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From Brad Noble <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Improved CouchDB logo
Date Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:26:35 GMT

Suggestive as it may be, the logo clearly embodies the idea of "relax."
Specifics of the image aside, is "relax" what we want people to think of
when they think of CouchDB? To me, the idea that CouchDB is about
relaxation is outmoded. A good thought for the beginnings, but not for the
long-haul. If not relaxation, then what?

From:	Bryan Green <>
To:, Joan Touzet <>
Date:	10/27/2014 09:19 PM
Subject:	Re: [DISCUSS] Improved CouchDB logo

I think it would be interesting just to get rid of the person altogether
and have some sort of stylized couch.

Bryan Green aka "lispyone"

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:27 PM, Joan Touzet <> wrote:

> At 3 different conferences I've attended in 2014: CloudantCON 2014,
> OSCON 2014 and Velocity NYC 2014, I've been approached by people
> complaining about the CouchDB logo. The argument is that the logo looks
> like a man who is posed in a suggestive way, or as one person put it,
> "showing you his crotch and inviting you over."
> These were not lighthearted expressions of concern to me over drinks -
> they were heartfelt complaints from people who care about CouchDB and
> its image in the open source community.
> I must admit I didn't think it was an issue at first, but like the
> saying goes, once you've seen it, you can't un-see it.
> As a reminder here is our current logo:
> Or in SVG:
> I'd like to propose improving the logo with a new drawing that keeps the
> same theme - red couch, reclining figure in white - but alters the pose
> to be a bit less suggestive. Other suggestions are welcome, naturally,
> but a redrawn current-style logo probably has the least objections.
> Of course, if we agree to such a change, I'll need your help. I can't
> draw, and I'm sure many of the rest of you can't either. If you're an
> artist, and you agree, would you consider posting an altered logo in
> reply to this thread that fixes the problem?
> You can find all of the source files (Adobe Illustrator) at:
> -Joan

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