I Need Your Help, New Header for Illuminated Mind

I Need Your Help, New Header for Illuminated Mind

It’s time that we got a new look around here. The emblem / stamp here has been a bit… lackluster, and we’ve got to change that.

I commissioned JD Bentley to help me design a new header. If you’re looking for an awesome header design, or custom WordPress design (he specializes in Headway which is a plus), then you probably want to look up JD. He’s in high demand, so you may want to book him while he has spots available.

Instead of making the call, I decided to have you guys vote on the final one. After all, this is your community.

Here are the candidates!

Header A

Header B

Header C

How to help:

Please leave a comment below and let me know which you like best: A, B, or C.

I really appreciate your help with this. I feel like they’re all so beautiful. I can’t decide. :)

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aquietmind May 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

I like “A” just gravitated to that one right away. Beginner’s mind!

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dshanahan May 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

A – although I think all are under emphasizing “live and work on your own terms”. :)

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NathanD.Nicholls May 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

A is my fave. B is okay. Not C.

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SariCeciliaArts May 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

Hi Johnathan, I like Header C. It’s bolder than the others, clear and the “don’t read…” bit is much more powerful in this design (to me).

http://www.facebook.com/sariceciliaarts

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chrispyk May 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

A. It’s clear and clean in delivering your message. The others seem cluttered in comparison.

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SariCeciliaArts May 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

Hi Johnathan, I like Header C. It’s bolder than the others, clear and the “don’t read…” bit is much more powerful in this design (to me). The brown text is eye catching in header A, but the layout of C with the brown text would be my suggestion…

http://www.facebook.com/sariceciliaarts

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ever_evolve May 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

I like B the most.

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gnuboss May 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

I have some mixed feelings… the design of A is super, but the ribbon obscures the tagline a little.

I like the flourish on design C and the area below it, but am not sold on the main header and area to the right of it.

If you could mesh the top part of design A with the flourish and bottom part of design C – I think you’re golden.

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ChrisLuers May 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

I like A & C but A seems more readable. I also like the old school kinda flavor to it.

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dyamondrobinsonpatlyek May 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

B

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NicoleinDenver May 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

I like A

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radzone May 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Cee

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mjkimberley May 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

A. Would like it even more with B’s color-scheme ;-)

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MaaikeQuinn May 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Definitely C.

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ReallyIsSimple May 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I like C the most because it highlights the “don’t read if” line better than the other two. A is the least appealing to me because the text in the banner is obscured. :)

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ReallyIsSimple May 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I do tend to prefer the black text though (B’s color scheme). However, that “stands out” less because it’s so common.

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ReallyIsSimple May 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I do tend to prefer the black text though (B’s color scheme). However, that “stands out” less because it’s so common. Not sure which is better :)

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GinaRafkind May 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I like [C] the most…..but they are all really nice. :)

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andrewshell May 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I like C

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MattHaydonII May 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I don’t like the font you used for ‘Your own terms’ its stressful to look at – I recommend something smoother!

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keenrover May 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

C is my vote. :-)

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SelenaJackson May 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

B!

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lyndaforman May 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

A – it seems more balanced and readable, but fun too. Less ordinary than the others. ;)

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MarozMema May 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm

i love C more

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jillbernard May 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm

the layout of c is best for highlighting the points~ for sure.

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MarsDorian May 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

C is the best, although I think all of them are boring.

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bigbrightbulb May 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

C! Really like how it highlights the “don’t read…ordinary” part

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mortcraig May 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I like the one you have over A, B or C.

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ShannVanderLeek May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

C

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mortcraig May 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I like the original one you have right now over A, B or C

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BenjaminBiddle May 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

C

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superduperjacob May 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

C with the text “Your own terms” in the same typeface as “Live and work on”.

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DyanaValentine May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I like A with subtitles in the style of C.

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KarenMartinSampson May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

C – definitely C

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MattGartland May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

C all the way :)

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thegmann May 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

C

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AnthonyKuo May 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Definitely C (as is)

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JoshStein May 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

B, but I like the current one too

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PattyShank May 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

CCCCCCCCCCCC

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Skaja May 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I like B

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Ann May 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Hello,

I vote for C because it’s the most ‘unstream’ one. The first one is too much ‘in order’. B compares to C is missing something, so therefore in my opinion it’s C. With the little title below ‘Illuminated mind’ it says everything. And although it is the biggest heading, it’s still well-arranged and with best matching colors of fonts .-)

Ann

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brookeyool May 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

C, but with Illuminated Mind in black (stands out more). In B, the subtitle is too small-print for some of us… and in A, I don’t like the wave (it softens your approach too much, IMO).

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bobbydonohue May 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

C!

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amykrob13 May 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

B

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amykrob13 May 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

B

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flashmallach May 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

c

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justin.cresswell May 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

B

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amykrob13 May 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I like B!

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nadinegressett May 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

C

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EricSchreiber May 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I will go C also.

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laurad May 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I think if the mini-banner under A’s Illuminated Mind were a little more legible (perhaps darker font) I’d like that one. It has the most character. Feels fun and invitational. It’s the one I’d click on before the others.

While I like C, my eye goes right from Illuminated Mind to “Don’t Read If You Want Ordinary” and “Live and Work on Your Own Terms” get a little lost.

In general I find the two tag lines a bit troublesome. I know that’s not what we’re voting on, but they do compete with each other, and if you don’t know what Illuminated Mind is, the “don’t read if you want ordinary” doesn’t really compute at first glance (and you want something that computes in one shot). It makes sense if it’s above a list of linked articles, but if you’re new and just visiting site… it’s kind of like “huh?”

Having said all that, if I had to vote for the three above I’d say: The tag lines aren’t as competitive and your eye follows the line of logic, from headline to subhead to subsubhead.

good luck!

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leogg May 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Header C, no doubt..

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SarahLewis May 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

You’re right, they ARE all beautiful, but I think my favorite is A. I love the banner.

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laurad May 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I think if the mini-banner under A’s Illuminated Mind were a little more legible (perhaps darker font) I’d like that one. It has the most character. Feels fun and invitational.

While I like C, my eye goes right from Illuminated Mind to “Don’t Read If You Want Ordinary” and “Live and Work on Your Own Terms” get a little lost in a beige blur.

In general I find the two tag lines a bit troublesome. I know that’s not what we’re voting on, but they do compete with each other, and if you don’t know what Illuminated Mind is, the “don’t read if you want ordinary” doesn’t really compute at first glance. It makes sense if it’s above a list of linked articles, but if you’re new and just visiting site… it’s kind of like “huh?”

Having said all that, if I had to pick from the above three, as is, I’d vote: B. The tag lines aren’t as competitive and your eye follows the line of logic, from headline to subhead to subsubhead.

good luck!

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carolb May 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

C, definitely prefer C.

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tanyamarcy May 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Definitely C, but I like the idea to keep the “Illuminated Mind” type in black – stands out more. Maybe put the subheader text in gold?

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_chelleshock May 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I would have to say a tie between A & C…

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_chelleshock May 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Ack, it posted too fast. I was going to say, I like A & C about equally, but leaning towards C.

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BryantKeefe May 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm

“C”

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murphtim May 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

A. It would be really cool if it was a little more “illuminated”….like kind of a glowing effect.

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jeffdgardner May 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

The color of the words “Illuminated Mind” in A is the preferred color. Darker than C – but not as dark as B. A good contrast for your background – without being too dark or too light. The tagline UNDER C is perfect in that color and placement — but the color of the words BESIDE “Illuminated Mind” is wrong. Way too light for this background. Someone mentioned it gets lost… and that’s because it’s just too light on this background. Go with a darker color – so the contrast is there – and I think your eye will move from “Illuminated Mind” to “Live and work…” THEN to “Don’t Read…”

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zylver May 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

B

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zylver May 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Again: B. It looks smart, clean design. Love it! The other ones have too many different elements.

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MindofAllan May 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

C for me!

However the “illuminated mind” part should be in black.

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Christa May 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hell yeah for C!

I like how the black stands out in B but it’s also kind of harsh. I’d love to see a bold accent color in there somewhere, especially if the gold yellow browser background will remain the same. Lots of gold.

I choose C because the “Don’t read…” bit makes more sense at the bottom, as subtext to the whole concept of you and your biz.

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asklorraine May 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

C is the only one that I felt drawn to read the tagline.

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yuri.artibise May 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

b

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steph.reger May 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Definitely like C as well!

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asafbraverman May 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I vote for: B

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haidn May 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

A’s my choice! Beautiful work.

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yuri.artibise May 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

B, I like the single block of text, but i would distinguish the 2 taglines more by using different colours.

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joeburnham May 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

C here.

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JonathanMead May 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

@MarsDorian Thanks Mars, I knew you would think they’re boring if they don’t have explosions. :)

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rightbrainatplay May 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

C. I like the last line separated out.

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SamerMadanat May 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I like C …

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ChrisGillick May 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I like B

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21stHuman May 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

C

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dyamondrobinsonpatlyek May 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

B

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cate_yogahealer May 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

c

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MichaelPieretti May 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

b

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MichaelPieretti May 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

b

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lonnie_scott May 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I like B!

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jaiwbi May 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I’ll go with “C”!

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christinekang85 May 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I like (C) best

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faithnhope May 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I feel that C comes across better for the reader.

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timetravelchick May 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

i like c but like the font color of a… i’d mash them together.

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Sal_Greco May 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I agree with the TimeTravelChick… Go with C, but the font from A is the nicest…

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Hillary13 May 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

B!

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RickyFerdon May 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

A

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jeffgoins May 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

A

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PepperMakepeace May 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

C

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alayamorning May 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

C

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icekool May 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I like “C” but with the font color from “A”

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smartstartcoach May 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

C works for me

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danptak May 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

C – absolutely.

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LoriFerence May 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Header C gets my vote…the tag lines are clear and separate. It has a nostalgic yet maverick vibe.

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tenaciousleigh May 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

B — fo’ sure. I like that the asterisk bit is smaller and less prominent.

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jenhoitsma May 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I like B the best, but the font for YOUR OWN TERMS doesn’t seem to fit (I feel the same with C). Anyone else agree?

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jillian.bremer May 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I don’t feel like any are as playful as the current one. They all feel a bit serious!

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livinmybestlife May 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I vote for A and it needs a slightly darker grey or a brighter white within the subhead ribbon so there is higher contrast -better readability. It’s really nice though! Clean and much more inticing to me to read than the other two.

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quantafire May 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Definitely B. Don’t like A at all.

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flibbertygibbet May 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

C works for me. All the wording is clear – you shouldn’t have anything that readers struggle to see, so I’m surprised that A and B were even sent to you!

*BUT* …..if this were my blog, I’d have the wording in the darker font colour from A as I think that works better. Block type is always harder to read and that slightly elongated type is harder still; colouring the header darker facilitates the eye when picking out the words. I’d also keep the font consistent – ‘YOUR OWN TERMS’ is harder to read and kind of wishy washy – that is definitely not you, Jonathan!!

If I were being picky, I would likely ask that the font were slightly wider but not taller…

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MimiW May 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I like the layout of B & C, just too many different fonts. Actually really like the original

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flibbertygibbet May 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Just thinking of that old saying…’If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’….

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llgriffin May 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I’m a graphic artist and agree that all of these are quite beautiful. I think my choice is for C but I really dislike the font used for “YOUR OWN TERMS.” Maybe just switch it to the same font as “LIVE AND WORK ON.” I think both lines should be the same font, no matter what it is. I really like the little scroll and line of type below it, which is why I chose version C.

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llgriffin May 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I’d also like to see the darker gold color used in A applied to C.

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ethanwaldman May 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Between B & C for more. I like C better, but think that B stands out out more since it’s black.

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Serwaa May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

C — like someone else, I don’t like the “your own terms” font. Also I hope you won’t center the new header–boring–. I’d keep it left justified and like before keep live and work on you own terms all on one line.

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missemmamm May 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I like A and C but I like A better because it looks like it belongs on a magician’s marquee.

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collectivechng May 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

In my opinion C. The catch line (in black) stands out more, it’s more provocative and engaging to new readers? but a little constructive criticism- “on your own terms” font is like a thorn to the eye, I would match it with “live and work on”.

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GreenStar May 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I dig C the most, however there’s a couple things I personally would like to see updated. The “Your Own Terms” font seems a bit out of place with the cleaner style of the rest of the header. Also, the lines above “don’t read if you want ordinary” I think might look better if they were lightened and stretched all the way across the text from left to right so it felt more symmetrical.

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lknotts1023 May 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

My vote is for C.

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joshuamillburn May 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

B. The more minimal, the better.

Joshua Millburn

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wh33zybabii May 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

My vote is C

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Goddessofjoy May 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I vote for C

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ReneeTaylorCPA May 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I vote for C also. I like that shade of green the best, and like others said, it’s easiest to read. (Especially for old, middle-aged eyes, lol. ;-)

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TheDameIntl May 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Its a definite A for me!

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joshua_m1001 May 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I vote for C

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NaomiNiles May 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I like C the most. It’s clean, strong, and easy to read. If I had extra input (non-design), I’d go with 1 tagline instead of two. Two makes it more difficult for reading flow although the first one (A) solves that problem better than the others.

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yakcamydna May 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

the top one, i think the name stands out and the tagline doesn’t detract from its impact in the same way it does at the side.

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DavidStehle May 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

C

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mayg_ May 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I like A

B is okay, too.

C reminds me of Chris Guillebeau’s book cover (The Art of Non-Conformity)

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yakcamydna May 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

although saying that and looking at the top of your page, ie looking at the logo in context i can see why you would want that at the side, i dont actually think the original logo was too far off, and that the font defininatly wasn’t broken. what about option N? http://yakcamydna.net/?p=247

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livingauthentically May 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

A

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chrisficara May 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I’m going to have to go with “b” only make the font for ‘your own terms’ the same as ‘live and work’

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ColbyOhlhausen May 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Header C

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AllenJFuller May 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I like B

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WaltHampton May 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I like A a lot.

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cottrellbentley May 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

A, because of the curved subheader. It grabs my attention.

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naomi_n_ May 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I really like C. It grabs my attention, looks clean yet provocative. It’s also the cleanest with the two tag lines, IMO.

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Jared Matthew Kessler May 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Really like “C” except the “Your Own Terms” font. :)

jaredkessler

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bradysbeau May 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I like C as well!!!

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quinnkn May 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

These look fantastic!
IMHO, I like C except “your own terms” font – just holding the same font as the first part of the sentence would work I think. Also prefer Illuminated Mind in black. Looking forward to seeing it go live!

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TheArtOfAudacity May 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I think A is the most elegant and beautiful (it draws my eyes to “Illuminated Mind”).

But B makes the strap line a lot more prominent (it draws my eyes to “Your Own Terms”). The strap line doesn’t really come through strongly in A.

C is less magnetic.

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Lachlan Cotter May 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

@NaomiNiles I agree that 1 tag line is stronger.

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AndyFogarty May 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I’m digging A.

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garry.miranda May 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I think that C is the one to go for.

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doubting.thomas8 May 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Header C. Clean, easy to read, makes a great impact!

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monalisa.ramoss May 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

C is sexy. The text is weight-centered and balanced, creating an ostensible quality of silk for the eyes when reading from left to right. It just flows!

The subtle color also doesn’t steal away from the other content on the page.

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LelijaRoy May 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’d go for “C” –keeps the three messages visible but distinct.

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monalisa.ramoss May 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Yow! Who’s that typeface all laced up in fiiiine weight-centered and balanced design? Honey, that’s C. Note the ostensible quality of silk for the eyes when reading from left to right. It just flows!

The subtle color also doesn’t steal attention away from other content on the page.

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cakmon May 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

B looks the best as a banner. All on one linear plain, no distractions. :)

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mommadog1106 May 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I like C, but prefer Illuminated Mind in black!

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wendybeall May 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

C because the tag lines are clearer and easier to read. For my eyes, anyway.

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vidzworld May 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This is really getting my what-nots into a twist. Phew – Black “Illuminated Mind” and Header C appeal the most. Oh, to me.

No matter which header – I’d hang out here anyway because I love what is here – under the header.

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Allysho May 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I like C

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shrinkgurl May 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I like C @shrinkgurl

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Blakkbox May 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

A, for sure!

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mcm May 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I came to the conclusion that I like C the best, before scrolling down and seeing that a lot of commenters seem to feel the same way. I hadn’t noticed it at first, but I agree that the “Your Own Terms” font on C could be much better.

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MargaretKelly May 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I like C the best.

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MKelly May 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I like the layout of C the best, but prefer “Illuminated Mind” in the black font. Some of the serifs in the middle of the font distract from the words “Your Own Terms.”

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vinaypaleja May 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I like “Heacer C” most of all.

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larrykuenemaan May 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Option “C” provides a platform for each of the three components included in the heading. My career was in technical publications where this sort of thouught played a big part.

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Wendy Lyn May 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I like the format of C the best, but I love how B is black!!! Combine them!! lol

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sgm3444 May 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Option “A”, Looks simple a and neat !

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TammyFurey May 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

B. Well balanced. Although a like the colour of “illuminated” from “C”, but I thought the strapline at the bottom was too small in relation to the rest of the text – like sitting on a see-saw!!!
Anyway – B

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Megzspeakz May 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Header C.. I love the color and spread across message.. the disclaimer in B “Don’t read if you want Ordinary” is kind of hidden!

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Sila May 26, 2011 at 12:16 am

“A” catches my eye in a very pleasant way, and gold is the right color. Also, “A” has only 2 styles, which is sufficient. B and C have 3 styles, which is too many.

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DanielMWood May 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

I liked the first one. It has the nicest feel if you ask me.

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mcvanderlinden007 May 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

I seriously like the original header more than these. On the new ones, I don’t like the fonts used for ‘live and work on your own terms’. To me it is less personal than the handwritten type font used in the original. I would use the layout of ‘C’ but use the fonts of your original. And maybe move the bar flourish to the right under ‘live and work on your own terms’, to create balance. Oh yeah, definitely black font, it has more purpose. People are saying they like ‘A’, but to me it looks very packaged. Yuck. Don’t want packed, I want something new, fresh, like thoughts that come out of brainstorms and energy. To me your original represents that. I guess I had an opinion…I’m just sayin’.

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flibbertygibbet May 26, 2011 at 1:53 am

@mcvanderlinden007 ‘Don’t want packed, I want something new, fresh, like thoughts that come out of brainstorms and energy. To me your original represents that.’

I’d like to echo that comment! I guess the only thing I’d do would be remove the asterisk from the current header. I can’t help but feel that the new ones are too contrived and don’t fully embody that kick-ass, funky, original energy that is Jonathan!

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Sares May 26, 2011 at 2:54 am

I feel that Header A is a better choice of layout for you, but the colur of ‘Illuminated mind’ in Header C is more aesthetically pleasing. A combination of the 2.

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myurbanzen May 26, 2011 at 3:25 am

im reading illuminated but i dont see any illumination on the text. maybe some glow effects ala steam punk?

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myurbanzen May 26, 2011 at 3:25 am

i really like your original handwritten font btw. makes it personalised

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Thamus May 26, 2011 at 3:32 am

thamus Header A. The cowboy font on the other two puts me off – too American. You do want to be international, right?

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thebridgemaker May 26, 2011 at 3:36 am

Jonathan,

I like Header C the best – clear, bold and easy to read. Good luck with the redesign project.

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leafie May 26, 2011 at 3:55 am

I like header “A” wavey line and gold text is less traditional and more you. Agree with a comment below the other text on B & C can be perceived as wild west usa (I’m english). Good luck

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NomadWorker May 26, 2011 at 3:58 am

Hi, header C is the one!

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JuanCarlosRosman May 26, 2011 at 4:15 am

I like A, but the phrase ‘Don’t read if you want ordinary’ use a negative statement and our brain doesn’t wprk in this way.

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CherylannMarois May 26, 2011 at 4:50 am

A seems to suit the theme better

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pnguura May 26, 2011 at 4:51 am

I like ‘A’.It attracts more.All messages taken in easily.

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tiffanylynnyoung May 26, 2011 at 5:32 am

I’m going to say C!

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Grammar_Diva May 26, 2011 at 6:08 am

Love C

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kgraziano May 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

I vote for “C”.

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murashev May 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

I vote for ??? too :)

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murashev May 26, 2011 at 6:46 am

I vote for “c” too :)

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ksmith2334 May 26, 2011 at 7:12 am

I vote for “A”!!
Have a Beautiful weekend everyone!

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KirstenOlson May 26, 2011 at 7:40 am

I like C. The tag line adds impact and I like the pretty swirly thing above it.

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BenjaminOliverJenks May 26, 2011 at 7:42 am

I like C. Although I wish “Illuminated Mind” was darker in C. But I like the position of “Don’t read if you want ordinary.”

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missjenyoung May 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

I like Header A. It has a nice flow, like you’re waving your banner. I also like the consistency of the font.

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yasmike May 26, 2011 at 8:17 am

I like Header C. I would like it even better though if the “Illuminated Mind” text was dark like Header B though.

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KateBacon May 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

Definitely “C”! x

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DavidBrubacher May 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

Header C is my favorite.

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PyPsi May 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

Hi Jonathan,

To be quite honest, I like your original header better than any of the new candidates. The fonts, style and layout coincide much more with the unconventional nature of the content of the site. It leaves a more pronounced impression/effect of the instransigent, uncompromising and individualistic edge that embodies all of your work.

SB

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fattto May 26, 2011 at 11:41 am

For me, B is the best.

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PyPsi May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

P.S. To be more precise, I am referring to the unique layout on right side of the header, with the lowercase letters that appear hand-written over the warning in small caps (preceded by the asterisk – which you can see much better, by the way!). To me, that image, syle and arrangement of words convey “unconventionality” more clearly than the three new ones – how the site is not for the ordinary (aka normal, predictable, tried-and-true, conventional, boring).

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PyPsi May 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

PPS But, I want to as helpful as possible so: if you must select one of the three, I would choose C. But I would remove the bottom boarder and symbol and shift the “DON’T READ IF YOU WANT THE ORDINARY” more toward the left, so that it could under the Illuminated Minds.

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RussellWalker May 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

A

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poonawala.alia May 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

C for design, B for color

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ktalbers May 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

A is the best.

Headers/Logos/Design aren’t really about which one pleases you more, aesthetically. They’re about the way the elements work together to to convey What You Offer.

In A, The drop shadow gives the effect of a mind emerging into light and the color is “cleaner”, brighter, clearer and less ambiguous in its effect than the greener C. The banner also brings together the text elements in such a way that they support each other and integrate with one another, rather than looking like secondary explanations that also want to be in the header.

The grey version (b) is very appealing in many ways but it doesn’t have the light that the A version offers. And it also has just too many fonts that pull attention in too many ways.

C has both the problems with color, layout and fonts, and also has far too many bits and pieces. There’s the title, the swish, the text under the swish and the text to the side of the title. Hunh?

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tweedediting May 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

A is A+.

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rmcotton.art May 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I vote B!! Not too far from what you have, but nicely designed. The fonts are MUCH better!! Love it!

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jonprial May 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

C. Cleaner and clearer

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Kevin_Velasco May 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

“Don’t read if you want ordinary” was difficult for me to read on Header B.

Having a separation for “Don’t read if you want ordinary” on Header C created more of a pause in my head after reading “Live and work on your own terms”, which I liked.

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Kevin_Velasco May 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Header A gave off an “old-fashioned” feeling.

“Don’t read if you want ordinary” was difficult for me to read on Header B.

Having “Don’t read if you want ordinary” on the next line on Header C created a similar affect to:

“Live and work on your own terms *pause* Don’t read if you want ordinary”

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anupama928 May 27, 2011 at 2:05 am

Dear Jonathan,

Frankly, none of them reflect your personality.

‘A’ looks like a brand of local cookie company, ‘B’ looks like country pub writing in wild wild west while ‘C’ just lacks character.

Matter of fact, the current/exisitng one is more YOU. Why do you want to change just for the sake of changing – into something that you are not.

My guess is propbably you too were not happy with these either and hence this public opinion voting.

Just remain true to yourself and you will find the brand logo (or emblem as you call it) that’s most suited to your current reality (whether new or the existing one).

To your highest!

Anu

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flibbertygibbet May 27, 2011 at 2:41 am

@anupama928 Best response yet! Your summing up of these three headers and the existing one is spot on IMHO. And yes, here’s to Jonathan’s highest!

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TrishaDyer May 27, 2011 at 4:00 am

Out of the three above, C is clearest. I tend to agree with the others that your original still knocks it out of the part , just add a little color.

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JoeyWeber May 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’m a fan of C. It’s snazzy and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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PaceSmith May 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

I have a strong preference for A, because it looks the most different from The Art of Non-Conformity and The Think Big Revolution. There’s a lot of the “Revolution” stencil font around, so A stands out the most to me. I’m probably not a good source, though, since I hang around more revolutionaries than most people. (;

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JonathanMead May 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

Believe it or not, I really don’t like the current one, and wanted something different. I could have picked one, but I thought it would be fun for everyone to vote and create more engagement. :) @flibbertygibbet @anupama928

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flibbertygibbet May 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

@JonathanMead @anupama928 Well it’s definitely been fun and you’ve created loads of engagement! It must be good to know that folks are so moved by your work that they want to make the effort to comment :-) I guess it also demonstrates that everyone has their own opinion and that what really matters is *your* opinion and your gut feeling to the headers and how you want to present yourself. Good luck and I wish all the best with your next stage in this virtual world – whatever you decide!

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syphadius May 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

I vote C

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anna.o May 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

C!

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Chinese annie May 28, 2011 at 2:27 am

I really do not like anyone. They are all starchy and boring.I cannot find any difference between the original one and them. If you want to change, why not a really new one.

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akath19 May 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I love the style on B, however the dark typeface for the title seems to make it less welcoming, perhaps B with the typeface of C??

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Sibyl May 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I vote for header B, but I agree with you that they are all really great designs. I don’t think you can go wrong:)

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anupama928 May 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

@JonathanMead @flibbertygibbet

Dear Jonathan,

Since you put it that way, would go with the ‘C’ option if there is a possibility of turning “Illuminated Mind” dark grey and “Live & work on your won terms” deep red/maroon.

To your best!

Anu

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BrianCormackCarr May 30, 2011 at 3:42 am

Well, ‘A’ leapt out at me at first glance – in fact, I almost clicked on it, thinking it was a fab new information product! That tells you something…

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thoughtbubble10 May 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

None of the options look that different to the current header but of the 3, I guess C although I’d use a different font for ‘YOUR OWN TERMS’. Thanks for asking and look forward to seeing the final choice :)

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NappyMuseTV May 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I like C the best.

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cyoungfelt May 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I like C the best

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SharonHart May 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

A – but with the background banner *black* instead of grey to set off the white type. And possibly pull the bottom banner out a bit (right and left). Not so much it competes with the top, but enough so the white copy “LIVE AND WORK…” pops. I like A because it’s succinct, the others pull your focus left and right, bobbing back and forth between the two top competing messages. I like C’s lower copy, but don’t like that the whole thing is split in 3. Too confusing, go with minimal – A – and make it even clearer and cleaner by changing the bottom a bit. That’s my two cents :D I’d even play with adding a splash of red. If you were to use the bottom copy from C you could make the squiggle red – or the line and squiggle … actually, you could use an Asian calligraphy swoosh brush stroke for a line in red. Okay, I’m done now.

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michelemabelle222 May 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Going with C based on my first reaction.

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jcpolk0023 May 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

C!!

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votrexflame May 31, 2011 at 4:19 am

I like C most, though handwriting in your current header seems nice too

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AlexanderSolntsev May 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I think C the best.

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KyleB.Tveten June 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

I’m going with A. It’s the simplest and the other two tend to throw my eyes all over the place. It brings back banners in a hip way as well, which is nice. The other two are wonderful though.

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WanFarahiyah June 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

C – the balanced & the best

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PavelNosikov June 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

A

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CrystalsQuest June 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Personally, I like the deep gold of A, but the layout of C. I’d worry that A on it’s own would push too much below the fold, and considering most screens these days go wide, would think the shorter but wider version would display better.

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laura.primago June 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

B

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laura.primago June 7, 2011 at 3:46 am

B!

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whatifyoudo July 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

B is the best

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myoneresolution September 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

I like C – it emphasizes the don’t read statement so much better.

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Corinne September 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

This header post is old but, I’m going to respond anyway. A, B, and C each have problems. That’s why there is genius in your current header.

My favorite, generally speaking is A – but the little stylized strip banner underneath is small enough that it’s hard to read.

The font for “Your Own Terms” is difficult to read on B & C, sure it stands out but it looks a bit muddy.

I also really like the little stylized line with “Don’t Read If YOu Want Ordinary” on C.

With all of that said, I like the intention of all 3 and would go with A, but create more contrast in the lower ribbon banner and perhaps pump up the size a bit to make it easier to read.

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