[IAEP] Branding and mascot (Was: Re: Color combos for the logo)
tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Sat Dec 6 05:02:46 EST 2008
What Caroline says makes a lot of sense to me.
Also, I'm wondering if it's actually possible to draw a logo that is
close as cute as the photos while using just two colors.
I think that, if we agree on not using the mascot in the UI, we should
do a drawing more similar in style to LAMS' Dolly or the Minix racoon.
On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 7:52 PM, Caroline Meeks
<caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
> My thinking is as follows.
> When a kid is using Sugar you want them emotionally engaged with their work
> and the other kids, who they probably know in real life. The XO is a great
> icon for transparently representing other people and letting your use that
> as a symbol for a mental model of them.
> When we are teaching about Sugar, making powerpoints, books etc. We want to
> emotionally engage out readers hindbrain, with cute images that helps the
> person learning about Sugar feel like they are having fun. I'm getting this
> from a Kathy Sierra talk. So a mascot is not something that appear in the
> UI of Sugar. Its a branding element we put in book and slide shows and to
> spark up web sites. Maybe we also make it a fictional kid character we use
> in examples.
> I like the animal, but I think we need a cuter version then this first try.
> On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 1:12 PM, Kevin Cole <dc.loco at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 11:45, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >> I'd strongly recommend against eliminating the XO as the core element
>> >> of the UI. It was chosen specifically to represent children, and to
>> >> maintain the human/body metaphors where appropriate. Substituting it
>> >> with anything other than a human likeness would be counterproductive,
>> >> I fear.
>> > Is it possible to "split the difference"? It seems to me that by
>> > adding "wings" of a sort to the XO figure, you'd be able to
>> > approximate something that still looks human, yet also looks like a
>> > sugar glider -- or a kid with a hang glider. Clearly related to the
>> > original, but like the Red Bull commercials say "Sugar gives you
>> > wings!" ;-)
>> I don't think so. That misses the point, which is that the children
>> themselves—not flying squirrels, however cute ;) —are represented as a
>> fundamental part of the interface.
>> - Eben
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