What’s in a logo? The question that our team here at The Mana Base has been asking since our inception in October 2016. No, you know what, that’s a lie. We have been trying to create a logo for our website since we first dreamt up starting a content page for the casual Magic player in late 2015.
We knew we wanted something flashy, something classy, something…dashy? Where would we turn for inspiration? To other Magic sites maybe?
While these work for those specific sites, we were going for something completely different. We don’t have the Magic talent of an LSV or a Patrick Chapin. We are different, we are for the people, the everyday Magic player. So copying or being inspired by one of the “big 3” as we called it, didn’t make too much sense?
What about sports teams? Sports teams have some of the most recognizable logos in the entire world. Teams like the Montreal Canadiens and New York Yankees have timeless logos that have withstood the test of time. Using them as a basis couldn’t have been a bad idea.
These logos represent both the city they hail from while also being a respected symbol for over 100 years. Wanting to make our logo something that stands the test of time while also being a symbol for the Average Magic Player was definitely goal number 1.
When we first started trying to determine our logo we went to a few professional design firms and tried to sell to them the vision that we had for the site. But without actually having a concrete site, that turned out to be harder than originally anticipated.
While they created original and brash pieces of art none of them really called to us. We knew that we were looking for something, we just didn’t know what that “thing” was.
After not choosing any of the designs given to us from the professional graphics teams, we looked in house. A few of us, having some artistic chops, took to creating our logo, but alas, without knowing who we were or what our site actually was we could not find that thing.
So unfortunately we settled on a bland placeholder while we waited for our identity to flesh itself out.
Fast forward a couple of months.
We have an identity. We have a staff of brilliant and talented content creators, and we were ready to find the logo that had the thing.
Our logo contest was a lot of fun and it gave us an opportunity to reach out to you, our fans and readers, to help us, while also creating a symbol that represented you and us, the average Magic Player.
We got a whole mess of great submissions highlighted by some of the following.
While these were good, they were a little too busy for what we were going for. A little sleeker, a little more stylish but still on the right track. The following were on the sleeker, albeit sexier side of things.