I use Github. I really like it and I have nothing but praises to say for the service. It's clean and functional. A nerdy beaut. But every time I see Github's logo I want to unsee it. The logo is off, it just doesn't match the product.
Here's a quick attempt to try and retain the general feel of the logo, remove its inherent clumsiness and inject a bit of restrained design substance in it.
PS. I know they pulled down g's bowl below the knee line to stuff "SOCIAL CODING" there (see this), but making logo fit into a rectangle is not a reason enough to bastardize the type. There are other ways to add a tagline to the logo.
PPS. I should probably add that I am system programmer by trade, but I did design several logos.
11 months ago
The original is quirky and gives character to a site about code. Plus their octocat logo is awesome.
@Dave - Well, it does look like it was designed in Gimp, I'll give it that. It would've worked perfectly for SourceForge (may it rest in peace) - which was something created for developers by developers. But Github is a mature and thoughtful product that appears to be actually designed, rather than just engineered. It'd be nice if a logo reflected that.
(I am a professional programmer by the way, not a designer).
I think it's more streamlined for the norm, but there is just something missing from yours.. (Edit: the cat could be the missing thing..) The "imperfectness" of the original gives it the quirky personality I think.
I love the work you did, it's awfully sexy. Those are just my thoughts in comparison to the original. The quirkyness is what I remember about that logo (I'm not a every day user of github though)
yours is muuuch better
This is a huge improvement. But the bowl of g is much too heavy and this is making the counter between the bowl and the loop too small. Lighten the b and jack the x-height up a little more.
@James - I hear you, but do tell all that to Dino :) It's his Priva Pro, I only re-kerned it and trimmed t's leg a bit.
@Alex definitely looks better! Not sure if the logo represents what Githab is... but that's a different story ; )
do agree with you
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