The Concept :
The Mayan’s were expert artists of graphics, and carved their symbolism into their monuments. Their artwork, inscriptions and hieroglyphic texts are highly advanced and fraught with symbolism, emotion, mythology.
In parallel to the ancient Mayan cultures advanced technological developments, graphics, writing, storytelling, astronomy, calendaring, mythology, language, religion, and emotional lives, we’d like to offer a branding element that is similarly sophisticated. Today, with our modernly advanced civilization, we’re also very graphical and word oriented, and the technology and multimedia of today brings us to many forms of meaning and intent. We’d like the meaning and intent of our logo to depict our philosophy of the Mayan Way, that we’re all one, connected, equal, and what we create expands on outward and returns back to us. We all influence the world, so let’s consider HOW we do it.
Like the Mayan’s, our world today has a graphical taste for design and symbols that tell stories, let’s do this for our brand and the brands of future customers. This is our moment to design a logo that is modern yet influenced by their ancient art, and is parallel in artistic expression as to their own art and pictographs.
The Artwork :
The Way is to and from the Center, the center of attraction receives input and gives output, and round and round we go in a brilliant economy of give and take.
As we are focusing on missions with the same values of considering the world in our creation, we may consider the center of a development as a focus. From the center we give and receive.
We’re envisioning a circle with arrows pointing toward the center and outward from the center, much like the rays of a sun, and the cyclical calendar of the Mayan ancient civilization; much like nodes of information coming into one place, receptive and sending out signals to other places, giving. Please review the first two designs uploaded for reference, these could be arrows coming to the center and also splaying out for the pictorial mark of the logo. It may also include the “MW” yet we highly encourage another concept. Please review the other Mayan and planetary art that we've uploaded below for inspiration.
Consider the use of the Hunab Ku, spirals, circles, sun rays, Mayan Calendar Sun Shield, sacred Mayan cross, rounded edges like in their language pictographs, swooping lines, dots around swooping lines, lines within lines, serpents, wings, star of venus, feathers, headdresses, and pyramids. Please do not be cliché nor use clip-art, your design will be immediately eliminated.
You as Artist :
This is the moment to really show your artist expertise, please draw original illustrations that may be influenced by the ancient Mayan art and the Way we’ve discussed. Please study the symbols and images uploaded, and allow the inspiration of the design, textures, shapes and forms to influence your symbols. This is a modern company, a modern concept, we like being influenced by the Mayan ancient civilization, yet we are not of that time. Enjoy developing a modern logo, modern concept, with modern art of today’s graphical tastes. Who knows you may innovate an entirely new style. Thank you for your input!