[Rd] My retraced version of R logo in SVG

Tobias Wolf towolf at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 09:06:04 CEST 2010


when over the the weekend I found myself incapable of looking at any
more numbers and code, seeing the R logo, I wondered how one would go
about replicating the old-fashioned faux 3D effects it uses.

I thought it would make for a good distraction and exercise to try and
mimic it in SVG as close as possible, tracing the simple shapes by hand
and using layered gradients.

This is the result:


for comparison, this is the PNG logo at the same size


The SVG is stripped down to 80K and the PNG is 200K.

I also have a version with preserved Inkscape metadata at 140K and a 2K
versoin with only the two flat shapes:


I thought someone might find a use for these. If yes, just go ahead.
It’s easy to edit these files. Change the color, make them prettier, or
more physically plausible in terms of shading. I  just put them under


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