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From Murray Altheim <>
Subject Re: potential new Lucene logo
Date Tue, 14 Dec 2004 10:55:44 GMT
Ricardo Lopes wrote:
> In my opinion if you want to change the lucene logo make a new one. The 
> one posted is almost the same than the original.
> Murray, discussions are good because people participate and bring new 
> ideas. Your time would be better spend if you create a new (diferent) logo.
> I people don't like it they will have to say why or give some ideas and 
> that would help to make better logo.
> This is just what i think,


I agree in theory with what you've said, but I didn't feel it was
my place to completely alter the identity of the existing logo.
I've not been involved in this project that long (several months)
and don't know how attached people are to the existing logo, or
how much it's in use. So I felt the safest thing was to come up
with a cleanup, not a reinvention. I agree with some of the earlier
comments about it being too long, and that's easily fixed. My
biggest problem as a graphic artist (which is actually how I
started into the computer field back in the early 80's) is that
the existing logo doesn't decompose well at small sizes. It's hard
to make a "badge" of it, the kind one sees at the bottom of a web
page. If I were to reinvent the logo, I'd try something more bold,
and something that still was recognizable at 80x30 pixels. I may
have time post-Christmas to make some attempts at this if people
are interested. I spent quite a lot of time on CommunityWiki
building up a logo, and probably developed at least several dozen
alternatives over several weeks. I'd not want to repeat that kind
of effort, but the community involvement was very good.

(Unfortunately, CommunityWiki's server has been down for awhile,
so I can't point you to it.)


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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