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An unoriginal idea

So while back I started tinkering with a new "Asterisk" logo. For those who don't know "Asterisk" is the name of my blog and has been for years and years.

 

Anyway, I kind of do have a "logo" that I like, but I don't have the original files, so I can't really reproduce it for anything I want to do. One idea was to hire an illustrator to do that for me. And I may go back to that, but I digress.

 

Anyway, what you see here is something I've been toying with since back when my site used to have all sorts of discussion. I thought it would be cool to do some kind of speech bubble idea and incorporate a star or asterisk into that...It's something I liked and something I thought was a decent fit.

 

It's also a concept that took quite a bit of sketching, brainstorming and thinking to get to. Now, the execution you see here was never "finished" but you get the idea. This didn't just spring up out of nowhere.

 

Which is interesting and slightly discouraging as yesterday I came across the Asterisk PBX site: www.asterisk.org/. Got there and take a look at their mark.

 

As far as I can remember, I've never seen that logo or site (but then again, who knows right?) As you might imagine, when I saw the logo I just had to shake my head. I guess there really are no original ideas out there. The execution is different, but the idea and concept are almost identical.

 

Ah, well.

 

UPDATE: Even stranger, as Sean points out in the comments, it looks like a photo Tom took in Chile that we also use in our new Blue Flavor homepage.

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Uploaded on March 7, 2007