A New Logo and Too Many Font Options

New Paisley Lizard logo

Art Credit: Beth Miller Petricoin.

I recently had a new logo designed for Paisley Lizard. It’s fabulous. And now I can’t decide which fonts to use with it on my website banners and business cards.

There are too many choices. There are so many typefaces, and then there are color choices and special effects in infinite combinations. How do I decide?

I haven’t yet landed on a final font. I’ve just been creating digital files with variations. And then staring at my monitor. Making some changes. Staring some more. It’s not unlike my jewelry design process sometimes. Where I put some beads on my board, move them around, change some colors or shapes, move them around some more. Eventually a design emerges.

Version 1 of the Paisley Lizard Etsy banner

This is version 1.0 of my new Paisley Lizard Etsy shop banner. The luscious paisley textured background was also created by Beth.

I  most emphatically am not a graphic design artist. That’s one reason I hired Beth Petricoin of Create My World to design my new lizard logo. I have ideas of how I want it to look. But I can neither draw them nor convert them to digital images that can be manipulated. I know Beth can do both. A couple of months ago she created an awesome Cactus Frog logo for my second Etsy shop.

Paisley Lizard Etsy banner version 1.2

In version 1.2 of my new Etsy banner, I changed the color of the word “paisley” because I thought it was overshadowing the lizard. I really like that font and want to make it work.

I have had orders of magnitude more success figuring out complex database and statistical software than using PhotoShop Elements to make simple banners. The words in the menus are in a completely foreign language and nothing about it is intuitive for me.

Paisley Lizard Etsy baner version 2.0

For version 2.0, I didn’t use the lovely paisley textured background. Because it was too much competition for the floral font I was testing. I would like to add a soft background texture. If I can just figure out how. And that border? It’s not a frame. Oh no. I couldn’t figure out how to add a simple frame or border. I drew and connected four straight lines.

At least I know how to download and install font files and change the color and size of the words. I can even add style effects like inner borders and bevels. Woo-hoo. And I can create an image of any pixel size. So not only can I play around with my banners, I can mock up new business cards.

Paisley Lizard new vertical business card version 1.0

A possible format for my new business cards. I’m still not sure which fonts I want to use. I’m also not sure about that tagline.

I like the floral burn-out effect for the word “Paisley” in version 2.0 of my banner and 1.0 of my business card. But I wonder if it’s too busy next to the lovely scaly details of the logo herself. I like using two different fonts for the words in my business name. A fatter and somewhat ornate one for the word “paisley” and a thinner one, with tail-like serifs, for the word “lizard.” And I like using both a darker and lighter shade of brown from the logo in the words.

Paisley Lizard Etsy banner version 3.0

For Version 3.0, I used the same thinner font for both words. I don’t care for it. That font just doesn’t work for me with the word “paisley.”

I think I’ve narrowed it down to two possible fonts for the word “Paisley” and I’m settled on the one for the word “Lizard.” I have several shades of brown to choose from in the lizard, which I’ve narrowed to a dark chocolate and a light ecru. I know I will apply a simple inner bezel to the word “Lizard.” Depending on which font I use for the word “Paisley” I will either use a sharp inner ridge, or a simple inner bezel. Also depending on which font I choose, there’s that lovely paisley textured background or a plain one.

I forget the mathematical formula for calculating all possible outcomes from combining that many variables. It’s more than what I’ve shown you here. And there’s still the matter of that frame around the banner.

I am seriously tempted to employ Beth’s graphic design services to make my banners and business cards. But I need to learn how to do some simple graphic things for myself, don’t I? Or do I? I do know for certain that Beth is talented and lovely to work with. And if you think you need a fabulous new logo for your business, or just some fun digital scrapbook paper, you should contact her through her Etsy shop, Your Digital World.

And keep an eye on my Etsy shop, Paisley Lizard Designs, and here on my website, to see where I finally land on the font front. I’d love to hear you thoughts on the options I’ve shown here, or other possible combinations of the variables. Which font do you like? What colors or style effects? Textured or plain background?

9 thoughts on “A New Logo and Too Many Font Options

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thanks, Dix. It’s always good to hear other opinions, especially when I have to so many options to consider.

  1. Dana

    hmmmm I like the font you have now, but I also like the font of lizard on the vertical biz card.

    Not wild about any of the paisley fonts, they’re too disparate from the lizard for me. But these aren’t my cards 🙂

    Maybe just Eclectic Artisan Jewelry. If you feel you need another line add “for the (fill in the blank) woman.”

    Love the color combo and your new lizard just gets cuter every time I see it.

    I like the textured background but not so much as an all over, I think it competes with your lizard.

    Maybe the texture as a header bar with your tag line, smooth background the rest of the way, use the first Paisley (the lighter colored one) with the last Lizard (vertical card) I like the layout of the vertical card very much. It could easily double as an earring card.

    I know this part is tough, especially when people have other ideas. I know your end result will work out for you.

    Have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished branding.

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thanks, Dana. I do plan to use the vertical card for earrings. Great minds, right? I like the fonts for the word paisley, but maybe just not for this application. Someone on FB suggested I go with a sans serif for that word, to contrast with the serif on the lizard font. So now I’m staring at more options. Too many choices is not a good thing. LOL.

  2. Beth Petricoin

    Hmm… tough decision. I really like both fonts. The 1.0/1.2 font I think may be overpowering the rest of the logo because of the high contrast of the bevel effect, maybe you could tone down the contrast of the bevel… I really like the looks of the 2.0 font, but like you said, it’s a shame not to use your paisley background… I could give you a toned down version of the paisley background to try out (less contrast, so less competing with the font). Or I can give you other textures to try. Just let me know if I can help in any way!

    And thanks for the super kind words about me… made my day! 🙂

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thanks so much, Beth. I think you’re right about the fx on the fonts. If my logo were just words, I think they’d be great. But since I have such a cute logo, I don’t need to dress the fonts up so much. More background texture options? Hmmm. I may be in touch about that.

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