[Dwarf-discuss] OTHER or arguably ENHANCEMENT: Logo

David Blaikie dblaikie@gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 17:49:44 GMT 2023

FWIW, I like the idea/reckon it's worth a revisit.

I'd shy away from equipping the dwarves with weapons/combat imagery -
maybe a smithy's hammer (or pickaxe) would be more suitable for
tooling? (this sort of thing:
- has a simple/clear outline, square on one end, tapered on the other)

As for version-specific logos, as fun as it might be, practically I'd
be happy to settle on a consistent way to render versions - putting a
number in the upper right corner, perhaps (have the dwarf hold the
tool in their right hand, so would appear on the left of the image -
or swap version/tool around as folks see fit).

In general my personal font choice is more around example (4), but the
thick/sturdy-ness of (2) is probably more in keeping with the theme.

On Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 2:44 PM Ben Woodard via Dwarf-discuss
<dwarf-discuss@lists.dwarfstd.org> wrote:
> It has been kind of tense around here for a while; let's have some fun.
> The DWARF logo is quite old. There are many problems with it as a logo.
> It is a png and though there appears to be several versions of it at different sizes it is a raster and so it doesn't scale well
> The image itself looks scanned and then colored. This leads to some built in aliasing on a pixel level which show up badly when printed.
> The color choices are not really ideal for printing and if we were going to use it on anything other than on a web page like a shirt or a sticker there would be problems.
> If you look at it up close, it is not really clear.
> I could probably go on and if people would like additional justification I will but with the new administration and the push to DWARF6, I think that we should consider a new logo. My wife happens to be a graphic designer https://cyansamone.com/ and one of the things that she does is logo design. When she came into my office and the DWARF5 standard was up on my screen and she cringed for about the 50'th time at the logo, I asked her to put together some ideas. In a few minutes, she came up with some options. http://www.bencoyote.net/~ben/DWARF_logo_1.png
> The fonts (all free as in beer) and images are mix and match and any other ideas are more than welcome. They are vector art and so they can be scaled. This was just a quick mockup.
> I also thought it might be fun to have a DWARF6 specific logo that we could put on tools as they become capable of handling the new version of the standard. Another idea that I had but she hasn't drawn yet is the 6 dwarves chasing a bug. She said that drawing that would take more than the 5 minutes she had at the moment because she would have to figure out what the dwarves look like in profile. http://www.bencoyote.net/~ben/DWARF_6_draft.png
> Yeah I know that it isn't the most important thing in the world of DWARF but in relation to all the other miscellany that needed to change, I thought that we should toss this on the list.
> -ben
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