At a minimum, we would like a version of the logo that contains only "CrySP" (with capital C/S/P and lower case r/y and no spaces), and a version that also includes "Cryptography, Security, and Privacy Research Group"; note the inclusion of two commas. Ideally, we would receive or be able to easily derive variants with full color, light-on-dark greyscale, and dark-on-light greyscale. Pictorial logos should not include designs based solely on a "C"; they should either contain all three of "C", "S", and "P", or none of these. Logos must NOT make "Cry" and "SP" visually separate (e.g., with color or shape) in the text.
The logo MUST NOT be a mascot or emblem logo. Given the variants we have asked for, it should also probably not be a combination mark, lettermark, or wordmark, but we will still consider proposals in these styles.
The logo will most often appear on presentation slides (with projectors of varying quality), printed posters, business cards, and our website. Bonus points for designs that have some piece that can become a "favicon" (a small square icon for websites).
The logo should not attempt to represent a collection of specific things that we work on; we are looking for a more abstract representation of our values. We are most inspired by modern, geometric, abstract logos. We want to avoid overly complicated classic logo designs, traditional university emblems, and realistic drawings. We are still looking for a professional/sophisticated design, but one that is modern and fresh while avoiding cute "Silicon Valley tech company" motifs.
We've attached a reference file containing a large sample of logos from other groups working in the space. These groups may be "competitors" or collaborators at various times. In any case, our logo will frequently appear at the same places that these logos can be found and ideally it should stand out from them.
Designs MUST AVOID the following cliché design elements: locks, keys, key holes, shields, swords, eyes, masks, mathematical formulae, globes, clouds, and radio waves. Please avoid Canadian symbols like the maple leaf. We will decline designs containing any of these elements.