Inertia's picture

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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objarni's picture

nythrix: perspective looks much better already. The "T" is a little too far back, and the K a tiny bit to close, my eyes tell me.

nythrix's picture

The chars on the box need manual tuning. I'm aware of the fact that face centering is not enough. What you see here is already shifted towards the center edge otherwise T and K would be too far apart. Another problem is different char width, so symetric placement (around center edge) is not possible. I'll play some more with it, thanks for the feedback objarni.

nythrix's picture

Anyone care for more drafts?

Based on the Graphics/Audio/Computing trilogy that OpenTK is now supporting:

I'm getting good at this. Another 2 years and I might put together a real logo :D

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charles's picture

Hi nythrix,
The artwork looks good :) Anyway I'm currently working on getting the installer setup and guess what I need some icons and a logo. Anyway a quick search led me to this thread and I'm currently using your 'orange box' icon. Have you got any ideas for a 'real logo', as you put it, keeping in mind that it'd be great if the same theme applied to the icon as well as the bigger logos.

p.s. I like the middle one best :D

nythrix's picture

Thanks. Yes, that's my favorite by a margin. I already have a better iteration which I can upload in case there's interest.
If you're using logos from this thread, please keep in mind that they're NOT production ready! They are just drafts! If you are going to redistribute them please let me know so I can fix things.

This thread has been dead for some time. Somehow, we never got to a final set of logos, let alone to voting. Since then the number of registered users and traffic has doubled so I'm bumping this discussion.

VeliV's picture
nythrix wrote:

Anyone care for more drafts?

Based on the Graphics/Audio/Computing trilogy that OpenTK is now supporting:

I'm getting good at this. Another 2 years and I might put together a real logo :D

I used a similiar logo on one of my earlier project but we had to change it :P Mainly because it's the symbol assosiated with BDSM.

nythrix's picture

Hahaha:D, thanks! Never mind the third one then.
How about the rest? Animal p*rn? Drug manufacturing? Propagation of communism? Pensioners' public transport sitting rights logo?

The world is so small these days you never know who you're infringing ...

oyvindra's picture

I very much like the middle one nythrix.

zahirtezcan's picture

indeed, middle one rocks for me:) OpenTK demo with spinning those arcs...oh my

flopoloco's picture

Here's one a idea I got yesterday... It seems that the "space" theme is a theme of a new era. I like it...

- OpenTK is a new project for new technology
- Tackles difficult but crucial parts of computer science
- Imagining the future you get opportunities explore and be inspired

"By having a clear architecture and solid implementation OpenTK can reach to stars... "

That's why I put a hightech stencil (plays abstractly with O T and perhaps with K) and fill it with an earthly gradient...

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