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From Murray Altheim <>
Subject potential new Lucene logo
Date Mon, 13 Dec 2004 00:48:52 GMT

I'm not sure if this is the correct list, but here goes...

I've done a fair amount of logo design over the years, and have
within the last year done several wiki sites like CommunityWiki
(which is currently down), and projects like Topic Maps for Java
(TM4J) and XML Topic Maps (XTM). I thought I'd have a go at the
Lucene logo, not to change it markedly but clean it up so that it
is based on an existing font. This potential Lucene logo is based
on an ITC font called Magneto Bold Extended, which you can see here:

I modified the 'c' slightly because at small sizes it starts
looking too much like an 'e', especially since in the Lucene
logo the baseline is extended across the entire logo. I experimented
with several border thicknesses, settling on one that was visible
at small sizes but not too thick at larger sizes. Here's a sample
of the result:

I've posted a zip file containing a number of sizes plus the
originals, which are in SVG and PNG: (198K)

The SVG file is the source image, and after conversion into a
raster format I did some bit hand cleaning to end up with the
PNG, which is a 9394x961px image at 72dpi. Being available as
a very large PNG, it can then be used for T-shirts, etc. I
consider the PNG image the master, since it's had some cleanup
in evening out lines and curves, etc.

The one thing about the logo (either the existing one or the
one I've done) is that neither do too well when shrunk small.
The source PNG can be reduced to any size, but after reduction
to small sizes often needs some hand cleanup. This could be
fixed by no longer using an outline around the font, but I
didn't want to take that kind of liberty with the design,
especially since then it would be a single-colour font. I kinda
like the current design, as it reminds me of a logo from a
recreational vehicle (camper, caravan, etc.)

I am currently a bit too busy to do much more than I've already
done, but I thought I'd post the files to the group.

I realize that sometimes people feel (understandably) proprietary
about a given image, and I don't mean to push this image on anyone.
If the group wants to use it, I'm fine with that, and release any
rights on its use. I'll leave the zip file online for several
weeks, then it will be removed.


Murray Altheim          
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK               .

                  Empty handed, holding a hoe,
                  Walking, riding a water buffalo,
                  A man is crossing over a bridge;
                  The bridge, not the water, flows.

                         -- Mahasattva Fu, The Blue Cliff Record [96]

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