I recently needed to create some 3d renderings of the Hewlett Packard (HP) logo, and before I could begin, I needed to create the cleanest vector source file (with as few points) as possible to use as a basis in my 3d modeling program. You’ve read about the process in my posts about the Google Maps and NFL logos, and this situation was exactly the same. Clean source art works the best!
Since it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have a need for this blue HP logo ever again, I’m offering the source file I created here on the blog, free for the taking.
And I’ve actually got a lot of leftover 3d illustrations from that project that were never published anywhere (because they kind of suck), and I’m contemplating whether or not to post them here. They certainly aren’t doing any good sitting unused and neglected in my archives, so it wouldn’t hurt to make them public. But they really aren’t all that amazing either, so I’m not sure how much value they have. I’ll think about it…
On a side note, I think it’s interesting how working closely with an iconic logo such as this makes me see things that I’ve never seen before. Halfway through building this, I was starting to think that I had messed up somewhere because it wasn’t looking like the HP logo I had in my mind (the one that’s been burned into my brain since childhood). The H and P characters looked too thin and compact…or something. But I was spot on according to the official branding guidelines from HP. Weird.