Wednesday, January 11

reblog -updated library symbol


Library design consultant Aaron Schmidt has designed this alternate symbol for libraries, rather than the currently used "lone reader L" (which while simple and striking does present a potentially negative, isolationist attitude).

He notes, "There’s still room for solitary reading, sure. But there’s more going on. There are people. Not only do we need to think of our institutions in these terms, we need to convince the public to think of us like this too. Otherwise, more libraries will turn into kiosks."

I like it. I had never clocked that the older symbol represented an L have to admit...

3 comments:

Aaron Schmidt said...

Cheers, James. I think you've just granted me a new pen name too. ;)

mcv said...

I don't think the original symbol implies anything that is bad. Generally when I read a book it isn't a group activity, but I don't dwell on that.

The reader symbol is widely recognized. Are we, um, reading too much into it? Over analyzing it?

I think change for the sake of change isn't necessarily a good strategy.

james at 10engines said...

@mcv honestly that symbol was not a beacon for me (library student) but to each his own...