Logo comparison with metapress February 21, 2004 2:34 PM   Subscribe

This site has an unusual logo. It's kind of interesting to have it open in a tab next to MeFi, and then to toggle between the two.
posted by carter to MetaFilter-Related at 2:34 PM (15 comments total)

posted by jacquilynne at 3:51 PM on February 21, 2004

posted by rcade at 4:01 PM on February 21, 2004

So I'm not the only one, then? Is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?
posted by yerfatma at 4:19 PM on February 21, 2004

If I toggle between them really quick for 30 seconds, and then look at the light, I see OJ Simpson.
posted by scarabic at 4:44 PM on February 21, 2004

interesting effect as I toggle between site...

Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta...
Monkey Monkey...
Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta Meta...
Monkey Monkey...
Fark! A Fark!!!
posted by wendell at 5:20 PM on February 21, 2004

You're not taking me seriously.
posted by carter at 5:58 PM on February 21, 2004

You're right about that.
posted by scottymac at 7:05 PM on February 21, 2004

/me toggles like a mofo, mumbles "wtf?" and goes off to find something interesting.
posted by quonsar at 11:24 PM on February 21, 2004

*follows quonsar in the never-ending search for something he can understand*
posted by dg at 3:02 AM on February 22, 2004

*feeling stupid :-(*

Well, it's basically the same logo - isn't it? Same font, same weight, almost the same size, similar colour scheme, same placing on page, same intercapitalised syntax starting with 'Meta' - except one is (c) 2000-20003 The Metafilter Network, and the other is (c) 2004 A Huge International Publishing Empire.

Or am I imagining this?
posted by carter at 5:51 AM on February 22, 2004

It's sorta similar, using a font that is similar, with intercaps. The colors aren't quite right and there's the huge swoosh through the P. I don't think it's so similar it would confuse people thinking it was MetaFilter-related. So no biggie.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:12 AM on February 22, 2004

Well imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ;-)
posted by carter at 9:43 AM on February 22, 2004

Font looks very different to me.
posted by nthdegx at 1:08 PM on February 22, 2004

Not being trained in this sort of thing, but the a and M definitely look the same.
posted by drezdn at 2:08 PM on February 23, 2004

I'm not trained in thisort of thing either, but the fonts didn't even strike me as being indistinguishable at first glance. The similarities stem from the fact that they're both bold, italicized sans-serif fonts. Upon closer inspection, one can see that the e's are quite different - MeFi's "e" has a horizontal crossbar, while MetaPress's "e" has a diagonal one. The MetaPress "t" does this as well - possibly in order to stay tangent to the long swoop coming out of the "P". And since you mentioned it, the a's are also not hard to distinguish, once you start looking for things like height-width ratio or whether the loop curves up just before joining the stem of the "a" (MetaPress) or not (MeFi). So no, they're not using the same font.

Interesting logo similarities: The name, obviously. The use of two colors to highlight the prefix. The incorporation of a "swooshy" sort of graphic. And as mentioned above, the bold, italicized, sans-serif font. But I think that's it.
posted by skoosh at 2:17 AM on February 26, 2004

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