Regarding logo design:
- The color scheme on the new logo idea was choosen because it aligns with Apache's dark blue color and also lucidimagination.com and Solr.
Lucid Imagination Logo:
Lucene's logo, and even worse Lucene.Net's hacked version of it is pretty ugly. It's hard to read, doesn't imply anything, and as Michael said, would be more appropriate for an emblem on the side of a classic car than as a product logo for a modern technology.
In the new logo, the idea behind the hexagons was to show multiple sources coming together in an index. Best I could come up with at the time.
I'm not a huge fan of the green used in the Lucene logo either. So I'd prefer not to repeat it's use. Another more pleasant green might work out though..
I mostly just wanted to get the discussion rolling and wanted to have something reasonably pleasant to look at as a placeholder in the website template. I'm a software engineer, not a graphic designer. I'm sure there are MANY people out there who can design a better logo than me. I hope so. Let's get them involved.
I think we should open a logo design contest. We can accept submissions and vote on the results. Worked for CouchDB not that long ago. It will give our more social users something (else) to blog about.