[Mageia-discuss] Logo proposals discussion

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Sat Nov 20 09:53:30 CET 2010

Le 2010-11-18 04:22, Romain d'Alverny a écrit :
> Hi everyone,
> so, logo proposals deadline was past week, Monday Nov. 9th. Proposals
> were sent to http://www.flickr.com/groups/mageia-art/pool/ (you may
> need to be logged in Flickr to actually see all proposals).
> First, on behalf of the board, let me thank all artists who invested
> in this and published a proposal. 113 posters, for 429 posts. There
> have been lots of different ideas, some matching the guidelines
> (http://mageia.org/wiki/doku.php?id=artguide#logo_design_guidelines),
> some not matching. So again, thank you to all, a lot, for your ideas
> and your work.

Yes, a heartfelt congratulations to all of those who contributed. Very 
much appreciated.

My four picks (in order of preference) and reasons are:

1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/54316230@N06/5141934927/

-- logo with the 4 elements earth, wind, water, fire. I like the concept 
that Mageia comes from these 4 elements of which we are all connected. 
The concept is recognisable by most people as it is taught early in most 
school systems. It also fits in with the "magic" of the brand. The 
placement of the word "Mageia" would have to be worked so that the logo 
is compact. I would prefer keeping the groups of 4 elements in a square 
pattern with "Mageia" trailing on the right hand side. Perhaps the logo 
could be the 4 elements in a square pattern with the letter "M" glued to 
the right hand site so that the logo itself could stand alone without 
the Mageia word.

2.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/54316230@N06/5063070488/

-- logo with the compass with the needle pointing to NE which is the "M" 
for Mageia. In French there is the saying: " ... perdu le nord." which 
means that someone has lost her/his direction or sanity / reasoning. But 
in this case Mageia has been found because the needle is pointing to the 
"M". I don't like the flame above the "I" of the "Mageia". I would like 
to see a version with giving "Mageia" word a gradient colour change from 
left (blue) to right (a colour from the branding palette). Just as an 
experiment. I think that the icon could easily stand on its own and 
people would eventually identify it with "Mageia". There is also a 
French band "Solus" that sings this title "Perdu le Nord" 

3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigger-gg/5027064477/

-- I can't say I like the font, but I do like the idea with the tail of 
the "M" of Mageia curling around the letter. If we could give this a 
little more style, I think the tail "M" logo would become recognisable.

4. I like the idea of the orb that looks like it is either surfacing or 
plunging into the liquid matter. It looks more like it is surfacing from 
the liquid. I can't say that I like the angle or the font of "Mageia", 
but the idea could work if there was an attached slogan "Mageia Linux 
... your orbit of knowledge." or something to help it stick. I wonder it 
the "Mageia" would look better placed at the top of the liquid waves in 
a quarter circle format (like the one on the image but angled the 
opposite way).



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