Graphic Designs for a Regional Ruby Conference

The Northern Virginia Ruby Users Group (NovaRUG) has begun planning for a new regional Ruby conference, which is tentatively planned for June 2008. They've put out a call for ideas on potential graphic designs for the event.

So, here are some ideas that I've come up with. Please bear in mind that I'm not a professional graphic artist, so I expect that a real graphic artist can substantially improve on these designs. Also, we haven't officially come up with a name for the conference yet, so I've played around with a couple of potential conference names.

Here's a design that essentially assumes that the conference will be directly associated with the NovaRUG organization. I think "novaConf" has a nice ring to it, though that title alone doesn't communicate the Ruby connection.

A nova is a starburst, so I've incorporated that into the design. For the Ruby connection, I've placed the standard Ruby emblem in the middle of the starburst. The font colors are simple, and could easily be adapted for use on shirts, hats, etc. The fonts involved are Impact and Verdana.

For another variation, I've assumed that we might want to have a conference that is identified with the entire Washington DC metropolitan area, and not just Northern Virginia (particularly since the DCRUG has also volunteered to assist in the conference). This time, I've made the Ruby connection implicit in the name, i.e. - "DCrubyConf." I think this also has a nice ring to it.

So, these are my ideas for a basic graphic design for NovaRUG's (first annual) regional Ruby conference. I'll be curious to see what everyone else thinks of these potential designs.

Update (April 10, 2008): My proposed "concept" design has directly inspired the final design graphics for the conference. However, I must say that the graphic designer did a great job running with the ball — the final graphics are much better than anything I could have whipped up in Adobe Photoshop.

Update (June 20, 2008): thought it would be interesting to show the final conference look next to my original concepts. At the time I created the concepts, the name of the conference,, was being kept under wraps for fear of squatters. The graphic below shows the header for the web site. It was developed by Chris Bailey, a professional graphic artist.


David Keener By dkeener on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 02:06 PM EST

I look back at these original designs, and I'm amazed at how far RubyNation has developed over the past few years.

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