That thread is closed. Some of the suggestions are okay, some not.
The question " * If Joplin was a person what personality and characteristics would it have?" I personally found a bit silly.
Most software is simply software and doesn’t have much of a character at all. This question is a very good one to apply to product design and company logos, but for a product which already exists, and is fundamentally utilitarian, it’s arguably pointless.
My starting point was that the J is meaningless in and of itself. Joplin, from an English speaker’s point of view is simply the surname of a singer, which bears no relationship to the nature of the product. Using the J simply because it’s the initial of the application name is the only justification for using it.
However it is established, and getting rid of it seems to make no sense to me.
I started from the principle of Joplin being an Evernote replacement. Evernote has an elephant logo, based on the premise of ‘an elephant never forgets’. This is a useful and relevant idea, and the link with Evernote is a powerful one. If (or more likely when) Evernote folds, everyone will try to find a replacement and Joplin is an ideal candidate, particularly as it imports .enex files.
What I tried to do is keep the J logo but turn it into a pictogram which was elephant-themed.
All the logo ideas are kind of fun and informal. Joplin is not currently like that, but could be. The letters can still work as elephant pictograms with a more formal, regular appearance, but at this stage, it’s about discussing ideas and opportunities for development, not necessarily presenting finished proposals.
What are the plans for UI development? Are there opportunities to inform development, of for the planned development to inform the appearance?
The current logo is expedient, but it’s anonymous.
It obviously needs changing, and there are lots of opportunities.