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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pellatarrum: Suddenly, a Wild Logo Appears!

This amazing and epic logo sprung from the fertile mind of my co-author Demonic Bunny:

I don't know if I can express how awesome this is, but I'll try.

  • I didn't tell Bunny what I wanted. I just said "I want Pellatarrum to have a logo for when we eventually publish it."  He managed to reach into my brain and pull out everything I wanted in a single try. 
  • He doesn't have previous experience with graphic design. 
  • It looks amazing in black and white, but will also look amazing in color. 
  • It is instantly iconic. 
  • It is detailed without being busy. 
  • If you don't know the setting, it's a cool logo. 
  • If you do know the setting, you understand how dense in information the design is. 
  • It's actually an abstract view of the plane itself, with the Dayspire up top and the crumbling Nightspire below. 
  • The triangles are the alchemical symbols for the elements, and clockwise from upper left they are Air, Fire, Water, Earth -- the sequence of the elemental seasons.

Another cool thing I discovered while I was looking up the aforementioned symbols was this chart of elemental correspondences from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn:

It's cool because I don't ever recall seeing this chart before, and I know I haven't read any of the Golden Dawn.  I love how we both came to the conclusion that Earth is winter, when everyone else tried to tell me that it should be Water. Coincidence, or great minds thinking alike?

I also love how this gives me authority against all the gamers who would object that I am somehow getting elementalism wrong. I can point to this and say, "Old School Occultism, bitches!"

1 comment:

  1. And it would look SUHWEEEEET engraved on a lower... ;-)


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