Cast Your Vote For A New YNA Symbol

| August 21, 2014 | 56 Comments

Help Us Choose Our New YNA Symbol / Young Naturists America Logo

We’ve been very happy with our Young Naturists America logo, but for a long time we’ve wanted to develop a logo that is also more of a YNA symbol.

Something to signify our very own brand of naturism. Something people could put on their t-shirts, backpacks, cars, etc. Something simple, but recognizable and unique.

So we ran a graphic design contest as a way to generate some thoughts from mainstream America for our much needed Young Naturist America Logo. A bunch of different designers contributed, and they came up with some pretty creative ideas for our new YNA symbol / logo.

From the many submissions, we’ve chosen the logos we like best. Now we’d like your help to decide which one of the finalist YNA logo submissions to go with!

Please check out the following designs. Once you have reviewed them all, please take the poll to choose which one of the logos you like best.

Of course we are also open to hearing feedback and ideas on improving any of these designs as well, so feel free to comment!

This post about the new YNA logo competition was published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America

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Author of Felicity's Blog. Co-founder of Young Naturists America. 3rd-generation nudie. Avid reader. Feminist. 70% vegan, 30% vegetarian. When I'm not busy eating, I'm writing about naturism, censorship, topfree equality, body image and other fun topics. I like feedback, so plz leave a comment when you've got something to say!
  • Penis_

    Keep up the site your doing great.!

  • Penis_

    Hello…my responses aren’t being posted as well. :- (

  • Toga1cat

    Let me see…# of members X # of suggested changes = 0 consensus

  • Penis_

    Well please keep the site running and active as its for our naturist values which are at steak.

  • Penis_

    Well please keep the site running and active as its for to disarm the stigma that our way of life and values are “sexual”.!

  • Penis_

    Well please keep the site running and active as we need lots more sites like these as its for to keep standing up for our way of life and values and disarm the stigma that the naturist way is sexual.!

  • NormaMitchell

    RobertSmith9 Sorry Felicity, I had the same thoughts as Robert Smith. I voted for the circle letters because I didn’t like any of the women’s figures. Too Barbie Doll.

  • Penis_

    Well I just hope you not getting fraudsters now posing as me are you.?

  • MichalSlaby

    The slightest hint of a curve at the hips and breast is enough methinks to portray gender…no need to overdo it!

    How about this black and white logo? Since people seem to like the idea of men and women flying around…

  • MichalSlaby

    FelicityJones I apologize for the crudeness of the first logo I posted. It was the best I could do in the half-hour before my bedtime. I polished it up a little and tried to differentiate the two people a bit more and make the fruit more apparent.

  • Penis_

    Well I prefer to go by first name basis.! Always have and always will.

  • Phil_Mark

    FelicityJones Phil_Mark 
    Some of that lack of detail is due to the size of the graphic I posted and my original is on a different hard drive.  The sun on the tee shirts is 6 inches in diameter so its easier to see the characters.
    Reality-  Line up the members of YNA andd look at the front or rear silhouette of the group.  It’s hard to differentiate gender.  If those figures look like men to you, and the 12 inch waist/ 60 inch busts of the Barbie doll/ trucker mudflap images of the samples look more like women, then I’d say you are seeing as any normal member of society would.  People’s mental images are programmed by push up bras, fashion models with silicone breasts, liposuction, girdles, Barbie dolls, and the commercially exploitive American way.  However, if you had grown up in Istonlandia, I bet you would see those figures as feminine / like women. 
    BTW, the graphic designer and artist couple (who you may have met and who are most often across the cove where you were sitting) have a VERY good, unskewed image of what naked people look like.  Like many professionals who have moved to Vermont, they live “the dream.”  Their workplace is in their desolate home, they don’t do TV, and for decades they have seen more people at The Ledges than anyplace else. I actually recognize some of the characters as real due to the hats, body sizes of parents, size proportion of couples and number of children. 
    Did the reality of the design work?  It was actually a clothist local woman in Wilmington who pointed it out to me while sitting at the bar at The Anchor.  “I’ll never go to The Ledges because I live here, but I love that design because it shows people of all shapes, sizes, and body types.  I think that’s healthy and I’m all for it.”

  • MichalSlaby fyi we have tried to go into the community for this before, but never had any luck.

  • MichalSlaby FelicityJones Bahaha yes, we wanna make it clear that skinny people are not allowed lol
    Interesting first idea

  • Penis_ Now I’m wondering if you’re the same & one & only “Penis” that’s emailed us before. I don’t wanna call out your last name if that’s you. But I like how you put real in quotes.

  • Scoutniagara

    I voted for the couple forming the heart, but the outline should be closer to the outline on the “eye”….. closer to anatomically correct.

  • Penis_

    And I wholely agree on that and being a naturist from birth its also a cleaner way of life and its very sole searching_etc.

  • Penis_

    Well I’ll admit that is very colourful..but I think I can do even better then that.

  • Penis_

    Yes and its also my “real” name_thankyou. Are you wanting to make fun of my “real” name._Hmmm.?

  • Lamdba

    Unfortunately, I think that most non-naturists will already see them as sexual just because they’re naked – or at least that’s the first place their minds will go. It’s a shame, though; I really like the idea.

  • Lamdba

    Maybe I was too harsh. On second look, the heart has grown on me a bit. At the very least, it’s close.

  • whywond

    The green leaf is a symbol of eternally changing but omnipresent status.we naturist turn a new leaf in each passing day It is in my opinion an apt symbol.

  • Lamdba

    You should include the current logo as a control. I voted, but I’d still prefer the one we’re already using. The basic design of words on a white background give a sense of simplicity, and freedom (two of the appeals of naturism). The font colors make it feel fresh, and the cursive gives it some personality.

  • MichalSlaby

    FelicityJones What are you trying to do, marginalize us small-framed folks? Just teasing.

    And btw, challenge accepted! I propose for your consideration this little logo of two people reaching for an apple while being bathed in the sun’s rays…

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    FelicityJones CyndiMartinekPhillips RobertSmith9 Crazy claims? Can you please not attack me? It’s in poor taste.

  • Penis_ Thanks. (But also, Penis as your username? Really?)

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips RobertSmith9 No. Showing a male and female figure does not make something “anti-gay.” Even if you interpret it as a heterosexual couple, that still does not make it ANTI-gay. That’s like saying all advertisements featuring hetero couples are anti-gay. Nope. Big leap. 
    The silhouettes are representing male and female, not sexual orientation. Thinking it’s a heterosexual couple is an interpretation. The male and female show that both sexes participate in naturism. Even if you knew exactly how many women and how many men were in our group, and say it was 70% men, why would we use two men instead? Don’t you think that would look like we’re a gay men-only group? 
    Anyway, I’m not saying we HAVE to use male & female silhouettes or any silhouettes at all, and I know there are other ways to demonstrate inclusiveness. It’s just not a valid criticism when you make crazy claims with it.

  • Jilli Puff Hmm I hadn’t even considered the “voyeur” interpretation..since the figures aren’t sexual, I don’t think it’d be interpreted that way. I thought of the eye as naturists seeing each other for who they truly are, seeing each other as equal humans, etc. Thanks for your input!

  • Penis_

    Well..there’s lots of external softwear on the internet that will do the job and sometimes it’ll show you some very useful and helpful designs that you never though of yet and can be very inspireing to think of and try out lots of other designs…try adobe for one, they got designer softwear. Or even try microsoft’s own creative cloud softwear that even I’m also using now…I’ll keep thinking on ideas and try to help you with this..

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    FelicityJones CyndiMartinekPhillips RobertSmith9 No you don’t get it, it’s not about them being “skinny” it’s about them not being real bodies of any person of any weight.

    Why do you feel you have to have a male and a female? Or just a female? Why cartoon bodies at all? It is anti-gay for one thing. It does not represent an average nudist at all. Most nudists aren’t female and many are gay so you aren’t representing the people in your group.

    Stop putting bodies in the logo and try some new ones with either just the letters or some sort of symbol.

  • Phil_Mark It’s nice, but I don’t think it gets the “genders” part…It’s hard to see the details, but the figures all look masculine / like men to me.

  • Jilli Puff

    The heart logo seems to imply that this is an organization geared towards dating. The YNA letters in a circle are hard to read, making the top of the Y look like a V. Kinda looks like an abbreviation of ‘vagina’. The female figures in most of the others look like trucker mudflaps to me. I know, Felicity said they’re going to change, so I’m not too concerned about it.
    I voted for the two nudes jumping inside the eye because I think jumping in the air is an expression of youthful energy and love for life. It has both a male and a female figure so it doesn’t feel like we’re objectifying the female form as in some of the other logos with just a woman’s body. I think the eye could represent that our eyes have been opened to the joys of naturism. But I worry the eye could be seen as voyeuristic, too. Maybe scrap the eye and just have the two people jumping?

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips FelicityJones RobertSmith9 You think they’re too skinny. I get it. As I wrote before, if we use silhouettes, the figures will be larger. And there’s only so much “imperfection” you can show with a silhouette…’cause at the same time, these aren’t actual people. They are just abstract representations of male and female that also portray nakedness. The same way a certain shape might represent an apple, while in reality all apples come in different shapes and sizes. But I get it, and we’re not trying to represent ourselves with Barbie doll figures.

  • MichalSlaby

    Phil_Mark I like the Friends of the Ledges logo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen human beings portrayed as if they collectively formed a sun’s corona – very creative! The body diversity that’s represented is an apt metaphor. The sun isn’t always a perfect sphere – and all that’s missing is a raised hand to represent a solar flare! The tree and the ledge are well done. I would add a little water lapping away at the rock, though. And don’t get me started on fonts. All in all, a beautiful image. Very lucky indeed!

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    FelicityJones CyndiMartinekPhillips RobertSmith9 When you use just women or male female couples you are excluding a lot of people. When you use perfect bodies you scare off most people that don’t have bodies like that. Indeed even the attractive ones don’t look like that. They are cartoonish. Why have people on the logo at all. 

    How about you do a few redesigns with the initials only?

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips RobertSmith9 Using a figure that is considered conventionally attractive does not make something exploitative.

  • There’s a lot of criticism about the body shapes. The figures can and will be larger in whatever design we use. We’re not trying to promote modeling beauty standards. So please imagine the silhouettes with larger figures!

  • Phil_Mark

    Design
    starts with a purpose, and I assume that the purpose of a YNA logo is
    to depict the purpose and values of the club- acceptance of our natural
    bodies, gender neutral public nudity, etc. I’d have to vote for “None
    of the above.”
    They are lovely art, but art and design are not nearly the same thing.  Most of the choices depict commercial magazine
    “perfect” bodied women that we know are really freaks way out of proportion with anyone remotely human.
    Some focus on
    couples, even though it isn’t necessarily a couples or romantic club. I
    don’t get the male-female symbols unless that’s a for the door of the
    multi-gender showers. And that leaves the YNA in a circle thing- which
    doesn’t seem to speak a thing.
    Here’s
    the professionally designed FOTL logo- designed to help public
    perception and to portray clothing optional activity (part of the image)
    at The Ledges (part of the image) in the sun (part of the image) for
    people of all genders, ages, shapes, and sizes (part of the image.)
    Aren’t we lucky to have a world class graphic designer and artist team
    as Ledge users and activists?
    http://ledges.dimentech.com/Friends_Logo2-200.jpg

  • Toga1cat

    FelicityJones HotLipsPeppers I believe the heart design represents the love and fellowship shared by all regardless of body type, color, creed

  • ajay26011965

    We want to live there ,  where we  feel free with own style of life.

    Regards 
    Pawan

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    FelicityJones CyndiMartinekPhillips So don’t show bodies of any kind. Let it represent the club by using the one with the initials in it.

  • MichalSlaby

    I dislike all of these designs. Was the membership invited to contribute? Who are these designers? Are they naturists? Why are those two people in an eye? And why are they jumping away from each other? The lady on the multicolor background – that looks like Microsoft clipart. The letters in a circle – they’re completely nonsensical. It looks like they’re spelling out the word ‘van’ not yna. Not to mention the font is terribly stretched out and ugly. Blue circle background – more clip art! A human being in front of a giant grean leaf – at least finally there’s some nature. The two bodies forming a heart – looks more like a chicken. Again, why are they turned away from each other? A fig leaf! Complete nonsense. I thought we’re trying to get rid of those. I’m sorry but I respectfully abstain from this vote.

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    RobertSmith9 I agree with you Robert. They remind me of when it was male/female couples only or as pushing cute women, both wrong in my view which is why I voted for one that doesn’t show a person at all. The male/female ones makes if appear you exclude gays.  Felicity it is exploitation when you use a “hot” sexy woman as a symbol of your organization. It’s excluding people when you feature perfect looking couples. Most the ones featuring people look more appropriate for a swing club, not a nudist organization.

  • RobertSmith9

    Yes, those are my interpretations. If I am alone, I stand alone, but do I? This is what I see and I don’t think you needed human images at all to convey your mission, or what I believe your mission to be.

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips I updated the selections to have descriptions, so you should be able to match the votes to the designs..

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips I hear you about the body type. It is a little difficult to show a larger body when it’s a silhouette, but if we use a design w/silhouette it’s going to get an upgrade to a bigger figure.
    I know what you mean about clubs using photos of pretty women, and I never understood that. Like, who are they trying to attract with that? Men looking for a Playboy club? 
    Anyway, it’s all about how the women are represented, and I don’t see the silhouettes here as problematic in the same way.

  • RobertSmith9 Exploitation? I’m sorry, you can’t call a simple female silhouette “exploitation.” The male and female silhouettes is to represent both sexes. Seeing it as a “couple” and as exclusionary is your own interpretation.

  • RobertSmith9

    Can not vote as it appears exploitation of the female figure in some or male/female couples only are welcome. They all look like carry overs from the past when gays, same sex couples or singles were not welcome. Is this the case in YNA? The ‘letters in circle’ is the only one that doesn’t and it is a nondescript and boring design. Please establish your guidelines based on your vision and mission statements and try again, I know you are better than what I see represented here.

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    I chose the letters in the circle because it’s gender neutral. Some push just women and some push male/female couples. Also we can’t tell what percentage of the votes go with which design.

  • Penis_

    Yes I totally agree with you there.!

  • CyndiMartinekPhillips

    I don’t like it when only female bodies are used to represent nudism, especially when said bodies are centerfold shaped (not your average body type). Some clubs use pics of pretty women to sell their club and it’s just not honest because it’s not presenting what your average nudist looks like.

  • HotLipsPeppers The answers are randomized so that no design is favored ;) So “first one” has no meaning lol. 
    Now I’ve put descriptions next to each one so the results can now be truly seen. And the heart one actually has the most votes so far!

  • Penis_

    Yes I agree there.!

  • I like how the first one shows joy and freedom.  It does look like it’s a female organization but I guess that’s ok if it draws more females to push for gender balance.  It just may be hard to see the masculine side that isn’t really represented at all in the symbol.  Another viewpoint I could take is it doesn’t matter which gender it represents since it shows the love for nudism and/or the freedom being naked helps you feel… I dunno.  I do like the last one with the male and female forming a heart and I bet if that one would have been on the top of the pole it would have had more votes!  At the end of the day I like em all except the one in the green leaf just cause I think it looked kinda goofy.

  • Toga1cat

    all great designs ..

  • Penis_

    Keep going on the site_”well done”.!