Miskeeto symbol design

Miskeeto is a user experience strategy and evaluation consultancy led by Robert Hoekman, Jr., known around the world for his expertise and contributions to the design community as a user experience specialist and author.

Miskeeto logo design

Miskeeto logo design

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Client comments

“I love the logo. Particularly how the mark can stand on its own. It feels tall and proud and powerful. That’s what I was looking for.”

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49 responses

  1. I like the idea and it works very well as you showed us.

    The only downside about the logo I find is that the ‘mosquito’ mark is a bit too round. It doesn’t quite fit in with the font and over all just looks a bit too soft in my opinion.

  2. Love the logo – but I don’t like how they’ve incorporated it into their Co. website.

    Color selection has left it looking bleached and limp.

  3. I think the logo is great – you cannot forget it easily if you see it a couple of times.

    I think the black background of the logo looks better then the grey one in the company’s website.

  4. Love the final product David, and I’m with The Paper Bull – surely they can incorporate it into their website a little better. I hate it when you feel as if you’ve exhausted your ideas, and like some of the ideas you’ve given your client and still they’re not liking any of what you’ve provided. It leaves me feeling as if I’m inadequate for the task, and it’s a very frustrating place to be. Of course, I generally find that I haven’t actually exhausted my ideas after all!

  5. When I first laid my eyes on it, the standalone T stood out right away before I adjusted my vision to read the word to form it in my brain.

    Very clever design. The black lettering on white background works better than the white lettering on the black background. It looks like the black letterings were more greyish so if that was used instead of the black background, I wonder if it would stand out even more.

    Take pride in this one, David, I took graphic design at SCAD and can tell you this is one of the finer “creation” I have seen.

  6. The T or icon resembling it at least is a bit too blurry on the edges I’d say, in the two layout variations when sized down it looks okay. The white on black though makes a little bit more obvious already and on the miskeeto site it’s quite obvious.

    In your brainstorming session I absolutely love the one you drew above what you went for, it looks like a really cool simplified mosquito :-).

  7. A fantastic logo and a poor co website. I believe the colors are ok, they conform to web conventions.

    But some links turn orange, some diappear, some don’t change etc. The slogan on the right is too small a font size and the font face looks out of place, also the the b in big should at least be capitilized to help stress size and importance of the co and it’s aim. The description of the co is good but the font is too big and should be justified to the left, I don’t even want to comment on the white space (I see with IE7) above it. Also the menu on the left, the first letters should be capitilized (they’re important internal links). The logo doesn’t need it as a logo is a symbol. But the logo should always be in the biggest font and i believe it struggles here. Rant over, sorry :)

  8. I just took a look at their website and loved the design on the header. The gradient goes well with the logo.

    Take a look at the about page. Daniel Schutzsmith, that is quite a picture. Pretty funny.

  9. OK – I’ve viewed their site again and the logo colors have changed. Dunno if it’s the different browser on my home PC or if they’re playing with the site. On IE 6 it viewed in a light baby blue / white combo. Very washed.

    Tonight on IE 7 it’s a charcoal grey header with the logo in white. Much more effective. But the rest of the site is displaying itself quite funky.

  10. IMO, the client chose the one that really has the least effect of the three. I don’t really like the final one much at all. I think the two not chosen have great identity and are very visually pleasing, but I just don’t get why they went the way they did :\

    Great job, though. I guess they’d be the experts on what’s right for them, not me anyways ;)

  11. I like the final product. The logo has the elements that you’ve stated before – simple, describable, memorable. It can work with different colours and sizes, with and without words.
    Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts/sketches again.
    I like the one with the circlar O logo, I wonder if it invokes something negative (no one likes to have a mosquito bite!), but then it covers the idea of a little thing having a big effect and effects spreading etc.
    Like Slevi, I like the one with the little legs, the more needle-like one is good too. It seems a good thing to me that you work the way you do – honing in on a couple of ideas. If I was a client and saw all your sketches I’d umm and ah over the possibilities for far too long :P

  12. Brian, Miskeeto’s goals are admirable. I agree.

    Christian, that’s exactly what my client wanted. They’re a professional group, who want to appear approachable. The mark was to reflect a sense of friendliness, without hard edges/lines.

    Randa, of course it’s all part of the process, but you can’t stop yourself from being human. My client ended up happy, which is great, and in turn, I’m happy.

    Mark, being over in the UK I wasn’t familiar with SCAD, but having checked out the website, it seems like one of the top design colleges in the US.

    Slevi, I reckon that’s just my saving for web that produces the blur. Every logo I create is a vector, so disregard that. I’ll update the images when I have a chance.

    Simon, no need to apologise. I don’t intend to comment, as that’s a large topic and I’m short on time, but perhaps Miskeeto will find some benefit in what you say.

    Brett, it’s a cracker of a photo, isn’t it? Daniel is the main reason why I designed this project. He’s the main man behind Graphic Define, and had previously approached me to write for the website. He then recommended me for the Miskeeto project, which I’m grateful for.

    David, I used Century Gothic for the company name. It has a contemporary feel to it, and is one of a few typefaces that I suggested.

    Bull, I’ve always seen the charcoal grey version of the Miskeeto site, so that’s odd you found a baby blue / white combination. Perhaps it was the browser? I’m using Firefox.

    Connor, finishing with a particular design can always be subjective. What’s of importance is that the client feels they have a mark that will last, and take them forward. Of equal importance is that the designer doesn’t provide any poor examples, as inevitably, they’re the ones that will be chosen.

    Kristarella, you’re very welcome, and I enjoy sharing my design process, as I still have a lot to learn, and you all help me along the way. It was an odd brief, as you’ve thought about, with a mosquito having negative connotations. No-one wants bitten! It’s the impact that’s the main focus however, so you work with what you’re given. It would’ve been interesting to sit in on the naming process for the company, and why Miskeeto is spelled as such.

    That’s a good point about showing sketches to a client. Too many possibilities can lead to a big set-back. I type from experience here.

    Dave, not surprising that you think it’s brilliant then. Cheers for stopping by, and thanks.

  13. I’ve been lurking on your blog for a bit, David, and I love it. It’s great that you open yourself up like this – too bad the client ends up getting blasted for their website and choice of logo!

  14. I too, love the case studies. I also am anamored that you do your logo concept sketches by hand and that you share them with us.

    The concept is very powerful and believable, however the more I look at the final version (especially the black version) I cannot help but see an alien face. On further thought this may not be a bad thng. I am of the mind that a good design will always be different things to different people and that adds to the overall complexity of the “mark.”

    Good job.

  15. I think the finished version most matches the name of the company, and really didn’t think the rounded or square versions did anything to make me think of a mosquito. I also think the light colored lettering on dark background works best, wonder what it would look like if you used red for the lettering instead?

    I think it would stand out more on their website if they centered the logo at the top instead of to the left, and also if they put the logo at the bottom too, but those are different issues.

    Excellent work on this one.

  16. Excellent work, David. That’s a brilliant logo, and as your client says, strong enough to stand for the brand on its own.

    It’s great that you find time to prioritise work like this on socially-conscious projects. I see from your earlier post that you’re working for Myeloma, too.

    I take my hat off to you for using your skills to put something back to help others.

    Africa, and cancer, too – they’re both such worthy causes.

  17. Sorry to multiple post like this, but have just found the font in your comment above. Did you have editable comments before? If so, why did you do away with them?

  18. Is there any special meaning or abbreviation on the words “Miskeeto”? Is it just purely a variation on saying “Mosquito”?

    The design is great! Catchy, simple, and harmonic. Do you draw your sketch at meetings or your refined it first before? It looks very distinctive, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd design is very different.

  19. I’m afraid this one doesn’t do anything for me. As an icon I wouldn’t even consider it to be an insect.

    I was wondering if you ever just considered a simple photo of an actual mosquitto? It would look like one actually landed on the stationary. It would say it all, I think. A name/Company represented by an image.


  20. Ed, that’s an interesting idea and would be cool for stationary etc, but obviously David didn’t think of that because, “The client wanted a more abstract than literal logo…”

  21. Ed
    the photo wouldn’t work so well when reproduced at smaller sizes. Also, I’m not sure that the mosquito is the most attractive-looking insect.

  22. John, no need to apologise for the multiple comments. I have the edit comments plugin activated, but it’s not working for some reason. Perhaps once I get a chance to upgrade my WP installation it’ll be back to normal.

    There were quite a few different typefaces shown to the client, and Century Gothic is the one they most liked – particularly all lower case characters.

    Didik, let me find that meaning for you. As for sketching, I’m not entirely sure what your question is, but I always sketch before using a computer, and very rarely show my sketches to clients (either online or in meetings).

    Ed, as Kristarella mentions, my client didn’t want a literal image, because it’s not a very friendly, approachable icon (a mosquito).

  23. Granted they wanted nothing literal for the reasons they mention, so why did they call themselves that if the insect as “not very friendly/approachable. I understand they were referencing the icon, but wouldn’t their public view the name with the same distain? They are an irritant that carries disease. One thing about a mosquitto, it is internationally recognizable.

    I have to admit I love their attitude and direction on the website. Palette is pleasing too. Did you have input there?

    Does anyone ever present something to a client even though they expressly state it is not what they want to see? I often say, “I don’t give what you want, I give you what you need.” The client to me is a part of the overall team to finding the solution. I view their bringing me on as the communications professional, not simply an “artist” to deliver their vision. They expect me to bring my professional opinion tho the table as well as my talents. I have had many situations where they express their surprize on viewing a recommendation containing an element or two they told me they “didn’t want to see.” This also shows how open minded they are in delivering that solution.

    (on a closing note regarding legibility in size. I wouldn’t recommend reproducing at anything less than ‘actual size’ because it would loose the point. Anything less than actual would be represented by a light font.)

  24. Brilliant logo design, as usual, David! I really like Century Gothic. It has a lot of character for a sans serif. Good choice!

    I liked those other logos you presented your client, too, particularly the one with the flipped E, but I can see how it doesn’t quite capture the essence of the company as much as the final one :)

    Did you know they’re using a .png on their site and it doesn’t render properly in IE6? I don’t know if you have any control over that…

  25. Hi Ed, I can’t take any credit for the colours, as the website was pretty much finalised before I was brought in. Actually, the site was waiting on my logo before going live.

    Lauren, thanks. Yep, I know they’re using a PNG. There were some issues with GIFs, and I was told they’d implement a code fix for IE6 (to enable PNGs to show properly), but I guess that hasn’t happened yet. I’ll send an email now and offer a new file (one without transparency).

  26. Thanks for your comments everyone. I’m the founder of Miskeeto, and I wanted to update you on a few things.

    First, apparently, Adobe Contribute (which I’m using for site updates) was messing with the site in ways I didn’t know about, and the view in IE7 was … well, all shades of messed up. I was told about it yesterday and it’s all fixed now. Sorry for the confusion. I’m sure it made a terrible first impression, and I regret that.

    Second, it seems quite a few of you disagree with the color choices for the site. To explain, I chose these colors becuase they’re the same ones used on my personal site (www.rhjr.net), and I wanted my existing clients and anyone who approached me because of the book (“Designing the Obvious”) to see some consistency between the sites, so that they understand the two are definitely run by the same person.

    David’s logo is excellent, and I agree that the site may not let it shine as much as it could. We were very interested in launching the site by a particular date – last week – because I was headed off to a conference and needed to be able to talk about the new company while I was there. I didn’t know at the time how the logo would fit in.

    In the future, I am interested in pursuing design tweaks that will work more cohesively with the logo design. At the moment, however, it will have to wait a bit.

    Thanks again for your comments.

  27. I do like my neatness, Nido.

    Thanks for the props, and congratulations on your recent LogoPond Awards win. I was happy to see the elephruit design featured.

  28. I wish more graphic designers would show their roughs of their logo designs.
    Thank you for doing so.
    I think they don’t because they don’t draw or doodle before going to the computer.
    Shame on them.

  29. Hi, David…good presentable logo….simple, out of clutter, readable as so many tries to to put so many things in that small area of expression…..ur work is quite apreciable…….keep i tup buddy. regards

  30. Just going through your website and your work, I have to say your stuff is amazing. I love how you make the work very simple and very understandable. Keep it up. Congratulations on the opportunity to be an author for a logo design book. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  31. Another amazing logo! I’m just starting out as a graphic designer and I find your sketching and mind-mapping proces very helpful.It’s amazing to see how the mind of an artist works and the creative proces that happens when making such great logos.Thank you so much!

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