While I don’t consider myself a graphic designer, I do know my way around graphics programs, particularly the Corel Suite of Products: https://www.coreldraw.com/en/  I first started using CorelDraw in detail back in 2010 when I started my printing company.  In hindsight, I took a huge risk in going into that venture, as I had pretty much no experience with printing and no customers to lean on to start my company.  While that venture turned into one of the most positive and defining moments of my life, I’ll talk about that in another post.

Since I wanted to start my own website for a variety of purposes, I figured that it did require some design elements as I wanted people that stop by to at least have a look at what I’ve done. The first element that I wanted to do was some sort of identifier for the website and I thought that a logo wouldn’t really suit what I was after.  Some basic text treatments work well when you want a add a bit of pizzazz without going crazy.

The first step I took was to find some typography that I liked and could apply to both a wordmark and the website in general.  I wanted to stick with a standard Google font to keep everything as portable as possible.  I also preferred a more basic look to my wordmark that appealed to my sensibility and simple design tastes.  The font for the wordmark (and Headers in this website) is Raleway: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Raleway.  I love this font as its very readable and has a simple style that matches me.  I choose to keep the look lowercase as it was understated and modern looking.  Instead of adding a space or other character to differentiate my first and last name I chose to use two different weights.  Bold for my first name and regular for my last.  It looked like this:

It was OK, but seemed a bit to simple and I wanted to add a visual styling  to it.  Originally I just notched out the lower case “e” at the end, but it made the spacing in the last name portion look out of balance.  Then I pulled the notch out all the way across, but it made the wordmark disjointed.

Eventually I pulled back the notch to jsut the last name and adjusted the center point of the “w” just a bit so it sat just above the notch.

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