For my class, My Story on the Web, we have been tasked with creating a logo with Illustrator to represent the theme of our blogs. For the logo, I knew I wanted something extremely simple and easily read. I also wanted to use something that represented people in a way that everyone could identify with. I ended up deciding on the hand with a question mark painted on the palm, as a sort of symbol for human diversity; the question mark representing individuality. To make the design happen, I started off by making an incredibly crude, cartoonish, hand out of ovals with the ellipse tool. From there I began adding points with the pen tool, and manipulating their curvatures with the direct selection tool, essentially molding the hand out of the ovals as if they were clay. After achieving the desired silhouette of a hand, I used the pen tool to draw lines across the fingers and palms to look like the creases on a human hand. I then altered the stroke of the lines to look ragged and more like actual human wrinkles. Next I decided to add in the name of the blog beneath the palm after I had seen a few other bloggers do similar things with their own logos. I used the curvature to tool to draw out a rough semi-circle beneath the hand and used the type tool to add the name of the blog along the path. I also used the type tool to do the question mark on the hand, however I am considering changing that. I am also considering adding some sort of gradient behind the hand, but I do not want to oversaturate the image and end up with something unrecognizable. I really like how the hand has turned out so far, because it reminds me of a cave painting, or of some fortune-teller’s banner, all things that seem to fit the otherworldly nature of the Out Of Step blog. I would like to refine a few things, but I think all-in-all I will keep this basic design.