My intention in this contest is to get a great version of my mockup (as seen in the first several uploaded images) - NOT to get a different overall design. The other images are inlcuded only as examples of shading and graphic IDEAS as used in my mockup - NOT for the overall design. Please read the rest here.
Please refer to the images I have attached to this contest. But first: Please note that I'd rather have work put in to making my own concept look great, rather than have you submit many files with other, completely different ideas from mine. If you have some different concept that you feel would be great (and you want to put the effort into making it look finished), I'll give it careful consideration - but my primary goal is to put the work into getting prismatic, 3D effects in my central graphic idea (and elsewhere in the logo), and have it look solid and professional.
I'd be fine with the overall concept seen in my own versions: sans-serif typeface; the word "TECH" in large case, the rest in lower case; perhaps a gradient or other coloring which takes the word from dark-ish on the left (“TECH”) side to a bit lighter on the opposite, right side (if that shading would still be visible in a small version of the logo...), and/or a gradient from blue to grey or blue to green - but none of that coloring is a requirement.
The other main concept is to have the "S" near the center of the word/logo fly off to morph into an 3-D infinity symbol (or a Moebius strip, which is infinity with a twist..), which should be filled with a high-tech gradient of slightly prismatic color (pref. a single color or two-color scheme of blue to silver or grey, rather than a complete rainbow...), and which will need to fade so as to be able to go behind the other letters, leaving them visible (as seen in my mockups). Please be aware that, in my own mockups, I’ve made the “S” and its related infinity symbol a bit on the large side, in order to demonstrate the concept; although I do want to feature this "S" in this way, it is still crucial that the S and the overall word still be legible (in other words, we can't have it that the infinity element makes it unclear that the "S" is just part of a word, and that that word is "TECHsperienced."
Any other overall ideas are welcome, but I'd rather see effort put into making this my one mockup concept really look finished, high-tech and credible - as if it's a large, serious company that's been around for years. That said, I do not want to use a typeface or styles for the "TECH" letters (or any other part of the name) which uses cliche's of high -tech, or goes over the top in presenting a high-tech concept; I d lots with technology besides computers (including work with music and other creative arts), and I’d rather have thin, light lettering with an overall feel that communicates high-tech, than use anything obvious or trite.
Overall palette should be: slate blue, light blue, grey, silver, and/or black.
I’ve also included several examples of infinity symbols, but also of other fonts and logo designs which use gradients and other stylistic shadings to create the kind of high-tech 3-D effects which I’d like to include somewhere within the TECHsperienced logo. This other artwork is by other artists and designers, and/or from other companies, and is included solely as a general guide for comparison of the ideas I am expressing.