Wikinews/Logo/Proposals

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This page served to collect logo proposals for Wikinews. The logo proposal stage lasted until January 15, 2005. For an overview of the Wikinews logos see also: Wikinews logo summary For an overview of all current Wikimedia project logos, see Logos.

The vote took place at Wikinews_logo_contest_voting and Wikinews logo contest voting/Runoff.

Drawing hands by User:Eloquence
Admittedly this looks more like drawing than writing. I was aiming for two hands working on a newspaper, but I suck at drawing and didn't find a good newspaper clipart to use. The hand/pen is from OpenClipart.org.--Eloquence
See also: comments at Image talk:Wikinews-draftlogo.png
Or knitting (vote against). Andrewmackinnon 19:48, 19 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Draft logo created by User:Neitram
A logo idea following the stylized design of a typical newspaper title page, intended to look staid and reputable. --Neitram

Note: This logo is too big, the width should be 135 pixels or less.

The same, reduced to a width of 135 pixels. --Neitram
Draft logo created by User:Neitram
Same idea as above, but with some perspective added to make it more dynamic and to increase the impression of a newspaper front page. --Neitram
Draft logo by User:Stw
Quite different from the other suggestions, but perhaps someone likes it? Comments are welcome on Image talk:Wikinews-logo-stw-1.png --Stw
Suggestion.
My suggestion with the map of the world by night. A con is that it is different from many other wikimedia-logos. Väsk 21:07, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC)
A worthy generalisation of what makes a logo good, as taught to me by all my graphic design teachers, is that someone who's seen the logo once can easily draw it. This seems to be too much of an illustration. -- user:zanimum
Pipes logo
Different streams uniting into one. Authoritative and powerful. --Brevity
I really like this one, for some reason. It combines the 'W' of "Wiki" with the 'N' of "News", albeit in a way reminiscent of the CNN logo. Either way, this is my pick of the ones on this page at the moment. - Mark Ryan 12:23, 31 Oct 2004 (UTC)
I like this too. User:Neutrality
While this is an extremely solid design, the CNN point works against it. What about if it was reformatted as so...

Zanimum's variant of Brevity -- user:zanimum

Okay, both of you feel it reminds you of CNN. That's not good if it's the first thing you see. Changing the relationship of type to text does not solve the problem. So I made another variant. Brevity (Variants since deleted due to lack of interest. Dec 9 2004)
I still dig this version. I prefer having the cut off ends instead of the rounded one. The rounded one seems outdated for lack of a better word. This one gets my vote. And I also like Zanimum's variant. Classy. Simple. It works. --IDevin 04:35, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)
I consolidated some variations into this one. Brevity
This is awesome. Isn't it supposed to resemble CNN enough for the "newsy" feel but not so much as to become a target of a trademark infringement lawsuit. Andrewmackinnon 19:43, 19 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Thanks. Personally I don't think it's much like the [http:www.cnn.com CNN] logo. But people keep saying that. Wikinews should be its own thing. If you see "CNN" then this is a bad logo. Brevity
This one is my favorite of the bunch. Davodd 05:07, 3 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Ok. I got it. You once did a logo for a water-supplier and just wondered if it wouldn't work for wikinews? I mean : W (like Water), streams, blue, it even actually looks like a pump. If I'm wrong, you really should try selling this to a water-suplier. I really like it, but not for wikinews. Guillôme 23:52, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
I like it, and don't think it is similar to CNN, but it doesn't focus on the "N" of news. Since Wikinews is interwiki'd with n:, I'd prefer the focus initial on N or WN. - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)


Papers logo, very rough
Two newspaper sheets, of different origin, folded together. This is just an idea -- the concept needs refinement. --Brevity
note: I like this logo best! It's simple, clear and catchy!! --tobszn
Ditto. --Alexander
This is my favourite as well. Novel idea, and I love the perspective. --Joseph Spiros
This is definitely my favourite. In my opinion it needs a little tidying up (to reduce the bold lines a tad) but otherwise I think it suits wonderfully - it is distinctive, instantly recogniseable, and at the same time not too "new media" to suggest that it isn't trustwrthy. In fact, I'm talking myself into it even more while I type this - I like it a lot! --Kouros
Thanks. I do not have the time to polish it now, but if this one wins out, I will. Brevity
I love this logo! I think it's the best by far. Saxsux 12:05, 6 Dec 2004 (UTC)
This is awesome too.
I like this logo, it is professional and a very nice design. Squash 11:07, 20 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Good job Brevity! I also think this is the strongest logo so far.
There is one additional consideration you may want to consider: the text and the lines are too thin for use as a "bug" in the corner of the screen for video. (Once I figure out how Wikinews can accomodate video, I plan to start contributing video news reports using content from Wikinews.) If you take the source supplied below, and reduce it to 12.5% in Illustrator, one can see aliasing effects from the lines and the "Wikinews" text tag isn't quite bold or black enough to read at that size. I suggest using a heavier typeface and halving the number of lines in the interior fields of the design, perhaps making them two or three times thicker. Brevity, if you would like to make this logo more usable for video, please place it in the corner of a 648x480 image, at approximately the size you think is appropriate for a bug, and adjust the weights to your taste, hopefully minimizing any aliasing artifacts that show up at that size.
I am eager for us to pick a logo, so I can start overlaying the logo in the corner of the weather report image, and also to create overlay graphics for video reports. Would it be too soon to start a vote by the end of the year? — DV 07:14, 24 Dec 2004 (UTC)
  • This will get my vote. It has the strongest visual indentity, which all a logo is about. Dan100 15:51, 9 Jan 2005 (UTC)


Globe.
Another suggestion with image from en:earth. Väsk 16:19, 26 Oct 2004 (UTC)
If you take away the text, it's just a common photo. If you take the words away from the McDonalds or Nike logos, or even Wikipedia or Wikimedia for that matter, you can still recognise them. -- user:zanimum
Simple wordmark

Simple wordmark

Simple wordmark
Keep it simple. This is a wordmark, like 99% of newspapers have, compared the logos everyone else has submitted. Gill Sans and News Gothic used. Blue and orange contrast, one is more modern and out of the ordinary, like the unconventional Wikinews concept, the other serious, like a traditional newspaper. User:Zanimum
You have an excellent point, but I think you took it a bit too far. Being respectable is important, but so is uniqueness. Orange is so popular now I'm not sure it's enough to convey that idea. Brevity
There. There's infinite colour schemes. -- user:zanimum
This is a less busy logo than all the others I've seen. -- JB82
I'm in favor of simple, but I'd also prefer black and white (like most newspapers have Monday thru Saturday). Doing a gothic font might be going a little far, but a black and white logo of just text--or text and a simple line drawing--would be preferred by me. Jun-Dai 00:23, 19 Jan 2005 (UTC)
World Reading, very rough
Another suggestion made during a coffee break. The idea is what counts. Julio Herrera 16:39, 26 Oct 2004 (UTC)
Newspaper and wordmark combined.
Another version of World Reading. This logo is flexible. You can use just the word alone and the newspaper looks a bit like an arrow. If you flip it 90 degrees counter-clockwise, you'll get a nice iconic forward-pushing arrow (speed). Väsk 18:35, 29 Oct 2004 (UTC)
Wikinews in many other scripts User:Tussikanin
You can see much of scripts.. --Tussikanin

Frankly too much of the scripts. That's not attractive, and not memorable. It shows internationality of the project, which is good, but we need a design, not a visual hourah for the scope of the project. -- user:zanimum

Flower by User:Squash
This is a logo designed and made by me initally for Wikicommons where it came 2nd placed (See [1], at the comments I got suggestions to use this 'nice logo' on another Wikimedia project as there was already a more suitable logo at the time, So what I did is I tweaked the wording to a different font so it looks modern with the current modern flower and what resulted is a nice looking logo. I made the image in the GIMP using plugins and a lot of my own time tweaking it adding a drop shadow which would make the flower look really nice on the current Monobook background and such. In addition, the logo can be easily resized and changed to a transparent background freely (See this screenshot [2]). The logo is simple, but without compromising any good looks as seem with the flower which contains the depth, visual appeal but does not have any inconsistent edges. The flower, or the pedals to be specific is supposed to represent that the news of the word comes from all different directions of the world (NEWS - North East West and South). The text is larger then the Wikicommons text because it is needed for accessbility, so that a person can look at it straight away and see it without examinaning further details such as the current Wikipedia logo. Also it is a different text because the Wikinews logo should be distinguished a bit from the Wikimedia logo and other projects but still keeping that Wikimedia feeling in it. If the Wiki community thinks that this is the best design for Wikinews then may it then be so. Thank you for reading. Squash 22:54, 13 Nov 2004 (UTC)
I particularly like this one, for a couple of other elements. Does anyone remember spirograph? Also, the shadowing implies a spiral - very effective geometric form for news, all things coming to a center, or coming from it. - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
wikinews logo
Simple and pleasant color scheme. Other color schemes can be explored. (How one can show a globe without giving importance to one continet over another?. Typeface: Humanist. 250 px wide. Jossifresco 17:03, 17 Nov 2004 (UTC)
I like the globe, the but the text could be better. Squash 20:07, 17 Nov 2004 (UTC)
I like the logo, but maybe we should have a more abstract globe instead, with coordinate grid, but without continents. --Elfboi 23:06, 24 Nov 2004 (UTC)
wikinews logo
Same as above but at 135 px wide. Jossifresco 17:03, 17 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Version 1.
How about a time or clock motif, to indicate the timeliness of this project's articles? I tied this design in with some of the other logos that are used for the sister projects. Two versions are provided, to try out different tag lines. --DV 16:08, 25 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Version 2.
Chinese edition
: Would we have this variant for the Chinese edition? -- user:zanimum I post the variant only to point out the inevitable jokes to follow if we chose this. -- user:zanimum
Understandable, zanimum, but removing the lavender, modifying the position of the hands, etc. can neutralize it. Good design, possibly a secondary logo for sections (noon for breaking news, 3:00 for regional, 6:00 for entertainment, etc.) - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Bender's version

This is my idea. I wanted to create something that resembled what a modern version of those old newsreel titles would look like from back in the 1930s. You know, an homage to another great milestone in news delivery history. :) I had tried adding a silhouetted aircraft going around the tower (another homage to the old newsreels), but it looked a little too cluttered for my tastes. RadicalBender 03:08, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)
That's really sort of nice. The text seems a little too plunked, but it's really classy Art Deco style. It's nearly perfect as it is, though. -- user:zanimum
I'm flexible on font choice. I selected Futura because I was using it earlier in the day and it seemed allright at the time. I'm not married to the font choice at all, so if that's what's tripping people up about the design, I'm happy to change it and am open to suggestions. RadicalBender 18:32, 5 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Is it just me or did you use WikiQuote's logo for the top of that tower? Saxsux 12:02, 6 Dec 2004 (UTC)
It is similar, but I think that's conicidental. -- user:zanimum
Interesting. I don't contribute over at Wikiquote, but it does kinda look like Wikiquote's logo, doesn't it? Must've been subconscious in my mind when I designed it. :) RadicalBender 19:52, 6 Dec 2004 (UTC)
I think this one is the best hands down. It's a powerful, instantly recognizable icon consisting of only a minimal amount of elements—what a good logo is meant to be. I also like the idea of reinterpreting old newsreel title designs from a cutting-edge perspective. All in all, I think it's fresh, catchy and looks very elegant and professional. Uaxuctum 23:37, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)
The concept is very good but unless you rework it, this will not reduce well. Maybe you don't need the whole arc of the planet? Brevity
I don't understand. What do you mean reworking it? You mean the size? If so, it looks fine to me - I don't see what the problem is. RadicalBender 22:59, 23 Dec 2004 (UTC)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/meta/3/3a/Wikinews-logo-radiotower-small.png A logo has to reduce well to small sizes, survive less-than-ideal reproduction, be visible for people with poor eyesight, etc. Your logo sets some fine, delicate details against large empty spaces, which is problematic for all the above. Half the logos on this page have the same problem, but I mentioned this because yours might be saved with a little surgery. Brevity
I like it, but it should use the Wikimedia color scheme (the hue of the blue color is a bit off). Also there is a lot of empty space inside the globe that could be filled with something. How about this alternative proposal:

alternative version
--MarkSweep 14:56, 25 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Nooo The empty space inside the globe is cute. And the colours - the arc resembles crescent moon of Islam, which association should not be stenghtened by use of green (frequently colour of islam). --195.113.33.34 09:07, 6 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Well, then try to imagine (I'm too lazy to do this myself) a blue globe and a green tower, or some other combination of Wikimedia RGB. The empty space may be "cute", but as Brevity pointed out above, the logo is too brittle when scaled to thumbnail size. Perhaps the globe should be smaller, and all elements should use thicker lines. --MarkSweep 12:06, 6 Jan 2005 (UTC)
My first choice. If the RGB can be implemented, great, but not necessary imo. I think the font is fine, but should match globe width for readability when shrunk. (With green text and red "N" it would fulfill the RGB? WIKINEWS) - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
ver. 2
Wikinews Logo Draft
Here's my submission. I tried to go with clean neutral colors, and keep it simple. The globe does, unforunantly, have a sortof western hemisphere bias, but at least it does have most of Europe and bits of Africa and Asia. Un-biased globes are hard. ;)

Jasonp55 07:56, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)

With any of the globe logos, we could have twelve versions of the logo, every 30 degrees around the globe. This is sort of cool design though. -- user:zanimum
I really like this one. Go for it. Cap'n Refsmmat (note I'm a Wikinews member, not a Meta one)
I love the waves that are emitted from the globe. (vote for) Andrewmackinnon 19:48, 19 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Writting on Earth by User:Squash
This is based on Eloquences idea (see above) but improved by me. It is a very rough sketch, and if it wins a final more smoother version would be made. Squash 00:37, 5 Dec 2004 (UTC)
It is up to you (to develope wikinews)
This is my logo suggestion, i hope, you will like that idea, if not, write it. The red color and warlike font type expresses current world situation.

zdenek schee 19:21, 5 Dec 2004 (CET)

It's rather stark. The font choice is rather unusual, and quite frankly the world has perpetually been in a warlike state. -- user:zanimum
Earth on paper by User:anarchitect
I was inspired by the newspaper metaphor design by Neitram, yet I didn't like the colors.. This one here is a wee bit too anti-aliased at the lines. Which could get a fix, too.
Nice variation of concept.
I was bored. So sue me.
A half-hearted logo of a man reading a newspaper, a la sumi. -- user:zanimum
Really nice graphic work, but it has more than 135 pixels and it's quite odd for Wikinews logo, at least the letters W I K I N E W S should be there. Funny joke. -- user:schee
Personally, I love this one. Add a swoopy N: to the front page! Informed reader. - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
my try..
I really liked Brevity's ideas, and just though I could reinterpret it my way : in 3D. I've scraped the "lettering" since to me, the shape itself already reminds the printing of newspapers. And I'd add to Brevity's idea of the two papers folding that they make 3 w, much like www (the two coloured once and the one in between). But I also wanted them to be infinte (timeless). And moreover, It also has a fundamentaly graphic quality for a logo, which is that it can be stretched, to be inserted easily in any format -the side or the head of a page, etc.-. I'm not so shure about the typo, and either it needs effects or not (shadow and stroke). I'm really open to changing anything, so please c&c ;0) Guillôme 02:24, 10 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Wikinews/Logo/Other versions by Guillaume

Looks too much like a lowercase "h" when it is small (see right): Davodd | Talk 07:34, 13 Jan 2005 (UTC)
button size
Fenkman's logo
Why not try this one? Fenkman
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Shrinking
Because it looks like this small. -- user:zanimum
Daniel Dolinsky's logo
I like the colors of the Metawiki logo very much. So I tried this one. It is rendered for grey backgrounds. user:Daniel_Dolinsky
Excellent!!!... Maybe just need tweaking around the ribbon thing around the globe (make thicker or something)... but other then that very professional. I like it! Squash 11:10, 20 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Yes, very good! The fine work on the globe is iffy; could be lost without great change to the logo's impact.
Squash's logo
Made by me, Is Bold (Big W), Is Clasical Design (Font of W), Is easy to modify, scalable and transparent (Source code on Image page) and relates with other Wikiprojects (Old Wikipedia logo, rings any bells ?) Squash 06:53, 21 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Threedots' suggest
This last minute-suggest was made by myself Threedots, from german wikipedia. Text at the bottom looks similar to wikipedia-logo, but could be changed for a more individual logo. The newsticker on the worldmap shows: The world consists of news.

See also full-sized version! comments allowed ;) bye --Threedots 23:05, 21 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Very much like, except... the background text should be smaller font. Should the background be in teletype font, or multi-lingual (perhaps "Wikinews: the free news source" in many translations?) - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Thanks for your comment! i spent most of the time on full-sized version where the text is more readable. the shown version would need be optimized if it's chosen. what text is in background (is now a wikinews-content of a random day) and below, what size etc. could be changed, of course. --Threedots 09:20, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Abstract four corners of the globe logo. by Davodd
Trying to visualize a four-corners theme with fuzzy borders. Davodd 09:20, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Colorful abstract interlocking logo. by Davodd
This logo I aimed for bold, international-type colors. The gear motif and overlapping represent the need to work together, the overlapping of responsibility and new replacing old. Davodd 09:20, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Like. A bit bauhaus feel for some not quite definable reason. - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Visualization of past submitted WP logo as WN
Tried to help visualize one of the below recycled logos. Davodd 09:20, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Visualization of past submitted WP logo as WN
Tried to help visualize one of the below recycled logos. Davodd 09:20, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Visualization of past submitted WP logo as WN
Tried to help visualize one of the below recycled logos. Davodd 09:20, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC) Other variations:
Visualization of past submitted WP logo as WN
Visualization of past submitted WP logo as WN
"N" version of Brevity's "pipes" from above
Plain "N"
Inspired by Brevity's design, but I tried to get rid of the CNN effect. Davodd 05:00, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/meta/1/14/WNlogorev40.png It looks good small, too. The reason I propose this N design is that the letter "n" is the interwiki shorthand for labeling Wikinews links - for example, if you are in Wikipedia (or here), then [[n:Main Page]] goes to the Wikinews n:Main Page. (just as that link does.) And for all European languages that use a Roman alphabet, N is the first letter for their word for news. ~~ Davodd 11:07, 5 Jan 2005 (UTC) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/meta/d/d9/WNlogorev40-tiny.png
Not bad but.. it just looks even more cnn-like to me. What else could you think of seeing a tubed N. After all there are two in CNN's logo. Guillôme 23:52, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
WN, group of people
My own proposal: a group of three editors forming the letters "WN". More of a proof of concept, since I'm not very proficient in Inkscape. The paths should be drawn a bit better and the font should match the one used for the Wikimedia logo. The color scheme is exactly that of the Wikimedia logo. Scales well to smaller sizes, e.g. Wikinews logo wn.png. --MarkSweep 08:34, 9 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Have a try without the "editors". Firstly, because there are more than three editors. Secondly, because less is more. Thirdly, because I just think they're ugly. But the simple WN might actually look good. Guillôme 23:52, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Like. - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Abstract newspaper in Wikimedia colors
This should be more robust than some of the other proposals based on the "newspaper" metaphor. --MarkSweep 08:11, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Agree. This one looks to scale well, and the simple block shapes... (I was suddenly assailed by "exciting chunky shapes" and "rounded letters" thoughts.) Good candidate, highly recognizable. Don't round the letters, or overlay "Don't Panic". - Amgine 20:03, 14 Jan 2005 (UTC)
WikiG.png
I wanted to bring attn to the fact that we still have some fairly good logos left over from the International contest:

Gutza23Jun2003a.png Logo circlez cooperation.png Logojfblais2003.png LogoJuergenAugust03 2.png LogoJuergenAugust03 4.png Ncwikillnh.png -SV 06:03, 2 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I wanted to suggest two ideas, if it's not too late -

  • A man correcting an article in a newspaper for the wiki+news concept
  • A growing plant/Blooming flower to emphasize the NEW in NEWS

santa c