So... We need to have the Apple (the computer company) icon integrated into the final design (no need for you to worry about trademark or copyright infringement - that's on us). We desire the logo to FIRST be about Mac Nurse, and we want the Apple icon to be integrated, but not necessarily as prominent as the idea of "Mac Nurse" which is the company name.
Elements we DO like:
Great text design and layout.
The Apple icon with some depth viewed from slightly askew!
Elements we are NOT fond of for the final round:
electrical leads / motherboard schematics
Female 1960's era Nurse's Caps/Hats
We want to let our clients know that we service Apple computers, and that we are friendly, but we do not want to look like an Apple Store or look like we worship Apple, Inc. We do usually prefer sans-seraph fonts over seraph fonts, but we are open to a good seraph font if done right. We prefer a somewhat softer aesthetic such as rounded corners and smooth medium bold lines (not too thin like angel hair, and not too thick like fettuccine!)
Lastly, we are located in VERMONT, so it could be great to also include the idea of being Vermont-based somewhere in the design, as in the word Vermont (NOT the shape of the state - it's an ugly shaped state!). This is not a critical element, but if your design could make that work, we're open to that!
The winning logo will need to look great on a WHITE background, and should be easy to identify from 50-100 feet away. We prefer no gradients, distressed fonts, or shading - we like the block-print type of look with clean lines and solid shades of color. However, if a design is just so awesome with a gradient or something of that nature, we're open to it!