SoftPerfect RAM Disk software icons and logo

The Task

To design a logo, software application icon and an installer picture for the SoftPerfect RAM Disk.

SoftPerfect software developers did not set any restrictions nor give any sketches; the only thing they had in mind was “perhaps a picture of a random-access memory chip can do the job”.

About SoftPerfect RAM Disk

SoftPerfect RAM Disk is a high-performance RAM disk application that creates a virtual disk entirely stored in the computer memory accessible in Windows Explorer and other applications. As the memory is much faster than physical hard disks, storing temporary or intensively-accessed data on a fast in-memory disk increases PC performance and protects the hard disk from extra wear and tear.

The Solution

What I definitely didn’t want to do was to draw a memory chip. Firstly, because most software that has anything to do with computer memory involves a RAM chip image. Secondly, the SoftPerfect RAM Disk icon is supposed to stay in the system tray, and therefore should look well in 16x16 pixel size and 256 colours while remaining clearly identifiable. And finally, a picture of a chip is just boring.

So... what if I take a ram for RAM?

Sheep, SoftPerfect RAM Disk icon design inspiration
Sheep Lucas from Adelaide Hills agreed to pose for sketches and photos in exchange for a carrot and two apples.

The Result

SoftPerfect RAM Disk installer: Let's RAM a disk
The picture for the SoftPerfect RAM Disk installer. I came up with the “Let’s RAM a disk” greeting during the of drawing process, and the words were added to the picture immediately.
SoftPerfect RAM Disk icons
The icons for the SoftPerfect RAM disk software and the program logo. Simple, unique, bright, funny and literally meaningful

The programmers were quite surprised with the solution, and they loved it!

Copyright Notice

The icons and the installer picture are the parts of the SoftPerfect RAM Disk software, and therefore cannot be used without SoftPerfect Research permission, except for the purposes directly related to the SoftPerfect RAM Disk software.

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