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Friday, October 23, 2009

Regarding The Accessmilton.com Logo.

City of Milton / Accessmilton

(Due to an inquiry below about our selling of Accessmilton license plates and magnets, we thought it best to share the following information with our readers.)

All:

Over the course of the past three years, we have received inquires regarding our horse logo. Many folks are justifiably confused as to our supposed use of the City of Milton's official logo. Hopefully, the following information will help clear the air.

In the fall of 2005, Magnolia Media, LLC was launched. Our first official web site was created in the anticipation of Milton County coming about. Due to the City of Milton being first, we shifted gears and evolved into a city focused web site you know today as Accessmilton.com.

As content was loaded, I took it upon myself to create a logo for the site. Being raised on a horse farm on Bethany Road, I thought a horse would be perfect. After a few failed designs, we settled on one and uploaded it in March of 2006. To preview the site as it was then, please click on the following link on Wayback Machine. From there, go to the column titled "2006" and click on "March 18,2006".Once the page loads, you will see our horse logo in the upper left of the screen.

The City of Milton officially incorporated on December 1st, 2006. According to Godaddy.com, their web site activated on September 25, 2006. Once again by utilizing Wayback machine, you can preview the City of Milton web site as it looked in November and December of 2006 by clicking here. You will notice that no such horse logo is listed on their site until December of 2006; eight months after our horse logo was uploaded.

Many believe that the logos similarities are substantial and almost an exact copy.

Due to Accessmilton.com having a large following during the first Milton election in '06, many believe that the city stole our logo outright and just made some minor adjustments. For that, it is up to you to decide.

In situations like this, it is easy to point fingers and cast accusations. If Accessmilton.com's logo had an influence on the current city logo, then so be it. We will continue to use our logo for the promotion of Accessmilton.com.

Thank you for your continued support of Accessmilton.com. We look forward to working with you as we make Milton, GA a great place to live, work, and play.

Keep safe -

Tim Enloe
Founder / Magnolia Media, llc
770 653 0552

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Note that the city has a registered trademark on its logo.

Anonymous said...

So is this becoming a debate about horse versus non-horse in Milton?

Anonymous said...

Note that it is obvious the city stole the damn logo.Regardless of any trademark, a good attorney would eat them alive. Piss poor in my view. I never knew this. If I were the owners of this site, I would have sued the city. Each day, Milton is more and more of an embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

It was actually more blatant than you think...not only did they steal the logo, they tried to take credit for it in an AJC article!

Then to top it all off, they tried to make AccessMilton stop using it.

Thanks CH2M Hill and Bill Doughty.

Bill is gone and CH is on their way...can't wait!

-TA

Anonymous said...

TA -

Do you have a copy of that article? I would love to see it.

Anonymous said...

It's been archived on the AJC.com website...you can pay to access it.

Believe it was June of 2007. I used "New City Logos Best Milton" as the search criteria.

Be sure to change from "Ajc.com" to "Archives"

Anonymous said...

Those sons of bit?@es!

Anonymous said...

They should pay Tim a fee at least for taking/copying/stealing/borrowing/manipulating his logo for their benefit.

Anonymous said...

Well heck if Julie Zahner gets her canidates Bernard and Al in, as well as gets Tina re-elected, then they should just give the horse logo back to Tim and exchange it with a snail for the new logo?

Anonymous said...

Snail. funny. Funnier, or more pathetic, is that our City used the same horse. Who was responsible for that brainiac idea?

Anonymous said...

And Milton Grows Green has not taken credit for designing the logo?

Anonymous said...

MGG did take credit for the logo and they invented the internet also.

Anonymous said...

January 7, 2007

Which city logo do you like the best?...

BYLINE: DOUG NURSE; Staff

SECTION: NORTHSIDE; Pg. 3ZH

LENGTH: 205 words

Northside's three new cities have distinct logos, two of them with water themes.

For Milton, it's a free-form minimalist sketch of a running horse, for a city that is home to horse farms, golf courses and mansions. They chose wavy blue lines to suggest flowing water for Johns Creek, known for its brick and stacked stone shops and landscaped neighborhoods. Sandy Springs also has a logo with a water theme, suggestive of the Chattahoochee River, which forms the city's border with Roswell.

The Johns Creek and Milton logos were drawn by a graphics designer with CH2M Hill-OMI, the company hired to provide the day-to-day municipal services for the two new cities. Milton Interim City Manager Aaron Bovos and two other staff members picked the logo they liked best, and Mayor Mike Bodker approved the Johns Creek emblem.

The Sandy Springs logo, unveiled in June, was designed by Atlanta-based JP Design+Communications, which was hired to step in where the residents failed. Readers may recall the city held a logo contest for residents, but the mayor and City Council didn't see an entry that they liked enough to adopt it.

So, there you have it, three cities, three logos. Which one do you think does the best job of capturing its city?

Ginger Enloe said...

We have the proof the logo was created by us. It was documented and loaded into the files of Accessmilton when our website was launched. Accessmilton was launched long before the city incorporated.


Ginger Enloe
770-653-0551

Anonymous said...

It still looks like a kitty cat's face to me no matter who designed it.

Anonymous said...

City logo should be back end of a horse whose having a bowel movement.

Anonymous said...

I've seen similar horse designs on a private artist's website that I found by googling.