I had a friend encourage me to work on an entry for the C.R.E.A.T.E contest
I made the background from a pixilated gradient, refining it until it looked like a highly stylized city to represent the community. The pen with its swirls and splatters of color represents artistic conception & expression, which is what brings us together on dA. The core values are easy to see even at a very small size.
I thought it was important to intigrate the dA logo into the design itself so that it would be instantly recognizable as a devArt design, no matter how it's later used.