New MayaData Logo: Change is the new constant

We have got some very exciting news to share today - MayaData has a whole new look.

As we continue to grow we want our brand to look consistent throughout and have a story, a meaning in its identity/icon with which we can relate to - A brand that reflects what we do, what we believe in and why we exist.

MayaData is evolving

 

Mayadata old logo
Mayadata new logo

We, as a company, have grown up over the years and the existing Mule (mascot and identity) being the first identity we were connected to it. We hesitated to give up on our mule. It’s funny and cute look had got the attention of many people. They started recognizing the mule in all those major events, especially in Kubecon. We had to give up on our mascot, as our open-source project OpenEBS was sandboxed by the Cloud Native Foundation (CNCF) to which the mule was connected to. While the Mule remains the logo of the CNCF project, OpenEBS, MayaData needs a cleaner logo that better reflects our mission to deliver data agility.

Mule

litmus mule

If it was, then why changing the brand identity was required?

Marketing Challenges:

MayaData has many different projects and products. With the years of growth and releases of different products/projects at different times, the existing identity/logo of the company couldn’t blend well with the rest of the new launches. Guidelines never existed and with the new designer’s coming in, it started becoming a challenge in terms of what goes where and how. For example, over the websites, marketing and printing collateral, business cards, for different colored backgrounds and so on.

Business card

Design Challenges:

We had a few broken pieces in terms of consistency, design, contrast, form and different typeface for each logo. It was not a clear representation of what we do. It wasn’t simple and distinctive, something which could do the job better. It turned out to be limiting the usage. It failed the contrast ratio on many of the darker backgrounds.

openebs on dark background
 
litmus on dark background

You now know about the real pain of a designer! The situation was something like looking for an oasis in the middle of the desert.

So, we decided to act on it and convince everyone afraid of this change. Since we believe “Change is the only constant”.

Let’s move forward…

The new logo is a representation of what we as a company do and want to achieve. Before starting off with the design we had picked a few keywords that could help us achieve the form.

KEYWORDS

Keywords
Here’s how each small element is combined together to achieve what we really wanted. You would see the elimination of elements in each step. Hence, reducing the design to its bare essentials.

An end result is a form of visual clarity and with a handful of a modern twist - one that can scale easily and work better in various places.

Form development and form refinement

Form development

CONCEPT BRIEF

The name MayaData - In Sanskrit Maya means Magic - and our goal is to delight users with a magical experience. We are also proud that we are a global company with deep roots in India, and data means statistics. The entire form as a whole is a representation of a container, a box in a three-dimensional layout, letter M and speed. Within the box, there’s a notion of one more box which represents Container Attached Storage (and that’s what we do).

The empty space between both the boxes gives a representation of letter M. Since, we had M in a mule shaped form in the old logo we wanted to keep that in the new form as well.
If you look at the entire form carefully, it has two arrows pointing upwards to and downwards, which represents agility. When you combine all the pieces together it gives us a connection to the core meaning on which MayaData is built, i.e “Delivering Data Agility”.

Final Logo and variationsMayadata all together

Other Product & Project LogosAll Products together

We have kept one Logo Icon to avoid the confusion which we had earlier, all our projects and community were quietly known from our Open Source platform “OpenEBS” but users weren’t aware that MayaData is the company behind it all.

To have more clarity on the usage, please go through the Brand Guidelines.

In the months to come, you'll see a few more visual changes around MayaData orbiting in this new direction; on our websites, blogs, ads, and products (though not in a way that will hamper the critical business of getting things done). I mean, we are still us. But more consistent and strong. Check us out at https://mayadata.io

 

Uma Mukkara
Uma Mukkara is the co-founder and COO at MayaData. At MayaData co-created two open source projects OpenEBS and LitmusChaos at MayaData. Uma is also a maintainer of the LitmusChaos project. Uma's interests include research and contributions to the areas of cloud-native data management and cloud-native chaos engineering. Uma holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and software engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from S.V.University, Tirupati, India.
Prateek Pandey
Software Engineer at MayaData
Murat Karslioglu
VP @OpenEBS & @MayaData_Inc. Murat Karslioglu is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, and startup advisor with over 15 years of experience in storage, distributed systems, and enterprise hardware development. Prior to joining MayaData, Murat worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise / 3PAR Storage in various advanced development projects including storage file stack performance optimization and the storage management stack for HPE’s Hyper-converged solution. Before joining HPE, Murat led virtualization and OpenStack integration projects within the Nexenta CTO Office. Murat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Sakarya University, Turkey, as well as a number of IT certifications. When he is not in his lab, he loves to travel, advise startups, and spend time with his family. Lives to innovate! Opinions my own!