I did an in-depth brainstorm to identify what I'm all about as a designer:
Monogram → Swallow → Hummingbird
My initial monogram explorations didn’t feel right. I needed something dynamic, living and warm that people could connect to. Linking to my love of nature, I sketched some Swallow icons, one of my favourite birds. On reflection, this didn’t convey ‘distinctness’ as there are many similar-looking species. This lead me to ask: So what bird is truly distinct?
A hummingbird fits the bill perfectly:
Hummingbirds also bring back fond memories of my travels in the Western U.S., where I enjoyed seeing and photographing them: