If you are planning to make a logotype that consists of the name of your project combined with a visual element then what you will be looking for is an icon that symbolizes your project in a very clear way.
The last thing we want to do therefore, is to make a picture. Symbols are not pictures, they are visual condensations of a concept, an idea, an activity. While pictures tell stories that are part of a timeline, symbols show a single condensed instance - there is no "before" and "after". Symbols therefore give an indirect or abstract reference to what it is that they represent, they do not tell stories. Big big difference from a picture, and you should be aware of this difference so that you don’t end up painting pictures instead of making a logo symbol or an icon.
These two owl visuals above will give a clear idea of what is meant by the difference between a picture and a symbol:
The owl on the left is a picture. It tells a story. We are only seeing a moment in a timeline. Something happened before this moment, and something will happen in the future. The owl on the right is a symbol. It does not tell a story. Instead, it is a representation of the “concept” of an owl. And this abstract approach is what a logotype icon calls for.
The icons below should give you an idea as to what it is that we are in search of:
Light on Detail
Search Terms: Nature, Organic
Search Terms: Food, Gastronomy
Search Terms: Happy, Fun
Search Terms: Coffee, Cafe
Search Terms: Communication, Internet, Network
Search Terms: Gaming, Computers
Search Terms: Sports, Activity