4.21.2011

Yeah! A New OSR Logo

A lot of Old School D&D type bloggers have been using an OSR Logo based on the old TSR logo. It's pretty nifty, but does feel like it's kinda sorta a bit close to infringing on the old logo to be honest. Which is probably okay, but it got me thinking -- what is it I like about the old logo, and how can I take that idea and make it better?

Sort of like the entire gaming thing, really. :)

So here's my take on an OSR Logo. Obviously drawing inspiration from TSR's logo… but taking it further and ending up with something new.

Edit: As requested, in Old School Blue

Update: At Jeff Rients suggestion... more 'O'





Let me know what you think!

Last Update: Order a T-Shirt with the OSR Logo on it!

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55 comments:

Telecanter said...

Nice.

Arkhein said...

That is cool. Might I suggest one version in Module Map blue? :)

- Ark

Stuart said...

Thanks. :)

It's all vector artwork so the colours can be swapped and stuff. I was thinking of making a version with the solid black replaced with hatching. :)

berinkinsman said...

That's a great logo. Love the callback to the graph paper.

scottsz said...

I like this much better... I hate the red, white, and black color scheme of the one floating around.

Totally agree with Arkhein... Old School Blue would seal the deal.

Stuart said...

Check the post again - I just added Old School Blue. :)

Carl said...

I dig it. I must have this on a shirt.

scottsz said...

Delicious Old School blue... YES!

Stuart said...

@Carl: Yeah, I'd like this on a shirt too. I'll make it happen. :)

artikid said...

I like this a lot more than the original OSR logo

Tim Shorts said...

Very cool Stuart. I like both!

bliss_infinte said...

I like it!

Malakor said...

Awesome Stuart. I likes.

Jeff Rients said...

I love the concept. Love the blue version. My one concern is that the O looks less like an O. May I suggest moving the O room up 10' and left 10', completeling the circle and then moving the door connecting the O room to the S room?

Matt said...

Wait - ten foot squares or five foot? This could be a new school trick! ;)

Thomas Biskup said...

Absolutely great - finally a great logo I can use for Gaia Gamma, my personal old school revisioning of Gamma World (http://www.gaia.gamma.com).

Stuart said...

Wow - glad you guys like it. :)

I've put up a new version with Jeff's suggestion for making the O more readable. Let me know what you guys think!

I'm looking into getting some T-Shirts done (I'd like one) so if you want on board with that, please send me an email.

Jerry said...

Top and Bottom are equally awesome. Job well done!

Roger the GS said...

Thumbs up!

The Bane said...

Love the first old school blue FWIW. Any way you slice it, awesomeness oozes out!

TB

austrodavicus said...

Absolutely fantastic and perfect, thanks Stuart.

scottsz said...

Perfect!

Jeff Rients said...

Thanks a bunch! I'll use the revised one.

m.s. jackson said...

Nice! I love that, perfect!

Shane Mangus said...

Love it!

Scott Hadaller said...

This is just what I'd been hoping for all along, perfect.

Tenkar said...

Awesome stuff! I'm gonna have to yoke this ;)

James said...

I shall use this!

David said...

I agree, absolutely brilliant!

Thomas Biskup said...

The latest one really is perfect. Now once more in black please ;-)

Stuart said...

@Thoma Biskup: There you go. :)

-C said...

Jesus, I may have to finally cave and put this on my blog.

ze bulette said...

late to the party, but just wanted to leave a big thumbs up here. :)

Christian Kolbe said...

This is great. I have already got it on my blog. Thank you.

kiltedyaksman said...

Consider this yoinked and posted about :)

Kiltedyaksman said...

On second thought. I wonder if the S could be expanded one square to even it out with the O and R - such that it doesn't infringe on either (put differently, so they each take up 3x3)

Dyson Logos said...

How would you feel about a hand-drawn one in the style of my standard maps & geomorphs to add to the options (using the same design)?

Spawn of Endra said...

Also late to the party, but this is super sweet! Good move! When I eventually get some money, I'll be getting one of those T-shirts.

@Dyson: I would feel great about that. Do it!

Staples said...

Thanks!

Bard said...

I love this logo!

Jim said...

Stuart, you should put "*it stands for "Oh S***! RUN!!!" on the shirt somewhere (per comments in this post) http://rathergamey.blogspot.com/2011/05/it-still-hasnt-sunken-in-yet.html

Stuart said...

"Oh S***! RUN!!!" is now my favourite version of what OSR stands for! :D

Thomas Denmark said...

LOVE IT.

Theodric the Obscure said...

Stuart: I really love the more O version, especially in OS blue. But somewhere I found a version where the blue on the outside was completely filled out to make a rectangle around the logo. Did you make that version as well, or was someone tweaking your work? I'm having trouble locating it and giving appropriate credit.

Stuart said...

I made a version like that, but I don't think I posted it here. :)

Theodric the Obscure said...

Hmm...well, I posted it on my blog, so I found it somewhere! In any event, I wanted to point folks in the right direction.

Alex Schroeder said...

I think I need to use it. I prefer the blue "more O" version.

Sniderman said...

Just ordered a shirt for Gen Con.

Gavin said...

Hey Stuart, thanks for the amazing logo! I'm going to use it (the black more O version) when I publish my book of spells, and was wondering what text to include in the credits. I'm not that familiar with Creative Commons... Would something like this be ok? "OSR logo: Copyright 2011 Stuart Robertson. Used under license: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)."

Turkish Proverb said...

Very nice. I may end up using this.

Oublieditor said...

Hi Stuart, I love your OSR logo and would like to use it on some pads of printed character sheets. Along the same lines as Gavin's question above I just want to check what text to add. On my draft I've added "OSR logo by Stuart Robertson - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"

The sheet would look better without any additional text and I'm not adding my own copyright to it but I obviously need to obtain your permission to print them without it.

Drew said...

The logo looks great.

Greek Destiny said...

Bravo. A powerful revolution needs a powerful symbol. I believe with this design you just became a footnote in RPG history. Well done.

JD said...

This is great stuff! Thanks a lot!

deepdelving said...

May I use this logo on my OSR-related blog? If so, are there any conventions as to placement or linking?

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