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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nythrix's picture

I like that.
A+ on idea of earth gradient. It kind of fits the current color scheme of the IT world.
The stencil reminds me of a target. Something along the lines of "OpenTK aiming at you" or "Target: OpenTK!".

A curious coincidence this morning blew off my last proposal. I found this project displayed in the "Related Projects" section of OpenTK's pages. And well...
OpenCV logo
The Open Source Computer Vision project is somewhat close to OpenTK so I don't know if a similar logo would cut it.

daemon's picture

Hey guys not sure if this is closed or anything can't seem to see anything that says it is thought I would throw this in for consideration, could add a target over the cube if you like for the 'aiming' theme :)

it is transparent (adam7/png) so if it is placed on a black background it will effect the cube (or should if the browser fully understands howto display pngs)

update: added a version with slightly smaller text so it is generally more 'centered'
Also added cube background 'solid' and or 'transparent' as well as transp or solid border

Note! the jagged ness of some of the borders when in solid 'non transparent' mode will not be present in a final version, the reason for there presence is the that I have all the seperate frames listed on gimp and have not merged layer and water dropped them

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jaggieboy's picture

Ok, this is my try for OpenTK logo, with candara font-style, represents the forum's font style, so anybody who know the forum will find some familiar element to their eyes...
hope y'all like it.


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the Fiddler's picture

Thanks, interesting concepts!

I like the transparent cube but I'm sure I've seen something very similar before, somewhere... (I'm raking my mind but can't remember where!)

The open "O" in the in the last picture is pretty nice, too. I think it might look even better rotated 180° or so.

jaggieboy's picture
the Fiddler wrote:

Thanks, interesting concepts!

I like the transparent cube but I'm sure I've seen something very similar before, somewhere... (I'm raking my mind but can't remember where!)

The open "O" in the in the last picture is pretty nice, too. I think it might look even better rotated 180° or so.

Ok, made the variation!

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nythrix's picture

I like that! But I'm against the half-way rotation. We might step on Vodafone's shoes:

Your avatar thingy looks even better imo.

jaggieboy's picture

God! I didn't realize that (vodafone's style) when I'm making the first logo. Ok I'll try to modify it.

jaggieboy's picture

Ok this is another one, with wrench-shaped-opened-curve...

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Rogue's picture

I'm really liking nythrix's open box logo; very clean, unique, and it could be abbreviated in some cases as just the box (which is itself "open").

flopoloco's picture

I like this curvy line and the colors, but I think that the fonts need some improvement (generally ferering to all suggestions so far).

Here's a font suggestion

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