by Brian

Logo Design Case Study | JMR Insurance Group

JMR Insurance Group is an insurance company primarily located in Florida, and they contacted my company to design a new logo for them, along with stationary materials like letterheads, business cards and envelopes.

The Brief

We discussed the client’s needs with them, and learned that they have over 25 years experience in the insurance industry, and wanted their identity to represent this experience. They said that they liked the phrase “Protecting Your World” and asked that we develop the logo design around that concept.

Concept Development

I was the lead designer on this project, and so I started sketching some ideas for this logo design. After getting to know the clients well, I had made notes that were of Irish and French decent. With the client’s last name being MacDermott, I decided that Irish Celtic symbolism or crest imagery would work well for the “protection” concept I was planning. I researched the McDermott Clan, and found the McDermott crest. I also learned that the traditional McDermott clan motto was “The Strong Hand Rules”. Perhaps I could include this somehow into the concept.

Sketching works well for me as I love to draw and wish I dedicated more time to sketching just for the fun of it. Below you can see how I got started with my ideas; working on the concept of a shield for protection.

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The second I idea I had was to incorporate the McDermott clan crest into a shield along with the intials, JMR. You can see two of the concepts I presented to the client below. The first one uses a minimal drawing I made of the McDermott clan shield, with the 3 boar’s heads.

The second concept uses a general shield look. The “JMR” initials in this design would work well standing along as a mark also and is recongnizable.jmr3

The next concept I began to sketch was the idea of a lion, presenting the “strength” and “protection” feeling in this logo. I sketched the lion standing strong and powerful and then the client responded with the idea of adding a “fleur de lis” and scepter to represent the French origins of his wife and partner in JMR Insurance. I drew a “fleur de lis” and then transferred this into a digital drawing, along with a detailed drawing of the lion. The lion holding the scepter tied in perfectly with the McDermott clan’s motto of “The Strong Hand Rules”.

The final concept was ready to be developed into a full design in Illustrator, and can be seen below.

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jmr4The client was very happy with the outcome of the final concept and decided to go with that. We then started designing the letterheads, business cards and envelopes. They were printed using a foil accent on the gold areas of the design, and accompanied with a standard textured stock, they came out well. You can see them in the images below:

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jmr9Overall, we were all delighted with the new logo, and the stationary designs. The client now has a powerful, professional identity that represents their experience in the insurance industry and the overall look is one of strength, protection and competence. We are currently just about to start a web development project for this client also.

If you would like to see some other logo designs we have completed, please visit my company’s portfolio