Inkscape is a wonderful tool to create vector images. Vector images are scalable unlike bitmap or raster images., which means they still look sharp when magnified. No blur or pixelated edges. And yes it works wonderfully on my ubuntu!! The windows version is the more expensive Adobe Illustrator. I have been working hard to get a site up for the last couple of weeks. So the first thing I wanted to set up was the logo …something to identify my site with. I started to play around with inkscape. I looked at a few screencasts at youtube.
And this is what I first landed up with:
It looked fine with me, after all I didn’t want to spend too much time on a silly logo. But my wife couldn’t stand it. What does it mean?? It looks funny, that’s what she said. So I modified it a little bit more:
trying my best to convince myself that it couldn’t get better than this. I even got a favicon working.
I was using drupal for my site, another open source CMS. It just didn’t match the drupal icon.
I noticed how the icon was small and yet so large. Being spherical in size it seemed to occupy all the 64×64 icon space. So I changed my mind to work on a spherical model. I had been working on the crooked tree picture
sometime back and had saved it in png image format. Gave it a try and this is what I came up with.
But then the site background was also green, and there seemed to be no contrast between the two. It just didn’t stand out! So I played around with the background and finally settled for lemon yellow.
The icon was finally beginning to shape up. I enlarged the central image to fill up my icon. I was also having trouble adjusting my site name. It seemed too long to be a title. So I decided to include it in the logo. Wanted the title to be more clear so added shadow and made it bold to improve its appearance. And this is what I finally came up with:
It still doesn’t look perfect to me. For one the title is crowded and secondly it seems to be going beyond the equator. But for the moment I am going to use this logo. My site has got an identity now! Hooray!!
Tags: Logo, Orthodoc, drupal