Monday, July 19, 2004

Idea for Bright Icon



The Brights are looking for an icon, and here's my suggestion. Unfortunately I didn't find out about the call for submissions until recently, and they've already shortlisted six candidate designs. I know a lot of effort must have gone into those candidates, but I'm afraid that to me they all feel very unsatisfactory, which is why I had a go at one of my own. The following is the rationale behind the icon:

To me, bright means freedom. It means existence and thought unrestricted and unconstrained by conformance to the supernatural, existence and thought free to develop and grow. Thus, the arrows represent freedom to grow in all directions. The arrows also represent the three spatial dimensions of the universe we live in, conveying a sense of the naturalistic nature of our reality.

Some notes on the graphic design. That image is just meant to convey the basic idea of the design. Here are some ideas for variations. The common line thicknesses and lengths could be varied. Perhaps shading could be used to made to look more three-dimensional, though perhaps that would ruin the simplicity. While the design essentially reflects a three-dimensional coordinate system, I wanted to make it somehow unique and recognisable as a symbol in its own right, and that was the reason why I angled the lines as they are. Perhaps there are other more effective ways of achieving this end.

I actually don't want to give it a name, but it looks like all the submissions have names, so if I must, perhaps "All Directions" might be suitable. (and I just hope this design isn't already used for a company logo or some such) Posted by Hello

2 comments:

  1. > To me, bright means freedom. It means existence
    > and thought unrestricted and unconstrained by
    > conformance to the supernatural, existence and
    > thought free to develop and grow.

    err... by definition association with a group like this puts constraints on what you can believe in. That would not be freedom?

    Perhaps I have completely misunderstood what they are about. Admittedly I spent about ten seconds on their website. It was all a bit too scientology for me.

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  2. Hey Michael,

    Bright is just meant to be an umbrella term for people who have a naturalistic worldview... the term was developed to give a positive name for such a view, as opposed to negatively defined one such as 'atheist', in a similar fashion to why the term 'gay' was developed to use instead of negative terms. Does that answer you question?

    James.

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