The logo contest has been narrowed down to 4 finalists and the winner will be selected the members. Whichever gets the mosts votes wins. Voting will be allowed for 7 days, closing 12/10/08 EDT. Rookies can not vote which should minimize the opportunity for fraud. Entrants are permitted to vote for themselves. Logos can be viewed in their native environment by using the quick style chooser menu located on the bottom left of the forum. In the event of a tie, a run off vote will be held. Please be careful when placing your vote as it can not be changed.
1 - weak.
2 - stylish and nice, but too generic and doesnt portray what the site is about with any symbolism 3 - freaking amazing
4 - i have no idea what an an angelic shield has to do with hockey prospects
The only problem I see with the broken glass header is that you will have a very hard time putting something like that on a shirt or letterhead or other various promotional items. It's not really a logo per say as it's just a header.
#1 is reminiscent of mid 60's design. It reminds me of a metal tag riveted on an old Evinrude outboard motor. Personally, I like it -- but it's probably not right for the site.
#2 is solid. The ribbons symbolizing the traces left on the ice are nice, and the glass effect on the lettering is done very well.
#3 Obviously, the most remarkable aspect of the design is the shattered glass, and it's done very, very well. The light blue bevel on the edge of the characters in 'boards' is a great subtle accent, and looks sweet.
#4 The feathery wings are well done. The theme, however, leaves me curious as to what HF boards are. Maybe if the wings were constructed with hockey sticks?
My choice? #3
#2 was my second choice, if somehow it had incorporated a less subtle thematic element, it would have gotten my vote (even with the Star Trek-ish font).
#1 is not going to get the props it deserves, which is a shame. The hockey stick may have been better incorporated with the 'HF' in some way, instead of laying beneath, but overall it's a very neat retro look. 'Web 2.0' style design will die soon enough, but until then, simple design will be overlooked and met with scorn.