Find that Spark of Inspiration
The technique of overlapping images can create designs with layers of meaning. The natural brightness of our light bulb ignited a 'spark of inspiration' which was framed by a hexagon whose shape suggested the outline of a box. This inspired the development of a logo for a graphic design company called 'Lightbox Design' (a lightbox is a tracing frame used by graphic designers).
Develop your Idea
Once you get the basic idea for a design, you need to refine and develop the concept to maximise its communication and impact. To this end, a grey backdrop was added to increase the brightness of the image while the jagged 'Matisse' font was used to echo the sharp points of the spark.
Refine your Idea
Next, graduated tone was used to generate the form of the bulb and to suggest the glow of light. The outlines of the lightbox and light bulb were changed from black to white to brighten their images, while the outline of the font was substituted by a drop shadow to lighten its weight.
Reach a Solution
Finally, color was applied to the design making the backdrop redundant. Two tones of blue were used to represent the transparency of glass (a material common to both the light bulb and the light box) while a counterchange of red and yellow (fire colors) was used to illuminate the spark of inspiration. The colors of the typography were borrowed from the image to unify the design.