Academy for Thinkers has had a very successful year and we'd like to develop a clean, clearly decisive brand to distinguish it from other tutoring and writing centers. A dynamic logo that establishes both the old school methods of Socratic teaching with a modern twist to look fresh and competitive is really what we're looking for.
The original logo was completed by an amateur, using stock images, on a limited budget, and have been included as a general design idea, only. We're opened to a new style but would like to maintain the 'coat of arms' feel.
What I'm looking for is a logo design that has two specific layers.
The first layer will be the shield with two visible heraldic symbols (Choose between: harp, dragon, book, pen) on the left hand side. This layer should have two wheat sheafs flanking the shield with the school name (Academy for Thinkers) and 'Veritas' underneath.
The second layer will be the profile of an owl's face. I want it to look like the owl's face is "overtaking" the shield by covering the right half of the shield. I don't want the owl's face to be limited to inside the shield but "outgrowing it". Therefore, the owl's face can bleed slightly into the left side of the shield and "grow out" from inside the shield. While it's okay, and preferable, to have the owl bleed into the left side a bit I still want the two heraldic symbols to be visible.
Colours: I'd like the some of the owl's feathers to have highlights of maroon, the background of one of the heraldic symbols to be maroon, and the name of the school, Academy for Thinkers, to be in maroon. Everything else should be in simple black.