Coming from a beef cattle livestock background I love brands. Branding cattle is a form of identification that cannot be altered as easily as an ear tag. We use brands to show ownership and identity of the ranch where the cattle come from.
A good side article about cattle brands is this one: http://agricultureproud.com/2012/06/13/why-are-cattle-branded/
Back to identity, a brand shows who I am as a rancher. My grandfather had two brands for each of his cattle herds. They were very simple: 3E and H2. My friends have some that may not be as simple as a number and a letter. But they help define you. Many people create a brand to resemble their initials (as I have done in my first logo) or to describe their property. Other brands just may be plain cool and old school (as I have done in my second logo).
Inspiration of my brands came from the brand book, which is like the bible of the California cattle brands.
I also have been doodling A LOT. It may or may not be how I get through class.
My first logo can be described, as I have done, as Bar V. Simply because it is a V on top of a _ . If flipped it is a I < or a K. Taking the first letter of my name and breaking it apart then flipping it in all sorts of directions I have designed the Bar V brand or logo. My bottom bar is just a 6 point line segment with a capital V placed on top. I attempted taking two other lines and creating a V but decided that was difficult and a pain. This logo balances nicely in the center and has a line of symmetry which is beautiful.
My second logo.. because I can’t decide which one I like the most. The a capital S with a sideways capital L through the center. This logo can’t be depicted as easily as the first one. The logo stands for Sure Shot where the L depicts a gun. The line segment down the left side of the S creates a left sided heavy logo but makes it stand out a little more.
With a logo I can build a company and stamp it with my name. With a logo that digs deeper into the history of the west I can present a piece of my heritage. I had a blast designing these two simple logos that describe my history and future.