baddestboots wrote:I feel it's very popular for an open-source application
With well over 100,000,000 downloads I doubt that many commercial alternatives come close.
baddestboots wrote:I don't believe has been brought up or at least not in a while
It does come up from time to time. There is an outline proposal on the Audacity wiki about it: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Proposal_New_Logo
Many alternative logos have been proposed over the years - a few of them have links on that page.
baddestboots wrote:I believe a sans-serif font would look more natural with the current headphone and sound waves icon
In recent discussions, there seems to be a definite shift toward using a sans-serif font.
baddestboots wrote:has anyone worked on the visual aspects lately?
We are not looking for a complete visual overhaul at this time because of the high development cost of doing so. Audacity is built using wxWidgets
, which allows Audacity to work cross-platform, but also determines much of the look
. It is not just a matter of applying a "skin". However, looking to the longer term, there are plans to develop "theme support" which will allow much greater customisation of the appearance.
Quite frequently there are requirements for specific graphical features - these may be as small as designing a new button, or a highlighting scheme, or a new control panel, and will eventually include designing complete "themes". We are definitely interested in having artist / graphic designers in the team that are able to handle these requirements as they occur.
baddestboots wrote:Otherwise it will look nice in my portfolio
Personally, I think that's a very nice looking logo, and it would certainly be a good "feather in the cap" for any designer to re-brand such a high profile product. Another aspect of logo design is "brand recognition". Audacity has been a leading open source audio editor for about a decade, and the "old flaming headphones" has very strong brand recognition. I like your design a lot, but I think that it breaks too far from the well known logo.
I certainly think that the visual appearance is an important aspect that deserves consideration, so thanks very much for your contribution and raising this question. Would you be interested in other aspects of the visual design of Audacity?