• The current Druplicon logo was created in 2004 - 11 years ago.
  • It's been removed from the header, replaced with the new wordmark (But is lower down on the page).
  • It's been removed from the drupal 8 installer but there is some intention to replace it in some way.
  • It is no longer part of the drupal logo, and has become a community mascot.
  • Concern has been expressed by many that the icon is dated and needs a refresh

Latest proposed solutions

Version: Delta

 left right center

Version: Echo

 left right center

Other proposed solutions

Named using the phonetic alphabet in the order they were created so it's easy to discuss:

Here is a size comparison to compare how scalable the icon is, the sizes on the original graphic are 116px, 64px, 32px, 16px (favicon size) :

Size comparison

Here are all the proposed versions at the same size alongside other icons:

Alpha (the current 2004 druplicon)




"Charlie" removed since Delta is an update of Charlie.



Delta Front




Echo Front

Echo Front

History of Druplicon:

Remaining Tasks


Contributor tasks needed
Task Novice task? Contributor instructions Complete?
Add comparison between original, revision A from Sept 2013 and revision B from Oct 2014. @sphism Done
Update the image to move the eyes to the right as mentioned in #152 and #154 @tkoleary Done
Decide how to make this official (closed: fixed) Poll? or Dries decree?
Update the issue summary Instructions (done in #156)
Embed before and after screenshots in the issue summary Instructions (done)


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nod_’s picture

And to avoid people stepping all over each others, keep in mind that the DA is working on something related: I know it's about a logo and not the druplicon but consistency helps. So let's just keep that in mind and reach out whenever possible/required/beneficial.

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@chx: the current Druplicon is a result of several revisions of original Druplicons:


Saying the current one is *the* one is as valid as to say any of the older ones were the ones. We should have stayed with the smiley blue 3d drop from the O in drop all along? Where we fools to adapt?

(Aside: see also interesting and wildly changing font choices for the "Drupal" word through the years in

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Status: Closed (won't fix) » Active

LOL, the status change was due to @chx's comment that he deleted.

sphism’s picture

@Gábor Hojtsy: thanks for posting the older druplicons, I'd not seen the Drop one before.

I didn't see chx' comment so I've no idea what your comment relates to.

Last year I made an attempt to revise the druplicon, keeping it as close to the current version as possible:

The reason I like using blender is that it allows us to show it from different angles easily, render different materials and do weird things like this: Druplicon 2012 screen saver

Does anyone have alink to any old conversations when the current version was created? I'd love to read peoples thoughts from back then to see the intentions behind it.

@nod_: Thanks for the link, that is very very interesting, I was hoping someone was working on this but couldn't find anything, I might just apply for that... hmm

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

@sphism: I'm not sure there even was a documented conversation about the logo directions back then, certainly less people felt they belonged to the logo, so it was definitely easier to experiment and adapt. If you click through Frederic's slides I linked, you'll see several font choices and color variants of the Druplicon even (eg. yellow) appearing in different stages of Drupal.

sphism’s picture

@Gábor Hojtsy: Yeah I just had a good look through all those slides, awesome stuff :)

Can you offer any insight into why druplicon has been somewhat abandoned in recent years?

It has always seemed odd to me how the logo seems to be neglected - for example when the d.o redesign happened the wordmark replaced the logo entirely, and now with the d8 installer the wordmark can't be used AND the logo has been removed, so there's no real branding left at all, sort of looks like a cheap imitation of drupal imo.

There's obviously huge resistance to any change, but i'm really keen to see if I can make some changes, even if they are only minor.

I'd also love to do some completely 'blue sky' drupal designs, but first things first ;)

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

I think you summarised the reasons above pretty well in the issue summary. Many people believe the Druplicon is a good community mascot but not very professional or friendly for an "enterprise software" (also many people disagree). So it was made less important on the d.o front page in favor of the wordmark. The goals of the wordmark I believe were to have a Drupal logo that is "enterprise friendly" and "not freely modifiable" (compared to the Druplicon that is licensed under the GPL and is therefore free to change/adapt as people wish).

Here it is in Mark Boulton's words from (the URL itself is not accessible anymore):

Why do we need a new logo anyway?

Following the latest post, it was clear that there has not been enough explanation, or discussion around why Drupal needs a new logo.

We need the fish

A few of weeks ago in Szeged, I sat down with Larry, to discuss some of the finer points of the ‘branding’ deliverables that were indicated in the RFP process. He explained that Drupal needed a new logo that could be trademarked, in order to protect itself legally. Druplicon can’t be trademarked because of it is licensed under GPL. Those are the business reasons for doing so. Larry’s latest blog post goes a long way in explaining why this item appeared on RFP, and why my firm was briefed to undertake the work as part of the d.o redesign.

But Druplicon can’t be that playful community spirit as an official logo. Official logos more rules they have to follow, both marketing-wise and legally. If Druplicon were the Official Logo Of Drupal(tm), it would have to be trademarked. Random fish would be harder to do, as we’d run the risk of it hurting the trademark’s standing. We couldn’t use it as the default “logo” graphic on new Drupal installs.

Larry goes on to say:

No, Druplicon is not a logo. It is a mascot that we’ve been using as a logo. Think Tux the Linux Penguin. Or think the elePHPant, which is distinct from the actual PHP logo. As a mascot, we can have cookies.

These are sound business reasons on why Drupal needs a logo, separate from the Druplicon. But, aside from that, why do I personally think it’s time the Drupal logo had some attention?

What’s wrong with FF Max?

This question has cropped up a lot. Not only with the community, but with the DA as well. Why am I suggesting we change it? Without Druplicon tied to the logo (as it can’t be for the reasons Larry stated), then we’re left with FF Max.

Personally, I’ve got the following reasons for suggesting the change:

  • What makes FF Max interesting are the small details in the letters. However, at small size, those details degrade. At about 12pt and below, FF Max doesn’t look all that distinctive.
  • Most display typefaces are designed to solve a specific purpose (a lot of text faces too, like FF Meta, Frutiger, or Johnston). I’m not sure of the intended usage of FF Max, but I don’t feel it works particularly well for a logotype.
  • I don’t feel there is enough character, or the brand ‘voice’, of Drupal (the software), or Drupal (The community) using FF Max.

I understand that changing a logo is a big deal. I hope that giving some of my rationale, together with Larry’s thoughts, and the DA’s business reasons, we’ll collectively go some way in explaining ourselves.

Thanks for all your feedback so far. It’s been invaluable in assessing the changes that need to be made, and we’ll continue to work as openly as possible.

  • Posted on: September 18, 2008 by Mark Boulton
  • In: planetdrupal

You can dig through the web archive for Mark's other posts on the wordmark and redesign, eg. and with the Web Archive too.

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Oh man, thank you for initiating this! I've been saying Druplicon needs an overhaul for years, but no time, blah blah… Here are a few thoughts on this topic.

- First, and probably most important: Druplicon is no longer Drupal's logo. It's been replaced by the wordmark ( It's not "sort of been pushed out of central drupal branding", it's officially out. It's now a mascot. It has also become a kind of symbol for the community and the people within it. And this is good news, first because as you explained with great detail it's outdated, and secondly it means we have a lot more freedom.

- There is still a lot of confusion between the logo (wordmark) and the mascot (Druplicon). Even in the official media kit some pages are a outdated and still show Druplicon as the logo. And hell! The favicon for is still Druplicon… No wonder that for many people Druplicon is still the logo. This could be a good opportunity to explain the difference clearly once and for all.

- As it's now a mascot, I don't think we need to limit its representation to just one image. It's a character, it should live it's life, it's not an untouchable historic piece of art in a museum.
For years people have adapted/transformed/butchered it for the better or the worse. Drupal Camp designers have shown great creativity, and should be able to keep doing this. I think my favorite is the reversed Druplicon / bee from Drupal Camp Manchester ( :)

- I've always found the general shape awkward. A big circle with a tiny spike, it feels disproportionate to me, it's a difficult shape to work with, and quite frankly, I don't think the shape alone really looks like a drop.
I think we should drop (ha!) the old graphic entirely and create a modern looking character based on the same basic elements: drop shape, eyes, smile (we can skip the nose) with a different overall style. Not sure we should keep the infinite loop in the eyes because first it's in large part responsible for the nasty/malicious look, and secondly I think few people notice it.

* The general shape could look more like a drop
* It should be easier to draw and modify than today's Druplicon. Infinite loops are hard to nail!
* Not sure we need an official color
* Simple shapes FTW!
* Can we make it a kind of smiley, with different expressions?

- For what it's worth, here's a drop shape I created that has been used for several French Drupal Camps (like and and also for Drupal Design Camp / Frontend United graphics and t-shirts (
SVG file here:


Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

IMHO the infinity eyes is what makes it readily recognisable in any variation, no wonder @sphism kept that in all options in the OP.

When the logo issue came up again, Kristjan Jansen (Kika) came up with the idea of putting two sideways drops together to form an infinity symbol. When placed inside a filled circle, it resembled a face. After more work by Steven Wittens, the Druplicon was created: a stylised drop with the "infinity" eyes, a round nose and a mischievous smile.


sphism’s picture

Thanks Gábor that all makes for very interesting reading..

What I don't get is this: druplicon is GPL, that's fair enough, but can't there be other versions of druplicon that are trademarked and not GPL? Surely if you open source a blue droplet with eyes, that doesn't open source every variation there after. Couldn't you retain one for official use on d.o?

Also I don't understand how other software's distribute their official logo's with their GPL code.

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

Yeah well, I refrained from any statement as to whether I agree with the need for the wordmark or not, because I cannot tell really :D As for how other open source software deals with trademarking things, see a very public dispute documented at

sphism’s picture

@elv, sorry I missed your post earlier, I'll have a good read through it all now, thanks for getting involved

sphism’s picture

@elv: People may say it's no longer the logo, but it IS, it's not a mascot... It's far more recognisable than the Drupal wordmark, imagine if you wrote a different word in that 'typeface' no one would go "that's like the drupal logo", whereas all the crazy different versions of druplicon are still highly recognisable as being drupal related, and I agree that inverted bumble bee one is a great example. I think that's because druplicon is fundamentally a very good logo - granted it's dated, yadda yadda, but the essence is very sound i think.

For starters I'm coming at this with the intention of achieving something manageable... 'revise' the current logo, as much as I would love to redesign it completely I think there would be massive objections to it.

That's definitely a really nice droplet shape, and excellent for drupal camps and so on. Is there a semi-official set of assets for making drupal camp logos? I think it would be good if there was, not so much "these are the assets you have to use", more like "here's some helpful files to get you started, feel free to add more of your own"

I think the bare minimum for the drupal logo is a droplet, and the eyes. Personally I'm not too bothered if the eyes look like an infinity symbol or not, or that people look at it and think, "wow, must be infinitely flexible" but I think those 2 elements are what makes it a strong logo.

Now it may well be that a Drupal logo isn't actually druplicon the smiling droplet, but for now that's what i'm concerning myself with

elv’s picture

Okay, now I have a better understanding of what you're trying to achieve. Basically you want to keep the good ol' Druplicon people love but with a modern style, while I came here for the kill with the idea of creating something different :)
These approaches are not necessarily mutually exclusive though, so I'll follow the topic anyway and bring my ideas and sketches, as they will be a lot more useful here than in a corner of my brain. Whatever we end up with is good for the community.

Re/ the logo/wordmark distinction, well the Drupal Association and Mark Boulton decided the logo would be the wordmark, and so it is. I don't think our role is to fight this decision. On, on Drupalcon websites, on marketing material, t-shirts, stickers, you will only see the wordmark. Druplicon on the other hand is used a lot on the community side of things

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

Well, in fact DrupalCons follow the good old logo variant model, although they did move more away from the actual Druplicon (no humanoid nature for the drop). But if you look at or the logo is derived from a drop shape. is actually truest to Druplicon from the recent examples, it includes it almost verbatim. There is no major use of the wordmark around Drupalcon sites that I can see.

sphism’s picture

@elv: All ideas are welcome

@gabor: yeah Drupalcon Munich definitely used Druplicon, and definitely did not use the Drupal wordmark at all, anywhere that I recall.

Question, how can the Drupal wordmark be the drupal logo if we can't use it in the Drupal software?

elv’s picture

@gabor: True that, I typed a bit too fast! The wordmark is notably absent from Druplacon websites. It's for Drupal only. Drupalcons are apart.

Munich is a bit of an exception though, Drupalcons usually use a logo with a drop, but not the good'ol Druplicon. Copenhagen had more cartoony Druplicon variants that were in the same spirit, and I think before that one we have to go back in time to Szeged in 2008 for something as close to the original Druplicon.

@sphism: Yeah it's silly. And soon we will also have a Drupal 8 logo that will confuse people even more.

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

@elv: the Drupal 7 logo was a slight variation of the Drupal wordmark with a big 7. Mogdesign did this: it was used eg. to produce a special version of's design to celebrate the occasion: - not sure if the Drupal 8 logo will be any far from the wordmark and/or the mascot :)

chx’s picture

Well, the installer issue after close to 200 comments have managed to get a solution which is the least recognizable Druplicon possible (at least the droplets had a recognizable shape). This issue will make sure that nowhere in Drupal 8 will have the Druplicon left. And that's good 'cos the code is not Drupal anymore either so why would be the looks?

Jsaylor’s picture

Hi all, first of all great discussion! I would love to help however I can.

I wanted to address the Drupal 8 branding. From a brand identity standpoint, it makes sense to use the existing Drupal wordmark similar to the Drupal 7 treatment. As elv points out, departing from the Drupal wordmark would cause confusion. I also wanted to make sure to communicate that the Druplicon is not within the scope of the launch work we're doing with Drupal 8, so any update to the Druplicon can happen separately at a different pace, and as the group here sees fit.

As this discussion highlights, there is probably a broader discussion and subsequent documentation that should happen at some point that clearly and officially defines the role of the Druplicon (mascot vs. official logo, etc.) and the Drupal wordmark.

I'm looking forward to following the discussion here and, again, helping however I can. Cheers.

Joe Saylor
Membership and Marcomm Manager
Drupal Association

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Hey Chx: that's the exact opposite of my intentions here, and as I hope you noticed in the Drupal 8 installer thread that I'm actually very keen to see Druplicon in the installer, and not just as a drip, or as a swooshy backdrop, but as a logo.

I believe that part of the reason, maybe even most of the reason that Druplicon has been abandoned over recent years is that the graphic hasn't been updated in a long time, how many companies still use their logo from 2004? So my aim is to revise the graphic, not to kill off Druplicon.

I've been very careful to produce a set of variations which are very true to the current version, I'm not saying we have to ditch the nose and mouth, I'm saying that from a graphical logo designers perspective the essential elements are the eyes and body shape.

I'm also putting forward the idea that the eyes on the current logo aren't actually symmetrical in 3d, and they are a bit of a funky shape at the bottom, so let's make it a little better.

The highlights can go back in, I just didn't want to complicated the proposed 'shapes'.

webchick’s picture

FWIW, I'm totally supportive of this kind of design exploration. 2004 was a mighty long time ago.

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DrupalCamp Leuven is a great example where they took the infinity eyes at heart :)


Also references to the drop on the site, but never both at the same time :D

sphism’s picture

Yeah, nice, it would be great to have some guidelines for different ways to use certain graphic elements. I know the whole gpl Druplicon thing means anyone can do anything they like with it, but maybe we can help people do really cool things with it.

i spent the day yesterday having a think about the Druplicon eye's, infinity, and the number 8 ;) but that's for another thread (very tricky to get anything along those lines to look good, but I did manage to use a moebius strip to form the infinity eyes and make a droplet shape in the figure 8, which was nice)

I used to work for a big company who would refresh their graphics monthly! It doesn't necessarily dilute a brand, it can just as easily portray a vibrant, flexible, multifaceted brand...

All food for thought

pounard’s picture

Rotate Druplicon by 90° (any way) and you have a nice logo for Drupal 8 :D

iSoLate’s picture

Nice! comment #25... that logo just has to be it!

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This is probably better suited to a different thread but here's something I've been playing with, not for the main druplicon, more a thought from Drupal 8

It's kinda hard to see what shape it is from only one angle, but it's kinda like a Pringles chip (a circle from one side, and a sine wave from another)

If you follow one side around you'll see it's a moebius as well.

Looking at it from this angle you get a nice figure 8, which is very much the in the form of infinity, and very similar to the druplicon eyes, and within the bottom loop you have a sort of drupal droplet.

Now it's now as good as it could be, but is it a shape worth exploring more?


Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

You may want to explore that and submit at ? :)

sphism’s picture

@Gabor: Yeah I had a skype call with Joe regarding drupal 8 the other day, and then sketched out this idea after that :)

yoroy’s picture

Good concept sphishm, definately worth exploring further.

mortendk’s picture

yup +1000 for this :)

what i would like to was going 2 ways in the future:

0. kill the old druplicon - its out vintage version & we can all love it going retro like the apple logos with the colored stripes in it.

1. Make our mascot a real mascot.
- if the Drop is alive n well, well lets give it. hats n mustards, wands, lip, wigs whatever on - so it can turn into a fun character we can use for whatever - think TUX with a cowboy hat. We tried to do that around DrupalCon cph 3 years ago. It worked out pretty good as a gimmick thing.
We have had a ton of request of reuse of em later on.

2. Make a more simplyfied version of a drop.
aka Something that will work in a 16 x 16 px version (yes the favicon) - i think that elv's simplyfied drop is pretty much spot on. Its clean its reusable can be done in many versions & keeps the feel of a Drop alive.

Should we call a BOF for next week in Prague ? ;)

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Renegade Drupal 8 Logo - Community Edition :)

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Here's the Renegade Drupal logo, which is the first in a series I'm planning, here are some thoughts behind it:

The main idea is that in d8 around 75% of 'Drupal' has been replaced, the blue lines with arrowheads are actually druplicon's body from the 3d model from 2 years ago, the last remnants of Drupal. The rest has been modernised with a 'crazy complex framework'. There's also a complex core running thru the middle which you can't really see from this angle.
The Drupal 'wordmark' is a little tongue-in-cheek due to us not being able to use the word mark in the installer...


klonos’s picture are kidding. Right?

sphism’s picture

@klonos: for the lulz ;)

Rebellion is in the air this Friday 13th...


jbrown’s picture

Renegade Druplicon is spectacular!

I've never seen the Druplicon for 7 in #37. Is it new, or has it been around for a while?

sphism’s picture

@jbrown: Thanks :) That drupal 7 druplicon is the one I made a year or so ago:

Drupal Druplicon 2012

and a little video thing to go with it, it was intended for use at the beginning of the drupalcon sessions.

Druplicon 2012 Slogan Screensaver

jbrown’s picture

Is it possible to render these 3D Druplicons as SVG?

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I've been looking into that. They are made in Blender, which has just added an awesome render engine called Freestyle which lets you render nice sketchy graphics and it seems that there's some ways coming out imminently to render Freestyle as SVG -

wow, geocities - that's a blast from the past.

However. I have managed to output very flat graphics from blender which are very very easy to turn into svg ( egrender out the body and face separately as transparent pngs, then convert )

Also there's a whole load of post processing you can do in Blender, it may be possible to use the Compositor to convert to SVG

edit: more details about rendering Blender Freestyle SVG:

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Just realised this graphic never made it onto this thread.

This is the 2012 druplicon 3d model rendered in Blender in a very flat, svg style which I could easily convert to svg, and it's just 2 2 simple shapes which is nice.

Obviously we could have the nose and mouth as well...


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Have to say, am loving the approach Sphism is taking - whilst the specific logo rendering might not be to everyones' taste, the fact that it has been generated as part of a blender model - render workflow gives it a ton of flexibility, a bit like how most modern cartoons/anime use 3D modelling with cell shading etc to produce cartoons that still work in 3D (Simpsons/Futurama/South Park/Family Guy etc)

If you don't like the particular rendering, you could change the angle somewhat, and it is still the same mascot.

Not only that, but if the mascot model were made public domain, along with Blender being Open Source, it means that any individual, public organisation or company could hire a 3D animator to produce their own logos incorporating the Druplicon without distorting it or breaking character, further solidifying it.

Just think - the Brits colonised lots of things through the identity of the British Flag, incorporating it into the corners of many other flags. This was quite a successful strategy in building image and lasts to this day.

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That's the first time I've seen the "Drupal 7 3D" version from #37. I love it. :-)

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@crell: Awesome, I assumed everyone had seen it for some reason. I rendered it up a bit differently recently, with less reflective eyes, more solid white. Looked really nice.

I'm going to do some more work tonight on druplicon. I could either;

  • Make a fireball druplicon
  • Animate the Renegade one
  • 3d print the renegade one
  • Get SVG renders working in Blender

Or something else, what do you wanna see?

I think the fireball druplicon would come out really nicely, blender has an really nice new smoke & fire physics simulator... which i may use

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I like #42, but for the rest versions as a logo gotta be kidding. I mean, I like the story behind how the Renegade version came to be with the complex framework etc. It is really cool and all and the 3d version, but they are not "proper" for a logo IMO. We need something that resembles a favicon/desktop icon and more style-wise like for example the icons of google chrome, google earth, skype or viber etc.

#42 is closer to what I imagine for a Drupal logo.

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Agree with with #46, I prefer something like #10, clean, pure, and cleaner in small resolutions (favicon for example). Still the #37 is an awesome piece of work, congrats!

echoz’s picture

@sphism I like your work, you are obviously very talented. I want to add my input that the only design element that I do *not* like at all is the thick light outline as shown in #42 and a few times previously. Thanks for all the time you put into this. I felt I needed to add this feedback if time were to be spent in a direction that might have this detail.

I don't know why it strikes me differently than others. It looks less classy and course to me. The only outlined one I like is the dark outline that blends into the bottom blue, so it looks only partially outlined.

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@klonos: totally agree, this is a highly illustrated graphic logo, unsuitable for a favicon, but what about as a sticker for someone's laptop? Or a t-shirt that you might wanna wear outside of Drupalcon? What if you needed a logo to attract applicants for summer of code? Or whatever, there are times when you might want to portray that Drupal is different, it's futuristic, and it's flipping badass :) this illustration is for those times.

@pounard: yeah the drop shape is nice and clean, and is really useful in other situations, I think it's a great idea to have a kind of official droplet shape for other logos to use as a base. And if I were doing a talk on the simplicity and elegance of Drupal, then that's probably the logo I'd use... And thanks for recognising that even if you don't like something it can still be an awesome piece of work :)

@echoz: thanks for that, the light outline is kinda jarring somehow isn't it. It's only there when you have the blue drop on the blue background. #42 was my attempt at a really minimal svg style graphic (not something I traditionally do). Removing the nose and mouth met some resistance, and there's some pretty major things I don't like about it. But I do still think that the 2 core elements to our logo are the drop, and the eyes, and getting those 2 things 'right' is really tricky.

I was chatting to a mate about it last night and I came to realise what im trying to get at...if you picture Druplicon as your website, the 2004 logo is like your default install. Then you add some modules, and a nice theme, and you have a professional looking site, bit more like the d7 above. But Drupal is so flexible, and so powerful, that you can strip it down, bolt bits on, custom theme it, etc etc, then the Rengade Druplicon might be what I end up with on my site, and there would be more of these highly detailed custom Druplicons... For all the different things you can build...

Anyway I'm rambling on, I might go make some graphics :)

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Made some more weird graphics today, just rendering them out and I'll post them up :)

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More weird graphics, enjoy...


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Thought that it was all a bit too alpha male... added one for the 'Women in Drupal'


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And just the feline druplicon on her own:


sphism’s picture

Anyone got any good straplines for these graphics?

I'm thinking something like

Drupal 8

Whatever you need it to be

Bojhan’s picture

I unpublished a previously entered comment for violation of our Drupal Code of Conduct.

thedavidmeister’s picture

Status: Needs review » Active

#10 seems to be going in the right direction to me.

Anything we do that tries to be overly illustrative or "rendered" will date almost instantly.

I don't see what "needs review" here.

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@Bojhan - Apologies. Wasn't intended to offend. @sphism and I are friends - perhaps that wasn't clear.

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Hey bojhan, sorry I missed your post :)

@davidmeister: the thing about the Druplicon is it never dates, never looks old, still looks just as fresh as he did in 2004 eh? ;)

Drupal has changed a lot in 10 years, the Internet has changed a lot too, did YouTube exist? Facebook didn't, social media didn't.... So why has our logo remained the same?

This is a Do-ocracy right? So lets do it! Either we all do it, or I do it, either way Drupal 8 is gonna have new renegade Druplicons.

To get started read the first post and start a conversation about your thoughts ...

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I'm not a designer, I don't have the skills required to produce a professional druplicon. I'm not even going to pretend that I do.

The reason why I'm saying that #10 and Gabor's suggestions are going in the right direction is because the suggestions fit better into the way this task is framed by the issue summary.

@sphism, you may like your renegade Druplicon imagery, but objectively they address very little of the weaknesses outlined in the issue summary for the current Drupalicon, and IMO introduce new weaknesses the current icon does not have - such as having such intensely stylised colouring and textures that they would be incompatible with almost every design you could think of.

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I'm loving all your crazy designs @sphism!

I think #10 lacks the personality required for a community mascot.

It seems to evolve all by itself. There used to be competitions before DrupalCons to come up with the logo, resulting in some gems:
Barcelona Druplicon
Szeged Druplicon

I really love the 3D Drupal 7 Druplicon in #37. Any chance it could be rendered as SVG?

The 2004 Druplicon looks dated because it is flat / Web 2.0. 3D will come back - we should be ahead of the curve.

Google image search for mascot comes up with some interesting results, including boy / girl Druplicons here:

Did anyone ever make a fat Buddha / Druplicon mashup?

I think we should stick with the floating head idea.

Anyway - just some random thoughts.

klonos’s picture

...just to be clear:

I'm sure no-one would object to these sorts of designs for DrupalCons and Camps and their respective websites and/or advertising gear (t-shirts, cups, badges, stickers etc). The reason why I personally (and my guess is that all others that feel the same) oppose the 3D ideas is that because we have in mind the logo that will be in the installer, the front page after each installation in the Seven theme as well as here in d.o. It's just that we need something more "plain" as the product "official" logo. Something in the spirit of #10 or #42 or what is in the issue summary at the time of writing this (personal favorite is the "E" series with the "fading" border instead of the "A" and "G" series with the white one that makes it look like a sticker).

Just my 0.02$

PS: Logo competitions for DrupalCons is a great idea to establish like voting for the next place that will be considered for DrupalCons.

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Hey @klonos, thanks for making that clear. And thanks for referring the the tables I made in the first post :)

This is definitely a mis communication then, I'm not suggesting any of these would be on the installer, I'm just talking about the branding of Drupal in general and trying to portray an idea that you make make Drupal into anything you need it to be. Take bits out, add bits on, theme it, tuned for performance, lite weight web services.... Or whatever.

No one had posted in a month so I figured I'd get the ball rolling again

jbrown’s picture

@klonos I think the Drupal Wordmark is supposed to be used instead of the Druplicon when we need to satisfy the plain / official requirement.

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@jbrown, #64 is definitely how I understand it as well. I think there's definitely a place for icon graphics like #10, but also illustrative graphics are so handy when you're making larger scale graphics like posters, magazine adverts... I wouldn't really consider #10 a 'Druplicon', definitely a Drupal logo, but I think the little blue guy needs eyes.

That barcelona logo is really nicely done. You also make an interesting point about the web moving more towards 3d again.

I'm really confused by all is talk of mascot's, must be an american thing. My idea of a mascot is the dude wearing the team mascot suit at a baseball game. The baseball team may have a logo with that mascot on it... But the graphical representation of the mascot is a logo. As I understand it.

Anyway, have fun at that bof I'll be about 15,000 km away

jbrown’s picture

I think when people say that the Druplicon is a mascot they mean he is a character:

He is someone we can pretend is a real person, like Homer Simpson.

sphism’s picture

No more renegade grpahics today, but I did have a thought about droplet shapes.

Is there a perfect droplet shape, in the same way there's a golden rectangle... Or a mathematical equation for a droplet, like there is for an elipse, etc ...

If so then that probably the best looking droplet shape

thedavidmeister’s picture

a droplet at terminal velocity is basically a sphere that ripples as it falls, the stylised "pointy" droplet is just that, stylised. Any "perfect" droplet shape would therefore be contrived, but I'm sure you could come up with something pleasing to the eye by playing around with ratios that are generally considered "good".

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Regarding #10, great work! I really like the idea of a simple design.

Would this be the simplest method?


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@carlnewton: Yeah it's tricky huh. I like the idea of there being some simple geometry involved in the droplet design, but I'm personally not very keen on the pointy bit being too curved, I was thinking it might be good to come up with a set of many different drop shapes and discussing them... but I've been busy.

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I've been busy busy. But over the weekend I tried to make a blue druplicon to go with the renegade set, and it's hard :)

The little blue fella is so recognisable that even the slightest alteration looks kinda wrong, but after much pixel pushing I've come up with the following. The eyes are the same shape as all the others, white instead of black glass with white rim.

I've altered the shape of the hose and mouth in an attempt to stop them looking like 1 big open mouth (if you start looking at the current druplicon and imagine the nose to be the top lip, and the mouth to be the bottom lip it looks really frickin freaky)...

Anyway, here he is with the other Renegade's:


Other alterations:

  • The pink one is more purple since it was burning my eyeballs, also narrower lips as requested...
  • The black cannon ball one has a sort of mouth now, well, 2 extra vertical lines where a mouth would be... I'm generally finding that if there's no 'mouth' then the eyes kinda look like a mouth and it all goes weird.
  • The gas flame one has a slightly bigger body
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... and here at a more traditional angle, you can see the changes I've made to the nose and mouth, thoughts? I think it makes it a lot harder to see the nose and mouth as a big freaky open mouth.


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I like the subtle changes to the nose and mouth.

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

Note that the DA/Dries picked a Drupal 8 marketing logo at, that is NOT a Druplicon replacement, so this issue is about different things. Just wanted to state that :)

sphism’s picture

@rootwork, thanks for that, the nose and mouth have been bothering me for ages, and those little tweaks were the result of a couple days work over the last few months. I might go a smidgen thicker, for when it scales down.

@gabor, yes indeed, thought it was a bit odd to show concepts a few weeks ago, then just choose one of them without doing much to it, how was the reaction at Drupalcon? Pity to pass up the opportunity to have an eight / infinity / eyes logo all in one... Actually lets not get off topic.

You're absolutely right that this issue is about Druplicon... All the other graphics, like the 'Drupal 8' etc are just for decoration.

So the blue droplet Druplicon is very svg'able - it's not obviously lit from one side, it kept the nose and mouth, which hopefully don't look like a big open mouth.... It's the colors from d.o header.... And I'm about 75% happy with it.

Anyone got any thoughts?

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@sphism, the curve can be decreased by applying a margin. The thicker the margin, the lesser the curve.


echoz’s picture

@sphism on #73, I like the druplicon's expression so much more. He/she looks more confident and clever :-)

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@carlnewton, that's really cool. It would be good to see a load of different Drupal logos to see what sorts of shapes they are and see f there's any sort of average droplet shape... Eg all the drupalcons

@echoz, I'm glad about that, it's such a recognisable face that it's really tricky to change. I quite like having it shaded with brighter at the bottom, kinda looks like water. The render I did last year was much more like water but that means it relies a lot on the lighting, this one is stylised and looks exactly the same with no lights etc...

I think there's still more work to do on it, but its getting there.

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@jbrown re: #40: I just managed to output a blender render to SVG :)

It's not particularly straight forward, but i managed to use SVGWriter for Blender

It renders strokes with no fills, and required about 20 mins to clean up in illustrator, but the results are pretty good, here's the same render from #73 as a tidied up SVG file ... not allowed to upload .svg so I've zipped it...

Here's a little thumbnail of it:


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@sphism Interesting, there could be many variations on this. For example, the outline now ocassionaly "clashes" with the gradient (e.g. its only matches in the top of the Druplicon). The mouth is a little uneven, probally because its difficult to have it "turned" and smiling. The eyes on the right, have a line - I understand this is to avoid connectiveness - but it might be worth playing with white space like the WWF logo.

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Hey @bojhan, this all sounds a lot more positive :) think of #80 as a tech demo, jbrown was keen to get the stuff out of blender as svg, it sort of works and I know a few ways to make it work a little better.

The stroke is the same color as the dark blue of the gradient, I think echoz mentioned they liked that a while ago.

I think the head is turned a little too far, I don't love it when the eyes go past the edge of the head, also in the 3d model the eyes are thicker than they need be, worked well with the dark eyes with white light rims but not great for this version.

Weirdly the mouth is symmetrical, curves projected on to sphere's in perspective does funny things. I think it looks better more front on, and I think the mouth and possibly the nose need to be slightly thicker.

The line on the eyes is half a stroke, just because I did it quickly and the eyes are on top... Interesting idea to play with the white space.

I think there's still quite a bit of work to do on the face, but this is the first one I've been happy enough with to show, there have been a few versions that sucked.

But yeah, you can render straight from blender to svg, I think animated svg works as well but I didn't try.

@bojhan, what do you think about the alteration I made to the nose and mouth?

Have fun at the bof today

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Last night I made the druplicon nose and mouth a little thicker, and then stuck a big 8 on its back as similar to the new Drupal 8 logo as it can be in 3d (ie the 8 doesn't go full side to side since that would mean you could see it from the front)

Looks good, well, looks very similar to the Drupal 8 logo.

The mouth and nose I think look better, I'll post a render or svg or something soon.

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Category: task » feature

Make the next SVG Inkscape compatible. I made the previous on compatible with just one change. From:

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<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 1.0//EN" "">

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A Druplicon emphasing 8, as used on
Druplicon as used at D8The.em

rootwork’s picture

@peterx that thing is staring into my soul with its dead infinite-loop infinity eyes.

webchick’s picture

Agreed, but it's perfectly spoooooky for Halloween. :)

My favourite is still #43, but I love the creativity in this thread! :)

sphism’s picture

Hallow'een druplicon, now that's a great idea... but no time for me right now...

@webchick: #43 has no graphic?

In other news I rendered up a hi res version of the black n red 'Cannonball' druplicon for a drupal assoc meetup in Finland... That druplicon is so freaking badass. Shoseki suggested I should make one that was like my website and that was the result.

What should we do next with all these graphics? Lost momentum a bit.

Crell’s picture

If the goal is to produce a new Druplicon render to be used in the default install and such, it needs to be simple; simple enough that it can scale down to a favicon. Many of the examples here fail that requirement.

If the goal is to produce cool looking Druplicons that we can collect and offer to people to use in unofficial capacities, we should setup a place to host such imagery and let people start filling up the collection. In that case, "simple enough for a favicon" is not really relevant.

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Hey Crell.

The goal was more 'illustrative graphic' than 16px favicon.

Although the svg in #80 scales pretty well.

I have all the 3d blender files, plus some output renders.

Should I dump all that into a project on d.o or would it be better in github?

If we want to help people make their own druplicons then they would have full access to the blender files, but working with those is not straightforward.

We could provide layered psd's (or gimp files) with layers for body, eyes, mouth, nose, antennas etc... that might make it a bit easier to work with. ie you could change body color, add patterns and so on.

Is there already a resource like this?

Is there any demand for something like this?

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What do you think about a simplified version, and a construction with
base shapes?
I designed it from simple circles, and subdivision of the shapes

Drupal icon

Drupal icon

marcvangend’s picture

From my perspective, that's not a drop anymore, that's a circle with a shark fin.

thedavidmeister’s picture

Title: Revise the Druplicon logo for 2013 and beyond » Revise the Druplicon logo for 2014 and beyond

This might be controversial but... it's 2014 so I'm updating the title.

What do we see overwhelmingly in "good" design for commercial, not for profit and government projects alike in 2014?

- Flat design
- Less reliance on skeuomorphism to present an idea
- Refinement of responsive design patterns, including SVGs
- Inclusive/accessible design

Can I suggest that a blue little man's head with sunglasses (or are they eyeballs fused together?) rendered in 3D is none of these things, and so is not looking to the future and is not even on-trend for the present.

Looking to the future or at least being on-trend for now, a logo would:

- Use "flat" design aesthetic, definitely NOT be a 3D render or attempt a "psuedo-3D designy thing"
- Not put eyeballs or a face on a water drop, because nobody knows why it has eyeballs and it just looks goofy and alien to outsiders (I have literally had clients ask me why there is a blue alien on their website and were concerned that I had done something to put the "alien" there).
- Be SVG friendly, so that we could include it in a design at all sizes from favicons to billboards on buildings, and so automatically also be zoom friendly for people using assistive technologies

The Druplicon is part of Drupal's marketing and public image and we have to remember that many people in the world who make decisions about what software organisations use are still skeptical/dismissive/uninformed about Drupal and so we all have a vested interest in improving anything that makes it easier for people to not take Drupal seriously.

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..we all have a vested interest in improving anything that makes it easier for people to not take Drupal seriously

Umm... no. Just because there may be a few "clients" out there that may not understand the logo/design doesn't justify completely abandoning the iconic "logo" of Drupal. People accept what is presented, especially if you simply explain the fact that "it's their logo". Also, it isn't like one can't white label a site and remove all traces of this logo/[fav]icon for this to be considered a justifiable reason.

- Not put eyeballs or a face on a water drop, because nobody knows why it has eyeballs and it just looks goofy and alien to outsiders (I have literally had clients ask me why there is a blue alien on their website and were concerned that I had done something to put the "alien" there).

I do not agree with this at all. GitHub has the Octocat and I assure you, that looks more "alien" than our Druplicon. The Druplicon is our "brand". It is what is/has identified something as "Drupal" for many, many years.

I do not like the idea of scrapping the key components of the Druplicon: drop outline, infinity eyes, nose, mouth. That is what make it the Druplicon. How those elements are presented is certainly up for design, but removing them is not an option IMO.

#91 did not include the nose or mouth which is what makes it look odd to me, I'm still up in the air about the "shark fin" though and kind of agree it doesn't quite look like a drop anymore.

webchick’s picture

A friendly reminder that there are constructive and less constructive ways to share feedback with people who are donating both their volunteer time and artistic skills (neither of which we as a community have in abundance). I also think there's no reason to box in creativity based on tradition. This should be a fun exercise in exploration. Some ideas will work, some ideas won't, but IMO we should allow anything to be on the table.

Crell’s picture

Basing a long-lasting logo/mascot on what is "trendy" in design currently is a very short-sighted idea. What's trendy this year won't be what's trendy next year, or the year after. Flat design will pass. Drupal will not.

Also? This little guy hasn't changed in almost 20 years, and it hasn't hurt anyone:

webchick: Good design thrives with constraints. A constraint of "consistent with the history of the brand" rather than "what's trendy now" is an entirely reasonable constraint. Even with that there have been a lot of ideas tossed about in this thread so I don't think we're at risk of suppressing creativity.

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I do not believe I was being "less constructive", I was simply trying to point out:

I do not like the idea of scrapping the key components of the Druplicon: drop outline, infinity eyes, nose, mouth. That is what make it the Druplicon. How those elements are presented is certainly up for design, but removing them is not an option IMO.

Which is what @Crell said, just better than I did :D

A constraint of "consistent with the history of the brand" rather than "what's trendy now" is an entirely reasonable constraint.

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I'm the italian designer of the "FLAT" logo

yep, it seems to be a shark instead of a drop
but if the idea of the sketch is ok, (it's a 30 minutes try, every circle i used can be an ellipse) i can adjust the shark pin, and it will be a drop

I do not agree with you about the eyes of the drop

and i agree with
@Mark Carver
i can try to insert the nose and the mouth

But i want to specify for the reader of this thread why i used the term "FLAT"
I wrote "FLAT" beacause i have to "sell" my design to other, i have to use new terms that are modern and attractive, but NOT to imitate only the trend of this year

i'll explain it responding to
and more...

Now you can tell me that all the modern logos are FLAT?
Or it's simply a natural evolution?

You all work on the web i hope, if you use Drupal ;)
So we can be more constructive and rational with comments

LewisNyman’s picture

Good design thrives with constraints. A constraint of "consistent with the history of the brand" rather than "what's trendy now" is an entirely reasonable constraint. Even with that there have been a lot of ideas tossed about in this thread so I don't think we're at risk of suppressing creativity.

If we're being serious about this, then we should add these requirements to the issue summary instead of posting them in comments after the fact. Especially if there are requirements that are so subjective, we're running the risk of being “clients from hell”.

There's also a lot of solutioning in the issue summary that should be moved into comments.

peterx’s picture

I think Flat design will be over by the time Drupal 8 is in common use. I think that a new logo for the new approach of Drupal 8 is consistent. As a comparison with the leader in another field, Rolls Royce changed their distinctive radiator.

One of the things I like about is the direction, the face is looking up instead of down. The current logo could use a slight tilt up and a drift from fierce to happy.


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I agree with #96 and #100, I'd like to focus on updating the requirements/constraints that we can agree are important so that suggestions can be reviewed more objectively against rather than limiting creativity by proposing "solutions" based on current trends.

I do still think it's important that we can represent the logo in a scalable format, such as SVG - this is *harder* but not impossible with 3D renders on small scales (like a favicon). This is already stated in the issue summary as an important consideration.

I do still think that it's important that the logo is comprehensible and approachable to as many people as possible, not just people who have worked with it for years and not just developers - this is *harder* but not impossible when you start putting eyeballs on things as you start wandering into "uncanny valley" type considerations (Github's Octocat has other body parts beyond eyeballs - I'd say the usual reaction to the Github mascot is "that's cute!" not "oh, ok... a blue spaceman"). I think it's sort of funny that we're apparently OK with human eye balls that are horrifically mutated to the point of being fused across the middle into a single, giant mono-eye but not something that looks vaguely like a shark fin. "The Drupal icon is weird looking and dated" is a *common* criticism of Drupal's branding that I have seen in Drupal's own IRC channels, have heard time and time again at meetups (not just Drupal meetups), from clients, friends, etc... Again, this is already stated as a primary weakness of the current logo in this issue's summary, in fact the weirdness and unapproachableness of the logo make up 5 of the 8 stated main weaknesses in the summary.

I also think it's a rather masculine looking logo, which isn't great for fostering an encouraging feeling of inclusiveness. The female renders in #52 and #53 are a bit extreme for my taste, but they do highlight that whether consciously or subconsciously, there are people out there who identify with the current Drupal logo as "a male thing". I feel this probably could be added as a weakness in the issue summary, but I'm curious to see whether others agree.

The issue summary itself *opens* with the premise that the Druplicon has been steadily becoming less relevant and marginalised over the last *9 years*, providing clear evidence/examples.

The main arguments I have heard (feel free to provide other arguments, I'm actually quite open to discussing this) in defence of the idea of the blue-drop-space-man as an immutable part of Drupal's branding are:

- That's just how it has always been and so how it must always continue to be
- Other successful products have logos that people find weird too (which is not the same argument as other successful branding has weird logos, arguably linux suffers from terrible branding/marketing/public perception issues compared to both Mac and Windows, which I think a lot of linux advocates tend to forget easily simply because linux itself is a great product, and this is a great example of what NOT to do if you're looking for mainstream acceptance)
- I don't personally find it off-putting/I don't accept or am suspicious of other people's claims that it is off-putting, there must be some ulterior motive there
- Anyone who doesn't "get it" is wrong somehow and if they just got to know Drupal more they'd love it exactly as much as I do
- People who do identify with the current logo would be incapable of accepting a change and will almost certainly like any and every other possible logo idea less, so we shouldn't even try to consider alternatives because they're guaranteed to be worse
- "It's subjective" and so any logo can be justified, even if "some minority of people" are pointing out issues in how it presents and what it represents

Arguments I have NOT yet heard from anybody defending the blue-drop-space-man:

- A blue-drop-space-man is clearly aligned with the community's goals, ideals and achievements because it represents X (I can see how the droplet metaphor works, but why the spaceman face? I could see other non-droplet metaphors working but that would be a much larger departure from tradition)
- There are clear statistics showing that other products/brands with stylised/mutated blue human heads perform well in the market
- If I were to invent a logo/mascot for Drupal today, in a world where it did not already have one, I'd probably choose a blue-drop-space-man after carefully considering all other options

I totally agree that "because tradition" is a valid argument when talking about logos and branding because you obviously don't want to throw away all your existing brand juice, but it's not the only consideration either and the graphics in #99 show that things can change and evolve over time too. If we did have a clear long-term branding goal (like, "less anthropomorphic" or "less masculine") we could always plan to iterate the branding towards that goal over multiple years in a way that allowed people to adjust their expectations gradually.

We absolutely do have a vested interest in being taken seriously and being viewed positively by people who are outside our existing community, and not "because of clients" (although clients are important too, the community owes a huge amount to the buy-in from clients). One of the main things I keep hearing from the D8 spruikers about is that this release represents a global scale attempt from our community to try to become more inviting and approachable to people outside our existing members - "getting off the island" as they say. I don't see much difference philosophically between wanting to embrace technologies that other PHP developers see as valuable, like Symfony, and wanting to embrace the aesthetics and branding ideals that other major open source PHP (and non-PHP) communities have decided to adopt.

The "flat design" thing was more about me suggesting a solution to the above, but forget I said anything about it as it's only tangental to the main points I wanted to raise.

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Interesting comment about male/inclusive and #52. In many other discussions, outside of IT, women are seeking strong images/role models. #52 would have to be a strong fierce cat.

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love the geometric approach you have taken as well as the fresher color. I have a version I have been using in all of Dries's keynotes that has a similar coloring and more flat approach.

I do feel that the mouth and nose are essential though, or at least the mouth. The smiling face has been documented to have a positive impact on users psychologically and it is not an accident that brands like survey monkey use smiling mascots.

References (#6)

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+1 to #92. It does look a little like a shark fin.

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Setting aside facetious comments and tangents about the d8 logo wordmark, history, the nature of brand etc. I'm going to make an attempt to summarize the consensus view so far:

  • The druplicon is important to the Drupal brand
  • The current druplicon is dated
  • It's important to evolve with time, while maintaining connection to our history
  • The colors of the current druplicon are web safe but rather dull
  • The druplicon's eyes can be interpreted as mean or "alien" but...
  • The eyes are also part of the brand history and represent two drops forming infinity
  • Faces have a powerful psychological impact in usability
  • The druplicon is a drop and should look like a drop
  • Light sources in icons are an outdated artifact of "skeumorphic" design but...
  • "flat" design may just be the current trend
  • in either case an overly rendered druplicon would certainly look dated and would not age well
  • A more geometric approach can yield a simpler, cleaner icon but...
  • Anthropomorphism is also an important "humanizing" force in design
  • The druplicon's a little weird but...
  • It's also kind of cute and quirkily endearing in it's own way and many of us love it
  • It's important for Drupal that visual representations of our community brand give the impression to the commercial ecosystem we are part of that Drupal is contemporary and relevant
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Based on the consensus summary I've put together a solution that balances all the competing objectives as well as I can.

Other problems with the current design that are not covered above:

  • The drop is not a perfect circle below the tip
  • The spacing between the features is not in correct perspective mapped to the sphere
  • The spacing between the eyes and the right edge is too close to scale well
  • The mouth is too small to even appear at the scale of an ICO
  • The eyes look like glasses or racing goggles adding to the "fierce" appearance (it's also worthy of note that solutions above that remove nose and mouth amplify the "fierce" impression)
  • The nose has been referred to as "piglike"
  • The lines of the nose and mouth are angular and "mechanical" not fluid and gestural making the impression more robotic and less human
  • The tip of the drop and the highlight has a "pinched off" appearance rather than a fluid shape that suggests weight
  • The subtle infinity shape composed of two drops that was the original intent of the icon's eyes does not succeed in conveying that idea because the "bridge" detracts from the "droppiness" of the eyes and your eye cannot form a continuous infinity shape by following the outlines across the divide from one shape to the next
  • The combination of this "bridge" and the shadow line immediately above it also suggest a "knit brow" again emphasising "fierce", "mean", "angry"

Below is also a description of how I arrived at a color that combines the median of colors in the proposed solutions in this issue and more accurately reflects the current state of colors across the Drupal brand which right now are similar but not exactly the same (the darker one is for the background color).

The original and the proposed solution:

side by side

Attributes that relate to topics in that arose in the issue


Images from the issue that were sampled for color


Derivation of the colors


How the icon might appear in Bartik with the revised colors


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The nose and mouth are much better/friendlier but the eyes are either a tad too big or to close(low) over the nose. Seems a little out of proportion. Some attempt at multiple tones might add a little more pop. It wouldn't have to be as complex as the current icon and you could still get the flat look. My 2 cents.

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The site and bartik both have top-darker to bottom-lighter gradient for the header regions. Perhaps the icon could just go in the opposite direction?

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If others feel the same way about the eyes I'll try some variations on it.

I'd urge you to live with this one for a bit though. I think it will grow on you. The closer features are actually intentional. Children's features are closer together than those of adults and a younger face is more approachable and endearing which is helpful in countering the "scary alien" vibe.

As for the gradient. Flat is most definitely in. In fact for pure graphic designers (think Paul Rand or Massimo Vignelli), flat has always been in. I'd argue flat is just design for the web finally coming of age. If I'm wrong and the pendulum swings back we can always update it again with a gradient, but right now it makes us seem out-of-touch (personaly i'd remove the gradients from the headers of bartik and as well).

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Even IOS 8 isn't there yet, since many older icons still have gradients. But you're right, the background probably doesn't serve flat icons well.

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This is great work tkoleary. I'm curious to see what other folks think but I just wanted to thank you for your comprehensive work synthesizing what's been offered above, and specifically addressing those issues in your proposal. I'm going to let it sit with me for a few days, but this is looking really good.

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Nice synthesis but I worry that you've found an average that might work as a whole has a bland appearance. Not sure Druplicon should become more cute. Less freaky/aggressive sure, but not necessarily younger.

- I wonder if this blue provides enough contrast, even against white. I don't think it's necessary to find some middle value between all variations. Is there a strong reason to move away from the "official" colors?
- The forehead seems quite large
- There's friction between the 3/4 direction of eyes, nose & mouth and the drops point being exactly in the middle

The original druplicon has a certain dynamic and speed to it: squinted eyes, the assymetric drop shape. The proposed variation seems more static.

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@tkoleary: Great effort and fantastic insight into your workings especially.

That said, I still feel that we need to be bolder/braver and that the best progression would be to lose "face" entirely - even in your revised version it's still the trickiest part to get right in terms of the emotion that it does or doesn't convey (let alone agreeing on what emotion, if any, should be present). I also feel that it's the part of the current logo that's the least timeless with too many clear connections to early-naughties logo design. The face is the point of most contention throughout this entire thread.

Losing the face entirely neutralises the logo, addresses the largest concerns surrounding it looking "dated" and makes it many times more flexible in terms of possible application. To me, this is an easy decision where the pros far outweigh the cons.

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the proposal from #107 looks too static to me. the symmetry makes it appear less dynamic than the old one. at one hand side the druplicon now appears younger (nose and mouth) and maybe less mature. at the other, the eyes look a bit like grandma-glasses. color looks ok, but the contrast doesn't work well for the revised bartik example. i think the shapes need a more professional and dynamic touch.

sorry if i'm sounding very negative here. i very much appreciate the effort being put in and like the academic approach. thanks for your work and hope my comments can be seen helpful rather than turning ideas down :)

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Thank you.


Did you read #104? Those are only two of many references you will find to the positive psychological impact of faces on usability. Like you I was initially for a solid drop but the research in this area has brought me back to the keeping the face both for historical and brand consistency as well as the positive UX impact.


Very thoughtful analysis

Nice synthesis but I worry that you've found an average that might work as a whole has a bland appearance. Not sure Druplicon should become more cute. Less freaky/aggressive sure, but not necessarily younger.

I see your point here but I do still lean towards the cuter for the reasons already stated but also because it tends to counter the kind of aggressive masculinity noted by others in this issue.

- I wonder if this blue provides enough contrast, even against white. I don't think it's necessary to find some middle value between all variations. Is there a strong reason to move away from the "official" colors?

Given that you're the second person to note this I'm ok shifting the lightness down within the same hue.

- The forehead seems quite large

It's actually smaller than the original but I think I can mitigate that by bringing the point down slightly.

- There's friction between the 3/4 direction of eyes, nose & mouth and the drops point being exactly in the middle
The original druplicon has a certain dynamic and speed to it: squinted eyes, the assymetric drop shape. The proposed variation seems more static.

I think you may be right that this compromise between the symmetry crowd and the traditionalists has resulted in a weaker icon. See my revision below. I think this captures more of the "speed" and dynamism of the original without losing the friendliness.


Here's the two color variations on the bartik header. Gradient or not I think we will need some kind of subtle accent outline as shown here.

bartik v2

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C is really getting close, imo, more so than any other attempt in this thread. It preserves the best features of the old, yet feels more fresh and vibrant... Less potentially-super villian like the current druplicon; something about those eyes.

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Great work bringing some momentum to this thread Kevin!

I agree with the comments about the eyes and like the direction C is heading.

It feels like a outline would be a good way to add contrast, have you tried a very thin white(ish) outline instead of the thicker dark blue one?

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I'm not sure the outline the way it is done fits the flat design philosophy. A wider white might be better. The color of (a) above is 'flatter' looking and would be better against the various backgrounds I've seen the logo against.

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Really liking B and C. I don't feel strongly about the color or the outline (other than the fact that I agree there needs to be something) but I like the modification of the peak.

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Bikeshed alert ... I'm a graphic designer with 25 years experience, and a site builder working for small to medium businesses that operate in the real world (ie they are not primarily web-focused). The general reaction I get when clients see the Drupal icon (if I show it to them) is that it is cute, but not very professional-looking. When pressed, this is because it's a round smiley face, which they associate with emoticons and see as childish. I tend to agree with them. It's not about colour or fine tuning of detail or flat-vs-rendered or mathematically-correct shapes (WTF??), it's the basic concept. My advice on the Druplicon (not the logo) would probably be "lose it".

That said - B is too saturated, looks garish. C is the best of the color options so far, if it's on a white background. On other backgrounds, it's always going to suck to some degree. Both the Bartik examples are very problematic to my eye, blue-on-blue seriously reduces the integrity and impact of the shape, and you wind up just slapping band-aids on it. For this sort of logo, my usage rules to the client would begin with "it always has a white background".

Nowhere in this conversation is the "Drupal" type being given much consideration. Why not? Considering the typeface at the same time is an essential part of the design process, and may help to suggest some complementary subtleties for the druplicon.

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@John Pitcairn

While I appreciate a view from off the island, and your experience (though I have you beat on both breadth and longevity), icons from the mail chimp to the Zurb Foundation Abominable snowman paint a different picture. There's nothing inherently unprofessional about a lighthearted illustrated mascot. It's all in the execution.

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John Pitcairn: The type/wordmark of "Drupal" as seen in the header of this page, which is what I assume you're referring to, is out of scope here for legal reasons. Druplicon is the "community mascot/logo", and has been licensed under the GPL for a decade. The wordmark is held by the Drupal Association separately and is used as a trademark, thus by nature must be more closely controlled. A closer linkage between the two could be problematic.

I agree that #117 C is one of the better options that's been put forth so far. It's more smiley, less creepy-grin. :-)

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@John Pitcairn I don't really see this as a client issue. Most clients should never see this. To me it's more of a community issue. And this is the community, right here, discussing it.

In terms of the wordmark (the "Drupal type") that's a whole separate thing, and is copyrighted. See #605710: Decide on if and if so, how to implement the Drupal wordmark in core for recent discussion on using that. While the wordmark is Drupal's logo, the Druplicon is more like a logo of the community (thus the importance of it being remixable). Though I agree with tkoleary that plenty of "professional" projects -- that are not open-source and are not community supported, for that matter -- have cutesy logos. Most of the discussion above has sustained the overall look of the Druplicon, if anything defending it against what are seen as attacks (for instance removing the face) from its identity. The community consensus seems to be mostly in favor of the general cute- or cool-ness of the Druplicon.

Still liking both B and C, but agree there needs to be some accounting for being on blue or clashing backgrounds with a white outline or a shadow.

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#117 b
Bright. Happy. Intelligent. Pretty. Just like me.
The asymmetric top bit makes the logo "forward looking".
The blue is dark enough for white backgrounds and bright enough to survive dull corporate blue backgrounds.

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Fair enough. I did mean some consideration of the recommended typeface to be used in close association with the druplicon, not the typeface of the wordmark. Or is there no recommendation, and that choice would that generally be up to whoever was using it?

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Title: Revise the Druplicon logo for 2014 and beyond » [policy, no patch] Revise the Druplicon logo

The introduction of an "outline/drop-shadow" etc. just to deal with Bartik's conflicting color scheme is out of scope of this issue. It also severely limits the colors available. Once a new Druplicon has been adopted, we should open a new issue to figure out the best implementation for Bartik.

So far, I do like C the best and this does appear to be the general consensus of what I have read from others as well.

That being said, I think we will continue to run the risk of bikeshedding this issue if we don't limit ourselves in what should be accomplished here. Considering that we already have a lengthy discussion just about "how" we should update the Druplicon logo, I think this issue should needs rescoping from any sort of implementation to just being a new "policy" (so to speak) for the Druplicon.

Once a decision has been made, the appropriate nodes on d.o (, should be updated and new issues to change files in core should be created. I would mark this NR, but we still need an issue summary update (I do not have time to overhaul this at the moment).

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@John Pitcairn

The Drupal wordmark is tied to the "Drupal" name trademarked by Dries and can't be used without permission AFAIK. The druplicon is fully open source and can be used anywhere.

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@Mark Carver

Good point. There will need to be an issue for Bartik.

That said I'm working up some guidelines for color and outline standards which I'll post here soon.

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Here's my first pass at a standard for use in core. I went back to the Seven blue (#0074bd) since it was so close to "c" and necessitates fewer changes in CSS.

In order to balance the seven blue to Bartik I have changed the gradient to: Top #005EA4, Bottom #007CD8, which would need to be added to that issue.

The outline proportion is 3px at 100px height or 3% of icon height and should scale proportionately.

The "don'ts" would only apply to where it's used in core (Bartik and seven themes), since it's GPL others can change it at will in their own themes.

Still to come is a style for "ghosting" needed for the installer.

icon and color use

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I really like these clear "do"s and "don't"s :)

However, I strongly feel that there should not be an outline by default. I think there should only be one exception to this and that should be if the background is too close to the Druplicon "blue" (ie: seven blue). If that is the case (as in Bartik) then an outline of the same color as the eyes/nose/mouth (white) should be added and the background should be changed to transparent for an "outline" version of the Druplicon.

This would be the only variation for the Druplicon logo (in core anyway).

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@mark carver, @lewis Nyman

However, I strongly feel that there should not be an outline by default.

My personal view is that the outline as used in the examples above goes beyond simply performing the function of creating sufficient contrast to the background. It acts as a stylistic focus to set the icon apart from any background it sits on (even white) and give it a kind of prominence not afforded other elements on the page.

That said, I think that Lewis should have the last word on this as the maintainer of seven style guide.

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@mark carver

If your concern is around having too many variations of the druplicon file i'm sure we can get around that by producing the variations of outline color using CSS before and after elements with some radius cornered boxes like this:


Then we can have just two files: blue and transparent for bartik.

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That is partially my concern, but for I suspect perhaps for different reasons. In core, there often needs to be an explicit direction on what should be done in cases like this (i.e.: why we are finally getting a style guide for seven :)). This isn't so people cannot create their own variations (which they can and will do since this the Druplicon is GLP). This aspect of the Druplicon is to just help provide explicit instructions in how to implement it in core:

Being used on top of a background that is not or does not conflict with the shade of the Druplicon blue?
Use the normal Druplicon logo.

Use the "white outlined" version which will be transparent and match any background.

It's more about providing (in my eyes anyway) a clearer "do" and "don't" scenario by limiting to option "A" or option "B". Introducing the various different shades of an outline, IMO, will just complicate matters and allow further bikeshedding down the road when it comes time for implementation.

I'm certainly not going to be up in arms if we do, this is after all just an opinion. I just thought I would share how I can see this being a potential issue and yes, I would like to hear @LewisNyman's thoughts on this.

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So, I like this a lot. FWIW, I don't really dig the eyes. I wish that we rounded out their meeting point a bit (never disliked the "visor" look) or if we want eyes, let's actually separate them. Other than that, I thin this is great.


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Thank you tkoleary for the amount of work you have punt into this. I really like the direction this is going.

My only concern is with the outline. The light gray outline on the white background looks strange to me. While the outline is about enhancing contrast and drawing a crisp shape, a gray outline on a white background does the opposite and seems to blur the druplicon like a drop shadow.

I agree with Mark in #137. Even though we cannot force anyone to obey the style guide, we should do our future selves a favor and define very clear instructions that leave no (or very little) room for interpretation. If the style guide would say "the outline can be a shade of gray in the range of #ffffff to #aaaaaa, optionally up to 40% transparent", we aren't helping anyone.

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Uuuhh really really like the direction.
The outline discussion I leave to the Themers and Designers.
But Version C looks super nice.

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Why not just make the outline always white, always the same transparency? Then it will be invisible on white, visible and matching on any color.

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This looks awesome. Really liking C too - like the friendlier face and the modification of the peak from the previously suggested symmetric one.

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Why is the style guide limited to CSS changes? Something like the shadow can be an element in SVG we can change and the style guide can say something about the range of changes. The options might be limited to delete or change to a different colour.

I am tempted to add a speed trail out to the left. Make the druplicon a brilliant comet in a universe full of cold dead rocks.

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@tkoleary - kevin, wow. Thanks for this work. Likewise thanks to @lussoluca for picking up this thread again.

I really love the rationale outlined in #133 and the synthesis of consensus in the thread.

I'm, taking a deep breath, and tentatively marking RTBC. We could tweak it more, but I think it works beautifully as it is.

- Donna.

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echoing #137. I think that there should be a basic "this is the druplicon" type of icon for licensing / promotional reasons (people will always fork anyway). If there is an additional repository / location that has all this justification, usage, style guide, etc then I think that's the way to go because the variations (especially via css transformations if svg editions are supplied) would be the way to go.

From a design perspective it seems everyone loves the direction of iOS / Drupalicon, which is not my personal taste but I like the overlay w/ visual justifications / proportions. The only thing I'd critique in the current design iteration:
-- makes mention of dropping "skeuomorphism" yet the Druplicon is still looking down and to the right
-- it's a flat look w/ nice sharp edges with the exception of the smile which is still cartoony and the nose (also a bit cartoony)
-- is the druplicon intended to look more or less approachable? Right now it's like the D8 "logo". Flat, corporate, but still a little silly too. Which direction are we going?

What meaning are we trying to convey w/ Drupal via it's icon? To me the eyes have always been dangerously close to the infinitely sign without outright being one (kind of a lopsided infinity); suggesting that it is a framework with unlimited uses. The current design the eyes appear to follow the skeuomorphism w/ them seemingly wrapping around the outside of what you'd project to be a spherical surface, yet the added design cue's suggest that this is a flat item.

Also, as drupal has had an influx of corporate interest, the logo is starting to reflect this with a redesign taking a page from iOS 7+. Sanitizing the community component of Drupal visually, and reducing community to the smile. I also don't love the outline idea unless it had some color depth to allow the druplicon to appear to be sitting on the interface like a coin (slight sharp black edge to the bottom of the white outline would give it a raised feel).

I like the attention to detail in describing it in its current state, just providing feedback.

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To piggy back on #143, I assume we will make an "official" version available as an SVG? That's the only version I use because... SVG. :-) (And it does allow for easy CSS-based customization as noted, although I rarely do that myself.)

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Re #143 & #146:

Of course, even the current one has SVG. We should add an "outline" element to the SVG, but it is transparent by default. Then, when we need to achieve the "outline" look as I said in #137, it should be the same color and opacity as the face elements.

However, the point I am trying to make is about keeping future implementations in core from bikeshedding over when it's appropriate to use the outline and what color it should be. That is all.

No one is limiting what you want to do on your own time. I'm just saying that there should be clearer "do"s and "don't"s regarding how we implement it in core.

Any reasoning to justify altering the Druplicon to "deal with X implementation" is an entirely separate issue. For instance, Bartik (or whatever future theme we come up with) will have it's own color palette that may or may not conflict with the "official" Druplicon. That is when we discuss targeting, for instance, specific SVG elements and altering them there. We should not be discussing that here.

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@Mark Carver, @crell, @John Pitcairn

If the style guide would say "the outline can be a shade of gray in the range of #ffffff to #aaaaaa, optionally up to 40% transparent", we aren't helping anyone.

The variations in #132 were intended to be the specific (proposed) appropriate uses, not a fuzzy range.

Why not just make the outline always white, always the same transparency? Then it will be invisible on white, visible and matching on any color.

I think that could work. Trying it out.

I assume we will make an "official" version available as an SVG?

We should add an "outline" element to the SVG, but it is transparent by default.

Good idea. I will do that.

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The variations in #132 were intended to be the specific (proposed) appropriate uses, not a fuzzy range.

I understood that, however not everyone will. #139 just simply proved my point. Some people will just interpret it as a multiple choice. This is why I was saying that it should read more like option "A" or option "B" is all.

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@Mark Carver

I understood that, however not everyone will. #139 just simply proved my point. Some people will just interpret it as a multiple choice.

I'll revise to make that more clear.

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@tkoleary when you revise.. .can you also update the issue summary with the current proposed solution and the do's and dont's?
This feels like it is getting close to me and an issue summary update would really help.

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I suggest moving the eyes *a bit* to the right. Once that you see them in the right angle, it's impossible to un-see it.

I've been helping to get the current Druplicon SVG fitting every possible background color in Bartik #2142653: Change default logo filetype to .svg and add an SVG version of Druplicon, and it's hard. *Good* that you postpone that for later, it can multiply the bikeshedding in this issue.

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@corbacho, We can use javascript to connect your version of the logo to the video camera so the eyes follow the user around the room. :-)

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Sure. The issue summary is getting a bit long is it appropriate to remove content that's no longer relevant or should I just add to it at the end?


suggest moving the eyes *a bit* to the right.

Independent of your comment I just noticed the exact same thing this morning.

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@tkoleary: yes, the purpose of the issue summary is it contains an up to date summary without earlier history (which one should get from comments). The goal of the summary is to be an as concise and yet as complete summary as possible.

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:) thanks!

removing the needs issue summary update tag, and marking that done in the remaining task in the summary

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I think this needs work, for the move the eyes to the right as mentioned in #152 and #154.
But also needs review in general.

Feels like are getting really close here. How do we make the change "official"?

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I really like the current iteration, and even more I like the direction it has gone since the early versions.

I think the only remaining part I dislike (and this has been mentioned above) is that the eyes come to a point in the middle. It doesn't have to be as wide as it was before, but can it be smoothed out a bit?

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@YesCT I think the shift to the right in #152 and #154 has been applied in the new revised version.

I pulled the proposed and revised side by side pngs into inkscape and compared with the animated gif. Without getting out a ruler, I can see it's definitely shifted. perhaps not quite as much as in the animation, but then I would guess @tkoleary was trying to preserve clarity at smaller sizes as spec'd in the annotated version.

@tkoleary can you confirm? And great work on the issue summary. It's really clear now.

@tim.plunkett - Personally I don't mind the point in the middle of the eyes. For me, it makes it even more like the infinity symbol which is nice.

As for deciding... I see two paths forward.

1. We call this done, and put out a general call through all channels and get a raw vote from as many people as we can. Simply asking "Is it time to update Druplicon?" Yes? or No? We shouldn't ask for extra feedback and revision at this point, just a yes or no to adopt this revision. Perhaps a post on groups, or perhaps even a news post on the front of d.o? Do we still have the ability to do a poll module on D.O?


2. Ask Dries to issue a Drupal Decree.


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Status: Reviewed & tested by the community » Needs review

Oops, that should really be needs review.

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Assigned: Unassigned » webchick

We call this done, and put out a general call through all channels and get a raw vote from as many people as we can. Simply asking "Is it time to update Druplicon?" Yes? or No? We shouldn't ask for extra feedback and revision at this point, just a yes or no to adopt this revision. Perhaps a post on groups, or perhaps even a news post on the front of d.o? Do we still have the ability to do a poll module on D.O?

We have done this in the past and it just ends up further bikeshedding an issue because regardless if you state you just want a "Yes/No" answer, people are inclined to be opinionated. We're already at 168 comments. I say we go ahead and go up the latter on this one now that it's been flushed out. Personally, I think that's the only real "Yes/No" we need.

Was gonna assign to @xjm, but since @webchick has been on this issue I'll assign to her. Should this be escalated to Dries or should we do a community "poll" on this.

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I'd still very much like to see the eyes fixed first.

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I agree with @kattekrab in #163:

For me, it makes it even more like the infinity symbol which is nice.

Also from #107:

  • The subtle infinity shape composed of two drops that was the original intent of the icon's eyes does not succeed in conveying that idea because the "bridge" detracts from the "droppiness" of the eyes and your eye cannot form a continuous infinity shape by following the outlines across the divide from one shape to the next
  • The combination of this "bridge" and the shadow line immediately above it also suggest a "knit brow" again emphasising "fierce", "mean", "angry"

I don't think there is anything that needs to be "fixed".

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I'm not sure why this is assigned to me. Branding of Drupal is a project lead-level decision.

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Catching up after a long time. I still stand by what I wrote a year ago: I think a redesign would be better than a refresh.

It goes in the right direction though, and the intentions in the "What is changing and why" section are good.
That said I think the execution feels too engineered. Some curves are weird, like where the "hairline" flattens, and generally it could be more organic. Perception beats geometrical precision in this case imho. To me the proposed Druplicon feels more current but not better. Which is not that bad really.
Oh well, I should shut up, get my acts together, and pull some vectors.

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Added comment reference (#96) to "Proposed Solution" in the issue summary as to why this is a revision of the current look and not a complete redesign.

jide’s picture

I've always found the drupalicon scary because it has blank eyes.

kattekrab’s picture

A couple of other people also expressed they have an issue with the eyes.

I wonder if making the border outline of the eyes slightly thicker would help? so that the drops making the eyes are more joined together.

I'll experiment. But I imagine @tkoleary will have a better idea.

@Mark Carver thanks for digging out that rationale about refresh over redesign.

This will always be a challenge to some extent. People love Druplicon, as a mascot, it's much like a family pet, we're going to have strong feelings.

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I know this is blasphemous, but look how Druplicon looks more friendly with eyes.

With eyes

sphism’s picture

Nice to see more work gone into this.

Quite sad to see that all of the work I did on it a few years ago has been deleted from the first post, but sort of understand that the summary should be concise, I may dig out those old graphics and add them back in somewhere.

And really sad to see the proposed solution, it's not a well executed piece of graphic design imo.

I might read through all the posts at some point and form a proper opinion.

What rationale is there for not using a 3d model? It can be rendered flat as the very first set of graphics I did in 2013 demonstrated. Plus it means the face is actually symmetrical in 3d (unlike the current or proposed logo), it can be rendered from any angle, flat or 3d, can be rendered as SVG as demonstrated a year ago.

Also from a brief look through the comments it seems a lot of you are very confused by 'flat design', take a look at this article about the new Yosemite icons, notice the use of 3d lighting effects on those 'flat' icons.

Also take a look at how many brands use their logo. Yes they have a flat icon, but almost always have a high definition illustrative logo as well. Both very useful in different graphics.

I could take another look at it if there's any interest in me doing that.

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Also people are referring to skeuomorphism incorrectly. None of the 3d renders are skeuomorphs.

Here's an interesting article about the 'death' of skeuomorphism in iOs 7...

Also I'm not convinced the claim of 'accurate perspective' is correct, I'd have to check it, but it looks off to me.

I'll add the original revised druplicon into the summary. Then we can all compare the 2004 druplicon, with the final version of the revision I made, and the latest revision.

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@sphism, your work has not been deleted (it's still available at, and I must say: you did a lot of work there!) but as you probably know, the role of the first post has changed over time. The first post now reflects (or at least: should reflect) the current state of the entire issue, with all its comments and files. This is not meant as disrespect for the original first post.

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@marcvangend I understand, just means that some comments don't make sense since they refer to the original diagrams.

Would be handy if they were in the first comment instead but never mind.

All those very first druplicons were 3d renders ... the ones where we initially explored the shape of the eyes, orientation of the face, and relative importance of eyes / nose / mouth. It's very very hard to get the perspective right by hand, because you're projecting compound curves onto a spherical surface.

Ah, found them: 5th August 2013

I'll render off a regular blue one over the weekend and post it. The mouth and nose changed considerably from this early set.

Ah, it's actually exactly the same 3d model I used to make the drupal 8 pendant: (click along to the last thumbnail for a 3d preview)

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Ok so I just rendered off the model from... hmm... looks like the last time I edited that file was 21st February 2014 but I think it's quite a bit older than that [edit it's from Sept 2013], rendered in flat blue, and placed into the comparison graphic... bear with me though it's 1am and I'm laying in bed without a graphics tablet :)

So revision A is from September 2013, revision B is from October 2014

drupal 8 druplicon

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Thanks for your work sphism. I think it has a lot of sense to make a 3D Model, and then flat it out, to get right the face perspective.
* I like more the clean simple strokes of the mouth/nose of B though. It has the right spirit IMHO.
* I have some doubts about the 50's sunglasses look of A's eyes. We want it to look contemporary. But B's eyes don't "click" neither. Maybe it's the perspective.

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IMHO a mathematically correct perspective is merely a design tool, not a criterion to judge the result by.

If you look at the architecture of ancient Greek temples like the Parthenon, there are no straight perpendicular lines; they're all slightly curved and concave. This would not have happened if they had favored mathematical correctness over visual effect.

I think it would be great to have a 3D model and see some flat renders from different angles. But let's not assume that the result will by definition be perferable. The human perception does not strictly follow mathematical rules.

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I think this discussion is getting a bit derailed. We spent a lot of time building consensus and revising design based on consensus up until #165 when it looked like we were ready to RTBC this.

Commentary from that point on has largely reopened questions over which there was already discussion and compromise.

To paraphrase comments above, mathematical precision does not equal visual harmony and 3D rendering is not graphic design. Yes it is important that the icon not look visually "wrong" in it's perspective and I have already adjusted the consensus version per #163 to correct those problems.

As to the issue about how the eyes meet, a significant number of people have commented on this so I have taken another look at it and revised slightly to "soften" it without detracting from the "infinity" effect.

final for Dries

At this point it's up to Dries.

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I agree.

Dries’s picture

I'd like to make the final decision. Thanks for all the work but to be honest, this does not seem like a high priority. In fact, I'm not entirely sure why we're even considering to change the Druplicon. The issue summary states that "concern has been expressed by many that the icon is dated". I personally don't believe this is a widespread concern. Even if it is a concern for some, I'm not sure it is a problem. Changing the Druplicon has certain impact on the project as many websites, books, t-shirts, training materials, marketing materials will look 'outdated'. I'll certainly give this serious consideration, but I did want to set the expectation that this is not top of mind.

yoroy’s picture

I'm glad to see this final iteration with the revised eyes. It was the last thing that nagged me a bit as well.

This is a solid & professional looking update to Druplicon, kudos to Kevin for navigating this discussion so well. I think we should go for it.

rootwork’s picture

I think this (#188) is great. I support moving forward with it.

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The logo is dated, but Dries is right, that alone isn't enough to be concerned about.

The real issue IMHO is that the current logo just isn't very good. That's much more of a concern as it misrepresents Drupal. This has led to "many websites, books, t-shirts, training materials, marketing materials" choosing to sidestep the current icon altogether. A conceptual "drop" has naturally surpassed Drupal's official branding - because it's had to. I don't see the Drupal icon in its current, un-messed-with incarnation featured on the homepage of any of these high profile Drupal websites.

Most recent DrupalCons:

One of each con's Diamond sponsors:

More sponsors:

etc etc... you know this list is long, you get the point.

Widespread evidence that high profile sites with a direct interest in promoting Drupal for some reason choose to shy away from its official logo? Maybe. Either way, I'd certainly consider it a widespread concern and one that needs addressing.

I'd like to be as proud of Drupal's official branding as I am of everything else that it represents. I'm not.

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Oops, forgot one:

(yes there's one in the inmotion ad but that doesn't count, it's a hosting ad)

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marcvangend : #182 revision A is a 3d render. And the methematics in Ancient Greek architecture is incredible, they were more obsessed with it than anyone. The curves negate the effect of perspective to make them appear straighter.

One of the main points from last year was that the nose and mouth of the current logo can be viewed as the upper and lower lip of a big mouth.

In #182B that's still a problem, possibly more so than the original.

In #182A I tried to address that by resizing them and adding the 'serifs' to the nose and mouth to break those invisible 'vectors' which turn the nose and mouth into one big scary alien mouth.

Does anyone else see that big mouth thing?

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Danbohea I completely agree with you on [#193]

corbacho’s picture

Really good work tkoleary, now it really has the right perspective :) Thanks for working that out
It's gorgeous, I can't wait to have a sticker in my laptop.

rootwork’s picture

Re #193: Every time we move toward consensus on a logo someone comes in and says we should do something else entirely.

The overwhelming community consensus is to stick with the Druplicon and simply update it. Reading back through the hundreds of comments here makes that apparent. Talking about this with long-time Drupal developers makes this apparent. Asking for feedback (and looking at what feedback was given) on Twitter makes this apparent.

I am really tired of seeing this conversation derailed after 98% of the work is done with "wait but maybe we should do something else completely."

That discussion is done. This discussion is about updating the Druplicon. If you want to propose killing off the Druplicon and adopting a new mascot (aside: Druplicon is a mascot, not a logo), then open your own issue.

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@rootwork - I'm not trying to derail anything. I was simply trying to illustrate how important this issue is - particularly to Dries who seems to think otherwise.

I already added my opinion to the design process further up this thread - since then I've stayed quiet and just followed how the design has developed. @tkoleary has done a very thorough job.

peterx’s picture

I vote for #188 then make any future discussion D9.

davidhernandez’s picture

I'm not sure that other websites not using the logo as-is is evidence of a problem. Websites/groups/people want to be unique, and will modify the logo regardless of what it is.

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I vote we don't go for #188 because the nose and mouth still looks like a big open mouth, the eyes are more peculiar than the original, and the drop shape looks awkward.

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Also I thought we agreed aaaages ago to tilt the face so it was looking more forward than down to its left.

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I don't think we're voting anymore. We're waiting on Dries to give his feedback.

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Fair enough.

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@dries, let me know if you want any graphics to make a comparison.

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@tkoleary, Re #188:
I love the detail where the eyes meet, well done. But why did the light gray border (#f5f5f2, may not even be visible on every screen) make a come back? It wasn't there in #160 and #161.

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Dries already commented in #190. This is really not a good use of everyone's time, and I think it is a bad idea. I propose: "won't fix"

You are free to make any variant on the Druplicon you like, but we should not change the official mascot image.

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@pwolanin, the phrase "I'll certainly give this serious consideration" does not sound like "won't fix" to me.

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I don't think Dries comment was definitive or final.

I'll certainly give this serious consideration, but I did want to set the expectation that this is not top of mind.

I clarified with him and he made some design comments on the eyes and the smile "too kidlike", revising.

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We could do a poll to the community.

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Please provide any evidence for: "Concern has been expressed by many that the icon is dated and needs a refresh"

I think the entire issue is based on a false premise.

If you want to provide other variants that people can use, go ahead. If they become more popular, then an update is achieved, but doing it via issue seems problematic.

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If you read the issue in it's entirety you will see that this is expressed many times both as personal opinion and as quotes from customers, prospects, etc. I personally have not spoken to a single designer or front-end developer who does not agree that the icon needs a refresh.

As has been said before in the issue, the question is not should we do something about the Druplicon, but what should we do about it.

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@tkoleary - respectfully, I like the icon the way it is. So, I disagree. I don't think there is any consensus for change in the broader Drupal community. Just among a majority of the people that happen to have been drawn to this issue.

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...quotes from customers, prospects

I'm having a hard time believing major business decisions are being made based on the logo. But if that is a problem, and clients complain about seeing a little "alien" on their website, the only place they probably see it is the favicon. None of these changes will have a big impact there. The changes proposed are too similar to the original to make the favicon look less "alien".

This entire thread is about the personal opinions of the few people commenting here. I don't think we should claim to have a consensus of the community. That would require a much larger discussion, with a lot more people. If we really wanted to do this, why not announce it to more people? Why not have a design contest? Maybe that would be fun. If it is a community issue, why is it limited to the few that stumbled upon this post in the core issue queue?

I also agree with Peter that if people want to publish a variant, go right ahead. There is nothing stopping anyone. It is done all the time, and I'm sure lots of people, including me, will use it.

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@pwolanin, @davidhernandez

Why not have a design contest?

Just among a majority of the people that happen to have been drawn to this issue.

Do we have a "code contest" to determine how to proceed with Drupal core?

The "people drawn to this issue" are primarily designers, themers, and front-end developers. These are professions that take many years of hard work to master and suggestions that we could just have a "contest" or that the quality of a design is just a matter of opinion are at best uninformed and at worst disrespectful.

A large number of highly skilled individuals have contributed over 200 comments to this issue and we are close to a strong consensus. That's how the process works with development, it should be no different for design.

In any event the issue is still RTBC and in Dries' hands.

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Even if you don't agree the icon needs a refresh, it was originally designed by someone who no longer associates with Drupal (to put it gently), and from talking to him a few years back, I think he would be extremely glad to no longer see his work plastered all over the Internet in support of Drupal. I will back up the customer/prospect perspective on the current Druplicon as well. It's been almost 10 years since the original incarnation. It's fully fine to explore this.

Design contests are viewed in the design world as extremely disrespectful and harmful (to put it gently). And while it's definitely true that the opinions here among ~50 people do not express the consensus of the community, the Drupal mascot would never be chosen via community consensus, in any case. It's a branding issue, so it's a project lead decision.

Design is by its nature subjective, but I think everything Kevin's done here is totally in the spirit of open collaboration. He has not only synthesized and responded to the feedback expressed, but also very clearly laid out his design choices and the reasoning for them. I think "thank you" is in order, moreso than "won't fix," even if this isn't ultimately committed to the repository. Once again, it's Dries's call.

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Do we have a "code contest" to determine how to proceed with Drupal core?

No, we don't, but we also don't say individual code changes are a community matter, as some people have stated with this. If the logo is a community matter, I have concerns about it being changed without larger community awareness. People working on the logo are experienced designers, but I'm betting most of the people "voting" in here are not. They were drawn to comment on this issue because they knew about it, which is probably excluding a rather large portion of the community, including many other design professionals. If Dries wants to treat it as purely a core/code issue, that is his prerogative, and it will be decided here, but if the logo is considered hugely important to the entire community, I think it's a mistake to not try for broader input.

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I think "thank you" is in order...

To be clear, I agree completely. I don't ever want to leave people with the impression that efforts and expertise are unappreciated, even if I might raise concerns about the process.

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I think it's a mistake to not try for broader input

Don't assume that the input is only as broad as the commenters. Few issues I have seen have been been tweeted and retweeted as many times, often by people who read without commenting.

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I wholeheartedly agree with @webchick here. Kevin, Mark Carver and many others have done a great job iterating on it!

It takes some time to get used to it, just like any change - to the mascot/logo/design that you love. Although its indeed not the current focus for getting Drupal 8 out of the door, its also the type of contribution designers can really do well at this stage in the development cycle (improve our marketing material). Let's make sure that we welcome it appropriately.

It feels like Dries is looking for more argumentation, that the feelings that are shared here are more widespread. Which is something we can look into and summarise better? Why is it outdated? What makes it fresh and not fresh? Why do we need this now?

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Bartik is up for rework in another issue. This is a chance to change the logo to a new flat blue and change Bartik to fit the logo.

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I was expecting this issue to be done with, wasn't expecting so many new comments.

I originally set out in 2012 to update the logo. I kept it almost identical but just tidied up the eyes nose and mouth a little so that it was symmetrical.

The overwhelming consensus was "don't change it", especially when I then rendered it up like water.

Then in 2013 I started this thread to see if there was anyone else who felt it needed a little update. I never intended this to go on for so many months. It was just a quick little something that I could do for the community, as I've don't for many clients over the years.

There was a lot of talk about dropping the Druplicon entirely around the time the new Drupal wordmark came out. And Druplicon started being referred to as a mascot instead of a logo. My feeling was that people were dropping the logo because it looked so dated, and I hoped that tidying it up a bit could encourage people to love it agiain.

The more I worked with it, and I have spent wwaaayyyy too many hours working on it, I began to notice issues with the eyes, nose and mouth and began experimenting with altering them. What I learned is that when the logo is a face even the slightest change has a huge impact. I think this is because so much human communication is face to face and we are experts at noticing and interpreting slight facial movements.

I wasn't really getting far with updating it so I decided to spend a week coming up with the Renegade druplicons. Largely inspired by the site I had been working on for years I wanted to make many different druplicons with totally different personalities. As I was working on them I felt like I wanted to represent the power and flexibility of drupal, and to represent the colossal changes being undertaken between Drupal 7 and 8.

i found it a hugely liberating experience not to be confined at all by the original design but to still retain the essential elements of what a 'Druplicon' is. As I was thinking of different styles to make, it came quite naturally to focus on the major changes in Drupal 8. The first was that d8 was a layer on top of a powerful symfony framework. The second focused on d8 being lightweight, the transparent gas one, heavily inspired by talks of stripping Drupal to a tiny core. Then I focused on the security and robustness of d8, and the result was cannonball looking one. I started thinking about doing a blue Druplicon again and was overwhelmed by how masculine they all were, and really how male dominated Drupal is. That's when I made the female version which came to symbolise (to me) the new style layer, twig etc, and how Drupal is a completely customisable system.

Now I'll admit that I was using shock tactics. I wanted to try to break people out of their current thinking about what Druplicon had to look like, and try to represent the flexibility of the software.

So it started off as tweaking the facial elements, but it ended up more as a complete paradigm shift in how we represent an infinitely customisable system.

But I guess I never communicated that to everyone else so well.

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If we stick to the topic of the issue —Revise the Druplicon logo— then RTBC is the right status. Great job by lots of people, in particular @tkoleary and @sphism. And I say that despite my disagreement with large parts of the process. The end result fits the objectives and is good.
Also thank you @sphism for expanding on the history of this issue.

Several people, including Dries, wrote that a Druplicon refresh is not a widespread concern. I almost agree. I think the reality is it's no longer a widespread concern, because has been largely worked around by:
- creating derivatives, for the better or worse, in particular for Drupal camps. The result is sometimes very far from the original Druplicon (I love this quirky Drupal bee: Drupal Camp North West)). Even Drupalacon Munich's logo, the closest recent high visibility use of Druplicon, is actually a "resfresh": they removed the borders and multiple shades of blue, their Druplicon is simpler, flat. These derivatives used to be controversial as they departed from the official branding, but Druplicon is no longer the logo and the derivatives are now pretty much the norm ;
- using what @danbohea called the conceptual drop, as part of a logo. We've seen it for Camps, Drupalcons (since 2009, only two have used something close to the original Druplicon: Copenhagen and Munich), and most companies and associations that gravitate around Drupal: Acquia, Commerce Guys, Adyax (until recently), Curve, the Drupal Association itself…
I believe close to 100% of the designers think Druplicon is old, dated and will never use it. But they no longer mind because it's now very obvious they don't have to.

So, it's a pity Druplicon is not pretty as we'd like, but it's indeed not a high priority issue as long as it is not used for reference material. The wordmark should be used. The last time I've seen Druplicon on a book cover was "Pro Drupal 7 development" and it's from 2010.

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When you finish installing Drupal 8 is the Druplicon still the first thing you see top left? If it is then I'd say that's still a pretty high priority, or at least not low priority. If someone is evaluating Drupal for the first time it doesn't really matter about all the amazing work done if their first impression doesn't meet their expectation. But perhaps it was removed from the default theme. I'm not sure.

I was just looking back at the Druplicon I did in 2012, it's shown in #37 as the Drupal 7 version. Just tidied up eyes, the rest is almost identical. If that were flat rendered it would probably keep the majority of people happy.

Elv: agree with you about Druplicon having been worked around and derivatives becoming the norm.

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@sphism - thank you so much for your comment at #225 - It was really interesting to me to hear your rationale for those amazing 3D renders and radical approaches to rethinking our beloved Druplicon. I really LOVE hearing the reasons behind designs. It's not always obvious.

That said, I do think we moved on from there, and the consensus was for a less radical refresh for our little friend. But @sphism - your contribution in opening the debate is a worthy one, despite Dries' misgivings about this not being a priority in the big picture, I sense a feeling it is "time" for this update.

@tkoleary - I'd like to echo the gratitude expressed by others. You've done a really great job. So Thank you ++1000 . A slight revision to accommodate @Dries feedback about the mouth seems reasonable. But that is a tweak and a polish compared with the overall effort that's been invested here. When you've done that, I don't care if it's committed anywhere or not, I'll be getting some stickers made. I love it!

@webchick - thanks for the note about the original designer. I didn't know that, and think it's a good point. As someone who has created logos for groups and organisations in the past (purely volunteer, amateur) I can appreciate that sense of NOT wanting my work associated with some of them long after the fact. It's never something I would express, as it belongs to that group. I guess, I'm just saying that resonated with me. Thanks.

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@kattekrab thanks.

Here's my revision based on Dries feedback on the mouth and the "age".

Only local images are allowed.

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Again - I think this effort is misguided. I like the ambiguous and somewhat mischievous look of the original. It's fun and emblematic to me of what the Drupal community is about. The flat designs lose all that.

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I've always thought the mischievous look was a drawback. Ambiguity and potential danger are not exactly what Drupal should inspire.

The spike still bugs me a little bit. I think it should be frankly concave or convex, but not almost flat. The latest take by tkoleary is no longer totally flat, but the difference is too subtle.
Here's my take. The concave is closer the original Druplicon, while the convex one moves faster ;)
Only local images are allowed.

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I'm ok with more concave, since I was going that direction already. To me it's just as "fast" but moving towards the viewer rather than to the right.


Even just in this issue most have expressed the opposite view.

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Again - I think this effort is misguided.

@pwolanin, I think we all get that you don't like this issue. There is no need to continue to try and downgrade the issue by reiterating the same opinion unnecessarily. The first one was enough and I respected that view.

It is very disheartening to see these kinds of comments. They are not constructive and dismissive of the various people whom have agreed it is time for a refresh. This is the type of behavior that has lead to me not participating in the queue as much. I don't have time or interest in this kind of unnecessary bickering.


It is not "wrong" for the Druplicon to evolve like the rest of Drupal has. It is what we visually represent to the world. Mascot, logo, brand... it doesn't matter. The Druplicon is, has been and will always be a part of Drupal. It is an iconic image that helps visually identify to people that this is Drupal. While many of us are familiar with and perhaps have even grown fond of the current look, the fact of the matter is: it is dated.

With D8 becoming more and more polished, with modern designs, the Druplicon is starting to really stand out. People like things that look like they belong together.

Despite the fact that this new refresh is "flat", it is what makes the image to appear "current" (social climate of design). It is the type of design the majority of people expect, subconsciously or not, influenced by skilled marketers.

Designs change, it is inevitable. The quadtone logo will make a comeback eventually, kind of like how the 60's and 70's colors are starting theirs now ;)

If I had the technical and design chops to do it, I would have championed this issue long ago.

@tkoleary you have 1000+ "thank you"s from me!

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Mark, it is not dismissive to state a dissenting opinion. If it is, than you can be called just as dismissive of Peter simply because he doesn't agree with you. I'd rather we all agree that everyone should feel comfortable stating whatever opinion they have, including those who have not already done so, and probably now feel a lot less likely to do so.

Personally, I agree that the newer designs seem to be missing something. They are certainly cleaner looking, especially with the nose and mouth being less rough looking, but there is character missing that the current one has. I don't how to better articulate that.

Just note that people change the current design a lot when they make their own logo for stickers, camps, and such, but the drop outline is quite often adhered to. That helps maintain a connection to the Drupalicon. We might want to pay particular attention to how the shape changes/looks, at least as much as the face.

corbacho’s picture

#231 well noticed
convex => shark shape
concave => drop shape (better)

I like the latest revision. I might suggest moving the mouth:
* 1 pixel down (bigger distance mouth-nose will show more "age") and
* 1 pixel right (jaw is dislocated "a bit" in latest revision). Specially noticeable when druplicon is scaled down under 100pixels size.

Only local images are allowed.

^ this is an animated gif.
No strong feelings about it. Just an open suggestion.

PS. These images don't include #231 suggestion

peterx’s picture

#235 is up at The cut from the jpeg does not work. Need an SVG.

sphism’s picture

Interesting that the proposed design is morphing back to the original with each iteration.

peterx’s picture

An experiment with colour contrast using the old SVG:

elv’s picture

Is there an SVG file of the latest iterations somewhere? I used a jpeg and converted it to vectors in Illustrator, but there must be a better way :)

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Yes, it has moved back in the direction of the original a bit. It was always meant to be an evolution and to retain the essential qualities of the original so I don't think that's a bad thing. Heres a few examples of this type of evolution that simplifies without losing the essence of the original.

Only local images are allowed.

Only local images are allowed.

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

The issue summary would be great to get updated on what is RTBC. None of the recent proposals appear in the issue summary.

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It seems like we started repainting the bikeshed a bit here.

The final version, with @tkoleary's tweaks based on Dries feedback is in comment #229 and I added that to the issue summary.

Final Revision of the new Druplicon

crowdcg’s picture

Finally read all the comments here and just giving my input for what it is worth. There are points on both side of the discussion that are fair. I agree that the original logo is both iconic and dated, but I have to say Druplicon has a sentimental quality to me and I would hate to see the original deprecated. On the other hand the work done here is great and makes the logo fresh and friendly. At the end of the day I think the pragmatic solution is to give the community the option to use Classic Druplicon and New Druplicon. Over time people will update their variations or keep the original look and feel, keeping everyone in the community happy.

As for replacing this in D8 Bartik, that's for another issue once this is resolved as others have previously mentioned. Frankly, I think in D8 it should be the D8 logo.

sphism’s picture

What's the plan for the big open mouth? Where people see the nose as a top lip and the mouth as a bottom lip?

That seemed like a pretty major issue when we first worked on it, and seemed to be why some people thought it looked so freaky.

tkoleary’s picture

I think you really have to strain to see that. Nobody I have shown this to has seen it.

markcarver’s picture

Agreed. You definitely have to stretch your imagination now to consider it an upper lip. @tkoleary addressed this concern by making the nose less wider than the original and it actually looks more like a "nose" now.

sphism’s picture

Fair enough, still looks like one mouth to me but good that it's been addressed

moonstruck’s picture

This is a great discussion. I love the passion of designers to create something better and I appreciate all the work that has been done by individuals. You are ALL awesome.

Here is my tuppence: Personally, I don't mind the quirkiness of the original. Maybe not something a design team would come up with and perhaps not as polished as some would like, but the character and brand recognition is undeniable. It has never seemed unfriendly to me. Perhaps a bit cheeky and irreverent, and that's why I like it. It doesn't have a corporate stamp on it. It goes its own way and doesn't "belong" to anybody (except the Community).

Having said that, I do think that making it flat gives it a more current design aesthetic, but do not see the need for substantial changes to features necessarily. The infinity eyes are iconic, and often used by Drupalers on their own because they are instantly identified as "Drupal" and I would like to see that stay and not get diluted. Nose and mouth could be tweaked to correct things like perspective and friendliness, but there is a danger that it could creep into smiley icon territory.

Thanks for listening.

rootwork’s picture

I still really like the "latest" version (in #243 and the issue summary) and hope this can be moved forward. It preserves the legacy of the brand while updating it.

Also wanted to throw out there that by flattening it, we open up the possibility of using things like custom fonts to render it, and rather than having to throw a huge hi-res version in we'd have a very small custom glyph that would display great at any size.

That's a secondary concern to it looking good in my opinion (I don't think we should flatten it _just_ so we can use it in a font) but it is a nice side benefit.

kattekrab’s picture

Ok - Shall we see if we can get this into Bartik?

#2401449: Put the D8 logo in Bartik for D8 release

pwolanin’s picture

@kattekrab - I think the suggestion by crowdcg of the using the D8 logo for the theme would be much less controversial.

I suggest simply adding this updated version to the handbook or other locations as an additional option and let the community "vote" through their use over the coming year or two of it or the current version for their projects and websites.

kattekrab’s picture

Yes that's a good idea.

nerdcore’s picture

Maybe I'm way off the mark here, but would it be desirable to add pupils to the eyes? Eyes with no pupils appear somehow disturbing to me. I've heard similar concerns from others.

markcarver’s picture

Re #254:
The eyes have been discussed in length on this issue, the conclusion is that the "infinity eyes" are a recognizable part of the history of the Druplicon. This issue is no longer about changing the Druplicon, but rather revising/refreshing the existing design.

Issue summary:

Connotations, the drop relates to "drupal" the eyes are rotated drops that also make an infinity symbol


  • The druplicon's eyes can be interpreted as mean or "alien" but...
  • The eyes are also part of the brand history and represent two drops forming infinity

There is only one example of pupils in the eyes (#177). It did not get much attention, I suspect, because many did not find it very appealing (including myself). It breaks the "infinity eyes" aspect of the Druplicon. I would also imagine that simply centering the pupils would lead to further misconstrued conclusions as to what they are intended to be.

Danny Englander’s picture

Would there happen to be an .SVG or .EPS file of the finalized version? I can't seem to find one here or in any of "Referenced by" linked issues. Thanks.

chx’s picture


jbrown’s picture

@tkoleary can you post an SVG of the latest version?

jbrown’s picture

Has there been a discussion about exactly which shade of blue the new Druplicon should be?

The colour of the latest in the summary is #2f5ac3, but in #2401449: Put the D8 logo in Bartik for D8 release it is #0072c0.

Sorry Firefox is rendering the image in a different colour than when I view it in a different program.

kattekrab’s picture

@jbrown - yep the colour choices are described in detail in #107 and tweaked a little darker in #117 Revised again in #132

jbrown’s picture

Thanks @kattekrab!

corbacho’s picture

@jbrown doesn't allow SVG attachments
#2427443: Allow SVG files as attachment

Danny Englander’s picture

I'd love to get a copy of the SVG for a presentation I am putting together for our local Drupal Camp in a few weeks. In light of #262 above, would someone be kind enough to PM me or perhaps post it to Dropbox or = with a link? Thank you.

peterx’s picture

You can zip the SVG and attach the file.

jcnventura’s picture

Project: Drupal core » Drupal Technical Working Group
Version: 8.0.x-dev »
Component: other » Miscellaneous

I don't think this is a Drupal core issue, and in the meantime the community governance was setup. I'm assigning it to the TWG, since I couldn't find a Branding Working Group. Maybe that will help to unfreeze the RTBC into a decision on this policy.

jcnventura’s picture

Issue tags: +blocker

This is blocking:
#2030027: Add back the Druplicon in the installer
#2401449: Put the D8 logo in Bartik for D8 release

And in the meantime, I discovered the Drupal Association Marketing & Branding Committee, but this should definitively be a community decision, and I don't think the DA's MBC has a mandate to decide on something like this.

webchick’s picture

Project: Drupal Technical Working Group » Drupal core
Version: » 8.0.x-dev
Component: Miscellaneous » other

No, this is definitely a BDFL decision.

markcarver’s picture

Issue tags: -blocker

This is not a release blocker, but rather a nice to have to finally modernize the Druplicon.

Also, I still fail to see how is "definitely a BDFL decision" when historically the Druplicon has been created, maintained and updated by community members (primarily Steven Wittens, who is credited as the "creator" of the current Druplicon). The "BDFL decision" was already made when Dries adopted the icon from Steven into Drupal way back when.

So, I could understand this being a BDFL decision if the Druplicon were being drastically changed from the overall concept (which would affect the overall "brand" for Drupal), but it's not. That isn't what this issue is about; the shape and "style" is nearly identical to its previous version.

This issue is just about touching up a few things to make the existing Druplicon look more modern. Can we please just adopt this already?

rootwork’s picture

+1 to 268. I've commented above a bunch. I think this is a good direction and worth adopting.

pwolanin’s picture

@markcarver - I agree in the sense that I don't see why "officially" adopting this is even relevant. Please post it as a variant in the handbook and see if people use it.

joachim’s picture

> I agree in the sense that I don't see why "officially" adopting this is even relevant.

That's would punt the decision on whether to make this official over to #2401449: Put the D8 logo in Bartik for D8 release...

markcarver’s picture

tl;dr: I'm done with this issue. I've said my piece (more than once). Thanks @tkoleary and others, y'all have done a great job with championing this issue. Hopefully this will go somewhere at some point. I just do not have the patience or energy to expend on it anymore.


Comments like that is what makes me feel more and more like a "second class citizen" in the Drupal "community" each and every day.

You're not a core committer, so just throw it somewhere else (i.e. don't involve yourself with our workflow/process) and see if catches on. Then, and only then, I guess we'll have to address it at some point if it does "catch on".

That's basically how I just interpreted the above comment. Also, why is it that I'm the target of said comment? Because I'm passionate about what I'm actually good at? Because I'm not willing to back down just because someone said "no". Because I get updates to issues in an RSS feed and am considered "responsive"? Because I actually give thoughtful and meaningful feedback to relevant recent comments? Why???

Why is it that when it comes to UI/UX issues they're treated with seemingly more scrutiny from people who don't actually care in the first place and just argue to argue without providing anything meaningful to the conversation? Why is it that we as a community get to these points (personal bickering)? I don't even really know you, just your handle, which I'm sure is the same in reverse. Why can we not simply just move forward with something? It's not like it's "set in stone" and can never be changed again in the history of its existence.

No, this isn't just my "idea". It's been a community effort in this issue, IRC, at DCs and at camps. These kinds of issues are what both excite me and frustrate me to literally: no end.

"Officially adopting" !== "BDFL decision"

The community "officially" adopts new ways of doing things all the time without the need to involve Dries. Like I said above, if this issue were about changing the Druplicon to something completely different then yes, I agree, that would need Dries. But this is NOT about changing the Druplicon, it's about refreshing it (think of it like going through a car wash) so it looks "sparkling new".

As much as some may want to downplay that this isn't isn't a "core" issue or that "the Druplicon isn't used in core"... the reality is that it is and it does affect the "first impression" people have. See... they're right here:

So, I give up. I'm personally declaring this a smoking crater issue because I honestly could not care less with what happens to it anymore. I'm really tired of having to:

  1. Repeat the same over and over and over
  2. Defend not only mine, but also all the many others (@tkoleary especially) experience and expertise in such matters and
  3. Waste my time doing both

Yay! You "won", good for you! Now you just have to beat down... ahem, I mean... convince everyone else, good luck!

joachim’s picture

I'm really sorry to have offended you.

What I meant -- which maybe you've misinterpreted -- is that deciding we're not doing anything official here just means that the other issue is faced with making that decision. It's just moving the decision-making over somewhere else.

I personally really like the new logo proposed here, so yes, why not post also it as a variant and see if people start using it. But when it comes to putting it in core, there does seem to be a general feeling that some sort of decision needs to be made that this is the new version of the official logo.

markcarver’s picture

No, not you @joachim. My comment was in response to #270.

edit: you just happen to comment while I was still typing

webchick’s picture

I do not understand all the emotion in recent comments. Dries asked in #190 to have the final decision. He also said at that time that we have bigger fish to fry, and that making the change has many ripple effects, and so it was not a priority at the present time. If you think he should revisit that rationale, then please provide rational, objective arguments for that.

joachim’s picture

@markcarver: thanks! :)

Dries said in #190:

> Changing the Druplicon has certain impact on the project as many websites, books, t-shirts, training materials, marketing materials will look 'outdated'.

So maybe we should try to identify when is a good time to make the change -- in both the lifecycle of major versions of core, and the lifecycle of drupalcons. Though I fear there never will be a perfect time; drupal cons and camps are happening all the time, and the only point when books and marketing materials become outdated is a new version of core.

jcnventura’s picture

@webchick: we're getting closer to an rc1 release of Drupal 8. From what I saw in the other issues being blocked by this one, people want to adopt the modern look in themes and the installer, and some of the features will probably be too late to add once we reach that stage. I hadn't read #190, so indeed if Dries claimed this as something that he should decide, who am I to say otherwise. But he should indeed revisit the rationale to postpone it, and decide soon because:

1. The perfect time to do this is with the release of Drupal 8.
It's true that many websites and books will look outdated once a more modern Druplicon is decided. Not doing it now means that we might be carrying Druplicon v2004 around until Drupal 9 is released. The nature of Drupal means that those websites and books will be outdated on D8's release day anyway.

2. Priorities and bigger fish to fry.
I think that the people that are involved in this work and discussion are not the same ones that have the top priority of frying those 24 fishes. Except Dries himself, of course, but that's only because he wants to be the bottleneck.

3. The old logo is so 2004
Honestly, it is. I like the proposed "latest" from #229.

Can I propose a compromise, which I'm sure would make everyone happy? We update the shape of Druplicon to reflect the "latest", and then we make two versions official: the shaded version, and a flat version (similar to Joomla). Both get equal footing on the Druplicon page, and themers and designers are then free to choose which they prefer.

jcnventura’s picture

See also #2488864: Replace the favicon with the D8 logo, where I propose to replace the Druplicon favicon.ico with the D8 logo.

jcnventura’s picture

dasjo’s picture

I think the "latest", proposed version would be a great, iterative improvement to the existing druplicon:

In #190, Dries states

Thanks for all the work but to be honest, this does not seem like a high priority. In fact, I'm not entirely sure why we're even considering to change the Druplicon. The issue summary states that "concern has been expressed by many that the icon is dated". I personally don't believe this is a widespread concern. Even if it is a concern for some, I'm not sure it is a problem

In this issue, many people have expressed their interest in a more modern Druplicon.

Then there is

Changing the Druplicon has certain impact on the project as many websites, books, t-shirts, training materials, marketing materials will look 'outdated'.

So I guess it boils down to checking if we have enough motivation to update the Druplicon. Brands update their logos all the time, often in an iterative way. Sure that's always an investment, but as the change is not drastic I think it is ok if the two versions transition gradually. The same goes for Drupal: there are still some Drupal 5 and 6 sites around while Drupal 7 is currently big and a few already use the shiny Drupal 8 :)

Maybe we could test this logo with some people who don't know Drupal at all and see which they like better?

rootwork’s picture

For folks who are following this issue and are at LA Drupalcon (I, sadly, am not) would you be willing to gather a little anecdotal data on:

a) should we update the logo?


b) how does the "latest" option in strike you?

I actually think this has been a good (though very lengthy) iterative design process, so I'm not really excited about opening that version back up to comments, but it seems impolite to just ask people "hey what do you think about this new logo take it or leave it."

I fully understand that many anecdotes does not equal data, but if the concern (which I do not share) is that people don't really want to change the Druplicon, perhaps we could at least attempt to gather some evidence for or against that hypothesis?

rootwork’s picture

Oh and I should have reiterated (because this issue is long) that kattekrab did poll people on Twitter about an earlier design (that's how we got from the "last" to "latest" in that line-up image) in #172, and there were some replies on Twitter. But I would think we might be able to hit more people in person at Drupalcon.

dawehner’s picture

Another two weeks without any reaction, too bad.

webchick’s picture

I do know that Dries is aware that this issue was resurfaced during DrupalCon, and it's on his radar to check in again. However, I don't know that a decision here is particularly pressing, as long as it is made prior to RC (there were valid points raised above that if it's going to be changed, 8.0.0 would be the ideal time to do it).

Tagging for that.

kattekrab’s picture

Issue summary: View changes
fgm’s picture

From a non-designer point of view, I feel that one part of the "quirky" look mentioned all along this issue comments (yes, I read them all) comes from the "visor" eyes, which only resemble an infinity symbol, but bear similarity to ski googles, or SF visors, which carry two positive aspects: one (which has been mentioned) is an energetic component (ski = sport), and the other one is a futuristic component (SF). These together carry a strong positive vibe, which most of the other works except the "renegade" variants are missing. It could even be what some are looking for without identifying it when they mention the eyes problem.

Coming back to the Drupalcamp Leuven mentioned earlier, this example completely does away with the drop shape and keeps the visor, and in doing so managers to simultaneously keep recognizability (eyes are so much more recognizable than approximate body shapes), and gain a more design friendly aspect ratio.

So, although I respect, even admire the analysis and work done here, which I would be utterly unable to replicate, I feel these refreshes, needed as they may be, still have been missing their goal.

But as I said initially, this is from a non-designer, so feel free to consider this bit of analysis misguided.

Dries’s picture

Been thinking about this the past couple of weeks, and I have been talking to some Drupal people offline about it as well (including Kevin O'Leary who was very active in this issue). Sorry for not reporting back yet. I'll make sure to provide an update this week.

dawehner’s picture

Thank you dries!

Xano’s picture

I would like to point out that telling people that their other efforts have a higher priority must be done very carefully.
People have different priorities, skills, and interests. On top of that we should remind ourselves that different people can commit different amounts of time, and the amount of valuable time they can spend on a project like Drupal greatly influences the issues they can and want to work on.

Dries’s picture

Status: Reviewed & tested by the community » Needs work

First off, thanks for all the work on this. The fact there are many ‘cleaned up’ versions of the Druplicon around really suggests we have to clean it up. After giving this a lot of thought, I’m in support of changing the logo and getting the new logo committed to Git prior to Drupal 8 RC1. I like the direction of the new logo, but I feel the proposed Druplicon lost some of its uniqueness. While we are close, I would like to see us play around with the shape of the eyes a bit more (but keep the shape, mouth, and nose) and have asked Kevin to propose a few options for me to choose from (and work with others as needed). I’ve also asked Kevin to provide a frontal Druplicon in addition to the sideways Druplicon (not as a replacement). I think it would be good to ship with both . I plan to revisit this in the next couple of weeks to provide additional feedback.

sphism’s picture

Should I make a new version? Happy to make a flat shaded one with altered eyes and mouth.

tkoleary’s picture

At Dries request I have done some more work on this.

Taking a fresh look at this after not looking at it for a while I see that the RTBC version has lost some of it's "edginess" and—while it's valuable to arrive at consensus through compromise—that's usually not the best way to arrive at good design. In order to be bold it needs to be somewhat opinionated. Many have commented that the icon has lost it's "fierce" personality and I agree.

Another valid comment that I have heard from several people is that we need not be so doctrinaire about "flat" design in this case and what is more important is that the icon feels fresh and contemporary. I think one of the problems with the approach we have been taking so far is that we are not looking at this in it's proper context. Drupal is an open source CMS and it's also a web development framework. Given that I have placed my latest version with the most recent versions of others in that category.


Dries a;so suggested taking another look at having a centered version. I believe it is possible to have centered, right facing and left facing versions of the same icon, particularly if it is a mascot (See the example of the Zurb yeti) and I have executed those three versions.

left, right, center

Lastly looking at the icon in the context of the others I felt that the color was out of step with the more saturated current trend in color and I've made a minor adjustment in that direction.

old with logos
new with logos

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webchick’s picture

Status: Needs work » Needs review

My initial impression is: "looks kinda menacing" :D I'll check it again later and see if it persists.

Thanks for putting it in context of those other logos, that's really helpful!

davidhernandez’s picture

In #294, the image listed under "Latest" and the three faces below that are different. Was that a mistake, or are we reviewing one versus the other?

ar-jan’s picture

My first impression of #294 "Latest" was that it looks a bit like an evil grin, while the RTBC version has a more friendly smile.

rootwork’s picture

I don't really want to hold things up at this point so much as get something fresher out there. But I do prefer the eyes on the RTBC one, and I really miss the nose. I'm not sure why "Latest" has no nose. In the three profiles, it has some shading that I guess is supposed to be a nose? But unfortunately it looks a liiiiitle too much like a Hitler mustache.

I don't mind the shading FWIW, or the pointed end of the mouth. Just prefer the eyes and nose of RTBC.

But if everyone else likes the new one don't mind me, especially since I get that the issue queue is an exceedingly hard place to come up with interesting designs.

tim.plunkett’s picture

The eyes on the newest one looks *very* angry/displeased, and the mouth looks smug, or like a smirk.
Considering the common feedback from outsiders is that Druplicon already looks like a creepy space alien, and we aimed to make it more friendly, I think this new angry/smug look is a step in the wrong direction.

+1 for the RTBC druplicon or something *slightly* different

Crell’s picture

Adding some depth back to the image is good. However, the "Latest" version looks like the evil villain from a cheaply made anime. :-) I'm pretty sure we're not villainous, most of the time...

The comparison grid (thank you!) tells me we're on the right track by bringing back some depth and shading. But it looks too much like the bad guy right now, and we don't want that. (I presume so?)

sphism’s picture

I like the new approach.

Some graphical comments:

The shading on the eyes, I'm not sure if that makes them look onset or embossed. Bit confusing.

The mouth in the cantered one is the same slant as the one looking to it's left. But the mouth of the one looking right is opposite.

Dries requested keeping the nose and I agree.

I'm not quite sure when it was decided to make the head look more 3d I was under the impression it was meant to be flat rendered.

I wouldn't add a new color into the logo. The grey that is. The dark blue is ok but I'm not sure it really adds anything. It actually makes it look like a flat shape that's raised off the page. Rather than a spherical object.

I'm not convinced that the eyes of the cantered image are the same as the left and right version. Mapping complex curves onto a sphere really isn't possible without doing it in 3d.

Same goes for the top of the drip. I can't quite see how that's the same '3d object' but it might be.

I definitely prefer this to the previous version though.

It might be interesting to everyone here that the Ember JS community has exactly the same discussions about their logo as we are having here.

sphism’s picture

Not looked at this file for ages, nice to have it open in blender again:

Druplicon Blender 2015

and back
Druplicon Blender 2015

sphism’s picture

Here are my 2 final images:

Some of changes:

  • eye's are smaller, shape altered a little (changing this in blender is very quick and easy)
  • Nose is thicker, without the little 'serifs' that I had added
  • Mouth is thicker, more uniform shape
  • The model has the 8 from drupal 8 projected onto it's back
  • I removed the gradient

What's not included:

  • I'm not suggesting this be the final blue colour, that can be decided elsewhere
  • I'm not confining the angle the model is at, the side view happens to be at 17 degrees, but can be rendered at any angle
  • The face can also be moved to relative to the body, so if the face is looking too up or down then that's also super quick to alter
  • Whether or not to add a stroke or a gradient to the final design

What is included:

  • Shape of the drop, matches original 2004 shape as closely as possible in 3d
  • Shape of eyes, nose and mouth
  • relative spacing of eye's nose and mouth on the face (however these are 3 objects so they can actually be moved independantly)

Side view

Druplicon 2015 Side

Front View

Druplicon 2015 Front

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

Status: Needs review » Needs work
Issue tags: +Needs issue summary update

@tkoleary: I really like the trio of images ( from tkoleary, I agree the prior versions lost a lot of the personality of the logo. Also the issue summary is a huge stinking mess now :D

@sphism: it would be great to somehow post similar sized proposals, so the comments / issue summary is not overwhelmed and made more confusing. After all the logo will need to work on device screens in usually small sizes.

sphism’s picture

I just set the max width of those embedded images to 200px. Can prep other graphics tomorrow if you want to see other examples.

Personally I think this thread went off course by trying to define the stroke and colours and gradient etc.

Let's agree on the shapes of the elements first.

That next level of detail is quite specific to the logo's application. eg as it's displayed in bartik, or embossed onto a t-shirt, or the intro to a set of video tutorials.

Crell’s picture

sphism: It seems like Dries is already on board with the version from Kevin, modulo a few tweaks. That means the first several layers (shapes of the elements, etc.) are already set, because Dries has said so. Let's not revisit questions over again unless we really really have to.

Dries is the very firmly the product owner on this one, so we should follow his lead.