I've already posted this in the JREF forums
(http://forums.ran...), but since there is
a more lively discussion here I'll repost what I wrote there:
Although I have yet to figure out how they knew I was posting here,
apparently one of my students read the forum and stole Soapy Sam's
idea (I don't subscribe to the "Great Minds Think Alike" theory). The
"HASS" idea was struck down when I explained the possible mistake in
German translation that might be assumed, but we took their ideas and
amended the logo when needed. Some of the students brought in comps
that were outright terrible, some were good but not quite there, but
one student brought one logo in that was almost immediately and
unanimously agreed upon.
It originally started out at "HAS?" with the ? and S being mirrored
images of each other. It also created a implied Heart shape which I
felt was cheesy, and it's actually still a point of contention with
some in the class. The majority decided that dropping the S and
leaving the ? would still retain the look and idea until it was
quickly pointed out that "HA?" would almost feel like we might be
"mocking the non-skeptic". A quick transpose of the ? and A and we
have the logo as shown.
The font style of the logo are chosen to be a rounded serif style. The
serif denotes a feeling of classic stability, while rounding it off
gives it a whimsical and friendly feel. The crossbars in the H, point,
and A are lower that what is usually seen to continue that whimsical
feeling, but also to give the feeling that the skeptic is more
grounded in reality, but not too grounded we're not open to new ideas.
We also tried reversing the ? to look more like an S, but we felt the
? was a stronger look.
There was also an idea that the S/? could be used in a Superman type
logo, but I also felt that too was a little cheesy and cliche so *I*
was the one who shot that idea down.
So that's my pitch! Thank you GG for the material for my classroom to
help teach critical thinking in critiques. I hope my students got
something out of it other than a participation grade.
"Sometimes you gotta roll the hard six."
David O. Little
-=The DoLittle 8-)=-