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Personal Logo, Take 2

Earlier, I showed Take 1 for a personal logo, which was supposed to be modeled after a Chinese chop (although it looked more like a baby block). After some consideration, I decided that I needed something cleaner. I needed a slogan, too, especially as that was part of the assignment for my Computers and the Arts class (FA2000). As my “chop” looked a little sloppy, I decided to go with just typography. After all, lots of companies has excellent, type-only logos:

See? Works just fine. Also, I thought the forest green that I used on the last try would work well so I decided to go with a bright, flat orange with gray accents. I also needed a nifty slogan. As I decided to do something with data science (which is, after all, one of the reasons I’m here at the U of u) and as I’m trying to be arty and accessible, I tried “The Art of Data Science.” Has a nice ring, doesn’t it? Also, that phrase has not been copyrighted or used very much, so it can be distinctive.

Soooo, after much hand kerning, here are four variations on the same theme, from simple to complex. (The “BP.c” is short for BartonPoulson.com, by the way. Also, the light gray boxes around all of these is something that WordPress puts on there so you know it’s an image file and you can click on it. Those are not part of the logo but the darker gray boxes are.)

Oooh, nice! Personally, I like the third one best because of the way it highlights elements in the slogan. On the other hand, the BP.c could use some explanation, so the fourth is a good one.

I’m pretty happy with these. Next, I get to design an actual web site that uses my fancy new logo. Exciting!

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Personal Logo, Take 1

Okay, for my Computers and the Arts class (FA2000) we needed to design a personal logo. My first thought was to model something after a Chinese chop or seal, like one of these:

So, here’s my not-very-impressive attemp at a first draft in my favorite color:

So, hand drawn with Sharpies and, given that I couldn’t even draw it straight, a fair amount of freestyle warping in Photoshop. I kind of the the inverted symmetry between the lowercase “b” and the uppercase “P.” Also, the whole ends up rather looking for like a child’s alphabet blocks:

Anyhow, that’s the first take. We’ll see what happens next.

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First Day of School

It’s the first day of school for my 26th full year of formal education. Whee! My first class is FA3000: Design for the Net 1, taught by Martin Novak. (I’m going to see a lot of Martin this year.) One of the things that we’re going to spend a lot of time on this semester is in creating a couple of web pages, which will be set up on the Fine Arts server for the semester. One will be a personal web page; that is, a page about us. The other will be on something else. Rather conveniently, I recently bought two domains: BartonPoulson.com and DataLiteracy.Info. I haven’t done anything with either one yet, so this class will give me an ideal opportunity to work on them. Very nice.

I was also scheduled to take FA3400: Digital Visual Effects later today with Rosi Hayes, but it looks like I’ll need to skip that course so I can work on some other things that came up (specifically, the opportunity to create a new course for lynda.com and the possibility of working with CIDAT).

Update: I have a draft version of BartonPoulson.com that is temporarily housed on the Fine Arts server here at the U of U. Also, while I still own the domain DataLiteracy.Info, I also purchased Data-Literacy.com for another WordPress blog; I’m actually making posts on that site.

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