Every venture needs an emblem (right?). For a free quick and dirty solution, check out the Official Seal Generator. There, you can choose among several shapes for your seal, including round, square, triangle, pentagon and shield. You can include a decorative border and choose among several dozen icons for the center of the emblem, then specify colors, font, and of course enter your text to go around the seal.
The resulting 350×350 pixel image is suitable for high-quality printing at about two inches. You can also directly order items emblazoned with your new seal: stickers, magnets, keychains, hats, T-shirts, mugs, steins, etc.
The website also has links to a couple of strangely cool sources for mottos. (Every seal needs a motto, right?) The Latin Motto Generator lets you combine words and concepts in English, and receive a Latin version for your Motto. The other is Wikipedia’s List of Latin Phrases, some of which are not only entertaining, but kind of bizarre.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.