Talk:Archived/Wikimedia visual identity guidelines

From the Wikimedia Foundation
Revision as of 21:48, 19 June 2008 by Cbrown1023 (talk | contribs) (Open Font: re)

Jump to: navigation, search

Hi! Welcome to the website for the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.


Unfortunately, wikimediafoundation.org does not allow open editing at this time; however, we want everyone to be able to contribute. If you have suggestions for how we could improve this site please use the links below:


While this is all very nice and useful, I question whether this is official Wikimedia Foundation policy. In practice, Foundation envelopes do not follow these guidelines vis a vis the logo. Were they voted on by the Board? If so, are they in the minutes of a board meeting? Danny 04:33, 7 January 2006 (UTC)

At WMUK we read "guideline" as "preference" rather than "mandatory" as, as with any visual identity, there may be times when the actual usage needs to vary because of the particular usage demanded of it. Whilst these guidelines may exist and I'd agree they should normally be followed, I am not aware that these guidelines are mandated by the Foundation Board. --AlisonW 11:00, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

We are discussing similar issues within Wikimedia CH at the moment, and I personaly agree with AlisonW about the preference thing (note that this is a personal opinion, not a chapter-wide one). Mostly, I think the guidelines are quite logical and I would see no reason not to follow them (e.g. no reason to change the colours, etc). However, indications such as "The logo should be placed, where applicable, in the top right corner of the page" may go a bit too far; the way a letter is structured, for example, is very country-dependent, and mandating that the logo should go to the top right corner may clash with local usage where, for example, this may be the place where the recipient's address is usually written. (and I hope that this is not supposed to apply to web pages as well, given that all the Wikimedia wikis have logos on the top left corner ;-).

Or maybe that is what the "where applicable" covers, but then I would read that as "the logo should go to the top right corner, except when it does not" ;-) Schutz 16:20, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Open Font

I think it would be a good idea if the guidelines were using a font under an open license, perhaps Deja Vu or another font under OFL in the spirit of Wikimedia. Is there a reason this is not already the case? /Ainali 19:23, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

It's not really a good idea to leave questions on talk pages of Foundationwiki... people don't normally check it. :-( It may be a good idea to bring this up on internal-l or foundation-l instead (or maybe even Internal). Cbrown1023 talk 21:48, 19 June 2008 (UTC)