Good to see many Indian language scripts added to the logo. :)
And, admittedly on account of them being growth areas for Wikipedia.
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
>From: Jyothis E <jyothi...@gmail.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Malayalam wiki project mailing list
>Sent: Thu, May 13, 2010 11:08:19 AM
>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Announcements] Along with Vector,
>a new look for changes to the Wikipedia identity
>>I am the first customer of http://www.netdotnet.com
>woods are lovely dark and deep,
>but i have promises to keep and
>miles to go before i sleep and
>lines to go before I press sleep
>completion date = (start date + ((estimated effort x 3.1415926) / resources) +
>((total coffee breaks x 0.25) / 24)) + Effort in meetings
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Jay Walsh <jwa...@wikimedia.org>
>Date: Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM
>>Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Along with Vector, a new look for changes
>>to the Wikipedia identity
>Over the next day or so you'll be seeing some exciting changes to the
>Wikipedia user interface as Vector rolls out across English Wikipedia.
>In an earlier note on that topic, User Experience team project manager Naoko
>Komura mentioned another change - one that will bring some small improvements
>to the Wikipedia identity, namely the Wikipedia puzzle globe and the
>construction of the Wikipedia wordmark - the word and sentence underneath the
>The first major change you'll see is a slightly different looking Wikipedia
>puzzle globe. Over a year ago the Foundation began to recognize the need to
>have the puzzle globe logo improved slightly - mostly because we had some
>errors in the type characters featured in the puzzle globe, and also because
>we needed a better quality version that could print better and at a larger
>scale. We also needed to do that without dramatically changing one of the
>most recognized and beloved logos on the internet.
>It seemed like an opportune moment to take our 2D globe, lovingly created by
>WP user:Nohat and improved/modified a cast of many other volunteers back in
>2003, and take it to a truly 3D object. If we were going to undertake this
>process, we knew we would first need to populate the 'dark side of the puzzle
>globe' - and of course we turned to our volunteers to do just that.
>Cary Bass worked with a team of volunteers to begin that process, and to
>revisit the many suggested and improvised fixes to the globe that have taken
>place over the years. Most of that discussion played out on a meta page here:
>The results are fantastic, and now you can see many new languages and scripts
>represented. The final state for our puzzle globe is quite similar to the
>original, fixes some errors, and has replaced the Klingon logo with an Amharic
>The actual 3D construction of the new mark was carried out by a professional
>3D animator, art director, and graphic designer, Philip Metschan, who is based
>in the SF Bay Area. Through his career Philip has worked for Industrial Light
>and Magic and Pixar, and currently he's also a visualization and concept
>artist for the DIRECT program (not surprisingly, it can be learned about on
>We've created a new page on the Foundation wiki that talks about the revised
>3D globe as well as the other improvements underway to the wordmark:
>You'll notice that the new variation of the typeface uses Linux Libertine as
>an alternative to Hoeffler, the original typeface used to create the wordmark.
> In order to facilitate the creation of so many new variations of the
>Wikipedia identity it was important to find a viable alternative - Hoeffler is
>a commercial typeface that not every project would have access to, nor own.
>Linux Libertine is very close to Hoeffler in its shape and style, and for
>on-screen viewing is almost identical to Hoeffler.
>The User Experience team also investigated another minor improvement:
>replacing the italicized "The Free Encyclopedia" with regular typeface. This
>ultimately resulted in improved on-screen readability, particularly in
>non-roman character sets.
>Right now volunteers are working with the new localization guide to create the
>hundreds of new identities needed for each language variation of Wikipedia.
>You can see the Commons gallery filling up here:
>If you're interested in supporting this effort you can simply follow the guide
>referenced on the page, or reach out to the Foundation's volunteer
>coordinator, Cary Bass, directly, c...@wikimedia.org.
>It will take some time to create all of the marks, and initially the ops and
>User Experience team are rolling out the new identity on English Wikipedia and
>then focussing on other languages as soon as possible.
>>Hopefully the millions of dedicated users of Wikipedia will appreciate this
>>minor improvement to the Wikipedia identity across all of the project
>>languages. This is also a great new tool for chapter and volunteer
>>representatives around the world - this scalable, crisper version of the new
>>puzzle globe is easier to work with in a variety of situations, but retains
>>the character and look of its predecessor. As with any important identity,
>>I'm certain it will see further evolutions and improvements. We're open to
>>hearing your thoughts and views for the next iteration.
>Later today we'll also be posting this news to the Wikimedia blog, alongside
>updated news about the Vector roll-out, scheduled to unfold over the next 12
>I'd like to thank again the dozens of volunteers who have worked over the last
>year+ to navigate the challenge of filling up this now 3D globe with new
>symbols and marks, and the countless others who have scrutinized the first
>drafts of the logo to suggest improvements (like proper orientation for
>characters). Cary Bass has been instrumental in mapping out all of these
>minor and major changes along with the volunteers, and the user experience
>team - particularly Parul, Naoko, Trevor, and Nimish, along with Hannes,
>should also be recognized for putting so much patience and dedication into
>this effort. Thanks as well to Philip Metschan for spending so much time and
>investing so much effort and detail into the design.
>We also have to recognize the dozens of (and next dozen of) volunteers who
>will continue to localize the new identity in different languages, as well as
>the original efforts of user:nohat and those early pioneers who brought this
>identity to life in 2003. This enormous and truly unique design effort
>astounds me, and it's one of the most impressive examples of our collaborative
>capacity outside of the work of Wikipedia itself.
>Head of Communications
>+1 (415) 839 6885 x 609, @jansonw
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