Wikitravel:Logo voting page
This is the voting page for the second round of the Logo contest. The design with the most votes will be selected as Wikitravel's new logo. Note that the objective is to select the design or idea of Wikitravel's new logo, not the final implementation.
See also: Wikitravel:Logo voting page/Round 1
Also it would be worthwhile to read this classic essay by Paul Rand. Here's a summary:
he goes on to say that a logo depends on the following qualities to function
About the entries
In the second round you can choose one logo. Votes from the first round do not count, you will have to cast your vote again. Votes can be changed during the voting period and authors can vote for their own logos. Votes will only be accepted from logged in users and admins have full discretion for determining vote validity.
There will be two rounds of voting. The first round has decided the top 3 semifinalists. The second round, currently in progress, will determine which of the entries will become our new logo. In the event of a tie in either round, voting continues until a tie-breaker vote is cast.
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These are symbols taken from the mapmaking expedition. Because they are svg, I can put them in and out of the logo at will.
Wow, the horizontal treatment looks fantastic also. As for the colors, they can be fine tuned. This communicates what wiki is about.
Very nice! The colors are a bit, um, Microsoft-y though — I'm reminded of the Windows logo... and I don't think this will scale down very well. Jpatokal 21:48, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
This is such an obviously strong image by itself that it seems unecessary to say so, but I'll say it anyway. -- Mark 23:27, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Very distinctive. A strong branding statement. I think a color study of this would be interesting; trying the logo with different color schemes? Thoughts?
One of the good things about it is that some specific details can be changed, but it still has the same feel. Some people have suggest changing some of the symbols to non-transport travel things, like a bed. Colors can easily be changed; it looks ok even with the colors removed. To scale it down, we could have just one puzzle piece with a W in it, for like a favicon. --18.104.22.168 01:24, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I believe that Evan's a bit busy with other things right now, so I'm going to add his comment from the talk pages that he's concerned that using a puzzle theme in our branding could cause confusion about our relationship with WikiPedia, or rather the lack thereof. I'd like to know what some WikiPedians think about that.
That said, I'd also like to point out that the Compass Star below is in effect a treatment of exactly this logo the logo being just the text part, especially if the puzzle tabs were to be put back in between the compass tabs. The reason I say this is that we use the same font, so the actual logo part of the logo is exactly the same between the two. The colours would need to be adjusted in both and the kerning in this one, but otherwise you could use a puzzle-like compass star along with this as part of a branding scheme. -- Mark 04:03, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I like this one a lot as well- just the colors are M$... Nicamds 15:15, 5 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I want to re-iterate that I think that puzzle pieces tread a little too closely to Wikipedia's logo. --Evan 16:02, 8 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Given time, for the next round of voting, I'm going to do multiple versions in different colors. I'm also going to list separately a bunch of possible mini logos that can be put into the logo. --User:Comrade009
Second round comment: this is such an excellent logo, but I just can't vote for it. I just don't like the idea of using Wikipedia's puzzle-pieces. --Evan 09:28, 9 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I especially like the version "gradients". It could perhaps be worked to add even more the idea of a globe. It would be worth trying as four objects: car (or plane), bed, food, person" (now too much focus on transport) −Woodstone 14:41, 9 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I like the idea behind this one a lot, although the implementation needs some work (mostly just being turned into vector image) and the font is not very good. I can see the un-rotated version on the spine of a book, for instance. Jpatokal 23:54, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Yes, it's really slick, and quite pretty. I agree that the text has to change. Of course it doesn't say anything about the wiki process, but that may really not be so much of an issue. -- Mark 04:36, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Oh, and I agree with Jpatokal that it should probably be un-rotated. -- Mark 04:49, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)
What? It looks much cooler rotated and the text is fine. The text doesn't need to be stylish to look good. Bob rulz 06:27, 5 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Text font can be improved AnyFile 15:32, 7 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I like this concept the best, but how about using the font from Owl's logo? Greenman 16:50, 7 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Clean, clear, attractive. My only negative is that it looks too commercial, I would assume it is for a travel agency, rather than a WikiProject. Eoghanacht 16:04, 8 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Too generic. Could be a logo for anything, such as beauty supplies or facial tissue. It's not obvious at all that these are compass points.
Pretty versatile logo, as Mark has already demonstrated. You can modify the composition in any way but it still has the same feel. Can be easily adapted for merchandise, the web, fav icons, etc. Good work. --Comrade009 15:52, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Very, very smooth implementation! You've obviously put a lot of thought into it and I like the 2nd row (text on lower right), but for favicon/tiny logos the "w" should be in the same place, not above. The font is also very professional-looking. The only thing I don't like about this is that it's kinda generic, the connection to travel is not that obvious. Jpatokal 23:54, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Thanks for the kind words Jpatokal! The answer to both of your concerns is that this image is meant to be a Compass Star, to be placed on a map. The version with the "w" above would be put on maps, with the "w" for "wiki" replacing the traditional "N" for "North". You are quite correct that there would need to be a small version with a "w" next to the star as well.
To me the fact that the emblem part is a compass star for a map pretty much says travel, as do the fact that you can imagine the two bits travelling through the air. Of course I can totally understand why you might not see it that way.
By the way, as noted above: if the puzzle logo were ultimately selected we could just add the puzzle concept back (and adjusting the colors) into this one and still use it as a compass star in part of a wider branding scheme, especially since the actual logo part (the text) is exactly the same. Get out a copy of a Lonely Planet to see how their logo (mostly type, with a circle) and their Compass Star work together. -- Mark 04:14, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)
This Logo is a Logo - elegant, good colours, well scalable, big recall value - simply great work. --PhilipP 07:31, 6 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I think this is by far the best logo. It doesn't depend on typography; it has a minimal set of colors; it's pleasant to look at and as Mark showed with some other images we can change the compass parts into paper airplanes and back again. I'd love to see this become the next Wikitravel logo. --Evan 16:08, 8 Aug 2005 (EDT)
This one does not evoke the idea of travel. The compass star is hardly recognisable as such. It contains way too much text and that will become unreadable at the size a logo should be allotteed on screen. −Woodstone 14:35, 9 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Just a quick comment: the fact that the colors are shades of blue doesn't really do much to save on printing costs. The cheapest way of printing is spot color, where an image uses three or four total colors, and each ink is printed separately. Getting these shades of blue requires mixing blue ink with other inks, which is more expensive. --Comrade009 21:12, 9 Aug 2005 (EDT)