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My problem, ladies and gentlemen, is self-branding.
I am a designer / Arabic calligrapher / filmmaker / human rights activist. Since my work is very eclectic and it comes as an extension of my personality, I cannot decide on a way to represent all of these different facets in a simple, clever way:
• Sometimes when I'm wearing my filmmaker's hat, I feel that the best way to represent myself is to have a logotype of my name, set in Futura, in the vein of what Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson would deem optimal. Futura also seems to be Gaspar Noe's (a French director who is at the helm of transgressive cinema) typeface of choice, which makes the font a very attractive choice because of its breadth of use. But then again, I feel that Futura has come to symbolize "the machine" more often than not, which is not very good for an activist.
• When I'm wearing my activist hat, I feel that my logotype should be simple and low profile, and should have a certain "urgent" and "streets" feel to it. I am a big fan of Banksy's work and the whole graffiti / activist feel of it. I am also a big fan of Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men" film, and I thought that the title of the movie at the beginning felt urgent, but maybe I am confusing the mood of the film with the typeface that was used for the title. I also came across this typeface (there is another stencil version of it) which I liked for its strength and urgency, but was reminded of the Soviet constructivist posters too much to pursue it.
• Additionally, I am a designer/Arabic calligrapher. Recently, I became interested in monograms, and I ended up spending all of last week researching Victorian monograms (which are very nice). But let's face it, I don't think Victorian monograms best represent me, especially since I am an Arabic calligrapher as well. Additionally, if my logo is purely done as an Arabic calligraphy piece, I would risk alienating non-Arabic-speaking clients and benefactors. I was hoping I could do something more "East meets West" or something like that.
Therein lies the rub. Some tell me that I am making a big deal over this, but I seem to have a talent for branding people but I have no way of knowing how to brand myself. I realize that none of you know me to offer a way to help me out, but I guess I am looking for a an objective insight or conceptual approach into how I can possibly group all of these different facets under one umbrella without seeming too corporate or pretentious. Any ideas / inspiration stories?