When I started this business out of my bedroom in my mother’s house, I had no expectation that it would grow to where it is now, and it’s safe to say that I did not put as much thought as I should have into how the name ‘Dixie’ could be perceived. While there was no ill intent when I originally chose the name, it is no longer lost on us that it carries negative connotations. As a result, we have made the decision to move past the name to ensure there is no confusion with our stance on the matter. We do not support or glorify the ‘Old South’ mindset.
Oh, fair enough - and ultimately good on them as far as their intentions go. “Dixiemech” was pretty darn catchy and memorable, though - as a native Tennesseean I have to admit I’ll miss the name as much as I support the intention of changing it.
I always got kind of a “rednecks might surprise you” (in a good way) vibe from the old name, but I also understand that doesn’t necessarily come across for everybody. “Omnitype” isn’t nearly as interesting, but it does fit comfortably in the hobby aesthetically.
Glad I snagged some stickers and a coozie before the change, just for posterity.
Edit: I should probably clarify that my nostalgia for this name is purely about that good vibe one can get reclaiming something negative and turning it on its head to be positive or wholesome - think Terry Pratchett’s take on Death.
Aye - long story short and oversimplified, “dixie” means “south of the mason-dixon line” and is more or less an analogue for the society envisioned by the Confederate rebellion. More innocuously (and honestly much more often these days) it’s just a blanket term for the geographical southern US - but it’s never been totally divorced from its etymology.
It seems like the design firm chose to incorporate an element of the original (the red ‘X’) while not referencing the flag directly, but I’m curious to see if they plan on providing more insight into the direction. Regardless, I think the community always knew the change was inevitable.
As someone just barely south of the Mason-Dixon, I am very happy to see the dropping of the name Dixie. I know that there was a novel purpose behind it that was meant, but I know that it is better for the future to change it, and I am happy to see this change coming and for the future of the company in 2021 to be very bright