Gnome Logo on Slashdot

Recently, Jeff brought up the issue of the use of the old Gnome logo on Slashdot. The reasoning being that since we decided to switch to the new logo as our mark back in 2002, it would be nice if they used that mark to represent stories about us.

Unfortunately this request was shot down by Rob Malda, because the logo is “either ugly or B&W (read:Dull)”.

Not to be discouraged, I had a go at revamping the logo to meet Slashdot’s high standards. After all, if they were going to switch to the new logo, they would have done so when we first asked. The result is below:

This is based on an earlier design, but I think the drop shadow really completes the image. Iain managed to come up with a variant suitable for use on the games sub-site.

14 thoughts on “Gnome Logo on Slashdot”

  1. I think you should start from the .svg file (Inkscape) and do the drop-shadow feature there.
    As is,
    1. it’s pixelised
    2. the shadow is badly cropped.
    3. there is some blurring.

    Most importantly, there are some strong guidelines for the GNOME logo, http://live.gnome.org/LogoGuidelines

    Sorry if this is discouraging. I am bad with graphics as well. In any case, there are some good artists on GNOME that can sort out such things.

  2. I agree with the anonymous guy, don’t think this version looks good at all. Between the drop-shadow and the colouring, it seems to be the logo with a Slashdot skin, and really doesn’t look good to me.

    Instead, can I suggest something based on the 2.14 splash or the banner currently on the Gnome homepage? I think the white foot on blue background is a good look – simple and clean, without being boring.

  3. The foot is good, but the word probably doesn’t need to be there because it will be in the context of the article, and it also is very hard to read because of the drop shadow.

    Glad to see this wrong being righted!

  4. It needs a photo of Cyborg Bill Gates getting crushed by the foot…also maybe something with more Google logo, then it would make it through Slashdot’s rigorous design process

  5. Simon, at the moment the Logo Guidelines say
    “any single color may be used.”, right at the start.

    So, a simple colored logo would please Slashdot and the guidelines.

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