Nicolas Petton

Web developer, Lisper, Smalltalker & Emacs maniac.

Working on the Emacs logo

Working on the Emacs logo

October 21, 2015

Recently I've been working on a new iteration of the Emacs logo. My final goal is to improve the first experience newcomers have with Emacs, from the website to Emacs startup screen.

As a first step, I'm working on dusting off our logo, improving the current website, and designing a proper website for GNU ELPA.

One important constraint is that the logo should still be immediately recognizable as being Emacs, so I decided beforehand to keep the shape (the circle) and the "E" letter.

I decided to remove the pen, flatten the circle, and changed the gradient of the logo to warmer shades of purple. I also changed the orientation if the E, to look more dynamic (looking up instead of down).

emacs-logo-old-new.png

I have so far received very positive feedback!

Here's the result, displayed in the 3 major desktop environment, with the current logo on the left to get a bit of context.

emacs-in-context1.png

emacs-in-context2.png

Feedback welcome!

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