After returning from a long hiatus online, I wanted to come back with a bang. I had learned what worked and what didn’t. Where I was truly passionate and where I was reacting because it was expected. I was growing up. So I started thinking hard. I had done the crazy thing of running three blogs at a time to cover all my interests.
You know the saying, “Apprentice of many, master of none”? Yeah. I was living that a little too well.
So as I started the new blog here on WordPress (back when it was still feteshadowns.wordpress.com), I was brainstorming on the side about what direction I wanted to take. Because the fact of the matter is, I like a lot of different things. When something catches my attention, I’ll obsess about it until I understand all of its intricacies.
Bouncing ideas around for months, I had it in my head that I was going to narrow down to my pop culture interests. Conversationalist by Night was the name I had chosen. My mind was set on a logo involving a caricature typing on a laptop in pajamas, with a cape billowing behind me. The color choices and angles were all planned out. And then I started running through all of my social media accounts. Because if I was going to revamp everything, I needed to update my pages everywhere.
As I approached the fifth or sixth website, I realized–I’ve had a brand for years. On all these different websites I was animedancer87. The alias had been mine for heading on (at the time) six years. Why would I throw away six years of branding, no matter how unintentional it had been at the time? I knew what people followed me for and I knew what subjects I liked to discuss the most. The earlier notes and research were discarded. I didn’t need to start over, I needed to refocus.
I began to think about my alias and the story behind it. One of my favorite questions often asked is, “what is an anime dancer”? Often times, people think I’m a para para dancer or anime fanatic. While I do have my handful of favorite animes, I don’t watch them regularly anymore. Para para is a great workout (sore arms until you build upper body strength), but I haven’t done that since I was in my college dorm room (alone and away from hecklers).
It’s actually a very uninspiring story. I was signing up for a MySpace account back in ’05 and wanted something different. I had just learned about anime from a high school friend (ironically the designer of my current logo) and decided to combine my two current interests–anime and dancing; the latter I had studied for years growing up. Whatever my first combination was, there was already an account–so I had the suggestion list you use to get on websites all the time. Animedancer87 stood out and I’ve kept it ever since.
As I stated before, the designer of my logo is a high school friend who introduced me to anime. Her name is Rochelle Steder and I urge you all to go check out her work. She was one of the first designers I thought of when it came to bringing this logo to life. I had known her for years, she could produce the art style I wanted and I knew whatever she presented me with would work. There were actually a few alternative sketches before I had her combine them into the finished product.
The logo plays off my alias with the caricature being drawn in a style nod to anime and the headphones wrapped around the figure in an unbreakable dance. But it goes even further. Green’s my favorite color, so I wanted that to be featured. The hairstyle is what I have in real life for at least a few more months. The outfit idea was sparked by the fashion I tend to stick with from a favorite online retailer. Alice is Wonderland is also a notorious inspiration to me. The angle and arm placement remind me of the scene where Alice falls down the rabbit hole. The fact that the pointed toes fade out almost works as a parallel to me stepping out from the masses to share the sounds I love with all of you.
Isn’t that amazing how a logo can express so much? Some of these thoughts didn’t cross my mind until long after the commission was complete. Even Rochelle’s choice to separate my alias into three parts was something I never would have considered. How has your own logo impacting your views on passion? If you don’t have a logo, has there been one that stood out to you?