Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Celtic Knot Unraveled

I enjoy doing the occasional logo marks. To be able to help a business develop a unique identity makes me happy. Usually my logo work is for local clients, which is fun to actually know and love the business involved. My latest was with an owner of a great local used book shop. Virtually 10's of 1000s of volumes are meticulously inventoried here. It also has a feature that all my favorite books shops have- store cats! There is nothing I like better, and always will, than to browse the shelves of a well-organized book shop, with cats lounging near by, in various states of slumber.

The owner has just done a brave and wonderful thing, buying a historic building in the Northside neighborhood of Iowa City to move her book shop into. She wanted a new mark to celebrate and she called me.

The client loves The Book of Kells, so she handed over a simple sketch of a celtic knot and said "In your scratchboard style, can you tie in a reader, cats and a book into this somehow"?

This is what I came up with.  The Haunted Book Shop (yes, kind of a Dickensian name but not to be changed) will be in it's new digs very soon, and my logo, by then completed with text, will help invite people over it's thereshold.


Julie Clay Illustration said...

Love it:) That is so clever, it's the graphics coming out. My Otley is not the same as you are thinking of I don't think, that one is in Suffolk and looks delightful, I would like to visit one day as I've not been to that part of the UK ever? ! :)

Claudia said...

Thanks Julie- it was a challenge! Otley- shoot, just wondered without googling first. So many places to see....!

Julia Kelly said...

Oh my goodness - that is fantastic! Very clever!

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