Saturday, January 10, 2009

WOT Logo Contest Winner!

The winner of the WOT logo contest has been decided! You can see the logo that won above. WOT user G7w created the masterpiece, devising a reason for every detail. Both the WOT staff and users agree he had a great entry.
We are going to go behind the scenes and meet this fairly new member of the WOT community

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As many of you have heard, there was recently a contest held by WOT to see who can design the best Google style logo, by taking the original WOT logo, and redesigning it, to better fit a concept, holiday, or idea. The contest closed on January 1, and after some discussion at the WOT headquarters, the winner was finally decided! WOT user g7w won with his masterpiece, which unlike the other contestants, had a reason for every detail. (see his design above) In addition to pleasing the judges however, his thoughtful design also brought lots of positive feedback from the users of WOT too. "I have to say, your design is VERY nice to look at. It is very nice on the eyes, and depicts what WOT is about." "Very well done G7w." "I'm very impressed with your logo. Keep up the good work!" After I saw his interesting design, I decided to go behind the scenes, and better get to know this creative designer. I found out exactly how he came up with his ideas, tips he has for future entrants of similar contests, and more! Below you can see my exclusive interview. The bold text was me, and the blue italics were G7w.

Great job on the WOT Logo contest! I really like your logo!
Thanks! I like it too.

I'm writing an article about you in the WOT fan blog. I have some questions about you and your logo that I was hoping you could answer for our future readers, since you are going to be the main article.

Well, thank you. I'm honored to have an article written about me. This shall be my first online interview

How did you come up with the idea for the logo you made?

The criteria for the logo contest was to create a new logo based upon the existing logo but to be done in a "Googleish" way.
Since there was no event announced for the entries, I had to think what WOT meant to me. "Web of Trust" 3 simple words, really nice piece of software!
  • "Web" This was easy, a spider web... the WWW has been represented by that iconic symbol since the early days of Tim Berners-Lee
  • "of" - that was difficult, I actually had to look the word up at
    I took it to be a simple connection between members of WOT and the way they rate a site (agreed netiquette). I represent this collective agreement by using expressionless faces (no smile or frown). No expression equals no emotion; keeps the rating of a site unbiased and fair.
  • "Trust" to commit or consign with trust or confidence In the old ways a handshake is all that was needed to seal a contract or ensure upon agreement. I can think of no other iconic symbol to define Trust better than a handshake. But not just a handshake, that seems to impersonal, more business-like. Morphing a handshake into a heart seemed appropriate, it added the idea of something "personal." WOT is a duality
    ; it is a Community driven security software and it is a personal browsing experience. So the "shake" equals community and the "heart" equals personal.
How long did it take to design the logo?

Well let me think about this. Since I work for a living, I have about an hour's drive each way to/from work and then put in 8-12 hours a day at work, so computer time is my way for both relaxation and entertainment...
Here's what I had to do to create the logo:
  • Think about a generic Google-style logo, determine what WOT means to me, research definition terms to base an image upon, about an hour.
  • Search for WOT's logo on Flickr
    , snag some copies and then split the objects into separate bitmaps, about an hour and a half.
  • Toy around with the spider web idea, create the web took maybe another hour.
  • Add some expressionless faces ummm.. half hour
  • Look for a symbol of "trust" a Google image result seemed to have boo koo
    handshakes, so that did it for me I'll use a handshake. It was really difficult to try to get two arms and hands to be visible in a small graphic so I almost tossed the handshake idea until I though of a heartshake. This is probably easier for experienced graphic artists, but it took me around 3 hours to make a generic "heartShake"
  • Put everything together, test various image sizes, decide upon four faces instead of three or five. The Flat graphic was born.
    This was maybe another two hours.
  • Write up an xhtml page to publish online
    and upload my initial logo entry another hour.
  • A few days later I thought of offering more than "flat" images so I dressed up the graphic with a little eye candy for a Beveled set.
    That goes pretty quick so I had them FTPed online, edited my WOT page this took in another hour and a half.
  • I felt the Beveled set was too much, so I made a final set of the flat images combined with the beveled heartshake - that became my personal favorite, so this was another hours time.
Let's add this up....I guess it took me about 12 hour altogether.

LOL! That's a long time for a simple image, but then again I am not a professional grahic artist - those people could do that in just a couple hours time. But I had fun with it. I'm thinking about making some more that are themed to holidays or seasons, that is if I have time. They would of course be made publicy available.

How did you find out about WOT
I've been a Mozilla fan since it's appearance by Netscape.I've had Firefox since it's Beta release. I frequent Firefox extensions and themes regularly. I've noticed WOT when it popped up as a new extension. At that time I was more into web developer tools (that's another story). My reason for installing WOT was after an XPantivirus infection on my ex-wife's PC - what a pain, I ended up reformatting the hard drive and she now uses WOT for protection, amoung others. I personally.use it out of curiousity - in a way WOT is like the wiki of website safety, anyone can join a wiki and edit entries; same with WOT, anyone can use it and judge websites.

Do you have any past experience designing?

First, there was Ikonboard, an online forum, but then some of us left and formed IkonForums
I basically assisted with the graphics and skin conversion from a table design to table-less (DIV
) design. We were converting to a Perl template system, but... development is a bit slow now, since people have lives to live, work, education, things like that. I've designed my company's website and toy around with my own
. I've recently made a contribution to OpenOffice Extensions by submitting a simple photo calendar for 2009

WOT says that they hope to do a similar contest in the future. Do you have any tips for entrants of future contests?

Participate! I'll be the first to admit that I am by no means a graphic designer. I do what I know how to and I keep it simple, but I will not quit my day job for graphics design... I do like to eat now and then . Seriously, let the idea come to you and it becomes fairly easy then. For anyone wanting to do graphic design and they do not have the software or may need help, there is The Gimp
(for Windows
too!) - it's been around for a very long time with a strong, friendly community.

What is your favorite feature about WOT?

WOT's simplicity

I realize that "inside" WOT is very complex, but to us end-users it is very simple. To see small rating symbols next to a website either within a search engine's result page or on the browser's navigation bar... how easy that is for all of us who enjoy WOT.

Do you have any specific things in mind you intend to buy with the gift card that you would like to share with our readers?

is such a big place now; much more than books and music from when they started out. Though the gift card came to me, rest assured my wife has more "urgent needs" than myself. :D

In my interview, G7w also mentioned that the logo will be likely used instead of the current WOT logo during valentines day because of the heart shaped hands, however, it may not include the faces and web.

You can download a complete archive of all his logo submissions at:

You can also view all his images online and see some of his original thoughts at:

After that very enthusiastic interview, I checked out the hompage of G7w's website, and found out a little more about his background. You can see his homepage at

G7w, aka David, currently residing in Ohio, works with Wright Heating and Cooling, and is a veteran of the US Navy. He is also a loyal member of the WOT community.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with g7w. I certainly did. You can find out more about him on his website.

Don't forget to leave your comments on his logo, at

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