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As the author of the free and open-source package matlab2tikz, I was going to create a nice-looking logo for the software that is easily recognized on MATLAB's file exchange and representative of matlab2tikz' capabilities.

Any ideas for combining MATLAB with the awesomeness of LaTeX in one iconic figure?

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  • Great idea. I like it. Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 5:14

8 Answers 8

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This is courtesy of my friend Ariel:

enter image description here

And its evolution and variations: enter image description here

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    Simple, clean and professional!
    – bersanri
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 17:41
  • Where is the source code? What was the tool used to generate such beautiful logo?
    – juliohm
    Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 21:20
  • There is no source code. It is manual and conceptual work and Photoshop. @Nico I can provide high resolution images, just contact me.
    – Jan
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 8:06
  • All shapes are quite straight here so I guess given the images here any tracing tool could produce a reasonably good SVG representation. Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 12:14
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My little contribution to a great package which helped me lot of times. I am grateful to @Nico.

Scroll down for various versions.

\documentclass[tikz,margin=0pt,dvipsnames]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations, decorations.text,shadows}
\begin{document}
  \begin{tikzpicture}
    \node[draw=white,line width=4pt,rounded corners = 10pt,fill=Orange!20,anchor=south west,inner sep=-1pt,outer sep=0pt] (image) at (0,0) {\includegraphics[width=4cm]{Matlab-Logo}};
    \begin{scope}[
        x={(image.south east)},
        y={(image.north west)}
    ]        
        \path[anchor=west, postaction={
                    decoration={raise=.37ex,
                    text along path,
                    text format delimiters={|}{|},
                    text={%
                            |\bfseries\footnotesize\color{red!70!black}|
                            matlab2tikz
                        },
                        text align=center,
                        reverse path
                    },
                    decorate
                }
            ]
              (0.55,0.85) arc (80:180:1.5cm); % (0,.45) -- (.6,.88);
        \path[line cap = round,color = OliveGreen,-latex, line width=2] (0.6,0.6) edge[bend left=28,opacity = .7] (0.8,0.18);
        \node[draw=Goldenrod!50!red,double,fill=olive!20,drop shadow] at (0.8,0.095) {Ti\textit{\color{orange}k}Z};
    \end{scope}
  \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Matlab-Logo is from http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Version -2

I am not a lawyer and hence have no idea if I am making mathworks angry !!!

\documentclass[tikz,margin=0pt,dvipsnames]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations, decorations.text,shadows}
\begin{document}
  \begin{tikzpicture}
    \node[draw=white,line width=4pt,rounded corners = 10pt,fill=Orange!20,anchor=south west,inner sep=-1pt,outer sep=0pt] (image) at (0,0) {\includegraphics[width=4cm,angle=90]{Matlab-Logo}}; %% Matlab-Logo  or  membrane1
    \begin{scope}[
        x={(image.south east)},
        y={(image.north west)}
    ]
        \path[anchor=west, postaction={
                    decoration={raise=.37ex,
                    text along path,
                    text format delimiters={|}{|},
                    text={%
                            |\bfseries\footnotesize\color{red!70!black}|
                            matlab2tikz
                        },
                        text align=center,
                        reverse path
                    },
                    decorate
                }
            ]
              (0.75,0.9) arc (80:140:3cm); % (0,.45) -- (.6,.88);        
        \node[draw=Goldenrod!50!red,double,fill=olive!20,drop shadow,anchor=south](tikz) at (0.37,0.095) {\Huge Ti\textit{\color{orange}k}Z};
        \path[line cap = round,color = OliveGreen,-latex, line width=2] (0.72,0.75) edge[in=0, out =0,opacity = 1] (tikz.east);
    \end{scope}
  \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} 

enter image description here

Version - 3

Let us not annoy mathworks ;-)

\documentclass[tikz,margin=0pt,dvipsnames]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations, decorations.text,shadows}    
\begin{document}
  \begin{tikzpicture}
    \node[draw=white,line width=4pt,rounded corners = 10pt,fill=Orange!20,anchor=south west,inner sep=-1pt,outer sep=0pt] (image) at (0,0) {\includegraphics[width=4cm]{logo2}}; %% Matlab-Logo  or  membrane1
    \begin{scope}[
        x={(image.south east)},
        y={(image.north west)}
    ]
        \path[anchor=west, postaction={
                    decoration={raise=.37ex,
                    text along path,
                    text format delimiters={|}{|},
                    text={%
                            |\bfseries\footnotesize\color{red!70!black}|
                            matlab2tikz
                        },
                        text align=center,
                        reverse path
                    },
                    decorate
                }
            ]
              (0.55,0.85) arc (80:180:1.5cm); % (0,.45) -- (.6,.88);        
        \node[draw=Goldenrod!50!red,double,fill=olive!20,drop shadow,anchor=south] (tikz) at (0.8,0.045) {\LARGE Ti\textit{\color{orange}k}Z};
        \node[draw=Blue!50!red,double,fill=blue!10,anchor=south] (matlab) at (0.2,0.25) {\fontsize{3}{4}\selectfont\scshape Matlab};
        \path[line cap = rect,color = Red!80!green,-latex, line width=1] (matlab.east) edge[out=0,in=180,opacity = 1] (tikz.west);
    \end{scope}
  \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

enter image description here

And the logo2 -- membrane plotted in matlab:

enter image description here

and the matlab code:

L = membrane; 
s = surf(L) , view(-52,30), axis off; colormap('cool');
camlight; shading interp;
set(s, 'facelighting', 'phong', 'facealpha', 0.9);

version - 4

Nico wants LaTeX to appear and I don't want to drop TikZ ;-)

\documentclass[tikz,margin=0pt,dvipsnames]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations, decorations.text,shadows}
\usepackage{palatino}
\begin{document}
  \begin{tikzpicture}
    \node[draw=white,line width=4pt,rounded corners = 10pt,fill=Orange!20,anchor=south west,inner sep=-1pt,outer sep=0pt] (image) at (0,0) {\includegraphics[width=4cm]{logo3}}; %% Matlab-Logo  or  membrane1
    \begin{scope}[
        x={(image.south east)},
        y={(image.north west)}
    ]
        \node[text width= 4cm,align=center,opacity=.15,color=Orange!20] at (0.5,0.5){
        \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX
        \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX
        \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX
        \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ \LaTeX\ };
        \path[anchor=west, postaction={
                    decoration={raise=.37ex,
                    text along path,
                    text format delimiters={|}{|},
                    text={%
                            |\bfseries\footnotesize\color{red!70!black}|
                            matlab2tikz
                        },
                        text align=center,
                        reverse path
                    },
                    decorate
                }
            ]
              (0.55,0.85) arc (80:180:1.5cm); % (0,.45) -- (.6,.88);
        \node[draw=Goldenrod!50!red,double,fill=olive!20,drop shadow,anchor=south] (tikz) at (0.8,0.045) {\LARGE Ti\textit{\color{orange}k}Z};
        \node[draw=Blue!50!red,double,fill=blue!10,anchor=south] (matlab) at (0.2,0.25) {\fontsize{3}{4}\selectfont\scshape Matlab};
        \path[line cap = rect,color = Red!80!green,-latex, line width=1] (matlab.east) edge[out=0,in=180,opacity = 1]node[midway,sloped,color=white,scale=0.6,transform shape]{\fontsize{3}{4}\selectfont \raisebox{-1.8ex}{{\large{2}}}} (tikz.west);
    \end{scope}
  \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Play around by putting

\node[draw=Goldenrod!50!red,double,fill=olive!20,drop shadow,anchor=south] (tikz) at (0.8,0.045) {\LARGE .tikz};
\node[draw=Blue!50!red,double,fill=blue!10,anchor=south] (matlab) at (0.2,0.25) {\fontsize{3}{4}\selectfont .fig};

to indicate the conversion.

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    Dear downvoter, Thank you for the downvote. Kindly suggest improvements through a comment besides downvoting.
    – user11232
    Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 15:01
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    Nice! Just a minor detail; perhaps you could modify the code so that the color in the region where the green arrow body meets the arrow tip has the same shade as the rest of the arrow? Currently there is a darker little region there. Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 1:08
  • I'm not sure if one is allowed remix the MATLAB(r) logo in that way. After all, it's trademarked. Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 9:01
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    I think it would be rather unsettling to see such a cool show case - and the result has not been generated with the software at all. I believe it would be cool if the image would have been output of matlab2tikz. Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 18:36
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    @Nico m2t doesnot work on the last image. I haven't tried with the simpler image (without transparecy, hue etc) though. Can you pleaase run the matlab code above and see if you can modify m2t so that it converts? I don't like to simplify the image :)
    – user11232
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 22:23
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A more playful proposal

TeX Lion plus MatLab wizardry!

It's a pity TikZ does not have a mascot!

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    This has amused me quite exceptionally. Great idea! :-D Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 19:51
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Here is what I think about your wonderful contribution :)

\documentclass[tikz]{standalone}
\begin{document}    
\begin{tikzpicture}
\node[font=\Huge\bfseries] 
        {\textbackslash\hspace{-1ex} \includegraphics[height=19pt,trim=0 150 0 0]{matlablogo};};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Matlab Logo is taken from here under the impression that it is CC license. But I'm pretty sure mathworks will try to deny that. So it's best to change a color tiny bit and change the view angle exactly 1 degrees such that it's not the official logo any more but a mathematical function that has nothing to do with mathworks.

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    I'm not a lawyer, but I think it'd be hard to get away with a 1-degree change in the view angle. That would mean that the smallest correction (e.g., changing one pixel) obliterates an entire design. We could possibly use the membrane plot though. Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 15:25
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    @Nico You never know. Depends on your lawyer :) Vairis' plot might save you anyhow with mesh lines.
    – percusse
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 16:18
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Version 1

I tried something like this in MATLAB:

surf(membrane), view(-52,30), axis off

Plus my favorite package (thank you @Nico):

matlab2tikz(['C:\...\logo.tex'])

Put this line to add the text in the logo file (tikZ):

\path (9,5) node[left,scale=6,rotate=15]{\LaTeX};

Included it in a file with all the necessary preambules

\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepackage{pstricks}

And came up with this:

Possible idea for the logo

Feel free to change stuff. Just wanted to add something to the community.

Version 2

Made a draft version with Sketch ->TeX for the arm (default example + tweaks) and MATLAB->TeX for the logo. Another possible idea for the logo

If interested, I can add all the parameters and code later.

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  • If you need the complete files, let me know ;)
    – Vairis
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 13:28
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    Hahaha great! it's like matlab, Che cavolo dici? gesture
    – percusse
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 8:49
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    @percusse your comment made my day
    – Vairis
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 8:56
  • @percusse found this comment a year later, made my day again. After this post I am actually using this phrase here and there... So - lifechanging, I guess
    – Vairis
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 9:42
  • Haha great. Fun is the cure to life !!
    – percusse
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 21:18
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Here's a simple logo:

It can be easily altered to fit a horizontal format or to have a dark background.

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This may also serve as a starting point for something fancier - I'm no designer and my creativity is not great in the graphical department.

Proposed Logo

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Fun contribution in the style of David O'Reilly from someone who wants to remain anonymous.

m2t

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    I think the very much speaks to the average MATLAB user. ;) Commented Sep 29, 2013 at 13:14
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    Comic Sans? Oh lord...
    – Holene
    Commented Sep 30, 2013 at 8:37
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    This must have been designed by MathWorks for OS X! ;-) Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 19:52

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