[mythtv-users] Logo Contest

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Mon Sep 18 21:41:17 UTC 2006

On Sep 18, 2006, at 1:50 PM, Ivan Kabaivanov wrote:

> On Monday 18 September 2006 04:32 pm, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>> On Sep 18, 2006, at 12:46 PM, Isaac Richards wrote:
>>> On Monday 18 September 2006 3:38 pm, Jeff Simpson wrote:
>>>>> Speaking of high-res graphics and logo stickers, perhaps this  
>>>>> would
>>>>> be a great time for a logo contest of sorts.  Just take a few  
>>>>> weeks
>>>>> and let some submissions roll in, then we can all vote on 'em  
>>>>> on the
>>>>> Wiki or something.  I would certainly contribute a logo or two....
>>>>> Then we could get some high-res source material for all kinds of
>>>>> branding activities.
>>>> YES! A logo contest! I am no good with logo graphics, but  
>>>> whenever an
>>>> open source project decides to have a logo contest, they end up
>>>> with a
>>>> ton of AWESOME logos!
>>> I'm pretty happy with the current logo.
>>> Isaac
>> I agree. Besides.. whenever I see a re-brand I think, "Something must
>> be wrong and they need to attract attention." Nothing wrong here.
> Not necessarily and not always.  Sometimes a project matures and  
> attracts many
> more than the initial early adaptors.  The quality of the code  
> improves, but
> unfortunately coders are not marketers and don't realize how  
> important eye
> candy (and a logo is nothing but) is to new users.  They are quite
> utalitarian -- the logo doesn't affect how good or bad the code  
> is.  And if
> the old logo has worked before, why not just keep on using it.

I didn't say it was a fact. I just said it's what I think when I see  
a re-brand.

> There's another aspect as well.  Many people who'd like to  
> contribute to a
> project such as Myth lack the programming skills, but have other  
> abilities -
> documentation, artwork, support, etc.  Why not harness their  
> creative forces?

How about some nice new themes?

> And after all, you're under no obligation to accept any of the  
> offered logos.
> You always have to right to refuse to incorporate new logos into  
> the project,
> websites.

For consistency sake, I would expect whatever new logo to be approved  
as the project logo to be incorporated anywhere you see "MythTV" in a  
graphic form. What's the point of a new logo if people are just going  
to use whatever they want anyway?

> So, what's to lose if we did have a logo competition?  Maybe 99 out  
> of 100
> submissions will be unimaginative copies of other projects' logos.   
> But
> hopefully the 100th will be so fresh and expressive that you might  
> actually
> like it.

Nothing wrong with the old one. If someone wants to contribute  
graphics to the project, I suggest help with working on some more  
themes. Especially widescreen themes since 16:9 displays are getting  
more popular and only a couple of themes work well in that aspect  
ratio. Only one of which I personally like. :)

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