Open Source Hardware Logos

Hey internet: You’ve got some good artists out there, and we could use a little help, right now!

Today is the last day to submit entries for the new Open Source Hardware logo — There are over 100 entries so far, and you can enter your own sketch by posting it there in the forum.

The official requirements are that it is (1) easy to print/see on a circuit board or schematic document and (2) that it signify “open-ness.” To part (1), I’d add, it should be easy to carve/see milled into a block of aluminum– open hardware isn’t just about electronics! –and to part (2), I’d add that locks and keys aren’t always the best way to indicate that something is “open.” (Locks are often shut. There are plenty of things that never are– Klein bottles come to mind.)

So, now is the “last minute” — and time to send in your own entry. We’ve got a whole lot of entries that won’t look good on a circuit board (or milled into aluminum), and a whole lot of entries with locks and keyholes that don’t necessarily send the right message. Care to lend a hand?

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2 thoughts on “Open Source Hardware Logos

  1. 
    /|    |\
     | HW |
     |____|
    
     /
    o  o
    |  |
    -HW-
    

    First one is a baaawx that’s open (very simplistic!), the other one’s an open switch connected to a mysterious HW device.

  2. Copy and paste these into a text editor with a monospace font for best results:

    … . . . .
    . . . . . .
    . . ….. . . .
    . . . . . . .
    … . . . .

    "OHW" in ASCII art/dots

    ___________________
    / __ _ __ \
    | / \ |_| |_ |\ | |
    | \__/ | |__ | \| |
    | _ _ _ _ _ |
    | | |_| | | \/ \/ | |
    | | _ | \ _ / |
    | |_| |_| \_/ \_/ |
    \___________________/

    "OPEN HW" in ASCII art

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