I own a small company that offers software to the customized products industry. The software is called ArchiType (pronounced like architect, except say "type" instead of "tect"). My software is used by companies that manufacture rubber stamps, engraved signs, t-shirts, ball caps, and other personalized items. My software streamlines and automates much of their process. I need a logo that will be displayed when my software loads. The logo will also be used in documentation and sales materials.
My typical customer is a business owner, age 40-55. Usually, male, but not always.
I want a logo that is clean and simple.
Please note that my software name, ArchiType, is spelled with an uppercase A and T. All other letters are lower case (or small caps). The name is pronounced in two parts, "Archi" - "Type". For that reason I want the two parts of the name to be somewhat different -- perhaps different colors or different shades of the same color. I will consider shades of gray or color.
The logo can be text only, or it can include lines or shapes for emphasis and style. If lines or shapes are used, they should be fairly simple.
I am not sure the logo should include graphics, but if you want to use some artwork here are some things I would consider:
(1) One or more drops of ink. Many of my client's customized products are made with ink.
(2) A laser beam. Many of my client's products are made with a laser.
(3) An architectural tool like a compass or an artists tool like a paintbrush. The artwork for all of my client's customized products are designed by an artist or typesetter.
(4) A rubber stamp. The most common product made with my software is a rubber stamp.
I have attached a copy of what I am currently using for my logo.
To see examples of the types of products made with my software, visit one of my client's websites: http://www.holmesstamp.com/