I decided to try my hand at a bit of artwork tonight. I’d been wondering what sort of logo I’d use for Verbosio, and this came to mind – another reference to XML, and to writing.
Opinions? Has this sort of logo been used by someone else before? I’d hate to infringe on someone’s trademark…
UPDATE: The general consensus is that it is unique (yay!), but a bit basic. To me, that’s okay for now
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. I’ll gladly accept contributions of new SVG markup (preferred) or PNG graphics that do the logo in a better way. Just please don’t hold any license on it; I’m not sure what licensing to hold the logo under for the project anyway, considering Verbosio is open-source, low-budget and likely to stay that way…
6 thoughts on “A proposed Verbosio logo”
If this were a windows 3.11 app it would be great.
The idea of mixing a pen with the common XML short-hand closing thingy is actually pretty okay and not something I’ve seen before.
Apply some modern design and it would be great.
(From Alex: Ah, but I choose to use web-safe colors.
Believe me, I will gladly accept improvements (including “modern design”), but this is just something I cobbled together. I’m a programmer, not a graphic designer…
The bottom line is I don’t know how to do better than this.)
Well, Bram! is right, it looks a bit “early 90s style”. Please take no offense, it’s hard to create a good icon/logo, but it’s also important because it gives a first impression of verbosio. Do you have any friends who are into design? Maybe somebody could help out? Generally I like the idea of using the shorthand closing notation as a base for your logo.
You could pick up a SVG pencil graphic from one of the icons in http://tango.freedesktop.org/Tango_Icon_Gallery (for example http://tango.freedesktop.org/static/cvs/tango-icon-theme/scalable/apps/accessories-text-editor.svg)
…They’re pretty low in detail though, but you could get away with it until you get a real artist to make you an icon.
It does look a lot like programmer art. Not that I could do better without cribbing from other people…
(From Alex: Hehe. Okay, okay. So it’s basic. That doesn’t mean I’m unhappy with it. It’s a starting point, and as I said earlier, I’ll gladly take any help I can get in making it better. I just have other things to work on at present. Like, actually getting Verbosio to a 0.1 release.
If someone wants to contribute without license a better version, I’ll take it.)
Logo looks good, but basic. You may want to make a post over at Neowin.net. I have seen some good designs show up there.
Hey, I reworked this idea a tiny bit (my svg is pretty crappy, but I’m no graphic artist either). I don’t have any idea where to send anything though, so I’m just putting an image up on photobucket. If ya’ want the SVG, just tell me where.
(From Alex: Hmm, that’s kinda slick. I’m not sure if I want it — it’s not quite the right XML appearance for me — but thanks. Send me an e-mail to ajvincent at ye handy dandy GMail.
I wonder how it’d look as a titlebar icon?)
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