maya 7...whats the easy way to create a logo and text..it really cant be that hard...right?...i know maya is more of a character modler..but come on.....even the cheapest programs can do text and logos...
You have a few options. First, you can import curves directly from illustrator with the illustrator import, or you can create editable text curves. If you go to the options box when creating the curve/text, there are several ways to make geometry (nurbs, polys, ect) out of that and add bevels. If you already have your curves in maya, just use the surfaces--> bevel plus to bevel those curves and make geometry.
hope that helps
they used to have a video on the alias website that showed a guy walking through this.