Re: [kde-artists] KDE Logo
Aaron J. Seigo <aseigo <at> kde.org>
2008-01-02 15:52:51 GMT
On Wednesday 02 January 2008, Kolik Kolik wrote:
> I'd just like to say, I don't really like the KDE logo. It's not very
> stylish, actually, I think it's kind of ugly. There's a square - not very
> likable geometric shape, there's a K letter - ok, but what's a K, it's just
> a letter, and it even does not look very well - ugly font. And there's a
> screw - or what it is? Why is it there? Are we in a factory? Looks bad.
i'd recommend researching the history of the KDE iconography and keeping in
mind that this is about branding. it also needs to translate perfectly to two
colour print, small sizes and large banners.
now, there are some things i, too, dislike about the KDE logo but it's not the
use of a "K" and a gear, it's more the little things like the placement of
the gear teeth (the right most tooth is partially ocluded by the letter which
increases the visual complexity of the logo) and how the exact placement of
the K makes it look a bit like a person in a wheelchair. these are things
that could probably be addressed with relatively minor visual tweakings.
perhaps you could try and, with sensitivity to the branding issues, come up
with a variant that works better. any results would end up having to be
vetted both by the artists here who have artistic design control as well as
by the larger KDE community as this is a shared community symbol.
note that altering a logo, even in small ways, is a laborious and hugely time
intensive job. i've gone through several corporate and product imaging
processes in my professional life and even if the results are visually
simplistic, it's a long journey to get to the Right Thing(tm).
p.s. it is out of respect for the sort of work that has been involved and that
would be involved to move it even further that i personally would stay away
from invectives such as "infantile" and rhetoric like "Are we in a factory?"
(that latter question actually displays a lack of historical context on your
part, since gear iconography has a long history in the project). let's try
and keep things on a positive and constructive note, ok? =)
Aaron J. Seigo
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