I'm aesthetically challenged, but I think
Thad's version without the
middle "crossed V" looks less cluttered and still pays homage to the
On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 11:04 AM Nick Wilson (Quiddity) <
Thanks for the question and suggestion! The middle serif is used to
reference/match the "crossed" V
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Libertine#Usage> design of the W
in the Wikipedia wordmark (also used for the W in the Wikisource wordmark).
On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 8:29 AM Thad Guidry <thadguidry(a)gmail.com>
> But why was the middle serif for the W even needed or kept ?
> My cleaner version (no rights reserved, gifted, public domain)
> Removed middle serif.
> Broadened right leg of W to give symmetry.
> [image: Cleaner_Wikifunctions.png]
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 7:52 AM Denny Vrandečić <
> dvrandecic(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> The on-wiki version of this newsletter can be found here:
>> We have a logo for Wikifunctions!
>> The logo vote closed in March
>> The vote was a tremendous success, with 561 contributors casting their
>> votes. Following the vote we had to go through several rounds involving the
>> Legal team and the Design department, with the goal throughout to ensure
>> that we follow the will of the community. After this long (and costly)
>> process we are exhausted and yet delighted to present the finalized logo
>> The original top-voted logo had to be modified as there was a high
>> risk of third parties opposing our use of it, and we learned of ongoing
>> lawsuits over other logos based on lambda characters. It seemed like it
>> would be only a matter of time for the original top-voted design to cause
>> So we took a close look at the top three voted community submissions
>> (by NGC 54 <https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilizator:NGC_54>, Jon
>> Harald Søby
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jon_Harald_S%C3%B8by>, and Steven
>> Liu Yi <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Stevenliuyi>
>> The designer combined elements from each of those: the circumscribed
>> lambda from the first logo, the incorporation of the Wikipedia W from the
>> second logo, and the idea of combining the W and the Lambda from the third
>> logo. We used these elements to enrich the winning proposal and at the same
>> time increase its distinctiveness and add an already protected and very
>> recognizable element.
>> Looking back at Wikidata, this is a similar process that took the
>> original submission and turned it into the final logo.
>> We hope that you like the logo! We have tested it with a few
>> community members and have seen positive reactions so far. But we have not
>> started the process of registering the mark yet, or printing T-Shirts,
>> stickers, and buttons. We will also create the other assets - a scalable
>> version, the favicon, etc. But we wanted to wait for your reaction as well
>> before we do so.
>> We are very excited to hear from you.
>> Congratulations again to NGC 54
>> <https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilizator:NGC_54> for creating the
>> winning proposal, and to Jon Harald Søby
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jon_Harald_S%C3%B8by> and Steven
>> Liu Yi <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Stevenliuyi> for
>> contributing the elements that became part of the final design.
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