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 Post subject: Qubami Community logo: Final decision!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:08 pm 
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Hi there,

Some of you may remember (a long time ago) that I asked for help to choose a logo for Qubami, and finally we decided on this, which will be used for the qubami.com website, shop, as well as the puzzle itself:

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Well now we are looking for your help to choose a Qubami Community logo for our qubami.org website, which will be used for related but non-profit community activities, including competitions, blogs and Hall of Fame, etc. Ideally this community logo should be clearly linked to the Qubami logo above, but also clearly different, if that makes any sense.

Please rank the 8 designs below from top favourite to least favourite in terms of overall suitability for purpose and visual appeal. Also, please feel free to make any creative suggestions, e.g., to combine one or more of these ideas in some way.

Many thanks for your help!

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Why not butcher the English language and spell it "Qommunity?" :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Jared wrote:
Why not butcher the English language and spell it "Qommunity?" :lol:


We did try "Qmunity" but ... https://www.google.com/search?q=qmunity

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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I like option 2 the best - the style readily identifies it with the product logo and anyone looking for the community would already be familiar with the product so I don't think it needs a repeat of the product name.

My second choice would be option 5
Jared wrote:
Why not butcher the English language and spell it "Qommunity?" :lol:

I like this idea too, but why not completely butcher it and go for "Qmunity" :D
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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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For me, from favorite to least favorite and reasons:
6- Simple, considerably minimal compared to the others, and retains a symbol found on the Qubami puzzle.
8- Simple, less minimal but more creative, brings more colour to the title.
2- It feels nice to look at, and is creative in it's placements on the symbols (were they plastic tiles? I don't remember well)
3- Colourful, and would -in my opinion- entice me to click on it because it looks interesting :lol: (btw, the N and the I appear a bit off centered and the C as well, but not as much)
5- Feels alright but not perfect, a little heavy on purple, but not too bad
7- Feels a bit generic. That's not bad, but it feels a bit drab. Is it possible to spice it up a little?
4- Feels a bit in my face with the colour contrast and the placement of "Community"
1- I think the transparency is the main problem here. It looks a bit messy in my opinion

If you could somehow add in a little of the magenta (red) pigment to number 6, I feel it would feel perfect or close to perfect.

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Edit: I forgot to state what number I would think would benefit from Magenta/Red. Fixed now

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Zzupler wrote:
I like option 2 the best - the style readily identifies it with the product logo and anyone looking for the community would already be familiar with the product so I don't think it needs a repeat of the product name.

My second choice would be option 5
Jared wrote:
Why not butcher the English language and spell it "Qommunity?" :lol:

I like this idea too, but why not completely butcher it and go for "Qmunity" :D
Edit: drat, reply 9 seconds late!! :lol:


No problem - simply plead diplomatic Qmunity! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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From best to worst: 7, 5, 3, 2, 6, 8, 4, 1. Logos 1 and 4 just don't seem to fit with the overall theme. 6 and 8 appear hard to read, as it isn't obvious that the Q is part of the name. I think any of the other four would be fine, but I ranked 7 the highest for its simplicity.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Hi Kelvin,

My votes ordered as requested:

7, 6, 8, 5, 3, 2, 4, 1.

For me readability formed a large portion of the visual appeal.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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My vote goes to 6, 5 and 7.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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I'd say 5 first, then 3 second and 7 third.

Also, are the TP member custom Qubami still available? That was when I was in third grade...

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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I like 'Qmunity' too :D

I also like logo 8.


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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Favorites in order:
3: Name is easy to read, colors for community fit the theme and make it "pop". I might suggest making the width of "Community" and "Qubami" match
7: Community matches the width of Qubami, which is more appealing but missing the color of #3
5: Not as much color as #3, width mismatch like #7, but Qubami is distinct and readable
4: Doesn't say Qubami, but emphasizes community
1: Addresses what #4 lacks, but too hard read
2: Again, nice color/look, but doesn't say Qubami
8: Nice color but I worry people will read it as Ubami
6: Same flaw as #8, but not as colorful

In short, I think it important the name be clear and many of these lacked that.
Of the ones where Qubami was clear, I prefer aligned widths. And beyond that the colorful options (#3 and #8) have great appeal.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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I would just go without the "community". Simply use the original Qubami logo.

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I love 3,5 and 7 in order. I don't care for 2,6 and 8. 1 and 4 are to messy.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Personally I like number 6. More simple & clean.


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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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I would definitely repeat the Qubami logo itself.
My choice would be 3,5,7 in this order. I would prefer 3 by far.

The rest
8,6,2,4,1

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Kelvin,

Are these drafts or are they the final versions? Several of these have stretched characters and oval Qubami symbols (instead of circles). For consistency and for a visually appealing design, I would strongly recommend avoiding stretching anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Hi Skarabajo,

These are just initial drafts (concepts), we will need to adjust proportions and tones, etc., and also incorporate any suggestions once we know which are the most popular (so the qualitative feedback at this stage is just as important as the ranking). Then maybe we post just 2 or 3 refined designs for final selection in Round 2...

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Also, are the TP member custom Qubami still available? That was when I was in third grade...
Unfortunately no, but we are on track to start selling the final polished product (with online shop, community, etc.) by this Autumn - finally! This will include several base colours, but from now on stickers will only be available in standard CMY colours to build the brand.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Definitely 8!

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Another vote for number 3!


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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo
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Well it looks like 3, 5 and 7 tie for first place (too close to call), followed by 6 and 8.

Now considering the comments on 3, 5 and 7, in particular:

NXTgen wrote:
3- Colourful, and would -in my opinion- entice me to click on it because it looks interesting :lol:
5- Feels alright but not perfect, a little heavy on purple, but not too bad
7- Feels a bit generic. That's not bad, but it feels a bit drab. Is it possible to spice it up a little?
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3: Name is easy to read, colors for community fit the theme and make it "pop". I might suggest making the width of "Community" and "Qubami" match
7: Community matches the width of Qubami, which is more appealing but missing the color of #3
5: Not as much color as #3, width mismatch like #7, but Qubami is distinct and readable

And also considering the popularity of 6, please rank the following six designs (A to F) so that we can make a final choice, thanks! And by all means say if you still prefer one of the original 8 designs.

Note that A and C are based on 7 (A is the same as 7, C has some influence from 6); B and D are based on 5, but with fixed width (as per Dave's comment); E and F are based on 3 (with some influence from 8). And yes, this is a lot tougher to call.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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I'm sorry that I missed the original vote, so I'll restrict myself to the secondary vote. I go for B and then F.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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Gus wrote:
I go for B and then F.

Same here.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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I'm a little late to the game, but I originally liked 3 followed by 7.

Now I like E followed by A.

The light blue is harder for me to read. It doesn't stand out as well. The Qubami colors spelling 'community' without a background seems to work best in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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E: Hands down favorite, addresses all my desires from round 1
F: Nice for the same reasons. The purple background on "Community" is a bit harder to read.
D: I like the color difference of having blue, the rounded squares reinforce the brand
C: Same as D, but I like the rounded squares a bit more than the bar
B/A: Same logic as D/C, I just prefer the blue

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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I like B most, followed by F.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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Maybe I'm not understanding where or what this is required or maybe (shock, horror) I am just wrong but I really don't see the need for "Qubami" in the title. This "community" logo will be used on the qubami website just like the "forum" link on the twistypuzzles website - and just as that does not need to be called "twistypuzzles forum" I don't think the community section of the Qubami website needs to be called "Qubami community"
KelvinS wrote:
Well now we are looking for your help to choose a Qubami Community logo for our qubami.org website, which will be used for related but non-profit community activities, including competitions, blogs and Hall of Fame, etc. Ideally this community logo should be clearly linked to the Qubami logo above, but also clearly different, if that makes any sense.

I still think number two in the original poll is head and shoulders above the other options in meeting your requirements - but that's the last I'll say about it! :lol:
New poll - I like E and then F, the colorfulness is eye catching but although I like the square background on the "community" lettering better I find it harder to read in F with the purple background on a different color on each letter - how about making the lettering background square like in F but just using one different color on each letter like in E?


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E,F,D,C,B,A

Zzupler, I beg to dsagree with you :wink: :
If Kelvin wants to establish a logo for the Qubami community, then definitely the word Qubami should be part of it.
If "Community" would be just a section of the Qubami website, he would not need a logo at all.

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Konrad wrote:
If "Community" would be just a section of the Qubami website, he would not need a logo at all.

KelvinS wrote:
to choose a Qubami Community logo for our qubami.org website


I don't think you are disagreeing with me at all! :lol:


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rayray_2561 wrote:
Gus wrote:
I go for B and then F.

Same here.

Same here. Great minds think alike? :lol:

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rayray_2561 wrote:
Gus wrote:
I go for B and then F.

Same here.

Same here. Great minds think alike? :lol:

But great puzzles don't need to be alike. :D

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I like E then F the best.

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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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My order of preference would be D then second choice F, they appear the most readable yet aesthetically appealing to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Help choose Qubami Community logo: ROUND 2 - final choic
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OK, first choice seems to be split 50/50 between B and E, while F is (almost) unanimous as second choice. :?

So on that basis, and given that F is a combination between the two favourites (B and E), we'll go with F, then everyone is happy - or at least mostly happy. :lol:

Incidentally, I also like F (even though I agree it is not quite as easy to read) because visually it resembles the puzzle itself more closely, with rounded CMY stickers on purple blocks with rounded corners. Plus the "community" element stands out more from the original logo, while the different colours reflect diversity - which is what we want in a community! :D

So final choice is F, and here it is shown in all its glory below the original - thanks for all your help with this! :D

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And for reference here is the new community logo in horizontal format (both could be used interchangeably depending on context):

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I hope you (still) like it! :D

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