We are looking to more creatively elaborate on the look of our dear mascot/logo, "Yokido", as he stands alone and also in the context of one of his main functions on our website, CreativeTao.
The logo himself (inspiration: a cross between Yoda and the founder of Aikido, pictures below) stands alone as the mascot and as the face of CreativeTao for social media.
However, he will also be represented on the home page (and many of the pages of the website) as an image in the middle of a mandala or rainbow-like set of clickable "bubbles" or circles that help guide the user, linking them to different creative disciplines on the site (example: http://www.giftrocket.com). The idea may be that he is meditating (cross-legged or standing or however you imagine) and these images are his meditative manifestation, or that he controls them in some way, or is holding them like balloons by way of his fantastic concentration. Or it could simply be that he is standing beneath a rainbow of creative inspiration. In other words, Mr. Yokido will be in the center, surrounded by different creative disciplines in the circles. We invite your vision!
We would like the colors as vibrant as possible, but staying true to the rainbow on the color wheel, ROY G. BIV, if you will. We want that satisfaction of seeing the rainbow progression, one shade into the next, pulsating with vibrancy. We'd like the colors to inspire the user when seen all together in the same palette, just like a true rainbow can.
The images inside of the bubbles/circles reflect 7 artistic disciplines that, when clicked on will take the user on an exciting creative journey. We would like the circles to pulsate with a sense of possibility and inspiration so that it feels difficult to decide which circle seems like the most fun. The aim of Creative Tao is to connect creative arts teachers with creative arts students, and foster creative community, but also to serve as creative inspiration. These circles are at the heart of that aim. We would like the contents of each to get people excited.
The disciplines are:
1. Dramatic/Performing Arts (comedy/tragedy masks)- This circle will lead to acting teachers, improv classes, stand up comedy, voiceover, and anything pertinent to the craft of acting.
2. Music-This circle will link to music teachers of all genres, voice, instruments, songwriting, drum circles, instrument making, opera appreciation classes, production, etc.
3. Visual Arts- We like the painter's palette here because it mimics the rainbow of the circles themselves, but we're open. This circle leads to all of the hands- on visual arts like painting, ceramics, mosaic, dyeing, paper mache, sculpting, drawing, illustrating, etc.
4. Movement- This is the circle that brings people to all kinds of dance, yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, mime (some disciplines may have a few homes, for example "mime" might also be found in the dramatic arts area.) We'd like this circle to reflect the idea of moving and to appeal to both genders.
5. Writing- This will lead to creative writing, poetry, scriptwriting, playwriting, memoir writing, songwriting, novel and short story writing, etc.
6. Photography and Film- This will bring users to disciplines that involve a camera. Some crossover from other categories such as scriptwriting and acting may show up here, but also photography, cinematography, film editing, directing, darkroom skills, digital photography, photoshop, etc.
7. Potpourri- Because who doesn't love a bowl of potpourri? ;) This will likely house some repeats from the list above but also serve as a place for the "difficult to categorize" such as knitting, fashion design, breathwork and other healing arts, makeup, nutrition consulting, and so forth.
We are happy with a clean, simple aesthetic, or a rollicking explosion of ideas, Monty Python-style, or Pop-Art, or Zen....you do what feels inspirational to you and what you think would feel inspirational to others. We'd like it to strike the balance of stimulating the eye, without confusing it.
The presentation of this illustration on our homepage will be above the fold. We will have copy on the left and the illustration on the right.
Background image dimensions
Skillshare: 2,000px × 436px (scaled to 1,903px × 414px)
Care: 1,493px × 616px
Treehouse: 2,596px × 1,410px (scaled to 1,765px × 959px)