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General discussions / Re: Storefront Markup Language, the other *SFML*
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:38:47 am »
Been looking over articles and trying to make sense of the legalese, but the laws about this sort of thing come off as pretty arbitrary and up to subjective interpretation.

General discussions / Re: Storefront Markup Language, the other *SFML*
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:58:21 am »
Yeah, I know.  :-\

But they are a relatively small company, not a multinational corporation, so I doubt they'll be jerks about this.

General discussions / Storefront Markup Language, the other *SFML*
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:38:16 am »
Did anyone else ever hear of the other "SFML"? Until thirty minutes ago, I hadn't.

I was doing some research for possible logo conflicts with the ideas bouncing around the "New Logo for SFML" thread and ran into this: http://www.storefront.com/sfml.html

Did a little digging to follow up: http://www.trademarkia.com/sfml-76133036.html

I hope that I am being overly cautious, but if there is some sort of problem on the horizon, it would be nice to head it off at the pass.

Corporations can be pretty petty with this sort of stuff...

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 12, 2013, 03:18:54 am »
It's definitely interesting. Might be a viable idea if tweaked a bit.

Could you make a color rendition?

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 08, 2013, 07:02:25 pm »
I can make optimized versions of various custom sizes and configurations if Laurent and the community decide to go with the design.

As for the favicon... Low-res can be tricky, but it is more than doable. Next time I'll recreate it from scratch rather than merely resize it.

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 08, 2013, 05:43:34 pm »

Here's an quick mock-up

I really like this one, it looks really clean and professional, Remove the shading (so it's only 2 colors) and it's perfected. If you did, that logo would look good on anything (the website, printed papers, etc), also without shading it would be really easy to print on stuff like dvd-cases/memorysticks and whatnot, and it would look so much better.

That's the original version, below is the revised version:

I noticed that as well and removed the inner shading when during my revisions. The inner drop-shadow for the letters themselves is very subtle, so it will disappear naturally at lower resolutions and not be noticeable.

Here is an extreme example of a low-rez variant for use as a website favicon (sized 16x16)

See Reply #251 in this thread for more examples...

I think I like this favicon better:

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 04, 2013, 08:45:14 pm »
Made some subtle changes to my previous design while recreating it from scratch in my vector-editor of choice.

The largest change is that the individual letters are all the same dimensions in terms of their bounding-boxes, reinforcing the "building block" idea. This should also make logo variants that feature the letters in different configurations seem more natural.

Logo Horizontal orientation...

Logo in Vertical orientation...

Other configurations could be used for various purposes if desired, I suppose.


Another alternate configuration

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:53:59 pm »
It looks really good :)

Is the font free to use?

The base font is called "Tiny Box" and the author's website is non-existent at the moment, but he/she uploaded it to a dozen or so free-font repositories, so I'd guess that it is.

But just to be sure, I'll try to contact the author to double-check.


After checking upwards of 13 font-repositories, the license is always labeled "Freeware" or "Unknown", so it appears to be free to use so far.

The author's website (apparently a blog) is completely dead, but the email appears to still be active. I'm currently waiting for a response so that I can just be sure about the license.

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:56:26 am »
Thank you kindly, Cornstalks. I used to do some design work before I got laid off.

Laurent said that a simple font-based design would be fine, so I went through my ridiculously large font-library for something to use as a base.

SFML is a wrapper... So the text is "wrapped" in an outline. And since it is obviously computer-related, the lettering has a "digital" look to it. Also, I like the blocky appearance because the SFML modules are foundational building-blocks for crafting some sweet software.

Different colors would likely work, but I made it with a calming blue-pastel tone that I picked out of the website's header.

General discussions / Re: A new logo for SFML
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:34:16 am »
Seen some nice ideas, might as well throw one into the hat...

Some general rules of thumb for logo design
  • Simple : The simpler, the better... Keep colors and logo-elements to a minimum
  • Memorable : Should be distinctive and easily recognizable
  • Appropriate : Conveys some idea or feeling that relates to the desired "brand identity"
  • Versatile : Maintains the "brand image" without being too detailed, allowing for subtle tweaking in the future or logo-variants

Here's an quick mock-up

Again in various sizes

And a few variants


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