The lab combines two key elements: high-tech computation (machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence, algorithms, social networks, etc.) and a focus on global development (fighting poverty in Africa, reducing corruption, lowering inequality, etc.). The ideal logo would somehow capture elements of both of these key concepts.
While I am open to being inspired by any effective and beautiful design, my thinking is that I'd like a logo that is modern, sparse, and relatively abstract. Ideally, the logo would contain the acronym DIDL and the words "Data-Intensive Development Lab", but if you are able to do something amazing that only has either the acronym OR the words, feel free to show me the way. If there's an easy way to incorporate the UC Berkeley bear logo, that's cool too, but definitely not essential.
Other groups that do related work include (I don't love any of their logos, but you can see how they have also tried to mix a conceptual "global" focus with a more abstract/modern design):
- http://www.poverty-action.org/ (i like the globe)
- http://www.worldbank.org/ (i like the globe)
- https://www.planet.com/ (love the simplicity)
- http://escience.washington.edu/ (like the conceptual network)
- http://www.unglobalpulse.org/ (don't love it)
- https://realimpactanalytics.com/en/data-for-good (don't love it)