The #fediverse logo design challenge is still waiting for someone to collect the $1 million prize ;)
@pfefferle just pointed to a very nice old logo design.. the one of the Federated Social Web Summit:
Fedi is grassroots and organic, after all, right? But also more vibrant and diverse, than a growing 'spore' that the matte green conveys.
I am indeed using the other colorful logo for some time now, but apparently it is still a proposal, also stated as such on Wikipedia:
The other one is indeed quite busy, but I like the more organic feel, instead of very techical, rational balanced node grid.
In terms of topologies the current logo stands for 'fully connected', while #fediverse is much more of a 'mesh'.
Here's a design.
If you have #I2P, its at http://sharefile.i2p/file/9c/9c42d5fa58ae734133e8de83a89e1bc6f1805c401303a677f3265542c99bb1f3/Fediverse_v01.png
The SHA256 is in the URL.
If you don't have I2P you may have luck accessing the image over the unreliable Cloudflare service. It doesn't seem to fetch the image.
I can't see @dsfgs 's image. Anyway, I'm working on something here... One of the things I do not like from the orginal perfect pentagon is that it is too "tight", in the sense that it looks too rigid, and the #Fediverse is anything but rigid, and that's something I liked from @pfefferle 's suggestion. The central figure is my main idea, the others are copies and support material. It still needs work (so it looks OK on dark background, and monochrome)
here is a question: does it have to be a pentagon? can it be more of a constellation? after all part of the power of fediverse is its relative weak connectivity that allows communities to appear rather than forcing everyone increasingly into one large pool. :)
Hello friends, some interesting designs here. We would love to know what people think of the design, we posted does anyone have a #dropbox on the clearnet? We will check the hashtag above to see but do chime in please if you have one.
"Social media: DECENTRALISED", or
"Social media, without being centralised"…
…or similar would be our preferred slogan.
One of the things that surprised us while playing around and drawing different designs with a pen and paper was that the word '#diverse' is really poorly hidden in the name #Fediverse and we never actually noticed that.
Like WTH?! Haha.
Drawing attention to the word 'diverse' in 'fediverse' is not something that can be recommended. People may start calling it 'fe-diverse' which sounds odd.
Fediverse or just fedi are our personal recommendations, no bold as fashionable as that can look in logos it would not be good for fediverse, in our opinion.
Above is a design we did about a week ago now. The 's' and 'v' have been improved since.
- speech bubbles
- different sizes
- 3D/global feel
- always room for more
- an 'F'
- super easy to draw
- flourishing seedling vibe
Thanks Humane Tech, yes that is what we were thinking with the different sizes. On a website, alongside other social icons, you would just use the smallest one, the 'F'.
If Fedi is your main (or only) social platform then you might use the "Fedi" or "Fediverse" one.
"On Fedi" and "On Fediverse" might be more useful??? An 'o' and an 'n' would need to be done for that. The 's' needs adjusting also (currently looks a bit like a '%').
I like the different possibilities of this logo: F, Fedi, Fediverse. Ia also agree the "s" in the "Fediverse" version could hace at least its bottom trace extended to the left.
The F alone, however, could be a logo of anything, since it does not have any specificity of the Fediverse. Maybe a different F which does (something in the lines of fediverse.party logo, or a mesh with an F shape, for example) could be better.
Look closely at the shape.
Its doing five things.
Someone tipped us off to the forth and fifth in these messages. We only designed it thinking of three things.
We may have been able to cook up something different.
Its related to the 'peace fist' idea and might be #animatable (possibly not a word). Not sure about the context of when a person would use an animated icon for Fedi but expect a rough concept sketch soon.
Here's a new hand-drawn concept of a design, if people like it we can do a non hand-drawn version.
Tell us what you interpret. We see a few things in it.
Hi Nestort, feel free to upload this design if you like. I think disroot will only keep the file up for 30 days.
Thanks in advance. Anti-Tor behaviour by Cloudflare and others affecting people's ability to communicate, as usual.
If people like this one, the svg can be uploaded.
A couple glyphs fixed in this one. It's less important to upload though. If you a stretched for time, just upload that other one.
We look forward to getting feedback from the team.
These star/pentagram designs are colourful but being based on the pentagram they are a bit too busy and too… perfect… for an icon today.
Wondering whether a fist, can be evoked from a knotted constellation. That would be a very interesting design challenge.
We can try to work on something like that, if its even possible.
A fist would be empowering as a symbol. Also a peace sign to the side angle could make an 'F'? hmm.
That is nothing to be sorry about, Quadragon. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. We may do a fediverse vote in the end...
Or not even. My whole 'contest'-like introduction was introduced with a 😉 wink, as there is no contest at all, of course.
And there may not even be a 'centralized' logo, but some alternatives with sufficient equivalence (the biz world calls it 'branding') to choose from, to be consistent with others.
@humanetech _something_ _must_ mean "the Fediverse" to the most people. That's how signs work. We don't have each our own letter K, for example.
Luckily, we already have such sign, made by @nestort and me.
And I don't know about Nestort, but I'd be damned if I'm not gonna defend my work.
I propose we stick to that design. It's laconic and minimal, it has symmetry to it, it says what it has to say about what it signifies, without going into unnecessary technical details.
@drq duly noted, and valid points again.
New logo design to me - personal choice - also feels good tbh, for the points made in this thread and on the forum.
Re: 'K' there's only one, but many fonts. Just like the organic nature of fedi, needs there be strict brand consistency? A question.. idk.
Can we be honest. Pentagrams have negative conotations. We personally saw it for a long time on F-Droid. It did not make us want to learn more about it. About a year later we started doing searches on alternatives to Facebook. Another system, #Diaspora, was presented by search results first. After continued reading/research Fediverse was discovered by us.
When #Fedilab got a new icon we felt it would greatly assist onboarding.
Before today, we thought the pentagram was the old Fedilab icon.
The icon doesn't really scale down.
It exudes great complexity. Not simplicity.
The colours are nice but again we need to ask ourselves will this detail just be discarded by web developers and designers. It seems so.
The design has existed for years and hasn't grown legs. If this was the icon for Fedi maybe it hasn't reached the outside world for a reason?
In the back of our mind, when thinking about a #fediverseIcon we should be asking ourselves, "Will people use this like the fakebook and screwtube icons."
Having thought about this yesterday, we realised that most entities use the #mastodonIcon, which may not be correct.
The pentagram star is just too busy. Also, symmetry is not really important for developing an identity. It really depends on what we want to achieve with symmetry.
To be fair if it was symmetry it wouldn't be tilted.
Keep in mind with symmetry, the more perfectly symmetical something is the less interesting it can be, also.
Symmetry also conveys uniformity which is not something Fediversers probably care much about anyway.
Interested to hear your thoughts on our designs if you get a chance sometime.
@category_mirrory Exactly, with many nodes you could make wonderful (fractal) patterns. But the logo should also work when it is printed small. In the past you could only have one logo, but with this logo mostly being used on the web, one could generated them automatically at any size. @nestort @humanetech @dsfgs @pfefferle @drq @tallship @person @eylul
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