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Design Contest for Plasma Logo

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Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:20 pm
Dear KDE visual design community (that is: everyone who reads this!),
Plasma would like to tap into your creativity once more!
Although there is a current logo for Plasma 5, during discussions with the Plasma team we found that while they are not exactly unhappy with it, they would like to see if the community could come up with a logo that they could identify with even better.

That is why we are now hosting a Plasma Logo Contest!
These are the rules:

  • The proposed logo must be posted in this thread until Sunday, July 24th.
  • Please post both a logo variant (i.e. as big as makes sense to you) as well as a 22x22px monochromatic icon variant (since it would also be used as the icon for application launchers)
  • It has to be the author's original work, and must not violate any copyright or other laws
  • It must not be in use for anything else
  • It has to be licensed under LGPLv3
  • Apart from logo proposals, only comments in the form of suggestions for improvements of the proposals are allowed in this thread. No comments like "I don't like this, or I like this proposal better than that" are allowed.

A jury consisting of both long-time VDG members and Plasma team members will decide which logo to wins.
Notice: Winning the contest does not guarantee becoming the official logo, however.

We're looking forward to your proposals!

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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:47 pm
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- It's the Sun, because it's the bigger amount of natural plasma near us;

- The ">" comes from the current logo, so it doesn't look like a simple gear in monochrome. The ">" looks like a "P" for Plasma and like a "play/start" symbol, it should be good as start menu icon;

- The gear is the one from KDE logo.

Feel free to edit it and re-submit it here.
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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:03 pm
alex-l wrote:- It's the Sun, because it's the bigger amount of natural plasma near us;

- The ">" comes from the current logo, so it doesn't look like a simple gear in monochrome. The ">" looks like a "P" for Plasma and like a "play/start" symbol, it should be good as start menu icon;

- The gear is the one from KDE logo.

Feel free to edit it and re-submit it here.


Ooh, me loves! I can't wait to see what else the community comes up with. :)
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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:37 pm
Hey guys, here is my proposal. I reviewed a few things out there and was inspired by plasma, which is the most abundant element in the universe. It is produced in the stars. I wanted to show the connection that we have to the universe of ideas that we come up with. I went through a few iterations and then reduced the result to the most basic of shapes. I hope you like it!

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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:51 am
A few comments (some with a +, and some with a - :) )

(don't think that the number of +s and -s has any meaning)

@alex

+ The thing I also liked with the previous one is that it provides continuation from the current KDE logo
- It is a bit crowded now, I don't really see the connection between the gear and the >

@anditosan

+ Looks really nice
+ Its simplicity
- Might not be distinctive enough as a brand
- Not sure how fitting it would be for the menu icon, though it could be a nice base for building plasma-related icons
- Please remove gradients from the last picture, or make them subtler


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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:58 pm
Surprised that there's only 2 entries so far, I'm thinking about giving it a go myself.
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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:07 pm
@Inverge

Please do. The more, the merrier :)

@colomar

Maybe this needs more coverage than just a g+ post?


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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:44 pm
ivan wrote:Maybe this needs more coverage than just a g+ post?


Maybe. I'll write a blog post. A dot article seems a bit too high-profile to me, unless the Plasma team would like that.
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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:21 pm
Hi, here is my idea, is inspired on previous logos, for instance the current Plasma logo. I was looking for something very simple that says "desktop", thus in a way it represents applications in an array, this in turn can easily (I'm thinking :D) represent the dashboard, that would be use to open applications, documents, settings, etc. the array can also be seen as the Plasma ability to have virtual desktops and activities (but that's beyond my intentions), the position of the "squares" are inspired by the circles in the current Plasma logo, I tried to also place them in a position that sort of makes the middle square a representation of the letter P (for Plasma) in a very subtle way, same can be applied to its contour (the white/empty space between the middle square and the other two), this line is also meant to be seen as or part of the P.

Notice that I had the left upper corner of each square in a rectangular manner, this I think helps to interprete them as application windows, the middle square has a juxtaposition squared angle (at the bottom right corner), to help it been seen as the letter P. The little triangle (which is empty space, a hole) is meant to emphasize a "window decoration".

In these mock-ups I presented the logo in different sizes, positions around the Plasma title and with different colors.



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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:45 pm
Quiralta wrote:Hi, here is my idea, is inspired on previous logos, for instance the current Plasma logo. I was looking for something very simple that says "desktop", thus in a way it represents applications in an array, this in turn can easily (I'm thinking :D) represent the dashboard, that would be use to open applications, documents, settings, etc. the array can also be seen as the Plasma ability to have virtual desktops and activities (but that's beyond my intentions), the position of the "squares" are inspired by the circles in the current Plasma logo, I tried to also place them in a position that sort of makes the middle square a representation of the letter P (for Plasma) in a very subtle way, same can be applied to its contour (the white/empty space between the middle square and the other two), this line is also meant to be seen as or part of the P.

Notice that I had the left upper corner of each square in a rectangular manner, this I think helps to interprete them as application windows, the middle square has a juxtaposition squared angle (at the bottom right corner), to help it been seen as the letter P. The little triangle (which is empty space, a hole) is meant to emphasize a "window decoration".


Very interesting approach!
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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:05 pm
colomar wrote:Very interesting approach!


Thank you!, I was afraid it wouldn't make any sense to others besides me :D


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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:27 pm
For fairness' sake, I'd also like to enter the current logo, created by Uri Herreira, with his permission:

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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:48 pm
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Here's what I've got.

The first is the sun/earth/moon; the gear being the corona and a tieback to the "K" logo, and the earth/moon being a blatant ripoff of Anditosan's variant - but inverted.

The second is a blatant ripoff of Alex's work, but using the corona, and using a few minor tweaks.

The third is a "gear crown" on a background, skipping to the fifth is the "gear crown" alone. The "crown" aspect mainly referring to Plasma Desktop as a "flagship" project.

Fourth, which is kinda growing on me, is a mashup of Alex and Andito's respective works.

Edit: sharing is caring, here's the source (plus many, many extra bonus scraps) for anyone to play with:
https://share.kde.org/index.php/s/8CuAV33rGhgLAwy


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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:54 pm
Heh, you beat me to it. I wanted to create spin-offs to show people that it is also allowed :)

P.s. They look really nice :)


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Re: Design Contest for Plasma Logo

Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:16 pm
I like anditosan's stuff. Very simple, very memorable.

But as we all know, one cannot argue about taste. One either has it, or nor ;)

Putting on me coat, and I'm off...


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