.


Emery Jeffreys, Internet content and multimedia wizard

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Corey Creed December 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Hi Ted, thanks for contacting me and asking me to comment. I assume the site you are creating this for is for your business as a web developer. In that sense, I don’t think #1 hits the mark. It’s great for a blog about Charlotte, but not for a web developer.

Number 2 is nice. I think number 3 is probably a bit too generic.

I hope this helps. It looks like you got a lot of nice comments to help you decide. That’s great.

Corey Creed


Elizabeth December 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

While I do like the style and thought put into the first two designs, my choice would be the third one (Mithril). Reason being is that you will be branding your company to a changing skyline. Considering that you may want to project an image that is on the cutting edge .. but using an city scape that it changing will date you. This is fine in most industries, but may want to consider it. Just a thought. The third one has a right idea, but needs to be developed a bit more. My suggestion is to work with the designer a bit more to push out of the generic feel into a customized brand. Overall though … you can’t go wrong! Good job, everyone!

Good luck with it!! Pretty neat that you put it out here for us to vote!!


Jarrett Arant December 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Great submissions but I personally think that design #3 would be the way to go. It is clean, professional and has the strongest mark. #1 is just a banner really. The type on #2 needs work. There may be other web design logos out there with a similar feel to #3, but it is the most creative.


Ray December 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I agree with some of the previous comments, # 1 is too busy/dark, although nice to look at. #2 is too old looking and unless your only name is Charlotte, it gets lost. #3 is crisp and clean but doesn’t say a whole lot about your company. I would have to go with #3. Good luck!


Peter December 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

#3 Glittery and exciting!


Edward Yang December 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

#2 – if you translate the others to print they won’t scale up or down as easily as the second. Plus if you make it monochrome, the 2nd design can be leveraged easier for stationary and other branding activities.


Vincent Geiszler December 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm

#2 – From the perspective of someone outside of Charlotte, #2 seems to be a cleaner image (and agree with other folks who suggested that the logo is more easily incorporated into letterheads and business cards).

While #1 is well-done, it is also the busiest.

And #3 also looks very clean and professional but it could come across as a little generic too. But that could be an asset if your business expands beyond Charlotte and the Charlotte references in your business name get dropped.

Hope this is useful input for you.


Matt December 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

#3 Hands Down


Francis December 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm

My vote goes to #2

#1 looks nice and would be OK for a banner or an illustration, but it does not work as a logo as there are far too many details
#2 looks a little too busy, and will probably not come out well if reduced in size, but looks the most accomplished overall. Maybe loose the black outer circle for increased eye-friendlyness?
#3 has a nice enough design and looks professional, but sadly it’s completely bland and generic, and has no link whatsoever with what you’re trying to convey. It actually reminds me of the logo for eComstation, OS/2’s ‘successor’.


Diana December 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I definitely like #2 the best. I think it will stand out in the crowd the best and help distinguish you from the other web dev companies out there. Very cool.


mithrill December 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm

hello everyone!
it`s quite intersting for me to read your opionions. it`s the first time for me competing at this kind of contest. it`s real fun for me! but judgeing as a good graphic designer , have some question to ask and you should seriosly watch them before voting.
1) this logo is in vector format?[like .ai, .eps, .svg] [if they are vector format, you can resize them with out losing quality]
2) do this logo have a one color version for faxes?
3) are there any stock vector used, like skyliens or any other things used in the logo?
4)if iwant to use this font for my site , do i need to buy it?
5) how much need i to pay to get the logo in all formats and dimensions+ header +and biz cards*?
i belive this question make the real diffrence.

i will answer for my logo this question.

1. my logo is 100% vector format
2 this logo does not have a 1 color version. i cant make it but i don`t belive it will look so nice like the full color one. {but graysale anf full color will print good}
3, my designs proposal is 100% original and unique, no stock elemets used. all elems are created by me
4. you will probably need to buy it, but the “meduim”[semibold] type from this family ant they are some free font that are pretty similar.
5. 200$

i want to apologize because my english is pretty bad:) i normaly speak romanian:))/

cheers, mithrill


Madhan December 12, 2009 at 12:40 am


in that order. #3 as mentioned with others is very professional and the brand stands out. #2 would need some work. I am not able to get the significance of the buildings in #2. Also are u branding CWD?. #1 is a nice skyline picture. It does not do justice in bringing the brand.

Good Luck


CWD December 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

Another couple of hours, another huge batch of great comments! Thanks to all! I try to reply to everyone who has commented but I’d also like to thank the many, many people who have been taking the survey, and the HUNDREDS of people who have been emailing me! This contest has turned out much better than I could have ever expected. There is some tremendous feedback here!

There have been some questions as to why some comments have photos along side them and some do not. It’s not for favoritism, I assure you! The photos displayed are from everyone who has a account. If you’d like your photo to show up, just create an account there and use the same email address here.

Finally, my list of requirements for the header / logo were lengthy and possibly contradictory. You can check them out here if you want to see what the designer’s were given to work with.

One interesting note is that not one of the finalists live or work here in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m not sure how to interpret that but it is interesting to note.

Thanks again to everyone and keep the comments coming! I feel very honored to be part of such a talented group!


Firas December 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

I vote for the Entry 3 by “Mithril”, Not complicated, class, beautiful colours, and well designed…Good Luck

Make Ur Day A Gooood Oneeee



Martin Roche December 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I think No. 3 is worthy of further development. It’s a clean and contemporary composition, and will probably has some longevity in it’s simplicity. In it’s present form, it’s great for the web, but for print, perhaps it needs a little simplifying, particularly with respect to scaling in a variety of applications. At small scale, there might be a bit of filling in on the gradients. I would chat to a printer first. The wordmark is great. The circular mark is a very good concept, but for print, I would suggest the level of detail and shading is problematic> I don’t mean to be at all negative, and these comments are intended constructively.


Mark December 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Entry 3 for me. Like the simply clean design and it was the first that I was able to read immediately.
The blue icon thingy is really cool as well.


Jen December 12, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I think for your site, #2 is the best fit but I do like the other two entries. Great work designers!


MD Anderson December 13, 2009 at 3:21 am

Wow Ted, you’ve got a decision here, allright! All three entries are very well done, and all three entries could be tweaked a bit. Kudos to all three artists for excellent work. Not being a graphic designer, I can’t speak to the technical side of the designs, but I have to agree that the city profile may date you if the town is changing. #1 and #2 are the skyline, but they are reversed…being in Cincinnati, most of our skylines are shot from across the Ohio River, so that threw me a bit. IMHO, #1 would look fabulous as a website banner, but not a logo for letterhead. I really like #1 but it’s a niche, not a generalist, sentiment (if you know what I mean). #2 is nice, but it didn’t visually draw me in or capture my imagination. #3 is simple…almost too simple, until I noticed the smaller banner version at the top of the entry. I like that, and I found myself thinking of possibilities for website background/letterhead paper colors that compliment the blues. The fact that it made me start thinking in that way is what made me decide to vote for #3. There’s a creativity to it that sparks my imagination, which is always good in your line of work. 🙂 It’s adaptable. I like the fact the blue sphere reminded me of an onion, with many layers to unveil, and also of the globe. Both are subtle marketing points that can be used in future advertising. I also like the fact that the designer has been reading these comments; he’s engaged in this project, and that’s a big plus for you as his client. I vote for #3. All the best to you!


Kat December 13, 2009 at 10:35 am

Use #1 somewhere on your website (this is my favorite website header design), but for logo purposes there is no doubt that #2 is your winner. I suggest that you change the font style and change the orange to a different color. It doesn’t seem to blend. All other elements are great. I work for a media company and I am always drawn to company logos that are both simple and allow for easy product/service recognition. #3 is too generic and can be confused with other company logos I have seen in the past.

I wish you the best of luck with the launch of this! What an exciting time for your company.


Brian Crenshaw December 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

I really like #2. It’s clean and offers flexibility for a variety of uses. The others all looked great, but I think #2 wins in a tight race.


BGEORGE December 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Design #3 looks and will function the best. It’s a clean logo and can be used on a variety of applications. It looks professional, definitely stands out from the rest and its memorable.


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