New look, for now
Thanks Tom for getting back to me about the text/font. I have added it to the image I produced, but it seems pointless uploading it if you guys are still pondering if you would like a logo or not. Personally, I enjoyed creating the logo. Since there was no creative process to ascertain your needs or preferences, I wouldn't be surprised if what I've produced is way off mark. If it helps you define what you want and inspires someone to create something better, then great! I DO mean that. I've no apprehensions this initial attempt is anything more than to get the ball rolling...
However, I do think (as a minor consideration) you maybe want to make a firm decision on whether you would like a logo or not - before someone else picks this up and spends a day (or more) producing something? Chris has made his views clear... so is that the decision for the group?
1. Use Colin's logo
2. Ask for more logo options, which Colin and others can produce if they want
3. Skip the logo and go with Tom's idea - a web font but more decorative
4. Stay with what we have now
If someone did want to spend some time (and I really do appreciate the effort, Colin), I personally am highly motivated to keep things tight, simple and, as a result, fast. I am also quite allergic to iconography that seems to pervade Buddhist sites (and I fear I stated that a bit too tersely earlier). Perhaps the "logo" is merely an icon, and then we can dick around with the font separately. Or, we nix the icon, just change the font, and move the subtitle to alongside the title to tighten the header.
So, I'll put up a poll to see if/what we want generally, and see where that takes us.
Thanks for acknowledging I put some work into the logo, Tom. I know it might not seem like it, since I chose one of the most ancient symbols for awakening, yet haven't been around New Age sites enough to develop an aversion to it (or iconography in general).
I am very pleased my initial attempt has done it's job!
In that it has galvanised people into making decisions about what you 'do not want'. This at least gives any future graphic designer a heads-up on some of your criteria.
My apologies for dragging this out of you by confronting you with a design. Seems I have a blind-spot when it comes to dana requests, especially if it involves me enjoying myself doing a bit of research and tinkering with design
BTW, Tom, although you said the text for the header was done "quick-and-dirty", you obviously have an eye for colour, proportion and aesthetics, as your choice of text/font and colours are just right, and (as an ex graphic design consultant) I can appreciate that behind the 'simplicity' is a touch of creative inspiration.
Tom, thanks for rephrasing your dislike of overused Buddhist logos.
Thanks Tom. That looks excellent.
Tom Otvos wrote: Thanks again, Colin. It is easy to do in CSS as well (as you can see in the current header), so really it comes down to a load of the font or a load of the image although of course with an image you have finer control of kerning and stuff like that.
The only thing I've thought of mentioning, and now seems a good time, is the grey of the tagline.
It does look smart, and modern. My only concern is for those who's eyes are not as sharp as they used to be, who may find the contrast of grey on grey a little difficult to read. My suggestion is simply to make the tagline a darker grey - the same grey as the tabs - which would alleviate the 'contrast' problem and also help (maybe) to harmonise the colour scheme with the template. What do you think?
AND the word "NEW" that appears when there's a new post on a thread seems smaller than ever and is no longer a different color.