ADDED: 1/25 late: We like the responses received so far. I want to challenge anyone out there listening to offer a unique design with some art that says something about what we are trying to do, not just variants on the name and the letters CE.
ADDED 1/25: Can someone throw together something with a very simple little certificate with a checkmark (or something like it) over it indicating that it's taken care of?
We want a minimalist "web-2.0" style logo that people will remember and that makes you want to know more. Someone should see the logo with the name of the site and be able to make a quick guess about what we do.
-Font: slim, modern, sans-serif
-Colors: should evoke stability, calm. note: we do not have a website and color palettes are up in the air right now. Feel free to experiment.
-the logo should look professional and serious. no cartoons but not too fancy looking, either.
-Memorable. Innovative and modern without looking too trendy.
-We want some sort of image to go along with the name
-The logo should invoke the ease and simplicity of a previously dreadful task.
-The main logo should include the product name certce.com or CertCE.com, but the image should stand on its own.
What we don't want:
-We don't want out logo to overwhelm or be too off-putting. We aren't telling people everything about what we do with the logo, but it should help explain the idea.
-Please do not use stock images or clip art.
Print file format - .at (CMYK)
Web file format - .jpg and layered .psd (RGB)
Finally... we've worked with clients before and we get that people don't always know exactly what they want. We've described what we think we want, but don't be afraid to punt and show us something cool if you think it is in line with the overview and targets described above.