Hey there! We are a small group of veteran game developers who are starting out with a brand new studio. We've been around long enough to know what it takes to make some great games, and we're lucky enough to have pulled together enough money to fund ourselves. Why am I telling you all this? Because we want you to believe in us, and make us a killer logo which will be the foundation for something special. We intend to be around for many years to come, so helping us come up with a logo is a longterm investment. We want you to be able to say "I designed that kickass logo for Carbon back in the day!" after we are famous. So this is where we need your help.
The logo should be strong and simple, and not cliche. Do not reference carbon atoms, or anything literal about carbon. Black and gray should be on the only thing that may be taken from the name Carbon.
Logo can be "Carbon Games" or just "Carbon". An image or icon could be made, but is not required. We would be happy with just a name mark. As this is the company name, it should not express anything specific too strongly. Think of Valve, Bungie, Blizzard--the name is the company, not the object with that noun.
Logo should work when reduced to only black and white. Should work well when small in size. Print is not a primary concern--will mainly appear on computer/TV screens.
Company will make serious games, not "casual" games. Games may have fun or casual style, but the core games are serious games, not Facebook style games.
Words that describe us: stylish, modern, sharp, experienced, independent. We are open to unique ideas! The contest has been set to blind in the hopes that people are encouraged to go wide with ideas.
Why did we go with the name Carbon? A few reasons: it's simple, short, and has the potential to become abstract. We want people to say "oh did you see that Carbon released an update to XXXX?" Even though we want the name to become abstract, we like the notion of carbon as an element--we just don't want to have an atom or something as a logo, because that's done to death. Carbon is a building block of almost everything, and all life (as far as we can tell). This is why it is the company name--we are Carbon, we make Games.