Monday, November 26, 2007

New Wikibooks and Wikijunior Logos

Logo selection processes have started today for both Wikibooks and Wikijunior, on meta. Wikibooks is looking to update it's logo, which has been the target of criticism for some time now. Wikijunior has never had an official logo, and it's hoped that having one will help to promote the project, and make it more professional-looking to prospective readers.

Some people may remember that there was a logo selection discussion for Wikibooks several months ago. That discussion ended in the final stage when it was decided that the selected logo could not use the red-blue-green combination of other WMF logos. People were unable to decide how to "fix" the selected logo, or whether to restart the process entirely, and eventually it just died. There were also many criticisms that Wikibookians were not involved in the selection process. We've spent several months fixing the rules and the procedure so that the same problems do not occur. First, we are doing an advertising blitz to try and attract wikibookians from all language projects. Translators are needed for this effort, and hopefully it won't be too big a task. Second, we have made it explicit that logos should not use WMF colors, and we are also strongly suggesting that the submitted logo should not be primarily blue, like several other logos are (wikiquote, wikisource, wikiversity, wikinews, etc). This is in response to the findings of the Marketing Committee, who say that the projects would benefit from color coding. Of course, this is just a guideline, but it's one that I hope our artists follow. Also, speaking of artisits, i've posted an advertisement about this on commons to try and attract some artists. I am also open to other suggestions about places we can go to try and recruit more artists. More submissions and more options are bound to produce better results in the long-run.

What we don't have quite yet is an official time-line nailed down, and that's something that we are going to try to finalize in the coming days. Until then, I ask everybody to get involved in this process.

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