Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Design the New Order Alliance Logo

A couple weeks ago, I announced that the CODE. (CODEdot) alliance reached a milestone--that it meets the requirements to qualify for an official, in-game alliance logo. Since then, we've tossed around some ideas for a potential logo, and some artists have produced mockups. Now it's time to narrow things down.

As I reviewed the different possibilities for CODEdot's logo, I found myself continually circling back to the same thing--myself. My face is now one of the most recognizable images in the EVE universe. If you're like most highsec dwellers, just take one look at it and you immediately get an emotional reaction. A demonstration, if I might?


You see that I wasn't kidding. When a carebear, bot-aspirant, or rebel miner looks at a corporation whose alliance logo is my face, he knows immediately what it's all about. That's a powerful thing.

There are a few other advantages to having my face be the alliance logo. For one thing, CCP couldn't reject the image on the grounds that it doesn't "fit the EVE universe", since my face is already an in-game image. As far as I know, no EVE alliance has ever used a character portrait as its logo. The New Order is in the business of making history, so it's only fitting that CODEdot would break new ground. And, of course, having my picture be the alliance logo would be a stinging rebuke to those who accuse me of arrogance, "attention-whoring", or running a cult of personality.

So there you have it, artists. My mug is your new canvas. Make the best of it. To get the high-def image of my portrait from Eve-Gate, go to this link.

You can read the official specifications for a logo image, but to make a long story short, the image must be 128x128 pixels. If you upload a 128x128 image to a host such as Imgur, all you need to do is send us a link and we can work with it and put it into the proper format.

This isn't a simple copy-and-paste job. Since the image can only be 128x128 pixels, you'll need to get creative, to get it into the right shape and zoomed in enough to make it easy to see in such a small size. For example:


The above is 128x128, and is just an example to give you a sense of the scale, not necessarily a prescription. You're artists, so use your imagination. Your biggest job will be to replace the blue portrait background with a proper background. With only 128x128 pixels to work with, you can't make anything too elaborate, but I'm sure you'll come up with something that really makes my face pop. (Or you can just use a transparent background.)

If you have an artistic impulse, get to it. I'd like to have all submissions in within a week or so. If we have a bunch of good ones, we may put this to a vote. Good hunting!

26 comments:

  1. My god, this is hilarious. I can't wait to see the tears generated by this logo. Possibly the most tear inducing choice you could have made.

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    1. He does deserve it though; if it weren't for James 315 and the CODE and all the wonderful people involved, I would have likely never come back to Eve. I finally got my first solo kill on Sunday in a catalyst vs 2 derptrons. I somehow warped off right before the other would have finished me off! The fun and excitement of that fight was made possible due to James' thoughtful essays on what Eve is all about: pvp.

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    2. This. Is. Perfect!

      I've felt that barges and catalysts were wrong for the logo...

      James 315 is the one who brought us the Code, his face is the perfect logo for the alliance.

      Anon 9:21 - Congrats on your kill, and I echo everything you said.

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    3. "And, of course, having my picture be the alliance logo would be a stinging rebuke to those who accuse me of arrogance, "attention-whoring", or running a cult of personality."

      LOL

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  2. http://i.imgur.com/tgF0vfn.jpg

    What better to signify watchfulness over high-sec than the Eye of the Order?

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  3. Someone with better photoshop skills than me needs to make his face the 'HOPE' Obama poster except have it say 'CODE.' instead of hope.

    I tried, it was terrible, and my program can't save it as a .psd. Sigh.

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  4. Well I couldn't resist, so what I did was create an Icon of your face in a very recognizable and yet graphic propaganda "Obey Giant" style. I've linked a bunch of color combinations in that style, but the color is really up to you and I can make it whatever you'd like.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/12832008@N04/10828717635/

    If you like it and want to use it just contact me in game or out, I'm easy to find.

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  5. http://www160.lunapic.com/do-not-link-here-use-hosting-instead/138430361466062?4818721563

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    1. ^ broken link
      http://i.imgur.com/Xqdwn7D.gif

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  6. http://i.imgur.com/8uEJ9Jv.png

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    1. Wow! Ophidia, you're a genius. I am quite taken aback at the difference a black and white version of his portrait makes.

      The face contours are somehow sharper, the eyes look filled with steely resolve and the whole portrait looks much more somber, striking fear and respect into the heart of even the most depraved bot-aspirant carebears.

      Seriously, put the color version next to the black and white one, there is simply no contest - the black and white is far better.

      But definitely lose the letters, they are distracting and detract from the overall image. His face speaks for itself, no need to cover it with words.

      If you remove the letters, this version has my vote.

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  7. Why not just use a picture of your ass while we're at it. Your ass, your face, no difference.

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    1. LOL! You're cute!

      -Mila McShanks

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  8. I love this idea, James' profile with just two words superimposed - 'sad cunt', - that would work

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    1. Funny! But I think he looks quite content, and definitely masculine... So both your adjective and noun do not make sense... How come you carebears (hey, I used to be one!) can't get more creative than that?

      -Mila McShanks

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  9. I like this one the best, http://imgur.com/J4f6WqS I feel it best represents James 315 and his goals to save EVE online.

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    1. I appreciate your comparison of bot-aspirancy to prostate cancer, but at the same time I note that the New Order does not need to perform manual examinations to detect this type of illness in carebears. A few words do the trick nowadays. Isn't technology wonderful?

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  10. ah vanity,careful you don't fall into a puddle eh!

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  11. Looking forward to seeing the different ideas on this!

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    1. Thanks to Zazz for helping me setup my account!

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  12. image needs a hat, otherwise the tip is a lie.

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    1. James needs no rl hat. Its an expression he sends out to those who support the code and what it stands for. Ask an rl indy player. They will tell you that james stands for the light side

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  13. A picture of a jar of mayonaise would be perfect wouldn't it?

    Or even just the egg from the mayo on James/Ero's face would do.

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  14. May I suggest that the eligible logos picked by James315 be put to a shareholder vote ? Not only it would seem appropriate, but ... it's been a while !

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  15. It may not fit, but a logo of Erotica 1 kissing James on the cheek would be awesome, or holding his hand, standing above a miner wreck. While publicly reclusive now, I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of Erotica 1.

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