[okfn-discuss] Open knowledge web buttons

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Jan 18 10:03:11 UTC 2007

I've been thinking for a while that it would be nice to make some web 
buttons for open data/knowledge which people could stick on their 
website (by web buttons I mean those nice little 80x15 pixel rectangle 
that you see reading Any Browser, or RSS or XHTML. To get an idea of 
what I mean see the very bottom of http://plone.org/). This would be a 
nice way to promote awareness of the issues in general and the open 
knowledge/data definition (http://okd.okfn.org/).

As I'm no expert in graphic design I chatted with a friend who told me:

 > Two very good, free pixel fonts are Silkscreen and Unibody:
 > Unibody: 
 > Silkscreen: http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/
 > The latter is probably more suitable for those 80x15 buttons. The
 > standard thing with which to do them is 6px Silkscreen, as it happens.

He also pointed me at:


So i wanted to ask:

a) what kind of text should we have, "OPEN DATA", "OPEN KNOWLEDGE", 
"OPEN CONTENT" all seem reasonable.

b) should we put a logo of some kind in there? I was thinking that using 
something similar to the existing OKF logo but with OKD or ODD (open 
knowledge definition or open data definition) might make sense.

c) anyone a dab hand with inkscape/gimp (or photoshop for that matter) 
who'd want to take a stab at cooking these up.



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