We require a slick corporate logo that's simple, illustrative and to the point, yet elegant, clever and memorable.
We'd like the logo to somehow convey our stack-orientated services, we're not however stuck to cliche "stack" designs.
The winning design will be innovative and creative, "web 2.0", corporate, and one that establishes our brand by being easily recognizable.
We're looking for a logo that says Stackware (capitalization is not important - whatever works best) without a graphical icon. However, bonus points will be given for a design that includes an icon that could be used as a favicon, or in other places as a stamp.
Coloring should be elegant and corporate. For example, we like blues, browns, grays, greens, but also oranges and yellows (think Lufthansa). Perhaps even black and white. We are not looking for gradients, shading, etc. - this logo should be easily printable and depict a well engineered and sophisticated company.
We want basic fonts, likely sans-serif. Playing with the letters to convey our message or to be memorable is recommended. For example:
Designers should review concepts and items like the network protocol stack, OSI model, TCP/IP stack, and LAMP stack for the culture and concepts of our company. However, none of those elements should be in our logo specifically (unless it could be a groundbreaking design).
If we start to see designs we like, we will guarantee and raise the prize amount.