Visual Identity of Vald

Case study of logo designs and design assets for OSS.


This post has the following 3 topics.

  • Logo design
  • Making visual guideline
  • Creation and use of design assets

Logo design for OSS

For example, Kubernetes took its name from a Greek word meaning a “Helmsman” or “Pilot,” and its symbol is a rudder. The icon has a uniform look, with the rudder motif representing the features that control and manage containers, and the blue key color creating an image of the sea.

Kubernetes also uses a ship motif in its logo design for Kubecon, the conference hosted by Kubernetes community. This is a successful example of using mutually related motifs that the audience can easily associate with each other. In this way, you can develop powerful, unified visual designs.

Kubernetes logo design and color scheme

The origin of Vald name and logo design motif

As the origin of the name is from the forest(Wald), the image of trees was naturally selected to the symbol motif. The shape of the trees represents a geometric image of a vector.

The associated image of “narrowing down search results” to the scene of “spotting what you are looking for in the dark” is taken into the logo. The sunlight filtered through trees was set as a key symbol of the Vald logo design.

Vald’s logo design and motief

We have chosen green color for the logo from the image of the forest. Because of having a Yellowish green impression with warmth, we added a taste of colder blue to strike a good balance.

We also defined a secondary green that can clearly be seen against the dark background. Using these two green colors, we gave a gradient to the Vald logo.

color scheme of Vald

Making visual guidelines

Setting visual guidelines helps developer team members and users to use brand assets correctly.

Vald design guidelines are composed of the 4 following things.

Color guidelines

  • Color codes of RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale.

Color logo and monochrome logo

  • How to use the color logo and monochrome logo depending on the background density.

Size and clear space

  • A specific amount of space that the logo must have on all sides, and the minimum size.

Don’ts with the logo

  • What not to do with the logo, such as changing the orientation and the aspect ratio.
Visual guideline

Creation and use of design assets

Vald|Usage Example

It is useful to prepare uniformly toned icons based on the color guidelines so that you can use them in various scenes.

Vald assets collections


Since OSS itself is an intangible asset that has abstract features, logo designs and design assets that visually represent images are important. We hope that this Vald case study will be of help to those guys who are thinking of creating an OSS visual identity.

A highly scalable distributed fast approximate nearest neighbor dense vector search engine.