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#1 2012-11-12 08:59:20

lmello
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Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Why there are small 'cuts' in the upper-left and lower-right corners of the Arch logo?

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#2 2012-11-12 09:11:41

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

I have no idea.  Perhaps the logos' designer liked that look?  If you want to go through the discussions just search for the Arch logo competition thread(s) and read what people had to say at the time.


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#3 2012-11-12 09:15:51

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

maybe the unicorn know the answer. smile


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#4 2012-11-12 09:18:03

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Because Arch is usually one careless update away from breaking.

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#5 2012-11-12 11:11:17

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Thayer Williams would be the source for a definitive answer.  To me it suggests, probably inaccurately, the marks of knapped flint: "…the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys."

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#6 2012-11-12 11:23:39

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Or maybe the logo is actually Klingon writing for "the glorious operating system with a fearsome bat'leth that will vanquish its enemies". Nah, I guess that's too long. smile

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#7 2012-11-12 11:32:19

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?


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#8 2012-11-12 11:44:07

Morn
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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

So the logo is supposed to be an archer, i.e. someone who shoots arrows? I can't say I see that.

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#9 2012-11-12 16:12:20

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Perhaps it just represents an arrowhead not an actual archer?

P.S. That website is very cool. Its nice to see a bunch of Arch Linux artwork visually on one page.

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#10 2012-11-12 16:32:38

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

True, there is some resemblance, especially with the two on the top left. It's such a smart logo, and without this thread we would never have known. smile

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#11 2012-11-13 05:15:16

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

In arrowhead technology those cuts are called notches. They serve two purposes:
1 - to induce bleeding
2 - to make removal difficult

As Archers, we all know about 1. As for 2, maybe the idea is that once you try Arch, you're stuck with it.

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#12 2012-11-13 10:24:17

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

lmello wrote:

Why there are small 'cuts' in the upper-left and lower-right corners of the Arch logo?

You are still an initiate and you have not reached a significant number of human sacrifices to know the answer to that question.

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#13 2012-11-13 11:14:06

Morn
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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

sonoran wrote:

In arrowhead technology those cuts are called notches. They serve two purposes:
1 - to induce bleeding
2 - to make removal difficult

As Archers, we all know about 1. As for 2, maybe the idea is that once you try Arch, you're stuck with it.

So the logo is smart AND evil at the same time?

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#14 2012-11-18 00:34:10

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Perhaps the architect ran out of ink when drawing that so he or she might have thought, "Snap! Lets keep it that way until someone notices.." big_smile


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#15 2012-11-18 00:52:44

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Grace notes.


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#16 2012-11-18 08:57:17

blackout23
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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

sonoran wrote:

In arrowhead technology those cuts are called notches. They serve two purposes:
1 - to induce bleeding
2 - to make removal difficult

As Archers, we all know about 1. As for 2, maybe the idea is that once you try Arch, you're stuck with it.

That sounds like an accurate explanation.

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#17 2012-11-20 13:19:19

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Wow! I can not thank you enough for this link. smile


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#18 2012-12-26 20:49:23

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

Have we established that they are indeed cuts?  I'm seeing them as reflections on a shiny, metallic surface due to the angle of the lighting.

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#19 2012-12-26 21:53:14

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

hawaiicharles wrote:

Have we established that they are indeed cuts?  I'm seeing them as reflections on a shiny, metallic surface due to the angle of the lighting.

They are cuts since the logo is transparent there and the outline of the tango version follows the cuts.

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#20 2013-01-17 13:45:45

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

But did you notice that the letters also have cuts, because the letters are just that way.


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#21 2013-01-29 12:04:04

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

lmello wrote:

Why there are small 'cuts' in the upper-left and lower-right corners of the Arch logo?

Desiccation.


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#22 2013-01-30 21:46:04

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

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#23 2013-01-30 21:56:48

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

I always saw the notches as partings in feather barbs. I thought it was an artistic combination of an arrow head and fletchings.

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Wait, are you saying that the cuts aren't a loud cry for help from the emotionally distraught and mentally depleted Thayer, whose choice of colors obviously signals unequalled desperation that one might contrivedly describe at great lengths in sesquipedalian language for the sole purpose of projecting one's own inflated sense of self-importance?

For what then shall I weep if the colors are but colors indeed?

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#24 2013-02-01 22:52:28

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

I think of the cuts as duribility. you can beat it cut it nearly destroy it and yet it still chugs along. or mayby it means cutting edge like others saying a barbed arrow. the cutting edge force that heads the idea of what linux is meant to be(my interpretation of the symbolism).


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#25 2013-02-01 23:44:03

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Re: Why are there cuts in the Arch logo?

I know! I know! They put the cuts in there to see if we could guess why they put them in there.  Inquiring minds may never know.


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