Logo ideas

Georg C. F. Greve greve at gnu.org
Tue Dec 26 11:23:16 UTC 2000

Hi Anja!

 || On Mon, 25 Dec 2000 23:48:12 +0100
 || Anja Drewitz <anja at 44615166.Theo-Phys.Uni-Essen.DE> wrote: 

 ad> Here are two sketches (i.e. not considered final versions):

Alright, we'll keep it in mind. :-)

 ad>   http://agnes.dida.physik.uni-essen.de/~anja/gnu/gnu-mit-sternen2.png

 ad> This is a combination of the silhouette of a gnu with the
 ad> European stars.

I don't know. The GNU kinda looks like the lion king with a GNU head
attached and it looks too "flat" afaic. For a logo it is also not too
good that it is on a blue background. 

Besides that I think the people mentioning the possible problems with
using the European stars do have a point. 

 ad>   http://agnes.dida.physik.uni-essen.de/~anja/gnu/europa-und-gnu1.jpg

 ad> This is a variation on "Europa riding a gnu".

I like this one much better. But I fear that it'll be a little too
complex for a logo. Scale it down to a normal logos size and it
probably doesn't work anymore. But I wouldn't say that we cannot use
it at all... it might work very well as the background for some

 ad> I hope the gnu head and the girl from the pencil drawing look
 ad> familiar to you. (*) Europa will get something to wear later,
 ad> either a white greek gown or the yellow dress of French Marianne
 ad> from Delacroix' painting

Personally I think it would decrease the quality of the picture to
increase the level of detail - and there is no strict need for
clothing. This has a strong tendency towards an "artistic" expression
of the whole concept and nudity is not a problem, I think.

The art of creating a logo is abstraction. The more abstract a logo
is, the better it is. Everything that's pictoresque will quickly wear
off in its attractiveness. So just a few lines that somehow make one
think of GNU/Europe/FSF would be perfect. Do that in a decent quality
and with one or two colors and we're set. Unfortunately creating
such good logos is pretty difficult.


Georg C. F. Greve                                 <greve at fsfeurope.org>
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