I'm designing a new iPhone app, Piton, for people who use 37signals project management webapp, Basecamp. It just wouldn't be a Basecamp app without some sort of mountaineering theme, so I chose Piton (a tool for securing a line as you climb).
Basecamp is frequently used by designers, so I wouldn't want to ship an app with anything less than a beautiful logo. My hope is that this will be an app that Basecamp/iPhone users will want to use many times in the day, so it should be something they won't tire of quickly -- nothing too clever (no little mountain-men climbing the Basecamp logo, please!) or overdone. A simple and thematically-similar logo to the Basecamp (http://www.basecamphq.com) identity would suit it well.
EDIT: The most important aspect of the requirements is that the logo work well as an iPhone app icon. If you haven't seen those before, take a look here: http://www.devdaily.com/blog-files/…delete.jpg The apparent size is a little less than 1/2" x 1/2", so logotypes or non-square logos won't work as well. See below for more details.
EDIT 2: It would be helpful to see the logo used in an iPhone app icon (see above - primary use) and as a web site title banner (larger, 'Piton' type or logotype would be fine here) to see how the logo works in both contexts. Thanks.
This should be a simple and clean logo that would fit well on the Basecamp (http://www.basecamphq.com) site.
As it turns out, pitons (the mountaineering tools) look kind of like 'P's, so my thought was to use a piton in the logo -- but, that is just a suggestion, not a requirement. I found a few images of old pitons (see attached) that might be fun to use as sources. A Google Images search for 'piton gear rusty' will turn up plenty more if you like that direction.
I will want to use this as a logo for the iPhone and the iTunes App Store, so I will need the following three versions of the logo:
29x29, PNG, No Transparency, No Layers, 72 PPI
57x57, PNG, No Transparency, No Layers, 72 PPI
512x512, TIFF or JPEG, No Transparency, No Layers, 72 PPI
After that, I'd also like a larger version for a web site, and if possible an AI, EPS, or vector version for future use. (Forgive me if I'm mangling the terms, here.)
Other than that, I'm open to a lot of ideas. I don't have a color scheme or anything of the sort set. If it will look good on an iPhone sitting next to Tweetie, I'll be happy.
Thanks for taking a look!