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I have been asked for a logo for aubio, so let’s start with a few ideas:
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i was looking at the aubio pages when noted this call for logos.
nr 1 seems to be the easiest to understand and also to use it in small resolution logos (32 x 32 pixel icons). then, nr 6 seems to be also a genial idea to merge time and frequency into one sign … one day maybe it will be part of ascii . in short: nice work! congrats.
As an icon, the look of #2 is my fav, but the idea behind #4 is nice. I also like the final symbol in #6, maybe just use it by itself?
Is this logo ever going to be used as an icon? Aubio is a library after all, not a GUI program that needs to be launched, so a more complex design would be just fine.
As a complex logo, numbers 7 and 9 are good (2 still holds it’s own). I like the realism of 9 (but the clock is too small), and the multiple tools in 7 (suggests multiple abilities).
Could always combine a pitchfork and a wave, so the wave is coming out of where the pitchfork touches a surface
I like the idea of #3, except perhaps that the “wave” idea is a bit overused. Pitchforks are more original.
Anyways, I would try to keep it simple and clean.
Specially, because aubio is going to be a *component* in other systems. If I was to release a software package that uses aubio, I would like to put e.g. a “powered by aubio pitch detection” logo on site and/or splash screen. In that scenario, it would be better if the aubio logo wouldn’t stand out more than the main app logo (in term of colors, complexity, size, etc.).
I don’t understand #5 at all, btw.
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