I wanted something modern that would depict the modern nature of Smalltalk (given that everyone thinks it’s old and moribund). Most of the other language logos are highly stylized (or somewhat abstract), too, so that seems to be the trend these days.

A traditional hot air balloon image would harken to the past (either to BYTE 1981, or to the Montgolfier brothers in 1783), and that’s exactly what we want to avoid.

Squeak and Pharo are specific Smalltalk dialects and do not, as such, represent all Smalltalks.

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