We are a brand new iPhone development company. We are developing casual games for the iPhone/iPod touch and we need a logo/brand that will stand out, but not be too overwhelming.
The major use of the logo will be website branding and for splash screens on the games. I don't anticipate it being used for small application icons. We'll be holding additional contests for those when the time comes.
Use your creativity! Incorporate the company name into the design somehow.
I'd also like "straw"/"strawman" incorporated somehow. Obvious general ideas are a man made of straw (e.g. a scarecrow, although not exactly like the Wizard of Oz one), a farmer sitting on straw bales, someone chewing on a piece of straw. Maybe even drinking straws, if you've got a good concept around that.
I really like the logo for http://backflipstudios.com/, if that gives you an idea of what I'm going for. Nothing too complicated, but that is memorable and sticks out a bit.
Ideally, the logo could be used in silhouette form, like on a t-shirt, and still be recognizable, with or without the company name.
UPDATE: I found a concept that I like, and I've attached the image that I found. Obviously, it doesn't work as is, since the strawman is crossed out. It was originally at http://www.treppenwitz.com/2005/11/…_fair.html. I like that the character is completely made of straw, rather than having a head made of something else (like a pumpkin).