So here's a first draft of a possible Open ACS logo. I read the comments on the Naming topic and thought this could use it's own. I am using a certain dog as a model...but I think you'll get that.
Let me know! Like I said...first draft only...
- The logo would have to be something that could be shrinked or expanded, say to use in a page footer so that we could have millions of pages saying "Powered by OpenACS".
- Make Alex's face smaller to comply with the above.
- The "Open" in light blue kind of disappears. Maybe another color (darker) ?
That's it. Thanks for taking this over ! This is really nice.
Very cool logo, though, Scott!
But, the in-your-face aspect of using Alex is only matched by the in-your-face aspect of the OpenACS name. Might as well have a logo in keeping with our name.
OK, I'm not one to play subtle so if folks want to stick it to 'em, so to speak, I'm for it. Maybe it will cause Philip/aD to start thinking about the real meaning of Open Source.
I can darken the OPEN a bit...the intention in keeping it light and thin was to signify...open-ness! Put that on top of the strength of ACS...well, it's corny but that's the thought process.
I definitely don't want to do anything that would get Philip upset, though. If you guys who know him better think that he won't like us using the Samoyed image that's fine too. But, he seemed like a pretty easy going guy to me, so I didn't think he'd mind!
Ok...tomorrow I'll put together a couple of variations so you can see it at smaller sizes.
Thanks again for the input! Now it's back to work on our next OpenACS project. (actually working on three of them right now!)
Damn, this is as good as the penguin! I like it!
I think that we should use a Samoyed unless/until they express strong dissatisfaction. Who knows? Maybe the mushrooming of thousands of "Powered by OpenACS" sites will gently spur them to help make the open source databases comparable to Oracle.
If Philip gets too upset, we could modify the logo. For example, we could create a winged samoyed, a "pegasamoyed". The samoyed would signal the strong ties to ACS Classic, and the wings would signify the free nature of OpenACS. ACS Classic could then use a regular Samoyed as symbol.
I forgot to express my thanks for taking the time to make this logo--I like it! I would echo the others who suggest making the head the same size as the lettering. Other possibilities: what about a full body shot of a dog sitting on its haunches facing the viewer? On top of the lettering?
Sorry if my previous post came across as overreacting--my intent was to allay fears that aD's likely to care about the use of a samoyed as a logo--if it were a burning issue for them, they would likely have pursued it by now. I also think it would be a great way to pay homage to Philip and Alex (or George, assuming that you believe it would better to model the logo after a great dog of the past, to avoid inflating Alex's ego too much).
As for the ongoing discussions about offending Philip, I think the most important thing is that we see ourselves as supplementing and supporting what aD has articulated as their mission (and I mean their mission, not their business). As long as we don't imagine ourselves as being a some kind of splinter group or revolutionary cell, I think we have much less chance of offending anybody. Now, if we start catching ourselves saying/thinking "F*ck aD!", then we'll be more likely to do something that pisses them off. As long as we're focused on adding value to the larger ACS community as a whole, I would hope that we're pretty safe.
Your very first effort, "Large Alex", is our T-shirt design. Any questions? :)
I actually like the text overlapping the doggie in that one, though I'm not sure it would work for the smaller versions. Also, I like Alex being bigger than the text, I wonder what it would look like if you maintained a bit of that flavor in the smaller versions?
As far as the button goes, I wouldn't mind a slightly more rectangular version. That would let you put a slightly bigger Alex to the left, and "powered by Open ACS" in the same vertical arrangement you've showed to the right.
OK, now you get to tell me how to hack Tcl for a week :)
Seriously, these are just ideas spawned by your efforts. They're all very good.
I agree with Don that the button could be more rectangular and it doesn't have to be that small (e.g. the "Powered by Apache" logo).
All the rest looks awesome. I want a t-shirt and baseball cap of OpenACS !!
I work for a T-shirt company, and if there is enough interest, we might be able to print some.
More seriously, does anyone here want to do the actual work of selling the T-shirts?
Also, I'm located in Denmark. It really isn't worthwhile to attempt shipping T-shirts over to the US, what with customs and all.
Let me know...
A comment on the small logo--first of all, I think that most of the "powered by" logos are usually more rectangular, that, is they are maybe twice as long as the small logo you've got (I don't know what dimensions people use, perhaps someone else's could be measured or whatever). Here are some examples I got by searching for "powered by": http://www.darryl.com/vipower.gif and http://www.casinomontecarlo.com/newimages/poweredbycryptologic.gif and the slightly-longer-than-usual Apache logo: http://www.apache.org/images/apache_pb.gif
Also, it is a bit unfortunate that at the small size the dog head is very hard to see and the light blue is not so easy either.
Graphics are not my strong suit, so the only things I can think of are using a bolder type on the "Open" and/or a darker color, at least on the small one and possibly having "Open" next to "ACS", at least on the small one to get the rectangle be longer.
Also, an idea for a logo graphic with a bit more semiotic content: a jolly roger but with Alex's head where the skull should be? (If you don't like it, remember I did say that graphics are not my strong suit )