Sorry for the relative silence on this blog– we’ve been hard at work doing the following:
- scaling RescueTime to handle the steady influx of users
- fundraising (we’ve got some exciting news on this front coming soon)
- hiring (if you happen to know a Rails, Python, or C++ developer who wants to jump in with us, send ’em our way)… Our full jobs page is here.
- working on the next iteration of the application
On top of all of this, we got a very polite letter from the Red Cross regarding our logo. Apparently, we’re not the first to receive such a letter. It can’t be a very happy task trying to enforce a trademark on such a ubiquitous image (if you’re a video gamer, how many “health packs” do you grab that don’t have a red plus on ’em?). According to Johnson & Johnson and the Red Cross, it’s a murky landscape, at best (source: wikipedia)– J&J sued the Red Cross for… er… using the Red Cross (it’s an interesting story) and recently lost.
It honestly never occurred to us that we’d be stepping on their toes, as much as that image seems to be everywhere and as much as RescueTime is in a different market space. Whether they are in the right or not, we know the Red Cross would probably much rather spend their money and time pursuing their mission than sending letters to us… So we’re happy to adjust our logo.
I would like to say that working with the Red Cross on this issue has been a breath of fresh air. They were pretty informal. It wasn’t a legalese missive, but rather a request for a phone call. The guy I talked to said he’d be happy to review any revised logo we came up with to make sure it passed muster before we went to the trouble of adjusting it everywhere in our app (he did review it, and it did pass muster).
Anyhoo, I’d like to introduce you to our shiny new logo. Less red, still a plus, and the only one who might get grumpy is the Swiss (who are famously neutral… yay!).