Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Updated science symbol

Following some suggestions in the comments, I have made an updated version of the science symbol. I've added a hint of arrows to the circle and a touch of color. I think it looks much better now, more dynamic.

You can also have that carved in stone...


Pendolski suggested to add something in the middle to represent knowledge. I was thinking that in the middle you can add a symbol to your specific profession. You might for example want to point out that you're not just a scientist, but a rocket scientist.





If you like the symbol, feel free to use it. I'm using Corel Draw, you can download the source file here. You will probably need the fonts Life BT and Book Antiqua.

12 comments:

mi said...

Please use inkscape and a free Creative Commons license.

inkscape runs on any Linux distribution, but also on Mac OS X and Windows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkscape

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,


I really like the changes as I find it certainly improves things lending it some dynamics and colour. Find here my thoughts on what should be at the heart of matters;-)

Best,

Phil

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Mi,

Oh yes I forgot to thank you as without your suggestion in respect to Inkscape I couldn't have managed to gather my thoughts.

Best,

Phil

rickyjames said...

Great design. As for what should go in the middle...

http://www.scq.ubc.ca/sciencescouts/

Uncle Al said...

Semiotics can be subtle and powerful. Find the bold arrow in the FedEx logo. Hide a zinger to mess with weak minds.

A local Greek Orthodox church has its altar backed with an immense mosaic backdrop - wide and high - that is largely a gold background. If their deity had any local interest, the artist would have hidden stereograms (e.g., Magic Eye) in the seemingly random pattern of small monochrome chips. A worshipper looks up with eyes not properly converged for distance and... WHAMMO! Poof! The 3-D images vanish. A little forethought could have had wallets foaming in SRO aisles.

Giotis said...

What I propose is to put in the centre a short slogan (propably in latin) which will reflect the meaning of science according to your design.

Bee said...

Hi Giotos,

Arun suggested something similar in the previous post. While I believe that words are powerful, that also makes them difficult in that pretty much each alignment of words has the potential to offend somebody. Especially when it comes to Latin, it signals exclusivity. It says if you don't know Latin (or Greek for that matter...) you're not worthy. Luther had many faults, but that he got just right, if you want people to understand you, you should speak their language. Best,

B.

Bee said...

Giotis, Sorry for misspelling your name. I'm struggling with a cranky toddler who is hitting me with an empty Coke bottle.

Giotis said...

Yes you are right, I didn't think of it that way nevertheless you need something inspirational that would capture the essence of science (i.e. a slogan) and motivate people. Not just a sign.

You could write it in English if you think Latin is too pompous.

Giotis said...

On second thought I don't think it would be a good idea after all. It won't look good.

Navneeth said...

Words won't quite work, IMHO. I was also thinking of another symbol (what else?) within the circle, but something more universally representative of science rather than the tiny bits that age (read: our insufficiently sized brains) has broken it into.

uair01 said...

Not related to your post but still funny:

http://brontecapital.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-phil-falcone-is-like-most-loopy.html

One of my favorite short-sellers blogs about physics and Wall Street.

Now should we use the symbol to mark this entry as "pro science"? I'm afraid that the symbol will inspire more negative than positive emotions, like: "look out this product contains science" - like the radiation and biohazard symbols. Not a good thing to imply :-)