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As of October 2021, APL does not have a logo like many other programming languages do. After a consensus at their September 9th 2021 webinar, BAA will head an effort to adopt a universal vendor-agnostic logo for APL. This article collects draft proposals for the universal APL logo. Feel free to add your own.

To leave feedback on or ideas for the existing proposals, see the Discussion page.

For reference, the logos of a selection of other programming languages are illustrated here.

Proposals

APL logo light.png Cube Apple

APL logo light.png

This is a cube, which is a common APL motif, e.g. used for APL2 (including the book APL2 at a glance), APL*PLUS and Dyalog APL. However, one quarter has been modified to resemble a leaf, thus making the cube into an apple, another common association with APL. The leaf is supposed to hint at the Del which symbolises function definition and has been used in application icons for APL+ and APLX. The green colours come from IBM's modern Carbon design to honour IBM's role APL's history. The lettering spells out "APL" while also hinting at APL's usage of special glyphs; here ⍝⍴⌊ which look very close to the forms found in the widespread APL385 Unicode font.

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Nested bitmaps logo.png Nested Bitmaps

Nested bitmaps logo dark.png
Alternative nested bitmap logos
Nested bitmaps logo.png

This logo is a reinterpretation based on the classic APL apple with the leaf styled as a filled Del which symbolises function definition and has been used in application icons for APL+ and APLX. The green colour comes from IBM's modern Carbon design to honour IBM's role APL's history. The apple is subdivided into a rectangular pattern which is supposed to invoke a matrix and the middle row in turn holds three 4-row, 3-column Boolean matrices to spell out "APL" as bitmaps. This matrix of matrices hints at APL's multi-dimensional nested arrays. The logo exists in various variations, and each comes has a version for light backgrounds and one for dark backgrounds.

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Script logo.png Script apple Script logo filled.png

Script logo.png
Script logo filled.png

This apple logo is a basic update of IBM's classic "I like APL" promotional, but with the leaf styled as a filled Del which symbolises function definition and has been used in application icons for APL+ and APLX. The colours comes from IBM's modern Carbon design to honour IBM's role APL's history. The script lettering commemorates APL's origins as handwritten notation and at the same time symbolises the ease with which APL is written. On dark backgrounds, the lettering would be produced in white rather than black. The logo also exists as a filled green version.

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Parallel Lines.png Parallel Lines

Parallel Lines.png

This logo is from the cover of the original edition of Paul Berry's SHARP APL Reference Manual.

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Ligature Original.jpg Ligatures

Ligature Original.jpg

Ligature Separated.jpg Ligature Separated Aligned.jpg Ligature AP.jpg

This is Jon McGrew's reworks of an original design by Joseph DeKerf that used the ITC Avant Garde font. The original is arguably ambiguously APL/ALP, hence the alternative versions.

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Display matrix.png Display matrix

Display matrix.png

This is the output from the classic DISPLAY function when applied to the matrix 1 3APL.

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QuadAPLAlt.png Quad APL

QuadAPLAlt.png
QuadAPL.png

This is the design by LdBeth that plotted by the MetaPost program below. It is composed visually by Quad, And, Circle (Pi), Left Tack, and forms the stylized "APL". One day he needs an icon for his APL keyboard layout, and he spent an hour to do the sketching and wrote the code in his favorite font design tool MetaFont. The right one is the old, original one. There might be alternative glyphs, and he will gladly accept any interesting suggestions for improvements.

MetaFont code converted to MetaPost for vectorized output.
% show bound box
prologues := 2;
beginfig(1);
  % edge
  e=5;
  a=40;b=28;
  % misc points
  m=0.3a;n=0.5b;t=2;
  % center
  z0=(e+n,e+0.4a);r=7;
  % quad
  z1=(e,e);z2=(e,a+e);z3=(b+e,a+e);z4=(b+e,e);
  % and
  z5=(e+t,e+m);z6=(e+n,e+0.8a);z7=(e+b-t,e+m);
  % pi
  z8=z0+(0,r);z9=z0+(r,0);
  z10=z0-(0,r);z11=z0-(r,0);
  % left
  z12=(z1+z4)/2;z13=z10-(0.3b,0);
  % draw
  pickup pencircle scaled 3;
  draw z1--z2--z3--z4--cycle;
  draw z5--z6--z7;
  draw z8..z9..z10..z11..cycle;
  draw z0--z12; draw z10--z13;
endfig;
end
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DirectionAndMagnitude.png Direction and Magnitude

DirectionAndMagnitude.png

The colors are taken from the Canadian flag.

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50yearsapple.png 50 Years Apple

50yearsapple.png

This is based on the logo that Dyalog Ltd. commissioned for APL's 50th anniversary, which was inspired by the original "I like APL" apple motif; the green colour also recognises this original motif. As with some of the other suggestions, the simplicity and single colour means that it would still work well when shrunk to the size of a favicon and could be rendered in black and white without loss of detail.

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APL Wiki Touch Square.png APL Wiki

APL Wiki Touch Square.png

The APL Wiki logo encapsulates features of APL, is visually striking and takes an interesting new approach over traditional apple or cube designs. Its use here has already established its independent, community-wide use. It works in a variety of sizes and its simple black and white palette makes it suitable for all media forms. It could be enhanced with the letters A P L either underneath, or within the middle dots of the middle row.

Clearly, if you visit the APL wiki you'd expect to see the APL logo - and perhaps you already do.

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Plain Ellipse.png Plain Ellipse

Plain Ellipse.png

This is a plain ellipse designed by Juda Brudzewsky. It is similar to the logo of PHP, using the warning red from IBM's Carbon design. The font is reminiscent of Clarendon used for the covers of IBM's manuals at the time when APL first appeared. Note that APL\360's name was originally always styled in italics, technology permitted.

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Angular Textured Apple.png Angular Textured Apple

Angular Textured Apple.png

This apple-based logo is designed by Aaron Brudzewsky. It uses realistic textures exclusively, for a crisp fresh look. The angles and orthogonally constructed letters hint at APL's emphasis on orthogonal arrays.

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LampRhoDownstile.png
Lamp Rho Downstile

LampRhoDownstile.png

IBM Carbon green lettering of "APL" stylised as APL's glyphs ⍝⍴⌊ in a manner that is very close to the forms found in the widespread APL385 Unicode font.

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