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A new logo for WE -- thoughts and suggestions113:14, 7 September 2009
Early discussion for a new candidate313:02, 7 September 2009
A new logo for WE -- thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.312:48, 7 September 2009

A new logo for WE -- thoughts and suggestions

Here is my two cents worthy contribution.

The logo is the first landmark on the landing pages. It should be both attractive and appealing to the visitor and in harmony with the contents on the banner and the whole page. i.e, Wiki educator pages should have an intuitive interface though currently, we are not concerned with page layout.

Observing colour use will be critical. Some cultures view yellow as 'jealousy' and 'red' as danger or shouting!Perhaps blended colours may calm down these views.

I like the idea of a green chalk board with a wooden frame and the writing in chalk but linked to a globe drawing people from all cultures together. Could somebody show this as a draft graphically? This would draw together all global cultures easily. My culture still uses chalkboard to teach and learn by up 90%.This might be the case throughout 95% of African countries.

Mbasu (talk)22:43, 6 September 2009

Hi Elizabeth

I agree our landing pages should be attractive and appealing to the visitor. Excellent point about colour and interpretations from different cultural perspectives. On this point, irrespective of the colours we choose we should provide explanations on the reasons and meaning of the final logo so that visitors will be clear about the meaning our community attaches to the logo.

As you will see below -- I'm not sure about the chalk board as a universal metaphor for educational futures -- I sense that Wikieducator is contributing to a new future in education, a future where knowledge is freely available for everyone to learn. That said -- I'm not sure how to capture this visually.


Mackiwg (talk)13:14, 7 September 2009

Early discussion for a new candidate

This candidate would be an attempt to utilise a single universal symbol for education.

The symbol[edit]

The universal symbol could be a green slate chalkboard with wooden frame. The chalkboard has been used centuries into the world's history for the purpose of education, even up to the last decade and maybe even still today.

The chalkboard could be placed in front of a depiction of the world, and held onto or passed between different coloured hands.

The name[edit]

WikiEducator would be written in chalk on the slate.

The motto[edit]

Wayne said that "free eLearning content" doesn't even begin to really cover what WE is all about. So I'm wondering if we should experiment with other ideas:

  • Open source education
  • Something with the made-up word "shareducation", a play on the term share-ware
  • similar to above, but the term is "share-learn"
    A browser might ask, "what on earth is a share-learn resource?" and get into the site just to learn the term.
  • Anything that plays on the culture of open source information and tools.
Jesse Groppi (talk)11:04, 6 September 2009

The colours[edit]

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This is a collection of colours I have been long fond of for an education based site. Using Dutchboy's meaning of colours, the primary colour, yellow or gold, is at the same time cheerful and optomistic as it is an intelligent and wise colour. The secondary colours, slate green and plum, along with the muting of the three, help to bring a sense of serenity, calm, and confidence. And then my favourite colour, the red accent, would slash through the site, evoking just that edge of excitement and daring.

I think this selection of colours not only exude what WE is about, but also helps to put readers and members into a state of mind that is optimal for the purpose of the site.

This colour scheme applies to my logo idea because I see the logo drawing in the green as the colour of the slate, the yellow as a base for the wood. The globe could be a line drawing in a mix of the colours, and the motto could be written in the purple.

Jesse Groppi (talk)08:06, 7 September 2009

Hi Jesse,

I also like these colours and the reasons you associate with each colour. This also maps pretty well with Nadia's suggestion for the Olympic colours on the basis of representing at least one colour of the national flag of each country. So we're missing blue and black if we go with the Olympic colour suggestion.


Mackiwg (talk)12:52, 7 September 2009

mmmm Speaking personally, I'm sure that I'm too comfortable with the Chalk board as a universal symbol for education. A couple of concerns:

  • I worry about trying to find a universal symbol because these can mean different things to different people depending on culture. A good example is the owl -- in some Western cultures the owl is a symbol of wisdom, where in other cultures the owl is a symbol of death. So in the absence of a truly universal symbol -- like the globe, I'm always weary of trying to find a representative symbol and prefer abstract representations.
  • I;m also concerned about the possible connotations of the "chalk board" with dated conventions and thoughts about teaching. Eg content centric or teacher centric education, discounting the potential of emerging forms of education which may be different from the conventional notion of the school etc.

I really like the term "share-learn" --- wow -- this will be a great spring board for discussion and thinking about education, OER, Libre knowledge etc.

Mackiwg (talk)13:02, 7 September 2009

A new logo for WE -- thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.

Please list your thoughts, ideas and feedback for a new logo for WikiEducator.

Mackiwg (talk)15:51, 5 September 2009

Drawing is not really my good point, just some ideas. I like the present logo with the world in someone's hand. Maybe a computer screen can be put in the circle (world) and books, or pencils in the screen with the 5 olympic colours these represent at least one colour in a country's flag, this is to show the international side. The back ground could be black and white and the colours should be subtle coming out of the screen. --Nadia El Borai 23:18, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Nadia El Borai (talk)12:18, 7 September 2009

I agree with Jesse that colours are important to give a good impression. But some days I like one colour and other times not. Maybe WE could be written with fine lines in the 5 olympic colours like ribbons.--Nadia El Borai 23:23, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Nadia El Borai (talk)12:23, 7 September 2009

Hi Nadia,

Yes -- the current concept of the world in someone's hand is definitely a candidate for our thinking about logos. Your suggestion of incorporating the Olympic colours on the basis that at least one is represented in each countries flag to reflect the internationalism of WikiEducator is a good idea.

Thanks for your contribution :-)

Mackiwg (talk)12:48, 7 September 2009