Attention all, please try to use English as much as possible and stay on the subject.
Timo Martosatiman MRA
@Timo Martosatiman MRA
Posts made by Timo Martosatiman MRA
RE: Designing the MyRoute-app logo
As Nick shows below, there's quite some people here on the forum who are more than ready to see if they can help you organize.
Perhaps instead of using 200x the Navigation app and going through all that hassle, it'd be more practical to put your route visibly online so that your members can download it for their device. By comparing routes between TomTom and HERE you can make as sure as possible that the ride will be the same for everyone.
Additionally, you can always create a support ticket if you're a GOLD or GOLD Trial member.
Designing the MyRoute-app logo
Making a design, in our case both functional and graphical design, isn’t an objective job. In this blog we’ll be looking at the design of the MyRoute-app logo, the stages it went through and where it’s headed in the future.
For example, the MyRoute-app logo went through several iterations before being finalized. The logo I now instantly recognize as being objectively the best possible logo for MyRoute-app, is merely the product of my collective memories associating this logo with this company for the past 7 years or so. Perhaps you think the logo is especially bad, maybe you would’ve liked a different logo better. Maybe putting more focus towards the “moments” feature in MyRoute-app, maybe creating a more realistic pin, maybe even going the abstract route and trying to emphasize “connectiveness”. All in all, even something as “simple” as deciding on a logo is very subjective.
Of all the above logos the middle one was picked as being the most “recognizable”. That said, that’s mostly because all map-based software at that time used pin-like icons to display waypoints. While there’s plenty of arguments that could be made for how that’s a great choice of logo, there’s also good arguments against. After all, it could also be considered a bit lame. Like an online storage service using the iconic floppy-disc icon as a logo. The most important argument against this logo came from Michel however. He liked the logo very much, however, it looked too much like ice-cream.
Using this feedback as input for a new iteration, we designed a new logo that’s both instantly recognizable as a pin whilst not being very “ice-creamy”. This became the current MyRoute-app logo. For good measure we added a plus in the pin, symbolizing how MyRoute-app was an improvement over other legacy-gen route editors.
This logo has been the design for MyRoute-app logo since the inception in 2013, combining the characterstic waypoint logo with stylized “MyRoute-app” lettering through a route line. This peculiar little logo, distinctive from more corporate and abstract logos whilst at the same time exuding a sense of modernity and progress became the brand symbol for MyRoute-app.
Happiness lasted only for a little while though, as during the application of the logo the realisation set in that this logo went with very few colors other than white. In fact, the logo pretty much only worked with white. In general, this wasn’t a problem as there are many ways in which graphical elements can be combined in such a fashion that they create a white background for the logo. Regardless, it made the design progress more time consuming as every design decision could inevitably lead to the question “but how do we make the logo more visible on this design?”. This is why much of the early marketing materials, UI elements and brand visuals contained images of pearly white clouds and snowy mountaintops: ideal backgrounds for the logo.
This problem was quickly resolved by adopting to a then-popular new design trend: flat design. With the first iteration of what artists called flat design, almost all color was removed from logo’s. Returning to an essence of directly recognizable visuals in vibrant colors. What this design trend lacked in visual complexity, it made up for in praciticality. Suddenly, companies all over the world adopted variants of their logo’s containing vibrant photography matched with simple two-tone logo’s. At MyRoute-app, we stylized the visually complex standard logo into a variant that could be used on non-white backgrounds.
Today we’re looking forward to re-inventing our brand, as soon we’re expecting to rebrand some of MyRoute-app’s services for the purposes of clarity. At the same time, we want to bring the design of all logos back to a clearly recognizable identity. Whatever design trend will happen, whether it’ll be about sharp edges or smooth corners, whether it’ll have vibrant hues or a single-color, MyRoute-app will always be instantly recognizable.
RE: Solo op reis naar Normandie
Ha Patje, Normandië is een ontzettend mooie regio met een rijke historie. Wat voor soort bezienswaardigheden ga je bezoeken? In de RouteXpert bibliotheek kan je veel routes (inclusief hotels) vinden waar de RouteXperts al eens zijn geweest. Wellicht dat dat je helpt.
RE: PRESS RELEASE: MyRoute-app finally gains access to Apple Carplay
@leschner we will research all possiblities within the Carplay licence, including our normal MRA app. If this proves to add value for the experience of our members we will develop it.
@Neuman-Didier no official estimates yet, later this year (probably).
RE: Newbie Introducing Myself
Welcome to the MRA Community! I hope you have a great trip. As for questions and advice, you'll find that this community is most welcoming and very active.
As for tips and advice in using MyRoute-app, I have a general one: I've seen many clubs, groups and associations transition from whatever they used to use (for example BaseCamp) to MyRoute-app. For a lot of these clubs, the real benefit in MRA lies mostly with a handful of people who do all the planning, organizing and testing of routes. A benefit for these "organizers" is that by making your club part of a MRA group, you can have them download the routes specifically for their device. That way, no more sitting around converting routes manually or keeping long mailing lists. Additionally, more people can have access to the route.