the Fiddler's picture

OpenTK needs a logo

Project:The Open Toolkit library
Version:all versions

Calling for contributions!

General guidelines (updated):

  1. It would be good if the website logo and splash screen logo are exactly the same. To increase recognition. That means it should work at very least on the website's background color and black background. (maybe black outline around it)
  2. The logo might be shown next to the OpenGL and OpenAL logos. It should not be too freaked out compared to them.
  3. Rather work with shapes and color, instead of glow, lensflare or other state-of-the-art effect.
  4. The logo should be sharp, not too blurry.
  5. People who use OpenTK are software engineers. Some kind of tool or parts used in engineering are good candidates for a symbol or icon. This is not limited to nuts&bolts or gears, think fine mechanics (e.g. clock) or electronics (e.g. computer hardware).
  6. OpenTK assumes cross-platform through .Net&Mono is the future. No medieval fonts. No anvil. No forge. No brutish tools.
  7. OpenTK favors productivity over full low-level control. A "simple, yet elegant" logo could imply this.


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objarni's picture


OK I got an idea - please comment on this first draft:
(I know the art is lame - but maybe the idea is something a better artist than me can brush up upon?)

nythrix's picture


I like that! Actually the bolt itself can respresent both letters. "T" sideview, "O" bottomview. But the nut makes a great "O" anyway.

Inertia's picture


Please don't mix green and blue, they are too close to each other on the color wheel. Best effect is when you use colors from opposite sides of the wheel.

JTalton's picture


Often when thinking of a tool kit, it it represented by a gear.
The thought here is that OpenTK is a tool kit (gear) made up of other tool kits (OpenGL, OpenAL, etc...) and they form the inner workings of OpenTK.
The attached opentk2.txt is actually a svg file. I used Inkscape to make the logo. Feel free to modify or change it however you want.

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the Fiddler's picture


Thanks, interesting idea.

(Fixed the settings so you can directly upload svg files now.)

objarni's picture


Inertia - I used gray and green, not blue and green.

Too bad the new site theme is blue and green :)

flopoloco's picture


I see some amazing updates on the website, I am glad for this. ;-)

the Fiddler's picture


Inertia - I used gray and green, not blue and green.

Indeed. :)

As I understand it, Inertia is challenging guideline #4 from the opening post. I'm no artist, but he does have a point: an orange color would contrast the blue theme more than a green one.

Keep the ideas coming!

objarni's picture


Oh - sorry for the misunderstanding then! :)

Inertia's picture


Yep, was merely pointing out that 4) in the list will result in "biting". Due to color problems, we cannot use the logo I made for the wallpaper/splash screen a while ago either. (It's not a good idea changing the website to black background at this time of the year.)

The 'gear' idea has potential, especially for a 16x16 icon (for the top-left of a form). It's very hard to do anything with such a low resolution, but 2-3 gears might fit in there. With the nuts&bolts I still have problems wrapping my brain around abbreviating OpenTK with OT. OTK - maybe. TK - sure. but OT?