I am in the process of developing a new premium WordPress theme called, GetNoticed! It is based on the principles I teach in my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. It will be specifically designed for people who are trying to build a personal brand. (I am running the GetNoticed! theme here on my site.)

I intend to set up a separate website for the theme. It will include its own blog and support forum. The next step is for us to pick a logo. Which of the ones above do you prefer? Please feel free to also leave a comment below.

Note: We have not yet announced a launch date. We are hoping to have it out by the end of 2012, depending on how the beta test goes. If you would like to stay informed of our progress or be notified when we are ready to accept beta tester applications, please sign up at the bottom of this page.

If you want to reference the logos after taking the survey, you can do so by clicking here.

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76 thoughts on “Get Noticed! Theme Logo Options

  1. I picked #1 but agree with Tim. Not thrilled with either. I’m sure you tried something clean and simple (no eye balls or exclamations), using the font from the book cover (which I love).

  2. I think the second option follows more inline with your brand and the MH in the talk bubble. Kind of connects the two together. The first one screams “inspector gadget” to me.
    just a thought. 

  3. I like the second one the most, because it plays together with the theme of mobile device notifications–in order to get noticed our cell phones, tablets, even internet browsers, have notification counters. The exclamation point brings attention to the fact this this theme allows you to stand out and get noticed.

  4. Both are good, but I like the 2nd one better for a few reasons:

    1) It is easier to read. The 1st option was too big and had too many things going on. It directed more attention towards the magnifying glass than the actual brand.

    2) The 2nd option actually has a little logo within the logo. The smaller logo on the left can be used as it’s own button (kind of like the common RSS button or other recognizable social media icons)

    Either one is fine for me, but I personally believe that the 2nd will expand your brand more based on its simplicity.

    Can’t wait until this theme comes out! I would love to get it for my blog!

    Thanks again for doing this!

  5. Michael,
    I recently read your book Platform. You recommended the Standard Theme for WordPress.What advantage or improvements will your theme give me that Standard does not?

  6. The actual size of the logo will make a difference. I modify both the WordPress and Blogspot themes to fit my online presence and how it will be used. The designer’s logo has always been very unobtrusive in the footer of the blog.

  7. Michael are you planning on you planning on releasing the socialbar you have setup on each post? You should release that as a plugin. Its very well done and I know tons of us, including myself, want it!!

  8. Number 2 without the exclamation point.  The two-letter speech bubble gives a connection to the Michael Hyatt logo of MH.  The lettering and eye-appeal is more relaxed and professional, which also aligns well with your work.  I agree with the others that the exclamation point doesn’t fit.
    -David Gross

  9. Both are somewhat busy. How about just using the words and colors on option 2, without the GN box. It would be simpler, memorable and attractive.

  10. First one is too childish :). Looks more like an adventure/discovery programme for children. But second one is spot-on! Minimalistic and pro looking. And it nicely corresponds

  11. I chose #1 but I like the second half of #2 better, without the “GN!” part. It’s distracting.

  12. I feel Option 2 looks like an error message, Like #1 one with the use of the magnifying glass embodies the message

  13. Michael, I prefer the first logo, but here are some other thoughts.

    1. The eyeball made it look a bit quirky, almost cartoonish.
    2. I like the color and size of the “for WordPress” from #2 better
    3. The text box in #2 matches well with your personal branding, but it makes the logo look somewhat congested.
    4. The magnifying glass in #1 makes the logo look much more professional and it hints at what the theme was created for.

  14. I voted for #2, but as others have commented, I don’t like the “GN!” part of it.  The red box with the white blocky lettering in it reminds me to much of the TV Guide Logo.  I agree with other comments that removing the exclamation point might help.  Perhaps moving it to the end of the wording (as it is in option #1)?

  15. I’d say do the second one in Helvetica. The speech bubble thing ties in nicely with your existing MH mark. And I’d lose the web 2.0 shine. Just my 2¢. :)

  16. I’m not really crazy about either one.  I think I would like the second option, but without the box on the left.  I think either part of the second option would be nice, but together and with the !, it just seems too busy. 

    In my thoughts, you want a logo that is noticable, inviting and memorable, but let’s y0u move on to the content.  It would be like an ornate bookmark that keeps you from reading the actual book.  Or, a seemingly good illustration–that unintentionally keeps poeple pondering the illustration while the speaker has already moved on to the next point.

    Hope that helps.
    Kevin Cunningham

  17. I have not voted as I don’t like either. My preference would be to take the second, remove the blub/comment graphic on the left, then move the trademark symbol over the ‘d’ (in the space above the circle and to the left of the upright.) This would be a pure text logo, but cleaner and clearer. It could also be set up using CSS, meaning that its visible to the visually impaired and faster to load.

    Sorry to burst the effort on artwork, but it does not have a positive visual impact for me.

  18. I have to say that I like the 2nd one mostly because you can use part of the logo as an avatar, on sharing icons, and more easily in banners.

    I also agree with @twitter-21324825:disqus that the exclamation point does mean error for most people. How about the magnifying glass in that area instead? The magnifying glass is the universal online symbol for getting found and standing out.

    Totally looking forward to the new theme. I’ve been looking for a good one for my personal coaching brand for a while.

  19. Not a fan of either. I say less is more. Perhaps replace the GN with a ! or an eyeball? Just seemed like they were trying to do too much in too small of a space. Go cleaner. Thanks for asking us Mike. I know you’ll take the feedback seriously.

  20. Don’t like the eyeball although it got my attention.  The second one is better, but a little plain.

  21. I voted for the first one solely because the second option automatically made me think “error” like so many others have noted.  Guess this is due to the iPhone exclamation error I get when a message or email does not send. 

  22. Honestly not a fan of either. I think they have potential though. I would suggest a few tweaks to see if anything else might work a bit better.

    Suggestion 1: remove the eyeball from the O on the first one. Just having the mag glass gives us the point of the theme…the eye makes it look kinda cheesy and unprofessional.

    Suggestion 2: remove the exclamation point from the second one and turn that into the magnifying glass instead. So you’d essentially be blending the two concepts. I think the mag glass…seems like it promotes searching, finding, getting into the details of things. Which is what we all want as bloggers.

    Suggestion 3: Try option 2 without the icon at all and add the exclamation to the end. It would simplify it a bit more and allow us to focus on the name of the theme instead of drawing our eyes all over the place. 

    Overall, they are just too busy for me. As a designer, it’s important for the user to be able to focus on something…currently I’m all over the place when I look at them. 

    Again, just suggestions of course. Take care, hope this helps some!

  23. Good luck with this one my friend. I know when I post polls I usually get a pretty clear winner (which is nice because it makes the decision easier). Looks like yours is split almost 50/50 :) I like ’em both though so you can’t go wrong with either :)

  24. I prefer the second option. I think the first one is a little bit too busy, and too obvious with the magnifier. I’m not sure I like the colors, too much contrast? Maybe it’s because I’m used to your blog which is so limited in colors. Great initiative otherwise.

  25. I agree with Brandon Gilliland

    re: the logo within the logo. #2 is my fav because the message is clearer.

  26. Second matches your brand better with the speech bubble… keeping it tied to your branding could only be an asset – in my humble opinion!

  27. With all respect, I think you should go back to the drawing board to ask for other options. The exclamation point is often a symbol of an error or not-so-good alert.  I’m also not a fan of red as it says “stop”.  The first is just yucky busy.

  28. Unfortunately the logos aren’t loading for me. I hope when I come back tomorrow they will be working as I would like to see what you have up your sleeve.

  29. In your book Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World, you talk about consistency in branding. It is because of that I picked option 2.

  30. It’s funny how differently people perceive things, isn’t it? To me, the first one seems less busy, and gets the message across better. I like the spyglass suggesting focus and looking closely ie. getting noticed. Logos aren’t easy to come with but the effort will be worth it in the long run.

  31. I’m not a huge fan of either, as is.

    The magnifying glass in the first one gives an amateur feel (like Inspector Gadget, as one commenter wrote), which is the opposite goal of the brand.
    And I don’t like the “speech bubble” in the second. There’s too much going on with the exclamation point and the “N” squished into the “G”.

    If you got rid of the speech bubble for the second, then I would like it.

  32. I’m a little confused. The theme you’re using here is clearly the “Standard” theme produced by 8Bit (http://standardtheme.com), which is what one can see if they source your code. The plugins (for example, the top drop down) are also from third party developers. So other than CSS changes and maybe a few graphic changes, what is it exactly that your “Get Noticed” theme is bringing to the table that we can’t get from these other developers? I’m open, but with nearly 20 years experience I can’t but help wonder how you’re incorporating other people’s code into your new theme offering, when it isn’t something your developer has directly developed himself. How does that play out for those of us interested in perhaps purchasing this new theme you’re releasing? Would love to understand what it is you’re doing so I can make more informed decisions.

    • The GetNoticed theme was created from the ground-up.  It is not based on Standard Theme, though the old design was.  While we have not released any specific details on the theme itself, the basic structure of the theme is based on the _s theme from the WordPress guys.  The HTML structure of MANY WordPress themes typically follows the same format.  Michael’s site runs many plugins beyond what would be included in the theme itself, plugins he recommends elsewhere on his site.  Any and all code that has not been written directly by us is licensed under GPL, just like every other WordPress theme and plugin out there.

  33. Wow, really Michael — I’m a big supporter of you and you deleted my post when I was asking a very legitimate question about the new theme? You didn’t even send me a polite email responding to the question: you are using another company’s theme, what does your new theme offer that your developer actually created besides CSS when you’re using other people’s plugins, etc? You could have simply sent me an email, now I can’t but help wonder if something shady is going on behind the scenes! Truly disappointed!!! A little integrity goes a long way BROTHER.

    • It is not deleted. I am viewing it right now. (It’s right above this comment, depending on how you sort the conversation.)

      I forwarded your comment to my developer, knowing that he could better answer the question. Thanks.

  34. Get rid of the “eyeball” on 1st (maybe the magnifying glass over the “O” will be Ok by itself); get rid of exclamation point on 2nd; the eyeball look screams “silly blog”, not “professional blog”.

  35. The first one is too cartoonish with the eyeball and magnifying glass and does not convey a professional image.

    Number two is better and aligns with your MH branding.

    However, the GN bubble with the glass effect and the exclamation mark mirrors Facebook logo and the notification bubble you get when you have a FB message. I would elimnate those elements and keep it simple like your MH bubble. The glass bubble effect also competes with the gradient you have going on in the Get Noticed wording. I would stick with the gradient if you want a special effect. I think an exclamation mark after Get Noticed is fine as long as it is not too thick, as it is in the first design.

    1. Are you using the red in Noticed to get it noticed? :) Wondering how this color fits with the rest of the blog. Your MH bubble and logo colors compliment your blog here. Are you using red in the blog or only in the logo? Red is a pretty bold color.

    2. Michael Hyatt is all caps. Have you tried Get Noticed in all caps, too?

    3. What eliminating the GN bubble and putting Get Noticed! in a longer, regtangular bubble?

  36. The talk bubble in option #2 seems to fit your brand better, but like others have posted, they both seem a little ‘busy,’ especially compared to your other media offerings. Good luck! (I am surprised #1 is leading at this point, but I’m not a marketing expert!)

  37. I like the second one best. I agree with what many people have said about the exclamation mark in the circle though. I might change that to a pen or a quill that signifies writing and them move the exclamation mark to the end of GetNoticed!

    Two cents from a graphic designer. :)

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