The Rebranding of Sykhronics

This past weekend I began a process of rebranding my company. Shortly after leaving my AAA job in 2005, I created this logo.

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Thing is, that’s not even one of the better logos I used, it’s just the most business’y one.



More here.

As you can see, I used to be really in to playing with typography. Sykhronics is a name I’ve been using for the past 15 years. In the early days, it was my portfolio website. When I decided to go “Fulltime Indie”, it became my business. It’s always been the hub of “me”; Whatever “me” is doing.

I’ve tried on several ocassions to come up with something better, but it just hadn’t worked out.

Until now.

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Yay! There we go! Lots of things going on here, but most importantly I was able to creatively satisfy my type design itch.

The process involved me going to twitter and asking a simple question: Read this, and what does it say?

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Some of the results were extremely amusing (SykBronies!? Ha!). So after several iterations, we ended up with the orange logo above.

Notably absent is the H from Sykhronics. If you’ve never heard of Sykhronics, you’re probably asking “why was there an H there anyway?”. Well after some thought, lots of head tilting back and forth, I decided to try it without. I think “H less” SYKRONICS makes a lot of sense. The only downside is my own natural instinct typing it and reading it. My muscle memory for typing Sykhronics is so well developed, that I know when I’ve typed it wrong without even looking. Hey, that’s what happens after 15 years. 😉

Now the logo isn’t perfect. I’ve had several folks call out the K and the C for looking like “WTF” and E. I’m okay with that, because overall the design is consistent and interesting. 9 characters, all with hints of a circle in them, with sharp cuts.

Something I’ve wanted in the logo forever is a character. So part of the design is the O creature. It’s very much Pata Pon’esc, which I’m always a iffy about (looking too much like an existing franchise), but it’s fine. I like it. It’s interesting. Like a little floating eyeball with fangs. Gives me *SOMETHING* to use as a mascot, which I’ve always wanted.

Anyways, I’ve gone ahead and printed some biz cards. They look like this.

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I’ve always been of the opinion that as a game developer, our business is fun, so we should be having fun everywhere. Hence why I went with such a bizarre job title (Formerly just “Game Developer, Owner”).

And that’s that. So far I’ve just started with the biz cards. After GDC I’ll make it the website too. Ta!