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New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby Troken on Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:50 pm

After what I've read in topics about the Linux Mint slogan and logo, I thought it could be a nice idea to stretch those thoughts to a complete graphical profile and a graphical manual. I am aware that there might already exist a graphical profile, but if so, I think an update would do good.

With this, I do not think that the current visual elements are bad, on the contrary: its really good. But I think it might be a good idea to make a proper profile with specifications for colors, typefaces, logotypes etc. The current logo and its font is nice, but somewhat outdated. I played around with a new logo, with the current as a base, and came up with a sketch that hade many positive comments so far. I dont say that its a final suggestion, more a starting point for a discussion.

As I mentioned in another topic: Mint is great and it is worth an elegant, professional and modern look.

You can download the current work document here (a 10 mb EPS): http://web.comhem.se/troken/linuxmint/mintlogotype.eps
Feel free to use it, adjust it or tweak it. As long as Linux Mint is free, the logotype will be too! :)

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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby tdockery97 on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:37 pm

May I use your logo on my desktop to ID it as Mint, like so:
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby Troken on Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:07 am

tdockery97 wrote:May I use your logo on my desktop to ID it as Mint, like so:


Of course, feel free to use it as you wish.
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:39 am

Thanks :D
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby Troken on Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:06 am

Jernau did a great suggestion for a new visual appearence for Mint, check it out:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=18751
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby GodofAnotherWorld on Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:43 pm

I think that logo on the left would be awesome for a new logo.
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby Troken on Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:52 pm

A visual identity needs unified colors - a color scheme. I've noticed that Linux Mint use many different colors in the different channels (desktop, logotype, website etc.), the colors sprawl in different directions. I have made an attemt to make a color scheme, based on all the different colors that exist in todays world of mint. You can see the suggestion below. I am very interested in opinions and comments about it. The goal would be to give Linux Mint a stronger and clearer visual identity.

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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby kbkatz1 on Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:26 pm

I agree, Mint should incorporate your logo. I liked it so much I copied it.
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby Zwopper on Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:04 am

I still think Troken has some valid points here.
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Re: New Linux Mint graphical profile?

Postby Troken on Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:24 pm

Zwopper wrote:I still think Troken has some valid points here.


Thanks Zwopper. Yes, even if this discussion is six years old now, it is more relevant than ever. Today, Linux Mint is the (probably) most popular Linux OS out there. From a communicators standpoint, I can not see any real consistent graphical idea - which is not the best thing. The only consistent element is the old logo (which by the way is fine*). But when it comes to colors, fonts and other things, it is somewhat messy. The "brand" of Linux Mint could be more stabile and strong.

Sure, green as color is used. But what green? I see different greens in different places and channels, as long as they are fairly "minty". Unified font used in the different channels? Can't see it.

You shoud feel that you are in the "Linux Mint-world", regardless if your in the OS, the website, the forum, the community webb, if you read a manual, and so forth. Today it's a mish-mash.

It would be nice to hear the Mint teams thoughts on this. Maybe they are already working according to something similar? Or maybe this is not something they give priority to? Regardless, IMHO it should be discussed at least.

PS. Fun to see this discussion with todays eyes :-)

* When it comes to the logotype, actually today it is so established among people so im not sure it is the best idea anymore to completely change it. Maybe tweak it a Little, but try to keep the essential look. Unless the Mint Team has a completely new direction for Linux Mint, when it comes to the visual appearence.
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