We'd like to convey wholeness, integration, connectedness, health, well-being.
One concept we've considered is mandalas, however in an abstract sense. This is an organization geared toward medical professionals and should not be "new-agey" or complex. Other ideas are connected circles or triangular shapes, however these aren't set in stone. We don't want to use an "A" shape to represent the Academy.
We're not wed to vibrant colors, and a somewhat muted palette may work.
Ideas to Avoid:
For our purposes, the visual of the "organic person shape" (e.g., http://identityview.net/premium-log…logo/1623/ or http://www.clipartof.com/gallery/cl…logo.html) is overdone, and don't want to go in this direction. Similarly, although health is a relevant aspect, this is a professional organization that speaks to medical professionals of all walks. We'd like to avoid using plants, etc. to represent "health" in the logo.
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