Hello, After more than one year of design, discussion, vote, iteration, and months of legal work, I’m happy to announce that the logo of MediaWiki has been officially changed. This applies to both the software and logo of https://mediawiki.org.
The old logo of MediaWiki was adopted slightly more than fifteen years ago. This logo was featuring the nice concept of a sunflower representing diversity, constant growth and also wilderness.
However, with years, the logo became outdated and we realized that it had several problems, including but not limited to:
It was a bitmap picture so it’s unusable in large sizes
Its high details (“too realistic”) made it unusable in small sizes
Its fixed and realistic style made it hard to have variations or adaptations
Most, virtually all, software products use a simpler and more abstract form following basic logo design guidelines and best-practices to avoid above (and more) issues. For example, docker, kubernetes, Ubuntu, Vue.js, React, Apache Kafka and many more.
The new logo represents a collection of projects built on our engine: each petal is one of the many wikis that we support, and the lack of an explicit core shows that we are part of these projects, as well as and they are part of MediaWiki. The new logo also reflects the fact that evolution never stops, and like the petals of a flower, the development of each project, the growth of each community built on our engine allows everyone else to grow.
A big thank you to all who helped this project to finish. From designers, community members, people who voted and discussed it intensively for months, Wikimedia Legal for doing all the necessary work for transferring the rights, clearing it and filing it for trademark. And many many more people.