I spent all morning hashing out the design for the Glyphmaster’s Gateway logo. I am a huge fan of fantasy game logos, especially the beveling seen in a lot of them. I’ve used this technique to good effect for the Everwind and Rainwall logos, so I wanted to revisit it with this one.
I also wanted to keep it simple, use a gold color in there somewhere, and have the gateway portion be giving off lots of light (since it’s a magical portal). I used a font called DS Celtic 2 for the main text. (Also to be noted, this font is shareware, so I will need to purchase the license before using it commercially. That’s something you should be aware of to save yourself legal headaches later on. Plus, it helps the font creator.)
Tried several color gradients before settling on this one, then added some metal texture over top to give it a little more edge. Inside the gateway is a little bit of lightning, then I added the glow over that and finally the lens flare. The original gateway was also just a plain circle, but I wanted to spice it up so I merge the ellipse with a hexagon to get this look. I also wanted a deeper drop shadow. One thing I made sure to pay attention to was the drop shadow in the Glyphmaster’s text, making sure it went straight down instead of slightly sideways or anything like that, because the light source in the gateway is straight above.
The biggest critique was that the text wasn’t legible. I ended up changing the T. Above is what the first version looked like, with no changes to the DS Celtic font.
The T could be miscontrued as a C, and both of the A letters are also clunky at a distance. That was the first thing that people noticed. “Looks like a C.” So that is where I started. I made that change first.
After I changed the T I decided that it’s best not to take any chances, so I made the A letters stand out even more. That is the most legible version. Nothing is ambiguous, it doesn’t take a moment to see what it’s trying to say. It reads at all distances. That’s something to keep in mind. It doesn’t matter how cool your logo looks, if they can’t read it there’s no point.