Its a nice image with the sun rising - it fits; right now I'd like to work around the logo for the site - such as it is - it would be nice to do a take off on that; may be too abstract, though. Thanks for the idea - I'll keep it in mind.
I really like the idea expressed in Phoenix Rising, which is rebirth from death. The phoenix itself was a bird which knew of its own immortal nature, and portrayed that in its voluntary self immolation when it perceived itself as getting old or degenerating. Its death by fire resulted in the hatching of a new egg, a new phoenix. These birds were thought to be great healers and to understand the deepest griefs. All of these features play a part in the phoenix who is the guardian, companion animal to the great wizard Dumbledore, in Harry Potter.
My wish would be to have some kind of image of the mythical phoenix, as this is what many of us have known, a living death, from which we wish to rise again into new life.
Thanks Sing, that was the idea behind the name - that the website/Forums somehow contribute to us as individuals and even as a community and with regard to this poor, oh so neglected disease - Rising like a Phoenix out of the ashes.
A suggestion here. See if you can find free (or cheap) vector clipart in an image you want. Having a vector file will allow you to make is any size without it deteriorating. This is good because it will be different sizes for different uses. And simple is better, so you can also use it as a silhouette or in negative.
Here are a couple of logo's Lynn came up with for the website. We could use them
as a basis for the Forums. I was thinking of widening them and then having Phoenix Rising spread horizontally to the left - for a longer banner. I don't know how difficult that is to accomplish. Any ideas are welcome.
You're right! How did I miss that? My idea is to take the words off the logo and then spread them across banner to the left; we have more room then. (Although there is enough room on the logo now - my website says ME/CFS by the way...little embarrassed.. .)
My suggestion is using only that abstract image with a transparent foreground and white background. To the right is the name of the forum. I think that would make a banner that fits the design of the forum.
In Feng Shui, the celestial phoenix is said to symbolise the luck of wish fulfilling opportunities. It is also believed to bring extreme good fortune. Should be red, if you're going to use an actual phoenix somewhere on Phoenix Rising website.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese science, which prescribes ways of living in a state of harmony and balance with your persononal environment in order to enjoy great good fortune.
(Just in case you're interested in adding a little extra to the meaning of your Logo. And Yes, I do practice this art in my home space - I had a mirror with an Indian carved frame around it at one end of my kitchen until I read that a mirror in the kitchen brings bad health.
I moved it back to above the dining table, which is where I originally bought it for. I have replaced it in the kitchen, temporarily, with a framed chinese embroidered peacock. This is not as weird as it sounds (in my kitchen). It's hanging above an Asian inspired storage cabinet. The symbol of the peacock can be used in place of the phoenix (in the eastern side of your home).
Since I've hung this picture there, I've had some incredible good luck in recent weeks. Co-incidence? Perhaps? Or do we generate our own good luck by being positive? Who knows? I don't care whether it's fact or myth. All I can say is that the change has brought some good financial luck into my life)
I love Lynn's logos, but have to say the colours of the middle sample remind me of illness & debility. Make sure you use uplifting or healing colours, not depressing colours (with whatever you end up with to replace VBulletin).
Just a thought......Here's a more contemporary version I copied (probably illegally).
Thanks for the very interesting Feng Shui information regarding the Phoenix--a truly potent symbol. Your observations about color feel intuitively true. It seems to me that a Feng Shui thread would be very helpful in the Community Forum--if there is enough interest and a few people with the appropriate knowledge of the art.