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Ottawa IT Camp, Whats in a Logo?

Apr 23

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Monday, April 23, 2012 9:29 PM  RssIcon

Marketplace.062Two weekends ago, the 5th annual Ottawa IT Camp 2012 was held!  This year we tweaked the logo.  Why did we do that and what’s up with the logo?  Read on if you’re a interested in why is the logo’s important to you!

This year is the Ottawa IT Camp’s 5th anniversary!  Back in the first year, 2008, John Marshall created the great original logo which stood the test of time.  Well, four years actually (hey, in hi-tech that’s IS forever haha).  Until this year when Microsoft’s Metro, Windows Phone and upcoming Windows 8 phenomenon lead to a tweaking of the logo.  What’s cool though is, even with Metro, John’s original CORE values remain intact!







Here the logo’s CORE values which I hope you will appreciate.

  1. Triangle  = Strength
  2. Camp = Community
  3. Badge = Learning
  4. Parliament = Community
  5. Towers = Equality
  6. Flames = Passion

The original logo was build around the Scout’s badge, something you earned through community/teamwork.  These are CORE values which every organizer and presenter tries to exhibit.  Even attendees who are taking a day out of their busy lives are exhibiting all of these characteristics!  It’s possible people participating might know KNOW they are exhibiting the camp’s CORE VALUES, but just by participating on a Saturday, they can’t help but show them off!

I hope you were able to enjoy this year’s conference, but if you weren’t in attendance, I hope to see you next year!  Until then, it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!



Ottawa IT Camp

Ottawa Code Camp 2008 (Inaugural year)

Ottawa Code Camp 2009

Ottawa IT Day 2010 (name change to more accurately reflect equal participation of IT and SQL and Dev communities)

Ottawa IT Camp 2011 (tweaking of name)

Ottawa IT Camp 2012 (tweaking of logo)

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Re: Ottawa IT Camp, Whats in a Logo?

You got the essence correct, but to elaborate on the original design. The idea for Code camps is to keep it simple, nothing elaborate. Looking at other Code Camp logos, I tried to work out one that was unique to Ottawa. For Canadians, the center block of the parliament buildings was an obvious representation for Ottawa and the Centennial flame was a good stand in for a campfire. The overall triangular shape represented a tent, the normal accomodation for a camp.

By John Marshall on   Monday, April 23, 2012 10:37 PM

Re: Ottawa IT Camp, Whats in a Logo?

Very cool, the creator himself! Thanks John for commenting! Much appreciated. :> Have a good week! :>

By Peter Henry on   Monday, April 23, 2012 10:42 PM

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