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Saturday, May 6, 2006

There's something in the water.

Wave of Reason logoLet's say you're designing a logo for the American Humanist Association's annual conference (next weekend in Tampa, Fla.), and the conference is entitled "The Wave of Reason." Shouldn't your logo avoid an unpleasant allusion to something else in the surf — especially for a conference in Florida? (Subtext: Reality bites? Reason is gonna get ya?) Just sayin'.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 6 May 2006 at 1:11 PM

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20 comments:

kim:

May 6, 2006 02:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

I called my partner over and said, "What does this logo look like?" and she said it looked like a shark's fin. So, there you have it. Fear is in the air. It affects everyone, because we are immersed in this culture of fear, even if we don't subscribe to it. Do you think the people who designed and picked the logo were unaware that it looked like a shark fin? i doubt it....

Scott Wells:

May 6, 2006 04:45 PM | Permalink for this comment

"You're going to need a bigger boat."

Scott Wells:

May 6, 2006 04:56 PM | Permalink for this comment

Well, it is certainly a humanist typeface, too!

Kevin M:

May 6, 2006 05:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

They're just trying to scare the participants out of skipping workshops to hit the beach.

PeaceBang:

May 6, 2006 09:00 PM | Permalink for this comment

My very first thought was, "Oh my God,the Humanists are going to rip off my leg with their huge teeth and leave me screaming in the water for help!"

It has a nice line, though.

Scott Wells:

May 6, 2006 11:08 PM | Permalink for this comment

Or, "Just when you thought it was safe to back into the Sea of Faith"

Scott McNeill:

May 7, 2006 04:14 AM | Permalink for this comment

First, the UUA Venus Flytrap. Now, the Humanist Shark. I know some faiths use fear to keep people in line, but maybe this is too far?

Peter Bowden:

May 7, 2006 06:05 PM | Permalink for this comment

Appropriate given this is the Discovery Channel's SHARK WEEK.

PeaceBang:

May 7, 2006 11:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm just glad it's not one of those bloody Darwin fish, come to think of it.
I am *so over* that fish. Because of course every Christian is a creationist.

PeaceBang:

May 8, 2006 11:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

It looks like an elf hat, too. But elves aren't very rational.

Scott Wells:

May 8, 2006 11:58 AM | Permalink for this comment

Elf hater!

And anyway, it is far more Peter Pan, if blue, than elf.

fausto:

May 8, 2006 01:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

Speaking of Darwin fish, I saw my first Flying Spaghetti Monster fish last week. What I wouldn't give for one of those!

Philocrites:

May 8, 2006 01:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

You mean this Flying Spahetti Monster emblem? It's only $8.

fausto:

May 8, 2006 04:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

Cool! Thanks.

RevThom:

May 8, 2006 05:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

My reason my skepticism my "bright" I want you my own /
My secularism my fin my rationality my humanity my O.

Dan Harper:

May 8, 2006 10:06 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yes, I did think fish fin, although to me it looks more like an angelfish fin. Not that an angelfish is exactly the best image for the American Humanist Association either. They should have just ripped off the Hokusai wave like everyone else. (And thank God I'm not a graphic designer....)

h sofia:

May 9, 2006 12:07 AM | Permalink for this comment

Wow; what planet did I grow up on? I looked at that and thought "It's a communicator from Star Trek!"

Patrick McLaughlin:

May 10, 2006 01:03 AM | Permalink for this comment

Scott, I think what you're looking for is not "more Peter Pan," but rather...

Very Smurf.

Philocrites:

May 10, 2006 05:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

Tom, Mrs P and I just about died laughing at your parody of Pinsky. Oh, maybe your church could make a Darwin fish with a "rationality" fin for the evolution class graduates!

jinnis:

May 10, 2006 08:40 PM | Permalink for this comment

Thank you, Scott McNeill, for giving a name to the icky (in the best, most theological sense, of course) and claustrophobic response I had to the new UUA chalice graphic. Flytrap, indeed.

And about that wave of reason - the color and the bottom curve are fine, but the shark fin is all wrong.



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