Bookmarked for another visit in a few months just to see what sort of progress you'll have made .. good luck!
Good designers can make a project succeed. We need more in OSS.
I personally enjoy the process of taking a design and bringing it to life in the real codebase. I find it somewhat meditative and a good task to work on when you brain is a little overloaded.
1. When you give the right to use the logo, you also give the copyright in the logo along with it; or
2. When you give the right to use the logo, you retain the copyright.
(Edit - at least from an EU perspective, you can also "assert your moral rights", which is a bit like requesting attribution. Or you can "waive your moral rights", which is like saying no attribution is necessary. This is an oversimplification but hits the main points.)
It’s not possible in every country for an author to waive his rights or gift the copyright. So I think it’s better to give a perpetual, open license that doesn’t restrict the usage rights?
Hell, given how much advertising and branding we're constantly blasted with these days it doesn't even necessarily have to be conscious inspiration.
I'm convinced I've seen the "recurse" logo within the last month, but I've seen so many icons that I can't begin to speculate where.
- mr jumbo: php
- foxy: gitlab
- moby: docker
- steps: maybe webpack?
- the fall: endomondo
- apple: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Aug%2BBkatL._SY450_.jpg
- cosmos: CircleCI
- watchbob: Datadog?
My point is that if you started a containerization startup called Moby using that logo, people would be upset.
Docker doesn't own whales in the same way Apple doesn't own the concept of apples (as much as they'd like to), but using "inspired by" logos in the same context as the logo you were inspired by can cause problems.
Apologies for disagreeing with you earlier. :)
cosmos and CircleCI, do you actually think they are similar? watchbob and datadog? Come on.
Foxy/Gitlab logo is _very_ close.
Moby/Docker is a stretch but I can see it a bit.
Steps/Webpack isn't that close. It looks closer to the old Windows Registry icon to me.
Fall/Endomondo seems like an obvious ripoff.
Apple I see no problem with (conceptually, at least. I wouldn't personally use something with an apple in the name/logo for obvious reasons.
Cosmos/CircleCI ehhhh, it reminds me more of the Colorado stickers I see all over, even using similar colors.
Watchbob/Datadog in no way are close aside from having dogs. Datadog has a very distinct, happy puppy look to it. It looks more like some sort of Jenkins clone in dog form to me, but it's distinct enough.
Most of these are more of a stretch to me than anything, although two of them do seem to be almost clones.
- the fall: reminded me of the old packard bell logo
- steps: similar to some of the aws icons
However, is there a mechanism to "call" the logos? Suppose I want a fox one for my open source foxy-pythons project and my arch rival uses it for foxy-rails and we don't discover it till the great tech crunch final battle. Shouldn't there be a way of knowing someone already used it?
"One logo can be only given to one project. This project will have all exclusive rights of the logo."
I thought you just take them off the site and drop them in and go.
> One logo can be only given to one project. This project will have all exclusive rights of the logo.
which should prevent your hypothetical situation from occurring.
Anyway, I think the "globe" one is quite close to looking like AT&T's which would at least make me a bit wary.
I do agree with you about the globe / AT&T logo though. Steps is also very similar to an old icon on Windows (I think it was a placeholder icon for Microsoft Visual C++ or Borland Builder projects? But can't rightly remember off hand)
Similarly, I provide my 8-bit music ( https://ericskiff.com/music ) to any game or video makers that want to use it under an open-source compatible CC-BY license, and it's paid such amazing dividends every day. I love getting to see who uses it and what creative things they create! I hope you get similar satisfaction from the projects you help enable!
I had a similar idea a few months ago but I was coming at it from the opposite direction (demand-side instead of supply-side). It has turned into a repository of existing Node.js project logos instead: https://github.com/davej/nlogo
You seem to have a flat monthly fee structure - and at a fairly "high" price point. If I was "just" looking for a logo I could pay your monthly fee just once at somewhere like 99designs, so I might not take retainer. But if I had greater needs for design 250 a month would be a bargain and you are too low and you will be doing a lot of work for nearly zero.
How has it been working out?
Have you considered tiered pricing ?
It has been working out really great, We have launched around more than month back and we are at $3,325 in MRR. We are writing our journey here : Zero to $3,325 MRR in 30 days (http://draftss.com/blog/index.php/2018/06/18/zero-to-3325-mr...)
We are looking for a strong feedback on our pricing model. What do you mean about tiered pricing? Would love to know more :)
However I get the feeling your price point may be too low - there is a lot of value a designer can add, not just in "logos and stationary", and that can mean a lot of work - I guess you just have to suck it and see.
Which takes me to tiers - it's a lot easier to have the "you are now in the platinum tier" conversation than the "stop asking me to do a full time gig on 200 bucks"
As it is so hard to guess how much work, and you want to get away from
looking like it's piece work, can I suggest offering streams of work. Bear with me
Logos and stationary are one basic stream of work.
But the long term gigs will probably come from two classes of company - mid sized firms wanting to get in-house designers to revamp the existing art work to be more consistent, and I strongly suspect internal enterprise teams wanting to build distinctive internal brands
That to my mind gives three streams - the try-me-out level of logos and stationary, the internal branding and the wider revamp. Each feels like increasing amounts of complex work. but each feels like a distinct market, and with levels inside
I guess the internal brand one is most exciting to me - give developers a pattern library for their app, and keep adding to it as they add features or work. A bootstrap/react pattern library that you can retheme would probably go long way?
Fyi, used to work in branding and trademark disputes were common.
That would be some pretty terrible PR:
“Billion dollar company X sues open source developer because the shade of blue used in their logo is too similar.
A spokesperson for X said that ‘Although they are releasing this software for free to help the community, we can’t have people being confused about the shade of blue they used.’”
It almost sounds like an Onion article to me.
It’s a little different too since she was actually selling products with her logo on them vs. developing free software, but good point.
Great work OP!
> Free logos (as in gratis? or as in liberty?)
> Open source
This seems kinda contradictory to me.