the Fiddler's picture

OpenTK needs a logo

Project:The Open Toolkit library
Version:all versions
Component:Miscellaneous
Category:task
Priority:normal
Assigned:Unassigned
Status:open
Description

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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the Fiddler's picture

#21

Who said we are in a hurry? We do need a logo, preferrably something appealing and distinctive and we should take the time to get it right. No need to rush things here! :)

Here is my contribution: a simple, somewhat stylized "OpenTK" (hey, Microsoft gets away with this, so why not? :p) At this point, I'm trying to get the shape right (no colors). Typeface is Gentium, which we can actually redistribute with OpenTK. This means we could conceptually code a short "intro" that we can include in programs, using nothing but the font renderer.

Flames welcome.


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JTalton's picture

#22

I like the simple text without the graphic.

objarni's picture

#23

Fiddler: When you and Inertia started modifying the site with the three ideas available - I got the impresseion that was all we had and had to choose then and there.

Maybe we could peek a little at SDL (SimpleDirectMedia Library):

the Fiddler's picture

#24

Programming libraries seem to have a fetish about simple text logos. Glorified programmer's art?

(I love the last one)

nythrix's picture

#25

The OpenTK thingy is alright but I don't like the look of that font. What's got orient to do with this project?

the Fiddler's picture

#26

Here is the same concept with Helvetica, which is as unassuming as it gets. Is this any better?

Edit: reduced size.

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objarni's picture

#27

I liked the first two better ..

Inertia's picture

#28

Well, I made this a while ago to be a centered, non-tiled wallpaper.

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  • No spacing between letters. Looks solid and implies to have certain weight.
  • Standard Impact font, with a twist in the N letter.
  • the N looks rather sharp. Cutting Edge! :p
  • Color choice derived from the color-wheel above.
  • Looks slightly overbright on LCD, but just right on CRT.
  • Slightly overloaded. There's no focus point that draws attention.
  • Only 1 out of 3 people could decipher it on first sight.
  • The slogan really, horribly sucks.

As you may have noticed: I like color. Please, let's have some color in the logo. Thanks!

Here's what I think the website logo guidelines should be:

  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.

The website is something like your business card and 1st impression is important. This list is probably not perfect or complete, but it narrows down the options alot. Feel free to criticize, art is very subjective. (Some people love Van Gogh's work, some think it stinks.)

@objarni: Shouldn't we sort out the website logo first, before icon and splash screen? I know you like to go Off-Topic and OT is your favorite abbreviation for OpenTK. But please, 1 thing at a time :P

@flopoloco: Forget about the planet. It was just the first (c)-free image found on my disk, that could replace the spawn-mask's shape.

@Fiddler: I don't get what does the logo design implies - is OpenTK a reciprocal?


the Fiddler's picture

#29

It is meant to emphasize openness and imply speed, but YMMV (I'm an engineer, not an artist :p)

Mind if I copy the guitelines to the opening post?

Edit: Nvm, just did that ;)

Edit 2: Which slogan are you talking about..?

Inertia's picture

#30

"Structure requires a solid core to build upon" from the molten-metal logo