Call for Community Feedback on an Updated Eclipse Logo

In January we started a process to determine if we should update the existing Eclipse logo.   As I have said before, the existing logo is great but it was created 8-9 years ago and maybe deserves an update or modernization.   The response to a call for new concepts has been outstanding.  We had over 200 concepts submitted but have narrowed the potential choices to 10 concepts.

Now we need feedback from the community to help with the decision making process.  We are going to organize two rounds of community voting: Round 1 will be to choose from the 10 nominees a short list of 3 concepts and Round 2 will be to select a final concept.  Changing the logo is a big deal for the community and a big deal to implement, therefore, the final decision will be made by the Eclipse Foundation.

Some people have already expressed an opinion that we should not change the logo.  I want to be clear that a perfectly acceptable outcome is that we keep the same logo.  Therefore, on each round of voting the existing Eclipse logo will be included.   If you don’t want to change the logo, make sure you vote for the existing logo.

Voting for Round 1 is now open.  If you have an opinion, please go express it now.  Vote based on the concept you like.  I fully expect any new concept will need refinement and tweaking before it is finished.  In fact, on the poll you can recommend the refinements you would like to see on the concept of your choice.

Deadline for Round 1 voting is Wednesday, March 3 at 3pmET.

20 Responses to Call for Community Feedback on an Updated Eclipse Logo

  1. blaine wishart says:

    Nice effort, but no proposed change is interesting enough to be worth while.

  2. Lars Vogel says:

    Thank you Ian. We are looking at a beautiful (Eclipse) future.

  3. Alasdair says:

    I agree, they are all variants on the existing logo. Unless there is something revolutionary I don’t see the point of even considering changing.

  4. Ian Skerrett says:

    @blaine and @Alasdair please make sure you vote and make your opinion heard.

    @lars the future is always beautiful with Eclipse 🙂

  5. korinsana says:

    @Alastair Well, it was asked to not change the logo too much, just to give it a 2010 vibe, it had to be still easily recognizable by the community

  6. Tom Morris says:

    To get a reasonable comparison, you really need to present the logos identically and provide voters with information about how they will be used.

    Ideally each logo should have something like the top right example with variants at each of the scales it’ll be used (or the option to view the individual variants).

  7. Ian Skerrett says:

    @korinsana you are correct, we have just too much brand equity in the existing logo to do a radical change. The design brief was for an update of the existing logo and I think we have some great contributions.

  8. Ian Skerrett says:

    @Tom I agree that more information would be ideal. I know large companies spend lots of money going thru this process. Unfortunately we just don’t have the resources for what you are suggesting.

    However, I do believe the concepts give people enough of an idea to form an opinion. The existing logo is used on our web site, splash screen, icons, printed material, partner web sites, etc.

    I hope this helps.

  9. howlger says:

    CrowdSpring requires the winning logo to be selected on Saturday at the latest but deadline for round 1 voting is March 3rd. Does this mean that we are going to buy all 9 finalists (9 * 500$ + 75$ fee = 4,575$)?😉

  10. Frans thamura says:

    love the second from the top-left. more strong in branding, rather than current logo, because hard to put in the banner and promotion. which we did here ..

  11. I’ll share the comment here that I provided with my vote…

    They’re all subtle changes, so I don’t see much brand risk in updating the design – I think it’s a great idea to consider.

    As a company building commercial products on top of Eclipse (which many of the members are also doing) – I like the muted color and design option (lower left corner) This makes it a lot easier to use the eclipse logo in conjunction with another company logo. Purple doesn’t match with much these days🙂

  12. korinsama says:

    @Steven Heintz

    i completely concur on all you said,
    the only thing though is that almost all of the logos above had a black and white version/muted colors andan icon design too, they are just not displayed in the choices in the poll, only the main one remained

    but you’re right, purple doesn’t match with much these days, fortunately, i think (i might be wrong) most users will see the eclipse logo alone (either in their program/spashscreen, main website, etc.)

  13. Marcel says:

    In the post you say that

    “Changing the logo is a big deal for the community and a big deal to implement,…”

    In one of the comments above you say that

    “I know large companies spend lots of money going thru this process. Unfortunately we just don’t have the resources for what you are suggesting.”

    Kind of a mismatch…

    I think it’s honorable that you care enough about the community behind Eclipse to organize a logo contest and include us all. Kudos for you!

    As a developer and die-hard Eclipse fan, however, I couldn’t care less about the logo. I’m only interested in the features Eclipse and the underlaying platform provides. With such a background I’d of course appreciate if all available resources would work towards making Eclipse even better instead of making it possibly look nicer.

  14. Eric Rizzo says:

    Is anyone else having trouble with the survey now (Feb. 28)? It worked when I visited (but didn’t vote) on Thursday, but now several of the images are missing; reloading the page doesn’t help.

  15. Ian Skerrett says:

    @Eric looks like the problems have been fixed. Thanks for pointing them out to me.

    @Marcel +1 Most developers do care more about the features, as well they should. This is exactly why I didn’t want to spend considerable resources in this effort. However, there are people the rightly care about the Eclipse logo and so it is important to collect the feedback.

    @Steven Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately the survey software randomize the layout, so I am not sure which one you preferred. 😦

  16. korinsama says:

    do we have the results for the first round??

  17. […] Round 1 of the voting for a modernized Eclipse Logo is now finished.   We had an incredible 2128 people vote; a great response!  Thank you. […]

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