A vital part of every unit’s success is family. While Soldiers are in the field or spending long days away from home, spouses and children are left to take care of everyday life. Not having a family prepared for the stress of military life and normal life can lead to the ultimate downfall of if a unit can complete it’s mission. To help with these stresses, units often create Family Readiness Groups or FRGs. The FRG serves as a safe place for all Soldiers and families to handle issues while the Soldier is away, but also creates a support group for families and children.
Cobra Battery is currently in transition with our FRG as our former leaders have moved on to other units. For this logo project, I hoped to create a symbol to be used for emails and other event publications so that C Battery had an identity as an FRG.
For research, I looked first at the Army FRG website https://www.armyfrg.org/skins/frg/home.aspx. I found that this page didn’t really have a core logo, but that it had many programs under the umbrella of FRG and buttons on the website. The button that caught my attention was the “subscribe” button. This button was a simple outline with basic shapes of a man and a woman. Along the line of simple shapes to make people, I looked at http://www.bbbs.org/ the Big Brothers Big Sisters program logo, with this I had the needed inspiration for my design.
I started my logo with a circle to serve as the base of the design. I chose a comfort color yellow to serve as a relaxing background. I applied a circular gradient to the background. Next, I used the ellipse tool to make the bodies of the family. I chose to use a stereotypical family makeup, but also wanted to make it non-gender or race specific so that it could serve as everyone’s logo. I then made the arm’s for the parents using polygon tool for a triangle and dragging the anchors to my liking. I duplicated and reflected the arm and made it a smaller size to fit the other adult. For the colors, I chose colors from the base color palette and applied radial gradients on the heads and linear gradiants on the rest of the body parts. Finally, I applied a arched text along the top and a unaltered text along the bottom.
Hopefully, this serves as a good base logo for the start of our new battery logo. Your input would be greatly appreciated!