Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Gianluca Casati - #5

Gianluca Casati has submitted a series of MetaCPAN logos.  Here is logo #5 (updated 2011-01-10):

Gianluca Casati - #4

Gianluca Casati has submitted a series of MetaCPAN logos.  Here is logo #4 (updated 2011-01-10)

Gianluca Casati - #3

Gianluca Casati has submitted a series of MetaCPAN logos.  Here is logo #3:

Gianluca Casati - #2

Gianluca Casati has submitted a series of MetaCPAN logos.  Here is logo #2:

Gianluca Casati - #1

Gianluca Casati has submitted a series of MetaCPAN logos, created with vvvv (http://vvvv.org).  Here is logo #1:

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Mark Jubenville - Stamped

There we go! Mark's sixth and final logo in his recent designing-spree. This one's entitled Stamped. He says this about it:

another stacked design, but this time more in line with an ink stamp, or possibly a badge -- meta using the greek letters once again but could be replaced with roman characters instead

Mark Jubenville - Stacked

Almost done! Mark Jubenville's fith and penultimate logo proposal on this day, which he calls Stacked, follows after this brief explanation of his thought process:

the meta on top to emphasize it's importance in MetaCPAN, but with the CPAN letters separated and highlighted to keep the focus on CPAN/Perl

There's also an alternate version of the same logo, using greek letters for the "meta":

Mark Jubenville - Relational

Either Mark has a really good imagination and great skills for implementing his ideas, or he's been working on all these logos since before we even announced our contest. Here's his fourth submission for today, called Relational. He explains it like this:

some curves added to bring to mind the relation between CPAN and the meta data surrounding

Mark Jubenville - Mu

Mark's third entry, titled Mu, comes with this explanation:

using just the greek letter mu to indicate the meta, follows through to the icon

Mark Jubenville - Friendly

Mark's next entry is called Friendly:

simple geometric shapes for the M/C and friendly hand-written font for the rest of the text

Mark Jubenville - Forefront

Mark, who designed the logo we're currently using in some places, provided us with six new proposals, which are going to appear in the next couple of posts on this blog.

The first one he calls Forefront:

shows the meta in greek letters in the forefront to emphasize that the meta comes first

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Audrey Tang - The meta->CPAN protocol

This is Audrey's second entry, "The meta->CPAN protocol", also placed under public domain via CC0 Universal with the original SVG files available here and here.

I had the idea before the "Optimized for Laziness" one, but just got around to finish the vectorizing today.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Barry Arthur - Horus Eye of CPAN

Barry sends us a second iteration of his Eye of CPAN idea, based on the comments he received on the first one.

One of the commenters on my last submission (Eye of CPAN) wished it looked more like the Eye of Horus, so here is my take on how that would look.

This time I thought I'd describe my design decisions: As I see it, MetaCPAN is a search engine (and API) for the CPAN (Perl library archive). The eye represents search. The P is for Perl and the scroll represents, well, a scroll - a papyrus (symbolising the archive (library) of written works). Colours are negotiable, of course. :)

Raul MATEi - ::

Our most recent entrant, Raul from Rumania, appears to have gotten a message from one of his friends, pointing him at our contest:

My friend's a programmer and is in love with Perl, I'm a musician (classical guitar player) but I love all things related to web technology, design or programming. I use Perl just for simple scripts at work so I'm not a "guru", but this contest is an oportunity for me to make something valuable for the Perl community.

Following is his work, which, he says, is

a simple, clean and powerful logo that once used and abused will be a memorable one. This is the first version, that probably will be retouched.

Mark Jubenville - The original MetaCPAN logo

Mark just sent in the original MetaCPAN logo. He and Olaf Alders came up with it back in the day when they needed a logo when first starting up MetaCPAN. Apparently Olaf likes greek letters.

We're still using it for our Twitter account.

c9s - Meta MetaCPAN Logo

Lin Yo-An had an idea for a logo the other day and promptly implemented it. However, he did so in a bitmapped format and can't provide a scalable version of it. Unfortunately, that means his entry is not eligible for our contest according to its rules, but nevertheless c9s decided to share it with us, hoping it might inspire someone else.

In addition to the images above, the original .psd file is also available to anyone interested.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Viacheslav Tykhanovskyi - CPAN and beyond, Version 2

After some feedback on his previous submission, Viacheslav came up with a second version of "CPAN and beyond":

Viacheslav Tykhanovskyi - CPAN and beyond

Our fourth submission for today comes from Viacheslav. He has this to say about it:

I thinks the logo should be clean, memorable and actually tell something about the project. MetaCPAN is CPAN and beyond. That's the meaning of meta.

Efthimios Mavrogeorgiadis - Metapost

Efthimios writes:

I thought I should submit my version of a logo for your site. Being a Greek geek (how cool is that! ;-), I was inspired by the Greek origin of the word "meta" (=after). Its Latin equivalent is, of course, "post", which was regularly abbreviated in medieval manuscripts as p̅ (that's overline combined with p, if your Unicode support is not up to the task of displaying that) and is even to this day used in this manner in medical prescriptions. The close proximity of the letters comprising the word "cpan" denotes metacpan's role as a website that brings perl users together, encouraging cooperation. What's more a dash on top of letter "p" emphasizes the perlish nature of the site.

However, I think that the best attribute of this logo is its TeX-like properties. It is text based and thanks to modern Unicode it can be incorporated in Unicode based documents, like this:
CP̅AN is a free, open search engine for the CPAN, which is an ever growing archive of code and documentation for the Perl programming language. CP̅AN is a community effort. On the surface, CP̅AN enables the CPAN to be searched more easily. However, because CP̅AN is driven by a free, open API, it encourages the incorporation of this data into many other projects.

Audrey Tang - Optimized For Laziness

Hi! Here is my "optimized for laziness" MetaCPAN logo entry, hopefully satisfying the "scalable to 16x16" criteria:

And here is a possible arrangement in conjunction with the original CPAN logo:

Audrey also asked us to publish the source .svg file:

I'd like to relinquish my copyrights on it (placing it under the CC0 Universal declaration), and if someone would like to take the concept and deliver a better implementation as a new entry, they have my blessing. :-)

Barry Arthur - Eye of CPAN

Our third submission in this contest just came in. It was created by Berry Arthur and looks like this:

It works pretty well in a small format as well:

Barry also provided an example of how one could include it into a larger banner:

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Dmitry Karasik - muplus

Here's Dmitry's second entry, an evolution of his previous "mu" idea.

While working on the mu letter (I couldn't find any greek fonts that I like), and aligning the line angles there, I got an idea that sharp knife-like angles could allude to the well-known idiom that perl/cpan is a "swiss army knife", and from that idea comes the second design, "muplus".

It's the same letter "mu", but the red background and the cross above the letter make reference to the swiss flag/emblem/army logo, so unless the copyright division of the Swiss government disapproves :) you could use it too. Also, the cross can be seen also as a reference to the PerlMonks culture, where karma ranks bear terms such as saint, pope etc etc. Godless atheists like myself could be possibly satisfied with that μ+ is an antimuon symbol, and having some fun time while googling "antimuon Perl", as an exercise to the reader :)

Dmitry Karasik - mu

We've just received the first submission to our logo contest. In fact, Dmitry, who says he's not a designer or anything but thought it could be interesting to try what he can do, sent us two sets of logos. The first one, entitled mu, follows. The second one, muplus, will appear in the next post.

Dmitry felt that he needs to explain the ideas behind it:

The first, base version is essentially a greek letter "mu" because the word "meta" comes from the greek language, and also, because I thought that line "μCPAN" looks cool by itself. However, the contest conditions hint that the logo should fit on 16x16, so I've compressed the line down to a single "μ". OTOH, if you do like the idea, I'm also providing a version that contains an example of both short and full designs; both in black/white and color versions.

Friday, 16 December 2011

The MetaCPAN Logo Contest is on!

MetaCPAN, a free and open search engine for the CPAN, is looking for a new logo to use in all MetaCPAN-related sites and programs.


The first prize will be US $400, generously provided by the Enlightened Perl Organisation!

How to contend?

  • Create a logo in a scalable format. Make sure it still looks delicious as a 16px by 16px icon.
  • Submit the logo to contest@metacpan.org before January 13, 2012.
  • ???
  • Profit!

What happens then?

  • We will put your logos on our blog and let everyone comment on it.
  • You can re-submit the logo after you have received feedback from the blog. Re-submission is allowed as many times as you like.
  • After the 13th of January 2012 we will not accept any more submissions.
  • Shortly after the deadline, everyone who has contributed to MetaCPAN can rank the logos and the logo with most points will be selected.
  • The winner will receive his/her prize and his/her name will be immortalised on the Thank You page of MetaCPAN!
  • The logo will be printed / used and abused everywhere!

What is MetaCPAN?

MetaCPAN is a free, open search engine for the CPAN, which is an ever growing archive of code and documentation for the Perl programming language. MetaCPAN is a community effort. On the surface, MetaCPAN enables the CPAN to be searched more easily. However, because MetaCPAN is driven by a free, open API, it encourages the incorporation of this data into many other projects.

Essentially, there are two parts to MetaCPAN.

  1. The public-facing search engine
  2. The API, e.g.: http://api.metacpan.org/module/Moose

You can use and abuse the info you get from the API in any way you like. If you don't like the search engine, you can even use the API to build your own CPAN search. So, while the search site is the public face of MetaCPAN, its true value lies in an API which provides Perl hackers everywhere with the power to build their own complex search queries for extracting data from and about the CPAN.

What are we looking for?

  • Something clean and simple
  • Works in both colour and black / white
  • Not the same old camel, onion, book thing that all the other CPAN and Perl projects have
  • A cool tagline will get bonus points


  • Logo must be in the scalable SVG format.
  • A proof-of-concept 16x16 version of the logo must be also sent in PNG format.
  • Name the logo your_email-logoname-date.svg and your_email-logoname-date.png (i.e: rafl_debian_org-coolstuff-110923.svg). Feel free to also include more variants of your logo, but the aforementioned two are required for the submission to be accepted.
  • All files of your submission must be contained in a .zip or .tar.gz file that's named just like image files it contains, except with a different file extension.
  • Logo must be submitted before January 13, 2012.
  • You may submit as many logos as you wish.
  • A license will be granted to the MetaCPAN team to use it in any way they see fit.
  • We won't make any claims on non-winning entries.
  • Potential taxes on the prize will be paid by the winner.
  • The result of the contest can not be overruled or questioned.
  • Olaf Alders, Clinton Gormley, and Moritz Onken will have veto.