At school there is a room for people to create using things like 3D Printers, vinyl cutters, plotters, etc.
Trying to make a double visual reading in the same symbol is quite difficult, even for experienced designers. In your case, you are trying with a triple: the "i", the light bulb and the gear.
Hence, these questions arise:
- Can one of the three readings be deleted? It is obvious that the "i" must remain, so it would be necessary to sacrifice the bulb or the gear? Is it possible?
- If the three have to stay, should they be in the same character?
Honestly, I have not seen the letter "i" until I read the question completely. I think before trying to solve the image and the double/triple reading, the wordmark it must be solved.
- It is a lowercase letter in front of a capital letter, the eye tends to see the capital letter as text start
- At first glance, it looks like an exclamation mark
Apple products usually use the "i" character in front of their products but these do not exceed five / six characters, so it reduces the inconvenience in reading: iPhone, iPod, iWatch, iMac, iPod, iTunes. In your case, the total is 10 characters.
- Is there any possible graphical option to separate iCreate and Lab?
The brightness of the light bulb depends on it. In this design, the gear is engulfing/eating the light bulb, it no longer depends but it's the protagonist. It would be necessary to find a way to restore the logical visual hierarchy to favor double reading. For example, using figure/ground:
If the character "i" must be inside the pictogram, it would prevent elements of this pictogram from breaking the word reading lines. In this case, an element of great visual weight is invading the word baseline. This makes it even more difficult to read the "i".
Keep in mind that the wordmark is made of simple lines, while the pictogram:
- Complex double and triple lines
- Different thickness
- Different gaps
In summary: try to reduce the visual complexity of the pictogram so that it remains in the background or visually behind the wordmark, without losing prominence.
An attempt to solve some or all of these issues may offer a more adequate result. Here a first draft
Not that bad, but the 'i' is kind of lost in there, you could:
- Try using a bolder font for the 'iCreate' part and shift this to the right a bit, no need to squeeze the 'i' inside the icon
- Try making the icon filled, not outlined
- Try adding some color
And another critique: why does a school lab need a logo? :) Can't you just say 'CreateLAB' on the door in a nice font, maybe fill the typo with some gradients or something and that's that.
If it must be Createlab and you want to use your drawings, then you can also use the drawings as letters C and b. Find a good reatela between them.
The question I answered was this one. It requested general constructive advice. I showed a possiblity to use the drawn shapes, a possiblity to have at the right end something more than plain text and "omit the i"