Why should the Bitcoin community adopt this symbol?
Since the birth of Bitcoin, a large number of logos and symbols have been introduced. The most popular is a bold falling serif B, intersected by two vertical dashes à la the U.S. dollar.
The problem is that the image on the left is a logo! It’s a unique image file, just like it could be used by a company to sell or promote a product. Currencies are represented by symbols like $, € or ¥, aiming to be used everywhere by everybody. The Thai Baht (฿) is sometimes used to represent Bitcoin, but this certainly raises a problem of differenciation between the Thai Baht and Bitcoin.
Ƀ is not a logo but a symbol: Unicode Character U+0243 can be used any Unicode text editor.
This unicode character was originally used as a phonetic symbol to represent or transcribe the sound [β]. Thus the context of this use does not allow any confusion with the Bitcoin currency.
The idea to use Ƀ as a symbol for Bitcoin is not new ; this character was one of the original candidates to represent Bitcoin, but most of the comunity’s proposals were more fancy logos than a manifesto for the usage of a symbol. A logo is defined as a centralized graphic identity composed of colors, fonts, and shapes chosen by a small group of individuals. Bitcoin, however, is a decentralized currency – it’s neither a brand nor a product or company, and what we need for representing Bitcoin is a symbol rather than a logo.
The Ƀ symbol can be displayed in many fonts, some of which may already be installed on your computer. Here is a list of freely downloadable libre fonts that support the Ƀ symbol:
Arial and Times New Roman both support the Ƀ symbol as well. They are not libre fonts but they can be found on almost every systems.
Help us popularize Ƀ!
Create images, and use Ƀ in Bitcoin-related apps, websites and paper.
As a widely distributed, peer-to-peer digital currency, Bitcoin needs an open-source graphic identity, designed with open source sofware by and for the community. It has to be as minimal as possible to allow further adaptations. Because Ƀ is simple, extendable and perennial, it fulfills all those requirements.
Hacking time! The following tool will help you to design custom banners and buttons using the Ƀ symbol. It generates vector images (SVG) or PNG, ready to be embedded on your website. This logo is yours – customize it as you like with gradients, cat faces and unicorns to adapt it to your own personal designs!
All the images below are included in the graphic pack that you can download for free. You can also modify those images the way you want with your favorite vector editor such as the online tool mondrian.io, Inkscape or Illustrator.
This pack contains free high resolution and vector images, 2D and 3D source files, fonts, all under free / open source licenses.
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Initiated and designed by ECOGEX (contact)
CG artist: 3DMinfographie. Blender sources available for free in the graphic pack.
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