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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Inertia's picture


"Why does everything has to be so darn serious all the time?" -Objarni

Maybe people like it when their projects are not considered a joke?

oyvindra's picture


I am very much for the thought of a simple, 2D text based logo, and then possibly a mascot or icon thing on the side.
I think even my own examples for a logo get more crowded with the octopus in them.

That being said, I also think logos created in 3D programs look messy when they are shown in a 2D environment, and I don't like the OpenGL logo at all. The OpenAL one is ok, and I really like SGIs logo.

I'll try to attach the latest version of the psd to this post, so you may experiment with text sizes and such. small cropped.psd

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objarni's picture


Inertia: Maybe people like it when their projects are not considered a joke?

Do you consider any of the following projects featuring mascots as/in their logos jokes?

The GNU project
Python programming language

Do you think I consider any of them a joke?

Mascots are not considered "unserious" Inertia. They are however associated with the Open Source world, something at least I thought OpenTK wanted to be part of and celebrate.

Inertia's picture


You do realize that 4 out of 5 of your example projects are actually named after animals? In the case of Tux, he has received so much branding that it the written "Linux" is actually often fully replaced by the symbol.
Do you seriously believe there is a possible future in which people will see the tentacle thing (without text) and think "Aha! OpenTK."?

objarni's picture


"Do you seriously believe there is a possible future in which people will see the tentacle thing (without text) and think "Aha! OpenTK."?"

That is not for neither you nor me to guess. And what does that have to do with anything?

My point is - in case you missed it - that mascots are not considered unserious in the open source software world. Do you agree?

Maybe you have octupus phobia or something? :)

athiniar's picture


An alternative logo just for Inertia.

and btw I think it's nice to have a maskot but not an octopus... it's kind of discusting. As you can also see on all above maskots the animals are rather cute exept from the python which is designed in a way to hide as much as possible the fact that it's actually a snake. (hm, I had seen the logo many times before but just now realized the picture next to it shows 2 snakes)

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Inertia's picture


The cat sure has taste, I like it ^^ The pyhton logo sure is weird, I associated it with a Yin-Yang symbol on first sight. After it got hit by a hammer that is.

Why is it that nobody suggests any other animals? It's not like there's shortage of them and for example predatory birds (falcon?) have some attributes that might work well. Examples: it doesn't really make a difference whether you fly over land or over sea (cross platform), good perception (code clarity), good tactical overview due to height (not lowlevel), not constrained by gravity etc...

There are many more options besides falcon, just a random pick.

@Objarni you figured me out. My therapist said it would be no good if the OpenTK logo contains an octopus, 15 years of therapy down the drain in a matter of seconds. He said this time it could even be worse than last time when a friend showed me "cool new anime" which turned out to be tentacle pr0n. So - for the sake of my therapist's nerves - I beg you: reconsider the octopus madness! :rolleyes:

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oyvindra's picture


Octopuses are disgusting...

Birds are beautiful


Inertia's picture


I've tried to keep this an intellectual, constructive and on-topic discussion, but this is pointless. Do whatever you want, I'm not going to bother with this anymore. Make a logo that will attract the wrong audience and scare the right audience. Use it. I won't. What the logo looks like has no relevance to my project and since it's not enforced to be shown I frankly do not care what you guys end up with at page 20 of this discussion. Good luck.