Violinist.com Logo Change
As clever as the new logo is, I think I preferred the previous one. How about you?
I dig it. The whole Kokopelli thing strikes me as a vague and new-agey self-commodification (Unless I've already forgotten and there was another logo in between).
I usually scroll down anyway.
It's not the end of the world, but I do kind of miss Kokopelli.
I like the new one. It has natural elegance, and the link between fernseed and invisibility evokes the beauty of the violin. Furthermore, the cut-down version of the old one on my opening page looked like an insect.
The "V" feels very unstable to me. I get it - with the scroll and the f-hole references, but letters with illustrative elements often come across as awkward unless in the hands of a skillful designer (a Hilary Hahn of graphic illustrations perhaps?). The Kokopelli worked better since it was an illustration with the logotype and wasn't forced to be a letter and illustration simultaneously.
I really like the new one! For me it is cheerful and playful, and really elegant in the same time. Exactly what the violin can be for me :)
As an arguably "artsy" type, I much prefer the new logo. It incorporates some of the most artistic and most defining elements of a violin; the ff-holes and the scroll.
the new logo is very nice, but may come across as old-fashioned. that was certainly not a problem with the previous logo.
Laurie likes it. I'm sure she had fun designing it. I'm in support of that!
Jean Dubuisson, what about any sort of use of the violin isn't somewhat "old-fashioned"? Is fixing "old-fashioned" a cure desperately looking for problem?
I prefer the new logo to the old one.
It actually reminds me of either Nathaniel Rowan's art fiddle f-holes, or perhaps one of Guy Rabut's artsy f-holes.
I think the use of the f-hole and scroll to form the “V” is clever and looks a lot nicer than the character playing in the old logo (it always reminded me of those “Life is Good” T-shirts. The only thing I don’t like as much is the font for the rest of the letters. The font looks too casual to me. The new logo is more in line with the current trend toward logos with higher contrast and less “noise.”
And the Kokopelli figure had terrible posture!
I miss the original but this one isn't bad!
I agree with Rich Maxham. The "V" is clever and attractive, but the off-the-shelf cursive font doesn't match well with it.
Am I the only one who doesn't remember what the old logo looked like? ??
hi Bo, you can see it here:
@George I think Laurie has gone through a few font iterations over the years.
Q. How many violinists does it take to change a lightbulb?
I love it and think an update was in order.
How many violin teachers does it take to change a lightbulb?
Thank you so much for the feedback, everyone! I always loved Koko and considered him to symbolize that all people and all styles are welcome here on Violinist.com, but it was time for an update. He was, after all, 2,000 years old! I like the new logo - as with the last one, it was my idea to begin with and then I worked with a graphic designer. And as always, it will probably go through its own iterations!
I like the latest font much more than the previous one. I think that it fits with the "V" now. Nice job, Laurie.
Thank you George, I do like the idea of having the other letters specially made, it would just take some time to figure that out!
I could see making some changes to the other letters, although it might make readability less precise, and I think a clean look that’s easily distinguishable and can be scaled up or down well and formatted well for various media uses is crucial. Although I’ve suggested a different font for the “iolinist.com” portion, I don’t mean to suggest that I think Laurie has done anything poorly; I just have a little different aesthetic taste in fonts.
The fusion of a sound hole and scroll to form a ‘v’ is very creative. Well done!
First Elon changing Twitter to X, and now this!
I have to admit that I can't answer the question. Seeing the new logo for the first time I could not remember the old one. I just realized that it was new. But I can't compare!
Scroll up, Albrecht. Jean found it in the dusty archives of the interweb.
Only due I needed to rectify a font capital letter for my wife's ballet school poster, I think there are some areas a bit uneven in the V, some of them highlighted in this image
They are just tool marks. :-)
D Z this is a bench-made logo....
Good to know, if was written I missed it.
George, in 'It could be improved by designing customized letters after the "V"', you mean making the "l" look like a tourte bow, the "i"s look like baroque bows, the "s" look like an f-hole (no, NOT like a Thomastik bass bar - Those violins turned out to be a miserable failure), the "n" look like a bridge ...?
Hah! Buri, I think stick with the humanoids....
Hi Laurie. Couldn’t agree more. This AI stuff is so bland at times. I do llike the new logo a lot.
After all these years here at violinist.com I learn we had an original "logo" after I can no longer see it.
I'm with you, George. I appreciate that there's a lot of thought in the new design and it is clever, but I liked the old one better. I liked how the kokopelli could be put in whimsical situations (like wearing a Santa hat) and I own a T-shirt with the kokopelli on it that I think has a nice colorful, whimsical design. I don't want a T-shirt with this logo on it.