How the logo was made
One day, about a month ago, I was sitting in my backyard; enjoying the tail end of sunny rays and summer breeze. I had literally just switched my logo from an eye contained in a heart to a lover’s pinky promise, backdropped by what looked like the Earth. No one ever saw it. It just didn’t feel right. Plus, I don’t think the pinky promise sketch was public domain……
The pleasant weather, clear skies and emotional meltdown I was experiencing at the time somehow activated an image in my mind’s eye….dandelion. I forgot to mention the blue leathery journal, embroidered with golden letters, “Notes,” on the cover and the smooth-inked purple pen I had outside with me.
My ten-second “thought process” honestly went like this: Dandelion. Permission. PRMSSN. What if the dandelion was the P in PRMSSN? Google. Creative commons. eh…What if I sketched it myself?
And so it began.
I started with a line, the foundation of the P/dandelion. I skipped the dandelion-y stuff and scripted the rest of the disemvoweled word (PRMSSN)–just the way I like it. I’m no calligrapher, but it came out pretty sweet. Then, with little flicks of my pen I sketched out the dandelion pappus (the white fuzzy stuff that grants wishes y’all).
I sat on my sketch for the better part of a month…there was no way that I could actually use this idea, I thought. Really, I just needed some time to shift into a more confident and clearer head space. I wasn’t insecure about my simple logo, I actually prefer the minimalist look; I was more afraid to start my blogsite alllll over again. It didn’t flourish how I had hoped last time and I lost interest, direction and faith.
I finally decided that I had enough of the moving pieces in order to proceed with my relaunch and de-branding operation. Plus, I reallllyy wanted to start channeling my heart energy readings again; So I replicated my little purple idea on a blank printer paper in black gel ink. I botched the first attempt. The script “r” looked more like a lopsided version of about 4 other letters at once. Girl.
The most fun part was using the scanner on my 1-month old HP Deskjet 3755. I had to Google the process of course. It would have been such a simple discovery had I actually explored my delicate white and same-color-as-my-journal-blue 3-in-1 printer. I really had too much fun watching a paper run through a not-so-secret scanning compartment for 10 seconds.
Seeing my new logo transferred from the paper onto my computer screen felt magical. This was the start of a new beginning, I thought. I uploaded my enchanting work to my favorite editing website, PicMonkey.com, and quickly darkened the sketch and formatted the correct pixel size for WordPress.
I love the new logo so much that I just can’t stop playing around with it! I’m using a Google Play Store video editing app to try out fun video effects and then using Giphy to convert these 12-second videos into GIF’s, which you’ll see scattered all around my blogsite. Digital imaging is totally a side-hobby (I offer freelancing services, email me for inquiries) that I’ve always used to complement my creative projects–from Myspace page days to fan-fiction cover art–this isn’t my first logo, but it is the very first one that I feel is 100% apart of me.
Symbology of the logo
I love love love signs and symbols, and we won’t go into the difference between the two here, but the new PRMSSN logo is a symbol of my seeking journey and my life’s adventures of pain, chaos, triumph, purpose and community.
The dandelion is an especially fitting symbol for a soul quest as such. Dandelions symbolize so much: Endurance and resilience. Spiritual and emotional intelligence. Healing and reconciliation. Hopes and dreams. Wish fulfillment. Sunergy! (so warmth and vigor). Playfulness and frolicking.
The PRMSSN logo is a sign of bearing and receptivity, of liberation and release; and is an invitation to explore your vision of the world and your place in it. That means first exploring your inner world, discovering your mana (what makes you, you), bringing forth your gifts of unique inspiration and unparalleled creativity. It’s symbolic of a readied path for unleashing your authentic soul and unrestrained heart.
The new logo is the beginning of the well awaited end of a cycle of confusion, self-sabotage, non-acceptance and fear in my life. I have been holding myself back, standing in my own way, and playing down my talents, gifts, quirks, and dreams for too long.
Really, the birth of this logo has given me permission to show up exactly as I am. Unprepared but ready. Treading lightly but unafraid. A little awkward but graceful. Open-hearted to a fault. Resilient to compensate.
And really, the new logo mirrors the permission that you can grant yourself.
Love, Danny ♥