Here's something I worked on last year.
After producing some logo designs for KanziLingua, I was approached by Chiara Grassili to create a logo for her blog site Translator Thoughts. Chiara has been working as a freelance translator for a few years, as well as developing a passion for digital marketing and social media.
When she first approached me, she sent me a few of her own sketches. Using these as reference, I started with these rough thumbnails:
I received some positive feedback fro Chiara, who then selected her favourite three designs for me to take even further and produce two versions of each - one with a frame and one without.
I also experimented with gradients and shadows in Illustrator to create a 3D effect.
Below is the final version Chiara picked out.
You can visit Chiara's blog site at http://translatorthoughts.com. She also has an Italian blog site We'talia Social Media. Check it out at http://wetaliasocialmedia.com.