News/Media/Publishing company focusing on the free exchange of competing ideas in a mature, rational and productive dialogue.
This will be a news publication/journal of sorts so keep that in mind.
We'd like a stately logo that evokes an emotion of class, respect,
masculinity, authority, professionalism, responsibility and
dialogue/speaking/debate. The "pulpit" is key as this is the
"platform" aspect of our site. Our site is the "pulpit" - a web-based
community to share ideas in a productive way. This will not be a
tabloid or a typical news site with click-bait headlines or partisan
bickering. Our articles will be about promoting hard work, personal
responsibility, personal betterment, overcoming adversity, moving
America forward and promoting national unity and will include stories
and examples from the past and present that speak to and illustrate
these ideals. We want to pull out the best of what this nation offers
and promote the best in each individual.
Think "Art of Manliness" (http://www.artofmanliness.com) meets "The Wall Street Journal" (http://www.wsj.com).
Our website's target audience is adults (and future adults) who take responsibility for their lives and believe personal responsibility, self-control, accountability and virtue are the essence of what it means to be a "grown-up."
We love Teddy Roosevelt (26th President of the United States) and who coined the term "bully pulpit." We love how he emphasized hard work, the strenuous life, overcoming weakness, being tough, etc. Some good posts from Art of Manliness on Teddy Roosevelt: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/…roosevelt/
We want a logo that feels like a blend between a newspaper and an online community/blog. It should be stately, classic, authority, respectful. In a word, "grown-up."
We have provided attachment images of Teddy Roosevelt (a true grown-up and real man in every sense of the word). These should serve as inspiration for the feel we are looking for. Logos can use an image of him if you have a great idea for how to make that work, but ultimately our site is more about being a pulpit (platform) for the exchange of ideas than it is about Teddy Roosevelt so don't feel tied to using him.
We'd like to the logo to be more horizontal vs vertical as we don't want it to take up a lot of vertical space at the top of our website (typical of most newspapers). See The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times as examples of logos that don't take up a lot of vertical real estate.
Our audience values the Constitution (especially the 1st Amendment), free speech, even offensive speech, especially offensive speech. We provide a platform for honest, open, dialogue and debate.
We seek to reclaim the word "bully" for the purpose of good (an adjective meaning 'exceptional' or 'excellent') instead of the negative connotation it, so often, carries. Used in phrases like "bully for you" (good for you) to express approval or praise.
See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_pulpit
Our website seeks to be a "bully pulpit" (a terrific platform) from which to advocate ideas (especially competing ideas) and differing viewpoints without the divisiveness and childishness so often found on most news sites and networks that simply resort to name-calling, true bullying, and partisan bickering.
Our site is about being an adult, acting like one, standing up for your beliefs and opinions and being willing to subject them to scrutiny without wearing your heart on your sleeve. We don't care about anyone's feelings (including our own). We care about the pursuit of truth and personal betterment. Those with victimhood mindsets need not apply. This site is about not making excuses, not complaining, owning your situation, embracing your crosses, bettering yourself, and sharpening your mind by eliminating ignorance from your life. Toughen up buttercup. Life's not fair. Don't expect it to be. Make the best of it.
Iron sharpens iron. Prepare to be forged.