Thank you for the submissions so far. There are some great ideas being sent.
I wanted to provide a little direction. The logo will be used on different things, from a patch to a letterhead to a report to a website... The simpler the logo, the better it will be in adapting to the different backgrounds. When thinking and then designing the possible logo please ask youself:
- Is the logo legible? Will the logo standout on a dark background? What about light? On a business card? Try to keep the design to a minimum set of objects. Simple is better. Too much stuff on the logo and the meaning will get lost in the noise.
- Is the logo scalable? Will the logo (and its details) remain legible when you shrink it to be used as an icon? Will it look ok when used full size on a web page?
- Is it functional? Finally, is the logo a functional logo? Again, in order to keep the logo legible and scalable it must be simple. Having little icons inside the main logo will work on a full size, maybe, but what about smaller sizes? Are those little details getting lost because there are so many of them?
Finally, try to keep clipart-style graphics out. Having a logo looking like a clipart is not really good. Some of then are a work of art, but not very functional.