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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oyvindra's picture


Consolas indeed
Bold and beautiful :P

oyvindra's picture


With a little octopi, it might look something like this:

As a footnote, I might use OpenTK in a part of my masters thesis next semester, if I do, I might even be able to contribute some NURBS stuff back.
Keep up the good work until then, so I have something nice to work with :)

objarni's picture


ayvindra: nice!

could you intermix the octopus and OpenTK, or even better let the octopus "fiddle" with the letters ? some arm through the "O" for example?

oyvindra's picture


I tried to make it fiddle with the letters, but it looked a little messy, and/or the image turned out too tall compared to the width. It may be easier in a large scale version, it the octo is placed to the left or over the text.

athiniar's picture


nice thought of having an animal although the octopus looks kind of evil...

Why not the red-hair megaera? :p

Inertia's picture


@Entropy I really tried to figure out what you mean, cannot see it. However you inspired me to do this inkblot logo :P

@flopoloco What we should imho strife for is promoting the "name" and "brand". Similar to the way the OpenGL and OpenAL logos are used. The recognition factor is what is desireable.

I don't think this is a good idea, the only case where this has worked so far is the linux penguin, as that animal is neither food, scary, gooey, gross, filthy or in any other way disgusting. Maybe I'm biased because of some Kraken-that-pulls-me-into-the-deep-while-swimming dreams when I was younger (and should have not watched horror flicks), but if you give me the choice whether I'd prefer the octopus as mascot in the logo or as food on the table, I'd take the calamaries with cocktail sauce plz.

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objarni's picture


Haha just thought out another image : the octopus is "holding up the letters" - and standing on the two feet left -- I would absolutely remember that image and actually laugh a little every time I saw it :)

Really ugly sketch of what I mean:

oyvindra's picture


Just for you objarni,

edit: sadly, I made it after your drawing, which shows a surprisingly capable octopi standing on its hind legs, eh arms...

the Fiddler's picture


The more I look at it, the more I like the octopus!

It's evil in a cute short of way (the eye!) and it's unique: who else has a 6-legged octopus for a logo? :D

Mincus's picture


How about flipping the octopus round so it faces the other way then put its body above the pen and have the tentacles through the O and p (probably have to move the tentacles around a bit)