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Logo is so important for your community: JavaOne2013 report 1 #JavaOne #UGF10588

Now, I'm participating JavaOne2013.

My first session was "Organizing Your Local Community" by Mr. Ryan Cuprak.
I was interested in how bay area's guys organize their community because here is hometown of technical meet up.

Mr. Cuprak has organized a JUG (Java User Group) named CTJAVA since 2002. In this session, he talked about what he has learned, what was difficulty, and how he improved his community. He mainly talked about JUG, but I think those way is commonly useful to other kind of community.

To wrap up, I felt wherever difficult things is almost same. We need spent our time for organizing community, in addition it's required management skill, which is different from coding skill. At that, gathering people is so hard.
On the other hand, he could get that important skill, knowledge of current technical trend, and connection out of his work.

Well, he spoke the one of important stuff of community is "Logo". A log of community can illustrate a visual images of the community, and left that to other persons.

I strong agree that. I organize "10% rule" in my company. One day, I asked to design that's logo to my colleague. After that, I have been able to use it to presentation slides, sticker, and my desktop's back ground. I sometimes show my PC's screen as "advertisement" at meeting.

However, creating logo is difficult.
If you don't have good colleague, how can you get nice logo? Mr. Cuprak said (also, it's said generally) almost coder is not good designer.
He recommended 2 ways.

1. Asked to professional
Logo by professional has value than $2000.

2. Online logo services.
CT Java's log was created by this site.
http://www.logodesignteam.com/

As he said, both way can provide "iterative ideas" to you.

So, the logo is very important for your community.