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So, now that HowToGeek is part of the league of justice, we often see the website discussed, often with some reference to the HowToGeek logo:

The terrible, terrible logo.

It's terribly composed, busy, jarring to look at. It's going for "hand-drawnsville" but ends up somewhere in the vicinity of "puketown."

It even reminds me of the atrocious comic series that used to play on the Daily WTF.

Maybe could we have a logo contest for them? Or just have Joel take a chunk of that filthy FogBugz lucre and loan them a graphic designer?

please?

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I didn't want to be the first to say it, but yeah that is kinda ugly. –  Brad Gilbert Aug 11 '09 at 21:36
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Tell us how you really feel about the logo. –  JP Alioto Aug 11 '09 at 21:46
    
Is it like looking in the mirror OP? –  Troggy Aug 11 '09 at 22:08
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I actually like the logo... –  Zifre Aug 11 '09 at 22:22
    
@Ryan, you misspelled "awesome". It's a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Not "atrocious". –  Alex Papadimoulis Aug 14 '09 at 20:26
    
Wow, Jeff Atwood, How To Geek, and Alex all commenting. If I'd have known all you were reading I might not have been such a petulant douche. :) –  Ryan Aug 17 '09 at 20:05
    
@Bolt that's an ugly tag! –  Shadow Wizard Dec 15 '13 at 13:14
    
@Sha Wiz Dow Ard: Did I remove the wrong tag? Wow. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 15 '13 at 13:19
    
@Bolt yep, you just re-created the ugly tag! :D –  Shadow Wizard Dec 15 '13 at 13:19
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That's not a terrible idea. I mean, the logo was intended to be fun, friendly, and memorable, but we could make it boring and forgettable if you really want.

While we are on topic, can we discuss my idea for a much more accurate Meta logo?

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=)

In all seriousness, my logo needs a little cleanup, and in fact I've got a high quality version of The Geek, but I haven't felt like changing it because it's memorable the way it is.

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Ram-Man on his day off? –  random Aug 12 '09 at 2:54
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Was meant to indicate how much whining seems to go on over here =) –  The How-To Geek Aug 12 '09 at 2:55
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This isn't a bad attempt, but the face needs more palm. :) –  Bill the Lizard Aug 12 '09 at 3:39
    
I like it and think you should leave it. Programmer Art FTW! –  RedBlueThing Aug 12 '09 at 3:52
    
hahaha... touche –  Ryan Aug 12 '09 at 16:29
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Where's the How-To Geek?

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Haha, so I am not the one one thinking of Waldo at first :D –  Michael Stum Aug 11 '09 at 23:23
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Yeah, a lot of people say that =) –  The How-To Geek Aug 12 '09 at 4:25
    
If it's any consolation, when my wife saw your logo yesterday she said, "Hey, that looks like you!" –  Bill the Lizard Sep 9 '09 at 12:11
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One of the runner-ups for the SU Logo Contest, the entry from mfourex, might fit nicely:

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Ohh.. I really really liked that one –  OscarRyz Aug 12 '09 at 4:37
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The website is the How-To Geek's own website and any design changes are likely to be up to him. Maybe you can convince him.

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I just assumed that he couldn't afford a real logo and had to draw it himself. Except he doesn't have any hands. That's the only explanation I could come up with. Maybe we could also chip in for some prosthetic hands? –  Ryan Aug 11 '09 at 21:46
    
I almost reported instead of upvoting that comment because my hand was shaking due to laughter. –  Tyler Carter Aug 11 '09 at 21:54
    
@Chacha: happened to me before. –  R. Martinho Fernandes Aug 11 '09 at 23:10
    
While I have to agree that the logo is missing whatever mark it was setting out to achieve, its his own damn site - he's the only one that really has to like it. At this point its a brand unto itself, so any re-design would really have to be a part of a larger re-branding. (for a nominal fee I'll gladly help :D ) –  AnonJr Aug 12 '09 at 0:30
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How about..... Not. Or maybe get one of your graphic design buddies to wip something up. Something fierce and epic.

Like a bear mauling a computer.

EDIT:

Or a pic of TheTXI beating a user.

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