Metanet: Logographology

Let’s take a brief break from N++ to talk about evolution and collaboration, and how they’ve influenced Metanet Software over the years. We formed Metanet way back in 2001, mostly as a joke. We invented the name “metanet” to represent the internet of the future (in year 2099: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md8u6fOQ38Q), initially for a short film Mare made in university — but we liked it so much we decided to use it for our company name as well. 

Did you know! in Turkish, metanet means “steadiness” or “fortitude”: https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/metanet

Which actually seems pretty apt! We recently celebrated our 10th anniversary of incorporation (which happened in 2004, when we “got serious”) — you can read more about that here: http://www.metanetsoftware.com/blog/2014/special-recognition. If there’s one thing we know well, it’s the tenacity of the cockroach.

But let’s get back to logos. Companies need logos, of course, so we got to work. Ours is a fairly regular logo, with standardized spacing through each section. The logo contains the ‘M’ and the ‘N’ in MetaNet (also how we used to capitalize it — we ditched the capital N fairly early on, although as you know ‘N’s remain pretty important to us :) ). We haven’t changed the logo too much over the years, but we have modernized it a little.

At the top of this post you can see the evolution of Metanet’s logo from when we formed in 2001, when we had our first business cards printed in 2005 (made for our first GDC, when N was in the IGF! Ah, nostalgia.), experimenting in 2012 and then a redesign to tie into N++. In 2013, MASA designed the N++ logo and we loved the 45-degree angles and blocky shapes. We redesigned Metanet Software’s logo in-house, inspired by MASA’s design and also with previous iterations — you can see some neat foreshadowing in 2005.

That’s what we loved most about working with MASA — he understood what we were trying to do and got there with style, adding nuances we hadn’t considered that then inspired us to take our own work and ideas further. It’s the same with Shawn, who’s programming N++. It’s turning into something much better than we set out to make at the start. When you find people you work well with, it’s amazing: it feels right, and things work easier than they should, even when development isn’t going smoothly.

We’ve been learning a lot about collaboration during N++, and we have a new one to announce, as evidenced by the snazzy mograph animations below the logochronology. We’ve teamed up with Richard Flanagan, aka @phosfiend (follow his tumblr, you won’t be disappointed: http://richardeflanagan.tumblr.com/), who appreciates similar design and style and has excellent taste (check out FRACT OSC). He’s working with us on some really exciting things we will be able to show you very soon — in the meantime, enjoy a little taste via his awesome animations of Metanet’s logo!

Richard really gets what we’re trying to do, he’s great at communicating, and he packs everything he does with an immense amount of style that takes things to a whole new level. That’s the thing about good collaborations — something almost magical happens when the right team gets together and everyone’s strengths combine to form something much cooler than anyone imagined — kind of like Voltron!

You can thank Tom Whalen of StrongStuff for that awesome image of Voltron at the end of the post: http://strongstuff.net/2013/05/20/acidfree-gallery-voltron-variant-edition/ We will too. Thanks Tom!


Another clip from Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s visit to the AFI Conservatory. WATCH him talk about the collaborative writing process of Birdman. 

And what are memes if not games? They are small; they are low-stakes; they are often silly. (Sorry, #llamadrama.) But they are also communal. They invite us to participate, to adapt, to joke, to create something together, under the auspices of the same basic rules. That is not a small thing. That is, in fact, a huge thing—particularly when it comes to the very concerns the attention police like to remind us of. If we have any hope of solving the world’s most systemic and sweeping problems, we will have to come together. Inequality, climate change, injustices both enormous and less so … these will require cooperative action. They will require us to collaborate and compromise and value diversity. The dress makes a pretty good metaphor for all that.

True Vulture - Death Grips and Galen Pehrson Collaboration - Art + Music…

I am so excited to announce that I am partnering with Disney & Tumblr in honour of the live action movie Cinderella to reimagine and create a dress that Cinderella could wear on the red carpet today! This is a dream project & everyone knows how much Disney has influenced what I do. Stay tuned as my first ever couture dress comes to life and follow cinderellapastmidnight for updates on this amazing project.


Lines by Tsitra360 , Colors by Vest

These were the results in todays art collab request stream between Vest and I. Combined we created some very interesting pieces of art. Enjoy!

Fluttershy requested by Skyler

AJ in the Woods requested by K4dmonV

Tatzljack requested by WhiteWolfStormRunner

Rainbow Power Pinkie requested by HeliumEnd

Make sure to check out Vest and throw comments his way!

The Darling of Heaven, Crucified - original print from The Worship Project.

Based on lyrics from Darlene Zschech’s song “Worthy is the Lamb”

"Worthy is the Lamb, seated on the throne. I crown You now with many crowns, You reign victorious. High and lifted up, Jesus, Son of God. The Darling of Heaven, crucified. Worthy is the Lamb."

If you haven’t already, have a look at the all-new Worship Project Blog. I share my thoughts behind the art.

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