A Mascot

Hi,

I’ve been doing a lot of miscellaneous reading and thinking about Ruby.
This is in addition to the process of learning the language itself.

It occurred to me that while Ruby probably has a logo (the ruby gem
itself) it doesn’t have a mascot.

I’ve done some reading of past posts on the topic of a Ruby mascot,
but somehow nothing has come to pass.

A mascot is quite important, it serves as an identity to let people
become visually creative.
Take for example the BSD Demon (Chuck), the Linux Penguin (Tux), The
Darwin Platypus (Hexley).

Can we ask a graphics designer to develop a mascot for us?
One such artist who comes to mind quickly is Jon Hooper, the guy who
developed Hexley (http://www.hexley.com/).
If we ask nicely, maybe he would do it for us. :slight_smile:

~Mayuresh

Mayuresh K. wrote:

It occurred to me that while Ruby probably has a logo (the ruby gem
itself) it doesn’t have a mascot.

Yay! Another reason Ruby Rules!!!

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 5:51 PM, Phlip [email protected] wrote:

Mayuresh K. wrote:

It occurred to me that while Ruby probably has a logo (the ruby gem
itself) it doesn’t have a mascot.

Yay! Another reason Ruby Rules!!!

:slight_smile:

On 20/08/2008, Mayuresh K. [email protected] wrote:

From the last discussion on this topic I got the impression that the
reason for this is very pragmatic: there is little hope that a mascot
that appeals to both Asian people and Western people could be found.

Looking, for example, at the Chinese Olympics merchandise I guess I
can understand some of the reasons behind this disagreement.

Thanks

Michal

Which is why a great graphic designer could come up with something that
works well in both worlds. It’s possible, but you wouldn’t want someone
from either side making something that only works for their side of the
world.

I’m with the mascot crowd here. I’m a big fan of ruby, but it’s much
harder to get attached to a symbol like the ruby. Personifying ANY
language with a mascot makes it more fun. :slight_smile:

Plus, stuffed animals for the kids.

  • Clinton

Clinton, what’s your opinion about http://www.hexley.com/

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On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 2:21 PM, Phlip [email protected] wrote:

Mayuresh K. wrote:

It occurred to me that while Ruby probably has a logo (the ruby gem
itself) it doesn’t have a mascot.

Yay! Another reason Ruby Rules!!!
Amen
R.

I think it looks cute. It’s easy to identify with. My only gripe would
be how loosely Hexley is tied with the BSD Devil; I think that would
need to be either stronger, or just non-existant. But I don’t use Darwin
OS, so…

Does Perl, C, or Smalltalk have a mascot? I’m trying to come up with
starting points. In any case, a cute animal of some kind would be a
winner here.

Hi –

On Wed, 20 Aug 2008, Mayuresh K. wrote:

Should I talk with Jon Hooper, the creator of Hexley?
Or should I wait till we have enough momentum from the list members?

You should talk to Matz. There’s no official Ruby mascot unless Matz
chooses one or delegates someone to do so. And, mercifully, he has so
far done neither :slight_smile:

David

Definitely get more momentum. Looks like 2 for mascot, 5+ against so
far.

Can I hear some defined reasons why people don’t like a mascot? Don’t
know why a lack of a mascot makes Ruby much better…

The likeliness to the BSD Devil is intentional, Darwin uses a lot of BSD
code.
The Darwin kernel (Mach) is mostly pure, but the tools and utils layer
is all BSD.
Similarly, Hexley is basically the Platypus, but one wearing and
bearing the horned hat and trident.

Perl has the camel.
C and Smalltalk were created in those days when people weren’t so much
interested in mascots :slight_smile:

Should I talk with Jon Hooper, the creator of Hexley?
Or should I wait till we have enough momentum from the list members?

Clinton D. Judy wrote:

Definitely get more momentum. Looks like 2 for mascot, 5+ against so
far.

Can I hear some defined reasons why people don’t like a mascot? Don’t
know why a lack of a mascot makes Ruby much better…

If we’re gonna have a mascot, can it be one of those guys that dresses
up in a foam rubber suit and dances around during a game? Otherwise I’d
just as soon not have one.

If we’re gonna have a mascot, can it be one of those guys that dresses
up in a foam rubber suit and dances around during a game? Otherwise I’d
just as soon not have one.

And gets into fights with other mascots ? +1

Chris

Perhaps the Pickaxe?

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From: David A. Black [mailto:[email protected]]
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To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: A Mascot…

Hi –

On Wed, 20 Aug 2008, Mayuresh K. wrote:

The likeliness to the BSD Devil is intentional, Darwin uses a lot of
BSD code.
The Darwin kernel (Mach) is mostly pure, but the tools and utils layer

is all BSD.
Similarly, Hexley is basically the Platypus, but one wearing and
bearing the horned hat and trident.

Perl has the camel.
C and Smalltalk were created in those days when people weren’t so much

interested in mascots :slight_smile:

Should I talk with Jon Hooper, the creator of Hexley?
Or should I wait till we have enough momentum from the list members?

You should talk to Matz. There’s no official Ruby mascot unless Matz
chooses one or delegates someone to do so. And, mercifully, he has so
far done neither :slight_smile:

David


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Could you make a cute lobster? Or you could go the opposite direction,
with an extreme lobster! With razor-sharp claws and all.

I suggest a lobster as mascot.

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 10:21 AM, Marc H. [email protected]
wrote:

I suggest a lobster as mascot.

I’d like to suggest a miner (you know, a pick-axe toting miner). Maybe
a younger one, so it could be a minor miner. Or maybe a pick-axe
toting baby Myna bird. Then it’s a minor miner Myna.

-Michael

I think that we must use a kind of artificial animal, like dogs. I mean,
an
animal made by human beings because Ruby is for me like the first
programming language that actually speaks like human and has an human
behavior (able to says stuff in different ways).

2008/8/20 Michael L. [email protected]

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