Well, I've put an afternoon's work into being "serious" about the graphics.
Unfortunately, the results reflect that.
I won't post most of them (as they are mostly s***), but I will post something to show my dilemma.
Here is the more "architectural" sidebar from this morning's efforts. (Put up here for contrast.)
Here is the best of my afternoon's efforts.
Yes, it's pretty, but anyone see the problem?
Putting a brick wall on one's resume is NOT the symbol one wants on one's marketing material. (Might be appropriate for the current economy, but we don't want to dwell on that.)
Everything else suffers from either complete dullness (a column) or doesn't work with my logo (modern graphic vs. traditional logo).
Later: Ah! This is why ranting a little can have beneficial results. In articulating what is wrong, it can set you on the path to finding what is right.
I think I may have a decent idea.
Even Later: At last, I think I have something with the right symbolism, right shapes, and it works with my logo.
Graduated colors version (I think it'll look even better printed)
A good day's work.
Tomorrow, working on the text and layout...