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OpenTK Logo

Since the old topic has grown quite large and off-topic, let's draw a line and continue from here.

This topic deals with the letters "OpenTK", font choices and design. All posts regarding the mascot will be (re)moved.

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 white background (so it can work together with GL and AL logos). If it can stand independent of background color (e.g. by a frame) that's even better.
  2. The logo might be shown next to the OpenGL and OpenAL logos. It should not be too freaked out compared to them.
  3. The logo should be serious. OpenTK is not a joke.
  4. Rather work with shapes and color, instead of glow, lensflare or other state-of-the-art effect.
  5. The logo should be sharp, not too blurry.
  6. People who use OpenTK are software engineers.
  7. OpenTK assumes cross-platform through .Net&Mono is the future. No medieval fonts. No anvil. No forge. No brutish tools.
  8. However Metal as a material is ok, if it does not show dirt, strain or corrosion (rust).
  9. OpenTK favors productivity over full low-level control. A "simple, yet elegant" logo could imply this.

Suggestions so far:



Puklaus' (click for bigger version):




Keep in mind that most of these are sketches, not supposed to be final as-is.

Fiddler put it right in his last post, so going to cite:

A general reminder of what we are looking for.

We basically need a way to say "OpenTK" in a distinctive / artistic manner. Inertia has provided a rough idea of what we are looking for. Flopoloco has broken down the different ways to approach the problem.

Maybe I am stating the obvious here, but we are still in the brainstorming stage: gathering different ideas and designs, saying what we like or not, evolving existing ideas. Some designs will be shot down immediately. Others will mutate and survive. In the end, we'll be left with a few refined ideas - then we'll vote for the best and make it our logo.

Since we are talking about art, a subjective topic, it's highly likely that not all of us will be able to agree 100% on a design. Fortunately, there is no immediate pressure for a final decision. Branding may be important, but the project will survive without a logo, as it always has, which gives us the opportunity to do things right. And do things right we should: once we pick a design, it sticks.

It all boils down to this: creating a logo is a creative process. Don't hesitate to propose a design, even if it seems silly at the time. If nothing comes out of it, we are no worse off than before, but there's also a chance that you've hit gold!

Last but not least: we are not payed for this. All contributions are welcome, from design proposals to (constructive) criticism, provided you keep it civil and avoid personal jabs.


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Entropy's picture

More difficult to draw, but what if nythrix's latest logos featured the flat "Open" (without shadows, as I think they just clutter the image), and a "TK" which sort of "peels away" from the 2D plane, starting 2D where the "T" starts and becoming fully 3D at the far right, where the "K" finishes. I think the immediate visual impact of this would be to suggest that OpenTK would truly bring your project into the third dimension, so so speak, and If the "TK" looks iconic enough, that would suffice as a great icon.

I've no artistic skill to try it myself, but I think OpenTK would simply sell itself with a logo like that. It tells a story all by itself.

I've attached an absolutely laughable attempt to recreate what I've described, in the hope that it will make my meaning a little clearer.

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nythrix's picture

This is an interesting idea. I might give it a try once Im done with the pre-exams "need steroids" two week catch-up late night studies. I hope I might have a day off on 25th :)

himek's picture

How do I attach an image?

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objarni's picture

last one of himeks is quite nice.

oyvindra's picture

I agree, maybe up the distance between "open" and the box, and fatten up the arms of the "k" a little.?

Entropy's picture

I think himek's last one pretty much does what I was suggesting above anyway, but better. My vote is definitely for that last one, or some evolved permutation of it.

@himek: to include an image in your post, edit it after posting it with the file attachment and include something like this:

<img src="" alt="" />
the Fiddler's picture

The image is there (check the page source), but some browsers don't support SVG (IE, Chrome).

nythrix's picture

Perspective on the box is now correct, and the font has been modified. Also included a night version. The flaps suck because I'm not good at shading. Himek might give a hand maybe? :)

Logo preview:

Edit: The svg looks strange in Firefox so here goes a png.

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objarni's picture

Nythrix: cool!

I played a little with the gradients on the flaps ..

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nythrix's picture

I'm having big fun with inkscape. Crashy but addictive. And I've learned a lot of things about 3D faking, most of them coming from dark ages. Hooray for mum's engineering design books...

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