[Osmf-talk] logo update

Gregory Marler sotm at livingwithdragons.com
Mon Dec 19 15:15:48 UTC 2011

I agree with Frederick on a lot of things he said.
OpenStreetMap (for me) is about that the images/data are free and can be 
reused in lots of exciting ways. It is about it being up to date and 
editable, and with the potential of being as detailed as a German mapper 
can imagine. The community is also beautiful to be part of.
If a blank-minded newcomer to the site knows these things then that is 
great, a side result is that there is a map they can use just like 
Google. Within a day they may forget how 'free' it is, but I'm happy if 
they still carry on using it.

The concepts 'free', 'data', and 'up-to-date' are hard to visualize. 
Terms 'editable' and 'community/collaborative/wiki' are a bit tricky.
Map/push-pins are really hard to visualise, but they don't tell us 
anything new or different. In fact, how many pages do we have that don't 
have a map on them anyway? The ones that don't, do people really come to 
them without knowing we're something about maps?

On the OSM/OpenStreetMap subject. I use OpenStreetMap until I get bored 
in the same story, or am with those that know. I've normally started 
with OpenStreetMap or OpenStreetMap(OSM).
The logo would be great if it works well with no text. The current logo 
works well like this and we recognise it on it's own as for OSM (so why 
change it?). I suggest we stick with the full text OpenStreetMap next to 
the logo or as a page title, but for tiny badges(American: buttons) just 
OSM/OSM.org can still be used along side the logo.

Gregory Marler

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