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Re: [Social-mediagoblin] GNU MediaGoblin logo designs and color choices

From: Deborah Nicholson
Subject: Re: [Social-mediagoblin] GNU MediaGoblin logo designs and color choices
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 09:51:32 -0400

> As for values, here's a list of (semi-vaporous) "values" I think of
> while I think of mediagoblin:
>  - sharing

Perhaps the general idea of sharing could be conveyed by a tiny hand
reaching out of the box?

>  - decentralization
>  - production of artistic works
>  - viewing of artistic works
>  - clean, beautiful but nonintrusive design (originally I felt "cartoony
>   design" was the way to go but it's been pointed out to me that, what
>   if people want to post photos of a funeral, shouldn't we be able to
>   handle that without the theme clashing with the setting?)
>  - when you look at a page, the focal point is the work itself, and
>   secondarily the communication around and derivatives of the work.
>  - we're based on free software
>  - we encourage free culture licenses
> I don't think that there's a way to say "free software" inside the
> design directly, but maybe by focusing on "sharing" and "modification",
> maybe we can bridge the world of the artist to the world of free
> software.  If we could do that and start getting artists thinking about
> free software through this very subtle way, that would be a tremendous
> accomplishment.
>  - cwebb
> Jef van Schendel <address@hidden> writes:
>> 2011/5/25 Stefano Maffulli <address@hidden>:
>>> I like the idea of associating image and logotype. I like also the
>>> design you proposed. I would suggest to define the values of the project
>>> and measure the effectiveness of your proposal against them.
>>> What do you think are the values of mediagoblin?
>>> /stef
>> Yup, that's a good point.
>> To measure the effectiveness of a design, you need to know those
>> values, otherwise you're just making stuff up as you go. Which can
>> lead to designs that are based on hot air and simply don't make much
>> sense. :)
>> We haven't actually written down those values AFAIK. I remember
>> mentioning it when I first hopped on the IRC channel, but I left it at
>> that. I should probably work on this and write some general design
>> guidelines. Especially if we want to get a reasonably consistent style
>> and interface.
>> Jef
> --
> The bottom line.

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