The Story Behind the Original Logo
November 2017 was when Dreams Rule Everything Around Me (D.R.E.A.M.) was born. Two months before was when I came up with the idea to give this another try after trying to do something for raising Mental Health Awareness failed five years ago. Originally, DREAM was going to be HLD (Happiness & Love > Depression), but I was never able to fall in love with the name.
As mentioned before, I decided not to pursue Psychology and went into law. This decision was something that I wanted to do for all the wrong reasons. I never felt like I fit in. I felt like I was out of place and just on a different level compared to everyone around me. In March 2012, I decided to drop out, and that was my second time battling depression, and it was much worse than the first time.
During my battle with depression, I used a simple coping mechanism where I would stay up late at night and write down the things I wanted to accomplish in the next five years. "What do we have going on tomorrow?", "What do we have going on next week?". "How can I get to where I want to be and make everyone around me happy?" These questions helped me because I would do this every night. Eventually, I got to where I wanted to and knew I had to do more to help people who went through what I went through. Had it not been for my loved ones by my side, I don't know how I would have made it through those times.
Those things I wanted to accomplish went from dreams to realities. A husband, a father, a son that makes my mom and dad proud, and recognition of my skill set in the workforce. However, none of that was enough because the one thing I wanted to do was raise awareness for something I truly believed in; the importance of mental health awareness.
In November 2017, I kept thinking of what name would capture the message of my struggle. As a fan of hip-hop and street culture, I'm always inspired by the message of my favorite artists and personalities. I even recorded a hip-hop album when I was 16 (not dropping the Soundcloud here). After I thought of using the name Dream, I felt like it wasn't powerful enough. Then came to mind the name that stuck with me like a pimple on my nose when I was 12 years old during Class Picture Day; Dreams Rule Everything Around Me.
Quickly I made sure to trademark the name; I came up with a logo that would be basic enough to understand and fit. The logo is a cloud, but most people think it is a mountain, so I kept it up for everyone's interpretation.
As much as I loved the logo, I could never fall in love with it enough because it didn't portray the struggle, the passion, and the love behind D.R.E.A.M. So that is why I am proud to announce our new logo, The Dream Maker.
DREAM MAKER - The New Dream Logo
The Dream Maker is the new logo for Dreams Rule Everything Around Me, and it represents everything we stand for.
Astronauts don't become astronauts because they're forced to. Astronauts are a prime example of Dreamers. The idea of going to outer space to explore and discover new things is an incredible feat, and one that should be met with praise and that is why we chose to use a Space Helmet.
The Dream Maker is our symbol of faith, perseverance, and the desire to go beyond your wildest dreams.
The crack on the helmet is a symbolism of all the struggles we have had. We featured it on the Dream Maker to show how we're not afraid of showing those scars because it is a part of what makes us who we are.
The stars glaring in the visor represent all the opportunities that are ahead of us. We used stars because stars represent opportunities and hope. The stars are on the opposite side and in a more prominent place than the crack in the helmet because we should always prioritize what is in front of us rather than focus on our scars.
The smile not only represents happiness but a sense of eagerness and poise for what is to come in the future.
The Dream Maker represents what we stand for here at Dreams Rule Everything Around Me and we hope it inspires you to never give up on your battle and to always dream beyond your wildest dreams.
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