Category Archives: logo design


I designed this poster, and a similar one, for a nursing home facility. They also had an old logo they didn’t have the original files for, so I recreated it, along with a slight update.

Hello, 2017!

New Year, new marketing techniques! I’ve never been a fan of Twitter, but it has become increasingly necessary in this dog-eat-dog world. 🙂 So, here we go… Visit!


Logo contests

Logo win Aug. 2017

It’s hard to compete with great designers all over the world. REALLY hard. And you have to do one really fast with often no input. Here are a few designs that didn’t make the cut, but deserve credit none the less! Yeah, I’m partial. HA

Special Needs Kids Swim Program

Chicago stocks and bonds…


Doodles for a company who I think designs rooms. Don’t remember so well as you have to design real fast and move on.vanelizadoodles-01

Logo portfolio:

Real Estate Logo

I really enjoyed working with Real Estate agent Jeff Presley of Keller Williams, and we hope to do more together in the future!

With this logo, I tried to stay away from the standard house clipart, which is REALLY hard. I created a more sprawling house to more accurately represent the types of houses and clients he works with. I wanted to make it more inviting and friendly, which I think I achieved with the addition of the tree and bush. Instead of architecture, it became about lifestyle. We were obligated to use the specific colors of Keller Williams.

Jeff Presley logo

Feedback from Jeff


Logo Contests

Logo page here

Logo contests on are brutal. I compete with designers around the world, and I’ve seen some contests with as many as 1,200 entries. The contests are difficult on many levels–like not being able to communicate with the contest holder to get a real feel for what they want, and you have to think FAST and risk the contest holder picking an entry and closing the contest early. They often can’t handle so many options, and they often stick to some of the first entries. I think maybe I keep jumping into the bull pen because I often get close to winning. I also get to hone my skills. With that said…here are my fails. Ouch! They are available for tweaking if you’d like one!

This British sports movement/training/scientific company wanted the feel of ancient Greek mythical characters, Greece/Olympics, science, physiology, shades of blue, 2D/3D, etc. I did exactly as requested with this statue of Olympian Zeus Poseidon. They went with something totally different than what they originally requested. :-p


I could get no feedback from this contest holder. Not even a “thank you for your hard work.” The winning entry for Meals for Guys was great, though–and one of the first ones, which is a big foot up.

Talk about being hard not to follow the cliches! I loved these. The contest holder wanted them very simple. Try and think of something that hasn’t been done-to-death! Apparently, I didn’t. HA

Travel logo Travel logo 2

Hey, I said, let’s try doing a 5 minute logo and if the judge has bad taste (as they often do), I might win! It was worth a try. LOL

Fashion logo

This is a logo I designed for a Canadian company. They are engineers/arborists. I didn’t win, but I spent about 15 minutes on it. HA

Canadian logo

This logo was designed for a rolled/scraped ice cream from the Philippines (?) I’d never seen before.Rolled Ice Cream Logo

Before I figured out what kind of ice cream this was.


Logo designed for fundraising campaign where they wanted to emphasize their church building (domed/arched) and the generations of families that went there. I didn’t win the contest, but this logo would be great for someone else!

church logoI took quite a few stabs at this logo for a castle and possible future win label. The stakes were high. Bummer!