A few people have asked about getting a logo for Kafka. I think this would be a great idea!
Oliver has kindly offered to have a someone at Datadog take a shot at it. If that doesn't pan out I am happy to do a 99designs contest to get us more options.
It would be good for people to use this thread to give ideas or thoughts on what might be good. I will follow up with mine. I will give this a day or so and then try to summarize the suggestions/guidance so that any potential designer isn't overwhelmed by contradictory suggestions.
Somewhat tangential, but where did the name Kafka come from? Is it a reference to Franz Kafka and The Metamorphosis (or other work)? I ask, because knowing how the name "Kafka" relates to a distribute pub/sub system might help inspire ideas for a logo.
Here are are a few of my thoughts on a Kafka logo:
1. This is an open source project not an accounting firm, so it can be kind of cool looking (doesn't have to be too bland/corporate). 2. But I don't think our logo should be a cockroach because they are icky. 3. Characters is Kafka books are often called "K." or "Joesph K" or something like that so a stylized K would be an option. 4. Kafka had a number of stylized sketches of figures that are actually pretty cool: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XEU25Q9oRlo/TzcM5VVa9YI/AAAAAAAAAF8/f3O4LLPkHNs/s1600/drawings.jpg 5. I particularly like the black and white sketchy styling of those drawings. I think black and white would be a nice color scheme. 6. There is also an Andy Warhol Kafka sketch which might be good for inspiration: http://www.electronicbeats.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/kafka_small-940x391.jpg 7. Our domain is streams which could be visually kind of twisted and whispy.
-Jay On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM, Jay Kreps <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Yeah it comes from the author. There is no direct connection--i.e. Franz Kafka did not write about unifying all your data in a high-throughput distributed log thing as far as I know. :-)
We had previous gone with a Harry Potter theme at LinkedIn, but after a half dozen projects had kind of exhausted the good Harry Potter related names. "Kafka" sounds cool and kind of kept the literary theme.
-Jay On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM, David Arthur <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: