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So if you have heard the recent news, The Sims 4 is going to get a brand new redesign next week, which will affect its logos, icons, cover arts, plumbob, loading screens and main menu. This is obviously a big change, especially since the whole wiki is based around the old, now seemingly abandoned, design of The Sims 4.

Here are some examples of this new design:

New TS4 Plumbob The Sims 4 new cover art The Sims 4 new main menu The Sims 4 new box arts


And since the wiki is neutral, we cannot just "ignore" this change and continue with our current ideas, despite what we personally think of this new theme they are going for. (I personally think it's ugly as heck) So we obviously are going to update all of our TS4 cover arts, icons, logos...... Wait a second. Yeah. While the cover arts and icons are easy to update by just re-uploading them, the logos are a problem. Because it seems that the game no longer has logos like these:

TS4 EP6 Get Famous Logo

If you look at the box arts of the new content packs, they no longer have unique logos, which are necessary for our infoboxes. And the new logo for The Sims 4 is pure white! How are we going to include it in, for example, {{Sims}} when it just blends in with our white background? And so are the new icons fully white too. But I think the icons at least can be handled by adding custom shadows behind them to make it easier to have the round shape be visible, if the official ones won't have a shadow.

Oh, and there's also our actual wiki theme. When these new designs go live our logo no longer represents the newest form of Sims. And I guess blue is now even more important and that green is becoming obsolete? I don't know. Should we care about for the wiki's general theme? Should we make the background from green to blue? Or should the logo become fully blue like in the new main menu? Or should we not do that since the majority absolutely hates these new themes and just update the box arts and logos? - SimDestroyer (talk) 17:01, July 13, 2019 (UTC)

Discussion

In my opinion, the logos are too small to read on infoboxes anyway. They just look like the game's main logo with a colored stripe underneath it. We could put the main logo there regardless of pack, and it wouldn't make much of a difference, I think.

For icons, perhaps we could use the versions on the new main menu, where they're colored icons on a white background.

Finally, for the wiki's theme, we could make small changes so that it resemble the game's new design, such as making the background we already have blue, and changing the logo to a dark blue version with the new Plumbob. The "Wiki" part would then be colored in the new Plumbob's shades of green to differentiate it. Here's a quick, messy mockup I made to show what I mean: [1] ✨AireDaleDogz✨ (talk) 19:30, July 13, 2019 (UTC)

(edit conflict) Updating the logos, box art, etc is simple enough, as you point out. In instances where the "official" logo clashes with our current theme (e.g. white logo on a white background), we can always keep the older logos until we figure out a good way of implementing them.
But in terms of its affect on the wiki theme, I'd say don't sweat it. Even now, our wiki theme doesn't 100% adhere to the in-game theme. Blues and greens seem to permeate the entire Sims series, not just TS4, so there's no harm in continuing to sport those colors on the wiki. It's much more important that the wiki have a cohesive style throughout; it's not as important that the wiki theme matches the current-series game. -- LostInRiverview talk · blog · contribs 19:33, July 13, 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, I've always thought the wiki resembled The Sims 3 the most in actual terms of design. As long as it does its best to represent The Sims Series as a whole in theme, I think we'll be okay. Ѧüя◎ґ (talk) 21:40, July 13, 2019 (UTC)


Well, well. I was right. The content packs do get brand new logos, but "The Sims 4" in them are fully white. And I tested how this works in our current infobox design with the white base game logo and it looks terrible. Which will be the same for the content pack ones as well.

WhiteLogoDoesntWork

There are a few options.

  1. We do not update the logos. But that's a bad idea and creates an annoying amount of unnecessary inconsistency.
  2. We recolor The Sims 4 infobox to make these white logos appear in a better way. The game went for a different blue color anyways.
  3. We use an image editing tool to make the content pack logos have the dark blue one, but then none of them will be "official" and The Sims Wiki usually tends to go for official things.

So, since this wiki goes for community discussions, what option would you all pick? Or do you have any new ideas? Oh, and I think we should stop/revert any logo and icon updates before we sort this out. - SimDestroyer (talk) 16:05, July 16, 2019 (UTC)

Okay so I did make a custom version of the logo with a black shadow, but it doesn't really look too great either if you take a look at my second sandbox. - SimDestroyer (talk) 16:26, July 16, 2019 (UTC)
Why not just use the blue logo from the main menu shown above? - KailynnKat(talk/fanon) 16:49, July 16, 2019 (UTC)
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