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Re: [atheists-619] Logo for Nittany Freethought!

From: Chuck B.
Sent on: Friday, December 9, 2011 11:21 PM
Hi, Laura - -  I (Chuck) really appreciate your apologies and sensitivity when commenting on Matt's draft.  You seem to have some valid observations ... I'll add a couple of notes below.

At 12/9/[masked]:19 PM, Laura wrote:
I'm sorry to be a wet blanket, but while the logo is attractive, it looks to me like Rocky Mountain Freethinkers, or maybe Alps or Himalayan Freethinkers, rather than the Nittany Freethinkers.  "Nittany", after all, means "big hill" rather than a high, craggy mountain. ...

        I thought "Single Hill" or something like that, but surely you're right it's not a real "mountain."  My cousin from Colorado visited.  I pointed out Mount Nittany and he cocked his head back and forth and squinted and said, "Oh, I guess it must be hidden by the clouds, behind that little hill over there."  Anyway, Laura's point is well taken.

        I've never seen it from the side.  I assumed it had a few humps as Matt drew.  Not true?

And I'm sorry to say I don't care much for the face.  To me, it clutters the logo.  If the face is retained, might there be another way to do it? ...

        I liked the way the slopes and valleys of the mountain create the front of the face, and the rising sun creates the rest.  Anything else added, I'd think, would be just an addition and not really a coincidental part of the scene.  But I'm not an artist.

A possible problem could be looking too much like the hospital logo with the gentle curve and ball. ...

        Hmmmm ... I never thought of the hospital logo, nor noticed it before.  (I just looked.)  I would not have noticed the similarity if you hadn't pointed it out.  I feel like the difference in the size of the suns and hill shapes make them pretty different, and the MNHC's sun doesn't even have a purpose, as far as I can tell. What do you think, Matt?

My apologies for being critical, but I didn't want to be dishonest. ...

        Thank you, Laura, for your thoughts, and your sensitivity.  Let's discuss next time we're together (and maybe by e-mail before then).

        And thank YOU again, Matt ... please don't feel discouraged.  We may end up with your original creation, or something close to it.

        G'nite  - - Chuck

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