The crescent of the O in the second one reminds me a bit too much of the crescent often used to symbolize Islam (whereas the cross in the first is more like a star burst / twinkle than the Christian symbol).
I never even thought about it in that way.
Could you do one with the font of the second, but the star/cross thing of the first? The thinner font would probly make it less "bulky" as you called it. And perhaps try a variety of fonts and font sizes compared to the O thing.
That crossed my mind, ill give it a shot.
i'm not quite sure about the font, while it looks good, we could probably find an even better one.
True. I searched a little and couldnt find one that was much better thou.
also, could you provide this in a higher resolution(or in vector format) maybe?
Yes i can, i usually do these in illustrator anyway so vector isnt a problem.
Btw. What did you use to make that awesome planet in the splashscreen? it looks kick ass. Purely "photoshoped" or did you use some 3d modeling software?
Also if you people idle in irc, join in #freeorion.