It's taken a while, but I'm finally getting to the point where I'm refining some of the frame graphics I've been working with. This is a big step in the right direction in terms of professionalism, but I've put it on the back burner until recently mainly because it has nothing to do with building a good frame. Still, I realize its importance and so far I really like the results. The track bike I built last month will be the first bike to get the new headbadge and new downtube graphics.
Here's the headbadge:
These are made of stainless steel and some will have a mirror polish and others a more matte brushed finish, depending on what the customer thinks best suits the frame. The picture shows how I receive the badges from the laser-cutter. I am also having 'MAP' laser-engraved below the fleur de lis which should give the badges a finished look.
The other improvement is in the downtube logo.
Here it is without color, and as it's meant to wrap around a tube, its twin image is above it.
What I like about it most is its versatility in the ways it can be utilized. The inside of the globe can be one color and the text another contrasting color. Or for a more subtle look, the color of the frame can show through the lines of the globe while only the text is a contrasting color.
Can't wait to see some variations.