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    Design Nightingalce (freesound.org "2.0")


    http://www.freesound.org/files/design/

    1. vote for the logo you like best.
    2. let me know below what you think about the design at the bottom! (or the logo you like best).

    ... and know that I am the self-proclaimed BDFL so the best way to convince me of something is not by shouting but by reasoned discussion.

    ( BDFL?? > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_Dictator_For_Life )

    - Bram

    Warning: if you break the rules, see my avatar. Freesound Admin, Moderator, Ex-Freesound-Coder & Benevolent Dictator For Life.
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    The ones I liked: 1, 5, 6
    The ones I don't like: 2, 3, 4

    I voted for 1, I like it because:
    - it is clean & simple
    - I kinda like the wave breaking the glass

    6 is quite similar to 1, like it as well (it was a tie between 1 and 6 for me), the font is good but maybe a bit too stylish. I think a really good one would be something between 1 and 6, ie: the wave breaking the glass, with freesound written in a stylish (but not too much) font. I also prefer the wave in 6, I think it is too wide in 1, and the color blue is better.

    5 looks quite good as well, although I don't have any argument for it, I just happen to like it smile

    I really don't like 3 & 4 because the font is a bit weird, also the wave turning into the f of freesound looks really strange (also looks a bit like "wtf"!)

    2 is just too plain to my taste, also it reads like: frees und (it is not obvious that the 'o' is actually a 'o')

    Nico.

    PD: All hail the FSBDFL!

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    maybe it could be interesting to try a bare version of logo 1, without the glass, without joining the f with the wave and even without the color change.

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    1 definately has it by a long way for me, I like the clean uncluttered font, it is very direct and easy to read without thinking about at all.

    I agree with the previous poster about 3 and 4. The way the wave turns into the F is really strange, and I am not keen on the end, with the d going over the .org, I just don't really like it, it's somehow fussy.

    As said before, the O doesn't really look like part of the text in 2, although I like the font, it is nice and simple.

    I am really not keen on logo 5, I find it a bit ugly, and kind of 80's feeling. Just too square and klunky for me.

    I also like 6, this is my second choice, but 1 is better because of the colour variation and because the font is so much cleaner.

    There are things I like about the proposed site design. It is nice and clean and uncluttered. I like the way that the division in colours goes into a wave on the top right side.

    It would be interesting to see a proposed page design with Logo 1, as this seems to be the most popular at the moment and it will completely change parts of the colour scheme.

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    voted for 5.
    i like the look of Logo 2, but i tend to read 'freesWund' .
    the 'wave to f' in 3 and 4 doesnt work so well for me.
    and i agree with simple machines above, that a plain version of 1 could be interesting.

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    Number 1 gets my vote too - hands down. Good design, clear, clean, colourful, and somehow very modern looking. It also has a good and pleasing colour demarcation between the words "free" and "sound". The waveform is slightly blurred at the left hand side and sharpens up nicely as it joins the F in freesound - an execellent effect. Finally, I like the harmony between the complementary colours.

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    I voted for number 6 because I like the wave breaking the glass and the colour scheme. However, the font is a bit hard to read (it took me a second to find the 'F').

    Order of preference: 6, 5, 1, 2

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    my favorite is the architecture of design 2.

    I am not wild about the color, but that is not why I like 2 the most.

    I like design 2 because:
    1) it is simple (less is more).
    2) it is flexible (the text and background are not tied to any color).
    3) it is clear (freesound is the focus, not how it is designed)

    I like the color choice of design 1. Maybe design two could play with that.

    A big concern of mine would be to NOT choose something that i think is "too cool" because that probably means that in 5 years it will be "too dated".

    ~Nathan
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    neonaeon
    my favorite is the architecture of design 2.

    I am not wild about the color, but that is not why I like 2 the most.

    I like design 2 because:
    1) it is simple (less is more).
    2) it is flexible (the text and background are not tied to any color).
    3) it is clear (freesound is the focus, not how it is designed)

    I like the color choice of design 1. Maybe design two could play with that.

    A big concern of mine would be to NOT choose something that i think is "too cool" because that probably means that in 5 years it will be "too dated".

    I voted for 2 for the same reasons as neonaeon but it is true that the wave on the "o" can make it confusing to read. There's something about the blue chosen that puts me off and I think that something on the lines of design 1 (colour-wise) would work better. I would definitely go for something design 1 simplified to the words free+sound and the wave connecting to the f without glass breakings etc

    To be honest, I quite liked the original wave with a shade logo. might have to get one of those t-shirts before you decide to outdate them
    :wink:

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    n°1 for the same reasons that EHR pointed out ; )

    i like the original old logo too, but maybe new n°1 is even better

    tongue

    suonho @ soundcloud groovin' lifetime
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    I like them all, but I think 2 is best. It is simple yet identifiable and professional. It will be versatile to use in web and print. I like the colors of #1. I really like the new design at the bottom. But I think the yellow sticky can go away, I have enough of those at work. smile

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    # 1 is the only valid to me: simple, quickly recognizable - even if the font is an usual one
    but the breaking glass add visual/logical confusion: it won't work well in small/extra small version - and, breaking what? copyright? leave only the wave like in logo 3

    you have proposed only one logo on white field, all the others are on dark backgrounds:
    I would have tried a dark-on-light version of every logo, for different usages like printing on paper and tshirts.
    I think logo #1 will work well on a light field with "free" black/gray and "sound" same orange color. in this version the wave could start at left with orange like "sound" and ends the same dark color of "field" to join the character

    to be sincere, I really do not like the other logos

    Bram, you told us the name of Freesound2 would be Nightingale: did you change idea? only curious, I like "freesound" :wink:

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    thanks for all the replies so far guys.
    some comments:

    * the colors in the logos are freely changeable. We will need to change the colors anyway to fit into the design.
    * looks like a lot of people like 1 and 2, but the breaking glass doesn't seem to be very popular.
    * cajo, Nightingale is just a codename, the name will remain "freesound" but we will start referring to it as "freesound.org" wink

    - Bram

    Warning: if you break the rules, see my avatar. Freesound Admin, Moderator, Ex-Freesound-Coder & Benevolent Dictator For Life.
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    ..I don't think I understand all the changes on the horizon here,guess that makes it exciting. smile

    Logo 1 gets my vote (for reasons well-said above) but I also don't like the breaking glass.......sound at glass-breaking pitch scares me and reminds of that Tinnitus nightmare. sad
    So, in the same place,how about a simple,faint silluoette of a sonokid with headphones on?...(not really headphones as a cool-dj gimmick,more like representing an essential part of the soundrecordists gear.)This would also give"a mind behind the sound,.....us freesounders" connection.
    Logo 2 is really very split-up...........frees..(freeze?)........und..(and?).It might work better if you white-out the middle of the O.....but I don't like it.

    I like the(almost Linux-style) freesound homepage the way it is and hope it won't end up looking more like hundreds of sites I don't like the look of.
    Doubtless it could be more user-friendly but so what?..in this age of the short attention span,to demand patience and a bit of focus is no bad thing and you do us all a service imo.
    Anyway,whatever the changes,I will get used to them...even my newspaper is now in tabloid format. :x
    So it's just to wish you good luck and perseverance,Bram, with this great project. smile

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    juskiddink
    I like the(almost Linux-style) freesound homepage the way it is and hope it won't end up looking more like hundreds of sites I don't like the look of.

    justkiddink is right!
    the present design of freesound is clean/light/cool, I always liked it.
    the one proposed has a highly contrasted palette of colors, thick tabs and fat titles - deja vu, as justkiddink pointed out.
    in this age of visual bulimia (abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger)
    and horror vacui http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_vacui
    the freesound white homepage is a very elegant project - less is better!

    forgive me, I'm a graphic designer :roll:

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    I prefer nr 1. I think this continues what we know and what we like, maybe without this background it will present better. In nr 2 when i read it i miss "o", other are to cosmic for me smile

    sound addictive human being...
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    #1 - I did not get that this was glass breaking until I read the discussion
    #2 - Got my vote. It is simple & clean, however also not real exciting or inventive
    #3 - I worry about people not recognizing the first letter as an "f". Also I am not clear if we are marketing "freesound - the concept", or "freesound.org - the website". If the latter, it is probably good to have the .org, otherwise I would drop it.
    #4 - See #1 & # 3
    #5 - The font & graphic seem a little dated to me - like a Disneyland ride from the early 80's.
    #6 - Reminds me too much of the Star Wars logo

    General comments:
    - I think we should aim high, and design something that people will soon be seeing in the credits of feature length films. To me that implies that the ".org" should be included. That also implies that the logo should work well on a dark (black) background, or have versions for both dark and light backgrounds.

    Here is a logo that we commissioned for a demo, that I like. The mountains are reminiscent of the freesound waveform, but I think it would actually be better to replace the mountain with some other recognizable shape, and replace the tree with a waveform or something else that symbolizes sound. Hey maybe it could be a tree falling in the woods (just kidding). But actually it would be good to somehow give a nod to the main categories of sounds on freesound - field recordings, clips for music, clips for film/plays, ...

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/2866715800_c8213c8892_o.jpg

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    Did some googling, here are a few I like:

    http://thelogocompany.net/images/talksmart-logo.jpg
    http://www.misipile.com/portfolio/einsteintech.png - I like handwriting
    http://www.imageco.com/images-signs/2.jpg - Kind of like the retro look
    http://www.logodesignguru.com/Logo-design-portfolio/portfolio_new_images/logos/full/11_342_logo.gif - Replace the red wave with a sound waveform
    http://www.logodesignguru.com/Logo-design-portfolio/portfolio_new_images/logos/full/18_1765_logo.gif
    http://www.gocosmonaut.com/graphic-design-images/portfolio/logo-ocs.gif
    http://www.oregonheat.org/images/mcmenamins.gif
    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/184/427033001_2376f13fd6_o_d.png - I like the reflection & simple graphic bubbles
    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/120493501_3946d40b2e_o_d.gif - Like the font & simple graphic
    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/195/476953192_c659734ad2_d.jpg

    One more thought - I have a really old dictionary, I could take some macro photos of the word "free" and the word "sound". Might be able to morph those into something interesting.

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    I think #1 comes the closest to being ready, but the broken glass isn't quite right and the colours aren't good. I also think the page mockup (last image) isn't inviting, it's blech.

    The current freesound site design has a great simplicity with colour (black, white, grey, red & light blue), it doesn't try to set a mood or a feeling, it's a little blank, it's open. The site design should change, definitely, but the current one does at least have that going for it. So I strongly suggest maintaining simplicity with colour. Austerity!

    Freesound has sounds from forests, kitchens, servo motors, synths... some sounds were recorded in 5 minutes and some in 5 hours... the aesthetics of freesound are totally open and the site design should reflect that. If the site design has a bold, colourful style it may channel the kinds of sound people want to upload, like encouraging techno and discouraging door squeaks or vice versa. The design shouldn't lean toward branding, it should lean toward creative inspiration. So, keep it simple & open.

    My 2 cents.

    By the way, I finally bought a Zoom H2. smile

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    Dear Benevolent Dictator For Life,

    Logo 1 is the one I like most as it reflects most what Freesound is about. The others are, uhm, slick but nothing special. The breaking-glass thing is something that should really be incorporated - it reminds me of the liberation of sounds that Freesoudn is all about. Good work!

    As for the website design, I'm sorry to say that I'm not really impressed. It is too colorful for my taste, a bit chaotic with too many points screaming for attention. I have to agree with Thanos (congrats on the recorder!) that the current design is quite good and a little optimalisation could mean much improvement. Do not use too many colors, do not try to cramp too many items on the main page.

    Your humble servant,
    - LG

    Life is probably good
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