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Snowflake Symbol Design Inspiration

This week I've enjoyed the process of designing our 2006 MakaluMedia Christmas cards, being especially pleased with how quickly the design has moved from inspiration to completion. mm-symbols-blue.gif

This year's idea focuses on a snowflake theme in blue. Can you make out what the snowflake has been built from?

It's created from the circular outer arms of the MakaluMedia logomark. Check out the Makalu logomark, below the snowflake.

While at Caribou Coffee last week, I noticed all of the snowflakes on their printed materials, which inspired me to build a snowflake from bits of our company logo.

The Process
Here's how I formed the snowflake design with parts of our MakaluMedia logo.

Using an outer arm, I spun it around a central point, resizing the arm and exploring different placements of arm: with the ball end of the arm at the center and also at the edges of the snowflake.

As I worked, a star shape emerged at the center, so I removed some artifacts, to further emphasize the star shape.

Finally, I reversed a circle out of the snowflake's center star and placed MakaluMedia dual Ms in the middle of the circle to complete the snowflake design.

You never know where inspiration may come from — be ready to capture it!

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Reader Comments (6)

Awesome design, Mike! It's intricate, without being busy. I really like that one.
November 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDan Stout
Thanks Daniel! :-)
December 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Your design is pleasing to look at, and to then look at some more. I think it's the parallel (clockwise & alternating) arms that catch the eye. Unexpected. Nice.
December 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHeka
Thanks Heka! I should post a photo of the final card here to see the symbol in use. :-)
December 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Nice, but you know: snowflakes are hexagonal, while your design is octogonal.
December 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSvein H
Svein, yep -- this is just a fun exploration on the snowflake idea using parts of the MakaluMedia logo. I wasn't too worried about being scientifically correct. :-)
December 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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