Here I have tried to create something with a badge like feel to it and something which feels like it could be a re-discovered relic from the industrial revolution period. To also include a message that was direct and strong yet also intriguing and somewhat puzzling, something that is unexpected in this format and provokes thought. The use of arrows and banners for me also links to a lot of traditional tattoo designs whose history is very much routed in journey, travel and explorations.
The bee is a symbol of Manchester that originated in the industrial revolution and as such has much to do with the Manchester that we have today, how we lived and how we worked and has become an identity. That period of history, however ruthless, had a great impact on our city and changed it forever from a small town to a global city. I also like the fact it is a small detail dotted here and there that people often overlook but yet contain such a rich back story.
I also wanted to play with the texture of this logo and create something which reflected more both the era which has inspired it and the idea of re-discovering something once lost reflecting the texture of the derelict buildings and providing and opposite to the clean and sterile tourist board view of the city.
Whilst I was at it I also played around with another idea I had sketched up but I didn't really feel it had the same impact or style that the badge I created did. However I felt the exercise was useful in the fact it allows me to see more readily how my sketches transfer into a digital format and how that changes the idea and can make it something quite different.