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New site logo?

#1 Post by webfork » Thu May 07, 2020 7:12 pm

So our current (very good) logo was put together by tproli back in 2012 and I wanted to ask if it was time for a refresh. If everyone's perfectly happy with the current logo, we'll obviously stick with what we've got, but I know a few graphics people who I might ping and ask to suggest something.

So the questions are:
  • What should a TPFC logo look like? What icons or imagery evoke portability?
  • Does anyone on the site have some experience with this or can recommend someone?
Although that's nice if someone wants to donate their time, this isn't really the time to be asking people to do stuff for free or for exposure. I'd be happy to pay someone for their work.
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Re: New site logo?

#2 Post by Andrew Lee » Thu May 07, 2020 9:55 pm

I will generally get out of the way of this discussion because as some of you might know by know, I am pretty bad when it comes to graphics and colours. :lol:

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Re: New site logo?

#3 Post by Midas » Fri May 08, 2020 1:47 am

Probably preaching to the choir here, but still...

webfork wrote:
  • What should a TPFC logo look like? What icons or imagery evoke portability?

Crisp and clean, with universal recognition and appeal. Pendrive, handle, suitcase, backpack, tent...

Sorry, can't help with the second question. Personally null in the field, too.

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Re: New site logo?

#4 Post by __philippe » Fri May 08, 2020 5:11 am

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Re: New site logo?

#5 Post by Cornflower » Fri May 08, 2020 5:48 am

I'm not good with drawing or graphics, but here is a concept pic. A suitcase comes to mind.

https://imgur.com/a/4QcoYIU

For a larger logo, perhaps an open suitcase on a stand, seen from the back, much like Manhattan 1950s street vendors, who had to be very portable should the local beat cops come around.

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Re: New site logo?

#6 Post by Special » Fri May 08, 2020 7:04 am

__philippe wrote:
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Re: New site logo?

#7 Post by Specular » Fri May 08, 2020 9:12 am

It used to have a graphic of packed cardboard boxes to the left before the design refresh.

Quite partial to the straightforwardness of the current design tbh.

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Re: New site logo?

#8 Post by Pendrive » Mon May 11, 2020 8:10 am

webfork wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 7:12 pm
So our current (very good) logo was put together by tproli back in 2012 and I wanted to ask if it was time for a refresh. If everyone's perfectly happy with the current logo, we'll obviously stick with what we've got …
There is, as yet, no established consensus that a change from the current logo is wanted: so, why not hold a quick poll for members to indicate how they feel about it?

(Suggested options for such a poll would be: "I vote for a change to TPFC’s current logo."; "I vote against a change."; "I am neutral.")

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Re: New site logo?

#9 Post by webfork » Mon May 11, 2020 12:50 pm

Pendrive wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:10 am
why not hold a quick poll
I think a poll would ask a fairly easy question of whether someone who's not a graphics person can come up with a logo better than the already well-liked image. I probably wouldn't vote yes if someone else had posted this thread, so it's on me to justify this or close the topic.

It's important because ultimately when we say "portable" we actually mean a specific kind. It's not freeware that works between operating systems (like Java), across architectures (like ARM and x86), or across programming languages (Javascript/C). It's sometimes about USB drives but not exclusively. I'd like someone coming to the website seeing at least in a basic, visual way. What I'm struggling with is a way to communicate some of that visually.

So anyway, next steps on this topic are on me.

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