This is a logo I designed for Jeff from Pumping Station: One . He’s part of a group of people designing an open hardware and software pick and place machine. (For those not familiar, this is a machine to do surface mount soldering of circuit boards.) Now the project has a name and a website .
One of the neat things about this project (and one of the things that draws me to CNC machines in general) is that a person can go from a digital file to a physical object easily. The logo was meant to communicate this.
Jeff designed the logotype and I vectorized it. I designed the logo symbol myself. I had an interesting moment when I realized that the designs I previously used to symbolize “circuit board” represented through-hole, not surface mount components. So this project needed a new visual vocabulary.
This is the symbol on its own.
This project was also a chance for me to look at how I communicate about design, and make sure it’s clear to everyone involved.