New python.org website

Michael Tobis mtobis at gmail.com
Wed Mar 8 16:47:15 CET 2006


> No one
> of the complainers and negativists do claim that they could do it much
> better.

Indeed, I do not have to be able to write a particular program to
notice it has bugs.

On the other hand, (since I think the design, while not brilliant, is
good) fixing the logo is something that can be achieved without too
much fuss.

> But I think at times it might be usefull to consult
> professional aid.

In the case of the logo design, I am not sure I agree.

I think the twisted logo

http://saph.twistedmatrix.com/blog/archives/twisted.png

and the PyCon logo

http://mirrors.ccs.neu.edu/Python/pub/old-www/pics/pycon-logo.gif

were probably not designed by professional designers but rather by
people who appreciate Python, and yet do have more appeal to the
community and the outside world alike. If we are going to use a snake
motif, we should use snakes that look like snakes.

I suspect the current shy-tadpoles design was outsourced.

(At one point NBC abandoned their very recognizable peacock for a
totally vapid geometric design, for which they paid many thousands of
dollars. (Including a huge settlement with a Nebraska TV station whose
logo they had essentially copied) Eventually they reverted to a
somewhat stylized peacock, which was a much better idea.) See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Broadcasting_Company_logos

It's also interesting in passing to notice that another one of NBC's
non-peacock logos was called the "snake", for reasons that will escape
anyone who has not seen it animated.

In any case, I will probably take a little more time to make the case
that the shy tadpoles logo is a mistake.

Finally, I disagree that the current logo is better than the neutral
but consistently used php logo or the very clever java coffee mug logo,
and notably the Ruby on Rails logo, which is first rate.

mt




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