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From Graham Lauder <g.a.lau...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Moving ahead with the AOO logo and rebranding
Date Sun, 08 Jan 2012 21:49:08 GMT
On Monday 09 Jan 2012 03:09:47 drew wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-01-09 at 03:55 +1300, Graham Lauder wrote:
> > On Wednesday 04 Jan 2012 11:14:53 Rob Weir wrote:
> > > On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM, Pedro Giffuni <pfg@apache.org> wrote:
> > > > Hi Rob;
> > > > 
> > > > JIC someone with a lot of spare time gives a try
> > > > on this logo thing ... I have some questions.
> > > > 
> > > > What would be the implications (if any) of using
> > > > a legally licensed commercial font?
> > > 
> > > Our ability to use such a logo would depend on the specific terms of
> > > the font license.
> > > 
> > > But in general, a commercial font license might lead to restrictions
> > > on how we redistribute images using the font.  For example, we might
> > > only be able to redistribute rasterized bitmaps of a logo, but not a
> > > scalable vector image that included a font glyph definition as well.
> > > A commercial font might also restrict who in the project is able to
> > > modify the logo or create derivative logos for the benefit of the
> > > project.
> > > 
> > > I'm not sure any of these are killer objections to the use of a
> > > commercial font.  But I think we'd want a strong design reason for not
> > > using a font with few or no restrictions.
> > 
> > +1, the old font was a commercial one: Frutiger, which caused all sorts
> > of issues when being used by the community Artists.  There are plenty of
> > similar fonts about.  The "best" solution was Liberation Sans at 60%
> > IIRC.  But that was just to try and maintain the old logo look as close
> > as possible.
> > 
> > My personal opinion is; if we can't bundle the font with the software
> > then we shouldn't use it.    Of course, it should be added there is
> > absolutely no reason why a font should be used at all in the main logo.
> > Taglines and positioners perhaps and a free font should be used in
> > things such as splashscreens, but the logo can be a graphic that looks
> > like text.  I've added a couple of proposals based on a graphic that was
> > created in a vector editor, no fonts used, created as needed.
> 
> On that last point I agree - and I suppose I started all this my
> mentioning which font I used - the final is not font based, it is
> paths...
> 

Indeed, they're never right, I always find myself screwing with them no matter 
how ideal they appeared to be at the start.  :)  



Cheers
GL

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