:: the decision ::
thank you all so much for your help this weekend. i ended up submitting the following three designs, all of which evolved a bit over the course of the weekend thanks to feedback from some talented designers, friends, and family members:
there was a lot of enthusiasm for the top left design (see this post), as well, but something about that one just isn't finished to me and i can't put my finger on what it needs. rest assured that one or something like it will appear soon.