Fans of LTG will recall that I’ve been working hard to bring the sport of darts back to Columbia in a big way. Well, truth be told even a small revitalization will be a helluva lot more than we have. With either of those ends in minds, we recently founded the Columbia Area Darts Association, or as the lazy amongst us affectionately call it, CADA.
Knowing that taking care of the important details is the first step on the road to success, I undertook the effort of having a logo designed. Lacking any relevant and necessary skills to complete such a project, I did the next best thing: I asked for bids at a website called DesignQuote.net.
Most of the bids were ridiculously expensive, but two came back with quotes that were comparatively reasonable. Unable to decide who to pick, I set them both to work. A little design competition if you will. Now, I already had a concept in mind. Back in those heady days of the 1980s when darts actually existed in Columbia the organization used this:
Old school graphic design. Ugly, but functional I suppose
I actually think it’s pretty damn awful. Still, Columbia is a fine city and all, but when it comes to recognizable landmarks, it’s tough to beat the State House. I just needed to pretty it up some. Here’s what I sent my designers as a starting point:
Hey, don’t laugh! I told you I had absolutely zero talent as an artist…
What the State House actually looks like:
Right smack dab in the middle of Downtown Columbia
So, the first designer offered me this:
Well, I guess you could say it is what I asked for, but it really wasn’t what I wanted. Know what I mean?
With the State House in silhouette, it could be any damn building. It was just not the “distinctively Columbia” look I was going for.
So, designer number 2 came up with this rendition:
Ah, my vision becomes reality at last!
Alright, that’s more like it, don’t you think? Not perfect, but as we used to say in the Federal government, “it satisfices”.
Hey, speaking of logos, did I mention that CADA is now officially a member of the American Darts Organization (ADO). Well, we are. That’s the big time, baby!
We’ve only just begun, but we are on our way!