The current poll includes a number of logo designs. Here they are below, for ever how long this image link remains viable.
As a designer myself I think it could be useful to have some group discussion on this.
Overall I applaud the design aesthetic and typeface choice (Palatino?). I lean strongly to the letter pairing used in the 2's, as the 1's encourage me to misread the C as a G.
I personally really like A2, the contrast of the angular border with the curves of the letters is appealing. So too is the negative space. The round logos are fine as well, though they have a bit of an echo of the Folio Society cameo. Whether or not that's a good thing is up the individual.
What do you all think?
EDIT: Updated post with a more stable image link (hopefully).
It sort of suggests the swoop of the P continues behind itself into the C. Doesn't completely obviate the G issue, but gives a bit of a visual cue.
That said, Mark clearly did a great job all-around and any of these would work very well!
In any case, I would REALLY like to see B2 used on Sinuhe.
While I get the point of many members here who say that Cs in 1s look like Gs, however I think the 1s look better. The problem with the 2s is the intrusion of the C into P's negative space - it draws all the attention into that area, and somehow I'm not digging it. Also, the way the C splits P's negative space seems inconsistent - in A2 the C intrudes less and creates a thinner and smaller left half of the P's negative space and a much fatter and larger right part, creating an effect that seems off to me. In B2 and C2 the C intrudes further, creating a larger left part.
I think the connected 1s are easier on the eye. Not being disjointed and without creating dissonance like the 2s, I think they're more fitting for the Consensus Press. They also look like a tree, and at least for me it brings associations with Tolkien's Trees of Valinor or Norse Yggdrasil.
As to the A/B/C style of the colophon - in isolation, I like the A style, for sure. However, keeping in mind it's not just a random label but a book colophon, I think the As would take up too much space on the spine. So sadly, even though I like them best, I have to put them last.
Now, to pick between the B and the C style, I have a couple of questions. Is it safe to assume that the white color is really going to be simply the spine material/book page? So wheat yellow in our case? And then would the black be black, or possibly blue to match the title (if the title is in blue)?
As of now, although I do think that Bs have FS vibes, it's probably the safer bet. So I'm leaning towards B1 as my first choice, but I'll wait till tomorrow to decide.
I think that this treatment should definitely be considered and the poll changed accordingly. I shall work up new versions and send them to the CO top brass tomorrow
To answer the very first query at the start of the thread, the letterforms are based on Romanée
UPDATE: I decided not to wait, so got out of bed, did the new versions and sent them. Time to go back to sleep!
Interesting. I assumed that first and foremost we'd be picking the logo for the book we're actually printing - and going forward too, but why would the current book be excluded?
Also, I assumed it would be both for the spine and colophon/title pages. Can someone please clarify it? Because it's an important point that would change my vote. If the logo is to be used on the spine, the As would get the last places from me as they would take up too much of the spine. However, if the colophon is to be used only on the internals (title and/or colophon pages), then the As would get the top places as I like the design more.
Pressmarks. Well, I think we should just settle on a general theme (like "C & P intertwined") and let the particular designer figure out how to present it, much like the LEC had the three readers which took many forms over the years according the designer's intent.
Limiting us to one pressmark is, I think, short-sighted.
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