This logo was designed for the United States Dragon & Lion Dance Federation. Their mission statement is “To preserve and promote the arts of dragon and lion dance as a cultural tradition and sport throughout the United States and abroad.”
The Chinese lion and dragon heads were rendered using traditional Chinese color schemes. Then they were placed over an American flag. This was done to symbolize the multi-cultural nature of the organization. All the elements are contained within a circle to signify unity.
This logo was drawn in Adobe Illustrator®. Since it was going to be used on everything from websites to flags, scalability was a primary design issue. The path defined, vector shapes of an Illustrator file can scale up without the loss of image quality.
Since the logo needed to work on both light and dark colored backgrounds, two versions were developed.