My logo was difficult design because the name of the business is long, so was the tagline, and I didn't know exactly what I wanted, only the vision I wanted to communicate to my potential customers. My customers are traditional, so the design needed to achieve a balance between traditional conservatism and the Wow vision I had for my service offerings. My new logo needed to visually create a feeling of trust and reliability while being fresh and different at the same time. I purchased the gold package because I knew there would be a lot of work. I bought the gold package with business card add on pricing because I knew this would be a long process and I did not feel comfortable asking for a design for a low price.
Neeraj Sarna was a complete professional throughout the entire contest, and worked to offer different ideas even after I decided on a main concept. The final design was a result of the creative risks that Neeraj took during the contest that might have resulted in getting eliminated. I am thankful that he did take risks because my own ideas were not getting the job done. The contest was an emotional process for me because my job was to eliminate people’s ideas.
Many of the designers in my contest tired after a day or two, but Neeraj Sarna did not give up and did not communicate frustration, only new ideas when I became frustrated. He was easy to work with and managed the 12.5 hour time zone difference expertly. Because I was difficult to satisfy I extended the number of days for the contest.
At last we had combined elements from 3 different designs that Neeraj developed and landed on the winning design that looks nothing like my original concept but far exceeded my expectations.
At 99Designs, design is done differently, I found that I actually got the value I expected for the price that I paid, and at the end I own the copyright.
Thank you Neeraj for sticking with my project and designing something I am proud to display.
Great Designer, Answered all our questions and made this a great overall experience. Would recommend him to everyone. Great job R1CK_ART and good luck in future designs
Terrific designer and great to work with - very open to feedback and provides quick turnaround. Highly recommend.
How Tlarnowitz started their logo design journey
Who are you known as?
Congregation Beth El or just Beth El
Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach
Congregation Beth El is a synagogue in Norfolk, VA serving members of all ages and backgrounds from the Tidewater area. As a synagogue, Beth El plays a lot of different roles to its members - it is a place of prayer, learning (both adult and children), community building, and socializing. People participate in activities to celebrate holidays, to do community service, and to engage in their varied interests in a Jewish setting (such as cooking, book clubs, and running.)
The vision for Beth El is to make sure that all members feel a part of the community. The newly adopted synagogue mission statement is “Sharing Judaism to Make Life More Meaningful.”
Logo must contain English name ("Beth El") and Hebrew name of synagogue ("Beit El") in Hebrew letters (see current logo if you are not familiar with the Hebrew)
What industry do you think your business is most related to?
Logo types to explore
To give us an idea of the overall feeling of your brand, let us know which styles you lean towards
We want the logo to portray the warm environment of the synagogue. The synagogue has been in existence since 1850 and many families have a long and generational history within the congregation. Others are new to the community.
Positive associations/emotions that can be emphasized - tradition, compassionate, infused with modernism,
The trick will be how to get one, relatively simple mark, to cover such a range of what the synagogue means to members. It is not just about the typical Shabbat or holiday service, but the broader picture of how being a part of Beth El lets you "share judaism to make life more meaningful."
Some important notes if you are not familiar with the Jewish religion - there are a few key symbols and ritual objects that people will immediately associate with Judaism - star of David (a 6 pointed star), a Torah scroll, the tablets of the Ten Commandments, a menorah, a shofar, often a book or a tree can also be representative (learning for the book, generations and connections for a tree.)
I've attached our current logo - NOT AS A MODEL TO COPY. Just as an FYI. I am also attaching some other synagogue logos I like.