Some of you have probably already noticed this, but I wanted to make a formal announcement: IGC Publishing has a new logo! Although, I could say that as “IGC Publishing has a logo,” since heretofore I’ve just been using a generic picture of a galaxy as the symbol for the site. Now, after a careful design process, we have our own symbol.
Since the Intergalactic Coalition spans the three major, local galaxies – Milky Way, Andromeda, and Triangulum – I made the symbol with three stylized galaxies on a black background, with a scattering of generic stars. Since I know many people will ask (and by many, I mean probably no one would actually bother to send me a question about this), there is no deep meaning behind the placement of the galaxies or stars, the number of stars, the color scheme (or lack thereof), the number of arms on the different galaxies, or anything else symbolic. I’ve already told you all the deliberate thought that went into this, and everything else decision-wise was purely aesthetic.
Considering that I yet again did all of the design and artistic work for this myself, I don’t think it turned out half-bad. I’ve been testing it out on the site for awhile now, as you may have noticed, and no one has told me that it’s horrible, so I take that as a good sign. One change that I might try to make is adding “IGC” or “IGC Publishing” in white text somewhere within the circle, but I’m not sure yet. I’m still playing around with some possibilities, like this one. Let me know in the comments below if you think the symbol should have text.
This is part of the comprehensive redesign that I’m undergoing to improve the readability of the site, so that our content here at IGC is more accessible. Mostly, people are reading the blog posts, but not finding their way to stories like Blood Magic, which is something I would like to improve. After all, the blog posts should really be secondary to the stories and core content we’re working hard to publish for readers. I’m also considering a change to the color scheme; I chose the dark color scheme to go with the space theme, but while I sometimes prefer reading white text on a dark background, I know most people prefer black text on a light background.
If you visit the site regularly, you’ll probably see stages of this as I move things around, change constructs, and generally make a mess of the site before it gets better. Don’t be deterred: eventually, we’ll settle into a new form. And I promise that no content will be lost in the process.