I gave up on this blog and on blogging a while back when I saw 154,721 comments awaiting moderation. It’s a pity. There were some valid comments in there. It would be nice to chat to my blog readers. Then the pingback flood started. Hundreds of pingbacks with no apparent way to stop them.
I ended up manually removing the comments and pingbacks section in its entirety.
I still maintain that there is a simple solution for spam – and a lot of money for the person who finds it.
The team at Biz-Logo.com just completed a very substantial new web site: LetterLogos.com. The aim is to offer a pre-designed logo (at under $100) for every possible letter combination, up to three letters. That’s a whopping 18,278 logos (26 + (26 x 26) + (26 x 26 x 26)). And that’s if there is only one letter logo for every possible combination. The aim is to have many. At the time of going live the site had just under 1,000 logos up. More being added all the time.
When you think about it, ethics can be a touchy subject on the Internet. We deal with so many different cultures and pre-existing codes of ethics. It’s a daunting task. Even more so in logo design, where something like exclusivity (which seems obvious to most of us) might not be obvious to every logo designer. In some cultures, all is fair in love and war – and in business.
So I have launched a new project that I hope to stay involved in for a long time. LogoDesignCode.com. The idea is simply to try and define a code of ethics for online logo designers. Have a look here. If you can improve on version one, please do via the suggestions form.
Posted some new logo design examples under logo design on the Biz-Logo site. I just love that Commonwealth logo. The Botori logo is also one of my all-time favorites.
A new site that I’ve just completed and uploaded. Check it out here:
What worries me just a little is that it seems logo designers are in a race to out-site each other. The number of logo design sites on the Net increases daily it seems, but if you take the time to investigate, many of them are owned by a handful of the bigger design firms. My company had to create a system for keeping track of what we own and how all the pieces fit together.
It should be interesting to see a chart of who owns whom in the online logo design world.
The alternative to having many sites is having all your eggs in one basket. With Google’s mood swings I would not want to build my ability to feed my kids on just one site. Add to that the odd denial of service attack and having 200 sites instead of 1 seems perfectly logical.
Our poor customers though!
A free vector world map, available in AI, CDR and EPS – and some raster formats as well:
A follow-up on our post on the Biz-Logo DDoS attack:
The guys at Blacklotus are successfully mitigating the attack for us using a combination of high-spec hardware and manual traffic filtering. Most impressive of all is the speed: they (1) got the site working quickly, (2) the site itself opens much faster than I though possible and (3) their support team answers questions in no time at all.
All this comes at a price, of course. It costs many times more than the $7-or-so that we used to pay over at BlueHost. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for a stingy bastard like me.
But we need to look at the value, not the price.
If you pay 30 times more and you receive 100 times more, then that is money well spent. The speed alone justifies the price. Biz-Logo.com opens up in a snap. That will inevitably translate into more sales for us. Only two extra sales per month and our new hosting plan pays for itself. By the looks of it, we will be making a lot more than that. DDoS attacker 0, Biz-Logo 1.
If you are fighting a DDoS attack – or even if you’re not – consider Blacklotus. They are in a league of their own.
We have started a new web site called VectorTemplates.com under our parent company Graphics Factory CC. The aim of this one is to offer free and premium professional vector templates for download.
One section of the site will be specifically for all kinds of fun vector stuff, like superhero logos. So to add to our ongoing series on the Batman logo and it’s many variations, the site offers some Batman logos and Batman fan art in vector format available for download.
We’ll add more Batman logos and fun stuff here as our schedule allows.
At the time of writing the site is still very new and fairly empty. We do have a massive collection of vector stuff though which we horded over the years and will be adding them all.
Keep an eye on this site as we upload many more templates over the coming months.