I would like to start off by saying that I have enjoyed using Illustrator much more than Photoshop. I think Illustrator allows more creative control over a piece because the entire project can be made without any outside sources.
When I visualized what I wanted my logo to be I envisioned something simple yet meaningful. I wanted to be able to display the letters of Sigma Alpha Mu along with its colors, purple and white. I started to think about how I could display this in an eye catching and tasteful way. Then it hit me. The national governing body of Sigma Alpha Mu is called The Octagon. I decided to create a border for the logo in the shape of the octagon to give a subtle ‘tip of the hat’ to our governing body. To do this I used the polygon creator tool, typed in 8 sides, and then scaled the octagon to the size I wanted. I used the same process to create a slightly larger octagon. I then moved the second octagon to the back and changed its fill color to purple in order to create the purple border around the octagon.
To create the letters inside of the octagon I first attempted to copy and paste them from Microsoft word. For some reason this did not work so I had to get a bit creative. I used the line tool to create line segments and then arrange them into the letters. I think that this almost worked out better than using a font because I was able to put spaces between the anchor points to create a simplistic, barebones looking design. I do admit that I would be able to make it look even better if I had an actual mouse to use, and I plan on getting one in order to help me complete the final project.