Logo Proposal for SteemLadder and how to select the best proposal

in artzone •  10 months ago

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Hey guys,

Long time, no write. I've been taking care of business this week and unfortunately not posting as much on Steemit as I would like, but welcome again to a new episode of my life as a creative professional doing collaborations, mainly open-source, for projects that I truly care about.

The other day I was asked by @gokulnk to create a logo proposal for @steemLadder. I thought this bot is a great idea to boost minnows and set them off for a great journey on Steemit. He explains it a lot better than me, and I quote:

Steemladder is a steemhandle that is run by @gokulnk. Steemladder intends to be the one stop guide for minnows. It welcomes all the new users who write an #introduceyouself post with a welcome message and an upvote on their post. The welcome message contains some relevant links and a link to AMA post where they can post any of their queries.


BTW I made a whopping $0.27 on my intro post, so I would've really appreciated this welcoming bot.


Since I had creative freedom and no guidelines for this logo, I went of with a literal representation of a ladder, more precisely, the steps of a staircase. I know ladders and staircases are not the same thing, but the staircase is so much more beautiful, strong and represents the idea of "stepping stones" so well, that I had to go for it.

I wanted to evoke a visual identity that felt:

  • Young
  • Mystical (the idea of boosting others expressed by warm and spiritual purple shades).
  • Simple and suitable for digital media

I didn't include the steemit logo because I felt like combining two logos in one is not great if you want to stand as an independent brand.


I created many iterations of this logo, and I picked a selection of my drafts to show you in the image below. The color palette remained constant.

I didn't want to use someone lifting another person because I think these colors are uplifting on their own.

In terms of typography, I felt a modern sans-serif type worked best with the iconography. I tried Muli, Helvetica Neue, Gotham and the final font chosen was: Montserrat, I just love it. It's available as a Google font here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Montserrat

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As you can see I was already leaning towards the three step staircase, because I liked more of those iterations than the others.

I also liked the 3D geometric S, with the ladder going through it, conceptually, it was one of my favorites but graphically it just looked like a very complex illustration. I had to let it go :(

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How did I select the final proposal?

Well, it's actually not that difficult, a logo has to follow some basic ground rules:

  • It needs to be simple enough to scale at very little sizes and still be legible, even 16x16px.
  • It has to be a strong, but simple visual that remains in the memory of the user, mainly by using simple shapes and strong, saturated colors*.
  • It should be cost-effective, a logo should have the minimum elements necessary for it to be understood and recognized. More elements means more money. How so? It's not the same to print 2 Pantone colors than 7, or cut 2 sheets of vinyls for a storefront than 7 or more. Each color adds to the cost. In digital media, pixels cost nothing and don't obey by these color rules, but it's always good to make a monochrome version for these situations to lower costs (think Mac rainbow-colored apple to Mac white apple).
  • A logo has to be unique, this means, it shouldn't be derivative work and it should stand on it's own, like a fingerprint in each person, it should undoubtedly represent one brand.

Our brains are wired to see perfectly geometric shapes as more aesthetically pleasing, these shapes remain in our memory more easily than organic shapes with a lot of complexity. Also, our brains love simplicity, because we can't recall too much information at once. For more on the advantages of simplicity in design I highly recommend reading the book "Laws of Simplicity" by John Maeda

Final logo

Taking the previous rules into account I present the final logo

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Logo versions

Inevitably, a logo will be printed in different media and over different backgrounds, even with different materials from ink to thread, so logo variations are necessary in these cases. You can see the changes of the logo in dark or light backgrounds, as well as monochromatic versions in black and white for 1 color use.

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App Icon

The icon in the logo works perfectly as a round app icon, or it can be used over black or white for a rounded square icon.

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That's it for now. Files will be delivered to @gokulnk if he accepts this proposal leaving a comment below.

What do you guys think? Do you have any favorite? Thanks for sticking this far with me. I'm working on something special for my 500 followers mark, so stay tuned.

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Hi @creativista I enjoyed reading the post and the way you thought through while designing the logo. It was really insightful.

I liked the simplicity in the logo and but I am a little hesitant about the use of bright colours. Would like to hear your thoughts on the same.


Hi @gokulnk, the reasoning for the colors is explained in the post, and I paraphrase, "logos benefit from strong, saturated colors which makes them more recognizable and memorable. The purple shades symbolize misticism and spitirtuality, that's why I went for those uplifting colors". Do you have a color preference in mind? If so, please point it out. In terms of legibility the monochrome version can be edited as well, but I found these versions were more legible, that's why the exact inverse doesn't really work the same in black and white. But I can provide the exact inverse if it feels better for you.


Hi @creativista thanks for the clarifications. I have transferred the prize money to your account.

Kindly share the version of the logos in the blue shade(blues from https://steem.io/ logo) Regarding the monochrome version can you share both the versions so that I can choose amongst them?

Thanks again for the elegant logo. I will be writing a post about them shortly from SteemLadder acocunt with the details of your work. Cheers.


Hi @gokulnk. Thank you! I have been really busy and hadn't had the chance to connect to steemit. I will work on the changes and send you the link so you can download your logos asap, hopefully today. You can totally pick your preferred monochrome versions as well ;)


Hi @gokulnk I sent you color proposals through discord. I have been without internet service since yesterday 3pm. I'm only able to write messages through my phone atm and can't connect to the discord app on my phone either, nor connect my phone as a hot spot. Please check the images sent yesterday and leave me your answer in this comment section. That way I can work on the final files and upload to the drive when service is reestablished. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience.

Great designs @creativista! Live to see more from you


You are the best @jbeguna04! Thanks for your kind comment.

Hello @gokulnk, I've had an incredibly busy work week. Please download your logo files from: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16XHmP1Pf4qolCQmsVgao56oxQmho27lQ. Confirm you have received and downloaded the files as well. I've tried contacting you on discord and sent you two options for colors. Since I will be traveling soon I chose the logo with the colors closest to Steem instead of the bright blues. I hope you the best of success with Steem Ladder and feel free to contact me here or through discord. Your files are available as .pngs, .svgs, .pdf, and vector as .ai CS5 in all versions: color, positive, positive reversed, negative and greys.

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