I need a logo for a new online company that will go live this month. The company name is "wheresbobo.com" and has been just "sitting" on the web for a couple of years (if you're interested in the company history, PM me).
The logo should be very simple to complete, and whoever wins the bid should provide to me three separate logos that can be edited in Photoshop or Illustrator (the logo should be provided to me in .psd, .jpg, .pdf, and any other formats that can be edited with Adobe Creative Suite software). I want three separate designs so that I can decide between the three, and I want them to be able to be edited so that I can take the three designs and (perhaps) edit the three into one design.
The description of the logo is as follows:
The logo should have the words "wheresbobo.com" (without the quotations) and a monkey should be sitting on the words. The monkey's tail will form a question mark (?), ending at the period between the "o" and "c" ([url removed, login to view]). The monkey should be holding a banana in his right hand so that it forms an apostrophe (" ' ") between the "e" and the "s" in the word "where's". I've thought about having Bobo sitting with his legs up to his chest, his left arm resting on his knees, and his right hand moved away from his knees with the banana (you can decide how to do it - that's why I'm turning to GAF). Bobo is a sock monkey, so at least one of the three logos provided should contain a sock monkey, but not all three. I also DO NOT want any of the three logos to contain a "realistic" monkey. It doesn't have to be a cartoonish monkey, but I don't want it to be a photo or a picture that's incredibly detailed (if you want an example of a sock monkey drawing, please follow this link -- this is not my drawing, and I do not want you to copy this to put in the logo -- [url removed, login to view]).
Not to get TOO detailed in the post, but if Bobo could be a "line drawing" so that only the bare minimum of the monkey is drawn, that would be great. I'm not sure if I'm describing this correctly, or not. If you go to [url removed, login to view] and click on "gallery", it will take you to a page showing a logo for Staffing Solutions. You should be able to zoom in on the page so you can see what I'm trying to describe. On the right side of the logo, there is a nebulizer vial that has been drawn in a way that shows what it is, but it's drawn with only two lines. If that still doesn't make sense, please PM me.
When the logo is completed, it will become the sole property of [url removed, login to view], inc. and no other royalties, or any other payouts, will be given.
If you are interested in this job, you MUST be able to provide to me original artwork; I will not accept an edited logo, nor will I accept a logo that has been thrown together with a program, such as "Logo Design Studio" or any other commercially available logo program. I am not interested in clip art, so please don't bid if that is all you can provide. I am also not slanted, one way or the other, toward a Web 2.0 type of logo. If that is what you provide, and I like the design, then that is what we will use.
Also, anyone who bids MUST provide to me samples of logos that you have designed, or I will not choose you as the winner.
I also have a couple of ideas for fonts to use for "wheresbobo.com", but I'm (at this point) leaving it up to the designer. If you are interested in the fonts that I am leaning toward, PM me. I thought that I'd leave it up to the designer so that I don't add any (more) bias to the project. Also, at least one of the logos should be designed with a "playful" font, but I don't think that's the direction we're headed, at the moment. If the logo could be designed so that the words [url removed, login to view] are in a separate layer (so that I can edit the layer and add a different font, if needed), that would be best.
The bottom line is, I've been trying to put this logo together myself for close to three years, but I'm FAR too emotionally attached to the project to produce something that I like. I've been designing logos for 18 years, and I've never been able to design a logo for one of my own companies, due to the emotional involvement in the project. I'm sure that anyone who designs logos for a living understands my dilemma.
I am not basing my decision on the lowest bid, so please bid realistically.