Sunday, September 10, 2023

A logo for CapyPDF

The two most important things about any software project are its logo and mascot. Here is a proposal for both for CapyPDF.

As you can probably tell I'm not a professional artist, but you gotta start somewhere. The original idea was to have a capybara head which is wearing the PDF logo much like a bow tie around its ear. The gist of it should come across, though it did look much better inside my brain. The PDF squiggle logo is hard to mold to the desired shape.

The font is Nimbus Sans, which is one of the original PostScript Core Fonts. More precisely it is a freely licensed metrically compatible version of Helvetica. This combines open source with the history of PDF quite nicely.


  1. I don't want to be a wet blanket, but perhaps you should reconsider using the pdf icon like that. I suspect that Adobe may not be happy looking at their guidelines for usage of their logos/trademarks etc.

    1. That is a fully reasonable comment. It is already a fair bit stylized but maybe I might need to create a more custom I-can't-believe-it's-not-PDF logo or possibly replace it with a pen or a quill.