The Gnu Atheist symbol

We all know—and some of us wear proudly—the red script “A” for “atheist.”  But here’s a Gnu one: the symbol of Gnu Atheism, apparently invented by Aratina Cage, Molly Award winner and commenter on this site, too.

I declare it official.

And let’s not forget that “gnu” is the older name for “wildebeest,” which comes in two species: black and blue. Both are famed for their godlessness and tenacity.

127 Comments

  1. Matt Bowman
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Horns or a mustache?

    • Doc Bill
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      I’ve got both. Sorry for the unfortunate visual.

    • Gregory James
      Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

      In a land where none are known
      to neatly knot the gnu,
      I met a mealy mustache upon a kangaroo…

    • meprimate
      Posted February 3, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      It’s a horntache. Or possibly a mushorn. I prefer the former.

  2. Saikat Biswas
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    All I see is a commie doing bench press.

  3. Pete Moulton
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I’ll freely admit that I don’t especially care for this whole ‘Gnu Atheism’ meme. Not because I don’t agree with the idea of outspoken atheists, you understand, but rather because gnu are herd animals, something which I decidedly am not.

    • Saikat Biswas
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      But don’t you see? We’re not ‘gnu atheists’ because we cherish outspokenness. Far from it. It’s coz we do suffer from herd mentality and can never brook dissent or even individualism. At least that’s how the rest see us anyway.

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      I like the Gnu pun, but I still don’t see what’s so “new” about “New Atheism”, except perhaps its increasing profile. Rational people have been calling BS on religion for centuries.

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

        Hence “gnu” – it’s sarcasm directed at the whole idea that there’s anything new about it (apart from the gross offense of selling a lot of books).

      • Stephen P
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

        Agreed, the only thing new about us is that there’s more of us than in the past – we’re the newmerous atheists.

        • Pete Moulton
          Posted October 12, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink

          Too bad we aren’t more newmerous, Stephen.

  4. Sputnik
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s not supposed to be serious, but that’s still a poorly designed logo. I think the same of the Zapfino “A” that has become so popular thanks to Dawkins (love the guy…but his designer just isn’t very good).

    • Anonym
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Especially with the color — Hawthorne rather beat ‘em to it 160 years ago with The Scarlet Letter.

      • physicalist
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

        I expect the reference was intentional.

        • Anonym
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

          Adulterer?

          • Diane G.
            Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

            Pariah.

          • physicalist
            Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

            Pariah in a community of hypocritical immoral deluded religionists.

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      You or anyone else are welcome to make a better one or tell me what I can do to make this one better. As it is, it’s just a red “A” in Pump Demi Bold font with wildebeest-like horns. I am kind of curious as to what you mean by “poorly designed” and interested in how to make a well designed logo.

      • physicalist
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        I (like Jerry and others) loved it the moment I saw it at your blog.

      • Sputnik
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        I’ll put a few variations together and post them here.

      • Sputnik
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        Horns on top of an “A” don’t work for me, but regardless, here are a few quick (and sloppy) variations of your idea:

        • Posted October 12, 2010 at 8:51 am | Permalink

          Very nice. Which graphics program are you using?

          • Sputnik
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

            I used photoshop, but programs don’t really matter. Almost any program will do, though vector based programs like illustrator are preferred for logo or typography design.

            • Posted October 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

              I used Paint.NET, but mostly mine came out looking unprofessional because I am clueless about professional graphics design.

      • Sigmund
        Posted October 12, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink

        I like the general idea but I have a couple of suggestions.
        First, the font reminds me of the golden arches of the McDonalds ‘M’
        Second, how about a bifurcated tail out to the lower right?

        • Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink

          Sniny! I like what you did with the “legs” and the tail is a nice addition.

          • Sigmund
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

            It’s just an ‘A’ in a photoshop font (sorry I forget which one!) on which I placed the horns from your original figure and then upped the contrast to make it black – although any color would do. The tail gives it a more fluid, joined-up writing feel – as well as fitting in with the animal theme (and annoying religious people who will think it signifies the devil!)

      • Gary
        Posted June 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        I want a T-Shirt. Navy Blue emblem on white. Or White emblem on Navy.

        • Gregory James
          Posted June 13, 2011 at 4:30 am | Permalink

          Oh, Yes! A tee shirt! Someone could make a few bucks for research by selling tee shirts and mugs with the Gnu on Cafe Press.

    • Dominic
      Posted October 12, 2010 at 2:44 am | Permalink

      If you have read Tintin it looks like the moustachioed symbol of the Bordurian dictator Kûrvi-Tasch!

  5. Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I have a sudden and inexplicable desire to move to Montana, purchase some land, and raise wildebeests. I will call it “The Horny A Ranch.”

  6. Kevin
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Too cute. I want something FIERCE!!!

    Dangerous Gnu. Glowering Gnu.

    Plus, someone’s bound to think that it’s a marriage between someone from University of Texas and Auburn or Alabama.

    Heh. I was just thinking about the impossibility of herding cats…if ever there was a demonstration of it, here it is.

  7. stvs
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Meh. It should have some element of classical design to suggest the self-referential fact that GNUs aren’t GNU. With black in mind, how about:

    ON A FIELD, SABLE, THE LETTER A GULES

  8. jt512
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    It looks like we’re looking up the gnu’s ass, with a literal capital A.

    Jay

    • MelM
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      A Gnu rear view. Yes indeed; good catch!

  9. MelM
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    No thanks! I don’t care to hide behind Gnu.

    Lets have a lapel pin that spells out “Atheist” or a button that says “Faith is a vice” (maybe with an “A” on it also). Then, the pious might know what we mean. Even though I’ve never worn pins/buttons before, I now sport “A” and sculpted FSM lapel pins all the time; however, I’ve seen no indication that anyone knows what they mean.

    • Gregory James
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      I wear the scarlet A in both pin, button, and shirt forms. I’ve had similar numbers of people know what it was (and respond with some kind of high-five equivalent) and not know but ask. OK… it’s only been about three of each kind, but it’s not nothing!

      • MelM
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

        You’re doing better than I. I’ve had the “A” over 2 1/2 years with only 1 person asking about it–otherwise, nothing that I was sure of. Anyway, I’d rather the pious see something that would have a chance of sticking with them because they’ve not heard it before and it challenges the irrational root of their nonsense. To get what I want, I’d have to have a button made and I’ve haven’t done that.

        • Marella
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

          The probably think it means you’re an alcoholic! ;-)

      • Dominic
        Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:14 am | Permalink

        Well here is a virtual high five…

        People are not very observant.

  10. Bernard Leikind
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Prof. Coyne,

    Is the symbol evolving?

    Is this the result of natural selection or drift or some other effect?

    Can you identify the survival benefit of the new symbol’s features, such as its horns or its bright color?

    The new symbol is not adopting protective coloration or indeed any form of camouflage. Is natural selection driving it away from accommodation?

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Of course not. God made it that way. The other ‘A’ symbol was put there by Satan to deceive you.

  11. jdhuey
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I thought that wildebeests were famous for being eaten alive by lions.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Yes, but they resist tenaciously!

      • Anonym
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        Not so much with crocodiles.

        • Notagod
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

          • Graham Martin-Royle
            Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

            what have buffalo got to do with gnu’s?

            • Notagod
              Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

              I asked one in a prayer, Its word to me was that you would understand.

              So I don’t understand why you don’t??? Surely you won’t suggest that my prayer wasn’t worthy of your respect?

            • Utakata
              Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

              I don’t care if it has anything to do with gnu’s. I loved seeing that lion get bull horned 8 ft threw the air. It’s not something I see everyday.

        • 'Tis Himself
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

          Rudyard Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child discusses this point.

          http://www.online-literature.com/poe/165/

    • Jeremy Nel
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Not at all, as in the world-famous Battle of Kruger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

      • Notagod
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

        Ooops! Didn’t realize you had already made the statement with link.

  12. Algeron
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    If the point if a logo is to draw in new people, then this isn’t the way to do it.

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      *gasp* You mean it’s Not Helping??

      Oh noes!!!!

      • 'Tis Himself
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

        Quick, call Chris Hedges or Chris Mooney.

        • Dominic
          Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:25 am | Permalink

          Algernon – wait for it – it means ‘with a moustache’!

    • Stewart
      Posted October 13, 2010 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      This seems the most appropriate part of the thread in which to drop this. I wanted to see how quickly the new logo idea might be spreading, so I did a google image search on “Gnu Atheism” and had a brief flush of utterly unearned pride: the first human face that comes up is my own gravatar. Darwin trails me in second place, followed at even greater distance by Ophelia as number three, and I don’t see Jerry at all, not even after Hitchens and Tim Skellett. Completely accidental, of course, and does not shake my atheism in the slightest. Just wanted to crow.

  13. Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I love it. It is the Jacobi-Cage logo. Or should it be the Hamilton-Aratina logo, for friendlies?

    The whole thing pisses off the Other faction. Some of them flounce off in a huff if one even uses the word.

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I don’t know if Hamilton Jacobi will approve of the symbol, but I’m thrilled you do!

      • Hamilton Jacobi
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        I am deeply offended. Your frivolous disrespect for the feelings of others is not helping. In fact, you’re making the baby Carl Sagan cry. Don’t you feel guilty?

        • Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:43 am | Permalink

          Dang atheists, they just can’t stay in step for five minutes. It’s like herding foxholes. I mean, there are no cats in atheists. I mean

          I gotta go.

        • Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

          Guilty? Horribly so. For making my lord and savior baby Sagan cry, I’ll never step out of the atheist closet again.

  14. Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me too much of SEC football.

  15. Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I like it a lot!

  16. Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    What an honor from the head Gnu himself! I’m glad you like it. Of course, I started out making it by shamelessly trying to replicate Dawkins’ “A” because I wanted to give it horns, but while flipping through the fonts trying to find the one used by Dawkins (which I don’t have), I ran across the Pump Demi Bold LET “A” and thought it went well with the horns.

    It was only when I had it almost finished that I noticed it kind of looked like a gnu’s behind, and I decided I liked it that way because it adds another layer of meaning to the symbol: we often hear our detractors whine about how we are all a**holes. :D

    • Hamilton Jacobi
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Maybe you could add a raised tail, to enhance the symbolism.

      But I don’t understand why the gnu’s digestive system is so straight that you can see out his mouth on the other side.

      Perhaps it’s just because he’s braying vigorously.

      • Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

        Braying gnus? That’s good. Ooh, and see high above in the comments for the tail Sigmund added.

  17. Zoe
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    It reminds me of the fat tenor in the ‘gocompare.com’ ad. http://www.gocompare.com/gio-compario/

  18. Adam M.
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if the GNU and the Free Software Foundation would approve this usurpation of their naming scheme and mascot!

  19. ambulocetacean
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s terrific. I think the thick, rounded font makes it look very muscular, in keeping with the fetching muscularity of gnu atheists and of actual gnus.

    There’s serendipitous symbolism in the whole wildebeest thing too. Although the popular perception of them is hapless prey item, no creature knows better than a lion how tough and ornery they really are.

    I’m half tempted to say “Bring on Lewis’s fleabag pussycat Aslan”, but that sad old beast is too tired and arthritic to bear being tossed about on the sniny horns of the gnus.

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      Ahem. Female gnus have horns, too. :)

      • ambulocetacean
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

        Sure. I didn’t write anything gender-specific there, did I?

        • Diane G.
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

          Uh, no…I apologize. I was apparently reading ‘masculinity’ for ‘muscularity.’ And I’m not even a po-mo feminist…Wish I could go back and just delete that…Every time I try to be too glib, I end up with egg on my face, sigh.

          • ambulocetacean
            Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

            Ah, no worries. No need to apologise. “Muscularity” is a funny-looking word.

            • Diane G.
              Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

              You’re too kind–and I appreciate every bit of it!

  20. articulett
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    How would I go about stealing the logo and making it my icon for wordpress? Would I have to arm wrestle aratina or something?

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      :) You don’t have to go through all that trouble (not that you wouldn’t easily win or anything). Here are the links to: 1) the unadulterated 187×181 image, 2) the 150X145 image from above and 3) the 32×32 favicon image.

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      My response to you is tied up in moderation, but you can save the image by right-clicking on it and choosing save, and then you can modify it as you like. I’ll put up the direct links on my blog, too.

      • articulett
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

        I don’t know how to get the logo onto wordpress. I just get signed on automatically to my word press sights, and the logo I have appears.

        I know you have some computer super powers, because I witnessed you making DM disappear on Debunking Christianity. (‘Twas awesome!)

        • Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, that was fun. John Loftus is a great guy!

          So, where exactly do you want this logo on your blog? I’m not too familiar with WordPress blogs but will try and help you any way I can. You can find my public email address in my Blogger profile if you want to ask me privately.

          • Diane G.
            Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

            I think the question is, how does one create a portable avatar in WP?

            • Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

              It looks like WordPress avatars are managed by Gravatar. They just announced an upgrade to Gravatar Hovercards here:

              http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/gravatar-hovercards/

              It says on the bottom that you can log in to Gravatar.com using your WordPress username and password. I hope that answers your question.

            • articulett
              Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

              Yes, that’s what I meant and thanks. I’ll see if I can get it to work.

        • articulett
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

          I was hoping to make it my avatar like Ophelia’s butterfly, but I was unsuccessful. It shows up if you hover over my square and then click on it, but I guess I have to be a tan piece of quilt until I can figure out these ‘durn newfangled computer thingies.

          • Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

            Let’s see.

            1. Go here (you might have to log in):

            http://en.gravatar.com/emails

            2. Click on the email address you use for commenting on this blog. If it is not there, you need to add it by clicking “add a new email” and following the instructions they give you.

            3. With the correct email selected (it has a blue border around it), click on the Gnu A image toward the bottom of the screen.

            4. Click the “Confirm” button.

            That should do it.

          • Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

            Also, click on “Check this avatar” under the email address after you follow those steps to see if the image shows up correctly for the differently rated sites. If it does, you can refresh this blog and your avatar should appear here, too.

  21. Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Also looks a bit like a mailbox with tits and tiny arms on top. And that’s a good thing.

  22. chemicalscum
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    By the way I guess everyone gnu that a Gnu is the symbol of the Free Software Foundation. Gnu is Not Unix (recursive acronym)

    Since RMS is an atheist I am sure he doesn’t mind you using it as a symbol too. But how about everyone starts getting rid of proprietary operating systems like Windows and OSX and running GNU/Linux instead to show Gnu solidarity.

    Posted from a GNU/Linux system. It’s a brave gnu world and I gnu you would understand.

  23. chemicalscum
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Just a note. WordPress which hosts this blog is released under Gnu Public License.

  24. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    All this gnu-for-new business has me wondering if I’m the only person who actually pronounces the g in gnu. Surely it’s meant to be pronounced; I scarcely think the first European to write down this African word thought to himself, “Hey, I think I’ll spell it with a silent g in front just for kicks.” There must have been something audible there to motivate that spelling. (And apparently gnu derives from !nu, where ! represents a click.)

    • ambulocetacean
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      I always assumed that you were supposed to pronounce the g in gnu.

      But then I’m an Australian, so “new” and “gnu” could never rhyme for me anyway. (We pronounce new as “nyoo” rather than “noo”. Also Mountain Dew as “Mountain Jew” rather than “Mountain Doo”.)

      That clicky etymology is way cool. I had no idea.

      • ambulocetacean
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

        Oh, and there’s that gag with the punchline that you have to “paddle your own gnu”. You have to pronounce the g for that to be (barely) identifiable as a joke.

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

        According to dictionary.com (and backed up by Oxford Dictionaries Online), “gnu” rhymes with “new” in both the American and Australian accents (“noo” and “nyoo”), while the Free Software Foundation distinguishes its acronym by pronouncing “GNU” with a hard “g”.

        • ambulocetacean
          Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

          Really? Then that ancient joke about the parental corporal punishment of wildebeest calves is even dumber.

          You are, of course, correct in pointing out that “nyoo” rhymes with “noo”. What I meant to say was that they’re not entirely homophonous (if indeed homophonous is a real word and not one I just made up).

          • Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

            Ah, homophonous. Yes, that is what I should have written. According to the online dictionaries I consulted, “gnu” is a homophone of “new” in both versions of English–“gnu” can be said either way. For instance, the pronunciations of “new” and “gnu” are both listed as /n(y)o͞o/ in the Oxford dictionary.

            • ambulocetacean
              Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

              ORLY? They’re homophonous too? Wow. The English language really is a pronunciation free-for-all these days.

          • Thornavis.
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

            Has anyone done the joke about the dyslexic who held up a bank with a Wildebeest yet ? just throwing it in.

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted October 12, 2010 at 2:36 am | Permalink

          I don’t doubt that many (perhaps most) people today treat the g as silent, and modern dictionaries are correct to record this fact of actual usage. That still leaves unanswered the question of why it’s silent, and what the heck it’s doing there if it was meant to be silent in the first place (which I don’t believe it was).

  25. Doc Bill
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Gnu, not Unix. That was always my favorite.

    So, are you telling me that Unix admins are atheists? I knew it!

  26. Juicyheart
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I just want to see a cross as the a-hole.

    Though I think that makes it more anti- christian than atheist.

  27. Marella
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    The interesting thing about this logo is that the letter A was originally written the other way up and represented a bull’s head with horns. So what we have here is A being given a new (gnu) pair of horns to replace the original set! I think this is very funny, but I am odd, I know.

    “I’m a gnu, a-g-nother gnu, I wish I could g-nash my teeth at you!”

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 12, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      I love the Muppets’ version of that song!

      • zackoz
        Posted October 12, 2010 at 12:48 am | Permalink

        Come on, how about an acknowledgment of the writers, the immortal Flanders and Swann.

        They also penned the Hippopotamus song, and – my favourite – the The Slow Train.

        • Diane G.
          Posted October 12, 2010 at 1:04 am | Permalink

          Caught out again! Yes, I am a philistine. (Pardon the etymology.) But your contribution led to an interesting Google safari; and I actually do know “Have Some Madeira M’Dear.” :D

          • zackoz
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

            ah yesss!! how could I forget that one.

            I even remember performing it at a drunken diplomatic party. The Korean hosts were quite baffled. “Humour transfers between cultures with great difficulty.” or something..

        • Stewart
          Posted October 12, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

          I’m with the Flanders and Swann crowd (I will never forget how much I laughed the first time I heard the “Happy Song” – I think I had trouble breathing afterwards) and I’m also very much on board with the logo (makes me think of Monty Python or Basil Fawlty, can’t quite put my finger on why yet). Maybe it could go viral with Facebook – just looked and there’s a Gnu Atheism page already liked by 9 (!) people with a photoshopped PZ with horns.

          Biggest problem I can see is that Donald Swann was a pretty devout Christian…

          • Stewart
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 7:44 am | Permalink

            Oh, the FB page links back here anyway…

          • Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink

            There’s a gnu atheism page?! Why was I not told!

    • Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      :) I thought the same thing about the irony of putting horns on the letter “A” while making it.

  28. KG
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Where can I get the t-shirt?

  29. TheBear
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I’m all for the Gnu atheist meme and all, but I’m a bit concerned about a horny A as a symbol…

  30. Sili
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Everything is better with lens-flare.

  31. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Crikey, a tail! This is why you shouldn’t make logos by committee! What’s next, droppings?

    Seriously, can someone make a high-res A with the horns and make it available to everyone?

    • Posted October 12, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      This is the largest version I have of the one I made: Gnu A 187×181.

    • Sputnik
      Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Here’s my rendering:

      • whyevolutionistrue
        Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

        Ah, that’s lovely. Somebody trademark this quickly! I’m ready for my lapel pin.

        • Posted October 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

          I can’t speak for anyone else involved in the whole gnu atheist meme, but I did not create that Gnu Atheist symbol to make money, so if someone wants to put it on a lapel pin or a shirt or a mug or anything else and sell it or give it away, that is fine by me.

          I also think Sputnik’s latest version is a great improvement over the original, so I hope Sputnik will agree to that, too.

          • Dean Buchanan
            Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

            I used it tonight. I hope you don’t mind. Sam signed it by the way.

      • Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

        @Sputnik I think that’s great! It’s replaced my old scarlet A. Thank you (I assumed that was ok as it was in reply to “Seriously, can someone make a high-res A with the horns and make it available to everyone?”)

        • Sputnik
          Posted October 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

          Yes, feel free to use it in any way.

  32. r
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    decent idea i suppose, but poor execution. get someone that knows graphic and logo design to clean it up.

  33. Sputnik
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I might as well show some rough variations of the atheist logo that I did a few years ago. I honestly wouldn’t use any symbol for atheism or non-belief, but I did these for fun. Definitely didn’t explore all the possibilities:

  34. Posted October 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    A final note: I researched the US trademark database for likenesses just to be sure and I think it is OK. More about that on my blog here.

    • Hamilton Jacobi
      Posted October 13, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      You could release it under the GNU public license, which is certainly appropriate here.


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