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Smashing Magazine Logo Contest

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Few days ago we’ve re-aligned the Smashing Magazine web-site, changed the theme and – most importantly – re-designed the navigation menu. So far so good. However, in the end we’ve found ourselves in a dilemma – Smashing Magazine doesn’t have a proper logo, which would mark our identity and relate to the subjects we cover on our pages.

In fact, we need a unique, fresh and stylish logo. And since you determine the content of Smashing Magazine1, we’d like you to help us in creating it. So, basically, this is what this post is about.

Hereby we announce the Smashing Magazine Logo Contest for the most creative, clean and fresh logo for our web-site.

Update (14.03.2007): Link

You can submit 1-3 designs. You can also send us a watermarked version. But you can be sure that we won’t use any of your logos for our purposes without your permission.

Update (16.03.2007): Link

We’ve received 14 logos from Mexico, South Africa, Canada, USA, UK, Spain and Italy. We’re expecting your designs, too, you know ;).

Update (27.03.2007): Link

Four days to go. We have received 82 logos so far.

Here is the list of all 50 participants of the contest so far.

  • Andrew Butterworth
  • Kyle Mistry
  • Ruan Deyzel
  • jak@jakjak.net
  • Nelson Garcia
  • Salvo Nicolosi
  • Justin Gardner
  • Samuel Mularczyk
  • Michael Bleigh
  • Ben Clinch
  • Aloke Pillai
  • Mike Anderson
  • Hugo Beltran
  • Mike O.
  • Konstantin Lang
  • Jesus Riera
  • Elena Gafita
  • Lane Allen
  • Hulub “Teddyx” Teodor
  • Ryan Brennan
  • igor
  • Roland Hidvegi
  • Kantor Andrei
  • Precup Alexandru
  • Brian Mayzure
  • Alec Julien
  • Gabriel Agu
  • Joanna Betlej
  • Lance Waldrop
  • Florin Hatmanu
  • Knol Aust
  • Suszter Viktor
  • Robert Karpati
  • Glen Ainscow
  • phunk83
  • Francesco Importa
  • Roberto Cecchi
  • Myriam Balian
  • Bruno Rosa
  • Daniel Marina
  • Djurdjica Selec
  • Roland Liechti
  • Marcel Villerius
  • Matt Harzewski
  • Victor Fedyuk
  • Stefan Asemonta
  • Kyle Easter
  • Dodjie Buncab

Update (29.03.2007): Link

22 more participants, 37 more logos. 2 days to go.

New participants:

  • Mike Secreto
  • Kashif Rahman
  • Josue Sierra
  • Hulub Teodor
  • Goce Mitevski (monsteer)
  • Hardi P
  • Denis Perekhrest
  • Kaitlyn Allen
  • Jeremy (jrmy0641)
  • Allan Garcia
  • mat taylor
  • Mostaque Ahammed
  • Mihai Florea
  • Christine Noonan
  • Oli Kooc Media
  • Istvan Farkas
  • sadia belanger
  • Rico Desjardins
  • Okuonghae maxim / maxximovitch
  • Foppe Hemminga
  • Matthew Ravenhall
  • Jason Anonuevo

Update (01.04.2007): Link

No more entries are accepted. We have received 192 logos from 105 participants worldwide.

Thanks for your time, your inspiration, your dedication. We appreciate it.

Here is the list of new participants (30.03 – 31.03):

  • Anna Bergström
  • Virus Minus
  • Samuel Le Morvan
  • Katie Mathieson
  • Kaela Stanley
  • Marshall McDonald
  • hanifan verdi
  • Dave Howarth
  • Mario Carcaterra
  • k shea
  • Sylvain Plaideux
  • Achmad Bisri
  • Vladislav Makevich
  • Dragos
  • Dan Loffler
  • Frank Muller
  • Reynante “Reynan” Alibuyog
  • Ryan Helsing
  • Alexandra Polido
  • Alex Molchan
  • sagara sagara
  • Tim Luckey
  • Manolis Gerasidis
  • Luis Simoes
  • Muhammad Najib Bin Abdul Rahim
  • Manolis Gerasidis
  • li song
  • Xiao Peng
  • Yuan Giersdorf
  • Marcos Guiponi
  • Melissa Scroggins
  • Diana Ilithya
  • adanVecindad

Over the next few days we’ll present most interesting works and announce the winner.

What about a reward? Link

The winner gets the SimpleTech SimpleDrive External. It’s a stylish, quick external hard drive with 250 GB capacity and Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Besides, winner’s name will appear in the footer of every Smashing Magazine’s web-page – as long as we use it, of course.

SimpleTech SimpleDrive External Hard Drive

Since we don’t know, which country the winner will come from, we might get in problem delivering the hard drive to some countries of the world. Don’t worry about it, we’ll find an appropriate solution.

What is required? Link

In order to participate, design

  • a distinctive Smashing Magazine logo for our header.
    Max. height: 65px.
    Max. size: 20 Kb.
    Format: .gif or .png.
  • a Favicon.
    Size: 16x16px or 32x32px.
    Format: .ico.

The logo has to be related to the topics we cover in Smashing Magazine. Take a look around and select themes you think are most appropriate.

Send your designs via e-mail at office at smashingmagazine dot com with subject “Logo Contest”. Mention your name, your URL and the country you come from. If it’s possible send us also a brief description of your design and the theme you’ve selected. We’d like to know, which idea has been the driving force behind design. We’d like you to be creative. We’d like you to get really excited about it. At least as excited as we are.

May I participate? Link

Sure! If you’d like to.

Deadline? Link

We’ll consider all designs we receive until the 31st of March 2007. In the beginning of April we’ll present most interesting works and announce the winner.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/10/8-things-you-should-know-about-smashing-magazine/
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    YIPPY-SKIPPY!

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    I like external Hard-Drives! I like making logos! I like winning things!

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2007 2:21 am

    Thanks, jwo: we respect your position.

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    I just discovered this fantastic website…one word: Wow.

    Smashing Magazine’s da bomb. Amazing. Huge thumbs up guys.

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    I’m with Jwo on this one; I came to post the same link. Logo competitions are ways of soliciting free work from designers without paying them. The assumption is that designers “love” working on logos so much, that they’ll do them for free.

    Submitting work to logo competitions is a way of telling the world that your field is so devalued that you’ll work for free. Would you ask ten doctors to all give you free check-ups because they love being doctors so much? Then, when it’s all over, you’ll tell one of them that they’re the best — instead of paying them all for their work?

    This isn’t a slam against Smashing Magazine, but towards design/logo competitions in general.

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    I’m with Jwo on this one; I came to post the same link. Logo competitions are ways of soliciting free work from designers without paying them. The assumption is that designers “love” working on logos so much, that they’ll do them for free.

    Submitting work to logo competitions is a way of telling the world that your field is so devalued that you’ll work for free. Would you ask ten doctors to all give you free check-ups because they love being doctors so much? Then, when it’s all over, you’ll tell one of them that they’re the best — instead of paying them all for their work?

    This isn’t a slam against Smashing Magazine, but towards design/logo competitions in general.

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    Hey Guys, Awesome idea. I just submited my entry, but your email system is rejecting ico files. Just thought everyone should be aware. I’ll re-send via a zip file.

    Josue

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    Is there a color (or a colorsheme) that you want to see in the logo?
    (Sorry for my bad English, I come from Holland)

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    Sorry about the double-post, everybody!

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2007 6:00 am

    @bart: you are absolutely free in your decisions! Surprise us!

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2007 6:01 am

    @Josue Sierra: sorry, we didn’t get anything.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2007 6:02 am

    @Chris: you have a point. However it’s not that we just ask our readers to create a logo for free. Everybody is free to decide whether he/she wants to participate or not.

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    I am in! i will be sending the logo.

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    Now, would it be alright if I were to send in a low-resolution, watermarked logo and favicon, and keep the full-scale images to be sent only if they’re chosen?

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    Can we send in multiple entries?

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    This should be fun, good luck everybody.

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    I am with jwo and Christopher on this issue calling for free design work.

    Not only AIGA has the before mentioned guidelines for professional work, the AGD, BDG and BVDW (all Germany) too.

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    I really love this Website but I’m also with jwo and Christopher.

    Let Designers send you some Logos of their Portfolio and then choose one to create your Logo.

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    What is the maximum number of entries?

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2007 6:44 pm

    Update (14.03.2007): You can submit 1-3 designs. You can also send us a watermarked version. But you can be sure that we won’t use any of your logos for our purposes without your permission.

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    Its completely upto the designer to choose whether they participate or not. To voice your opinion is obviously your right, but it seems a pretentious and lofty stance on this matter.

    Its all very well for design professionals to hold this lofted view that the design industry is something which should be charged accordingly. I myself see what i do as an art form, and as with any artist enjoy the process of creation, as well as being given an opportunity to showcase new designers rather than larger companies holding monopolies on design specific areas.

    I will be submitting an attempt and look forward to seeing what other designers have created. We are in a creative industry and therefor let those that wish o be creative, get creative and maybe step down off that pedastool.

    Love to smashingmag and contributors.

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    I second wez’ opinion.

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    wow you guys just lost all the respect i had for you

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    wez
    we’re all entitled to opinions. Beautiful thing about free societies and ability to pursue happiness.
    But one point I’d like to make: graphic design is a different profession than art. The difference is what successful graphic design does is not an individual expression, like art. It is a representation of an idea or concept that is not the individual. If you want to do art for free, that’s your prerogative. But please at least acknowledge it undermines the value of the design profession. That’s not lofty, or semantics. It’s true. And why so many organizations have established such a position – to establish shared value of the profession and practitioners.

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    to jwo, chris and all your likeminded fellow graphic design pussies: please stop whining. this site is great so why not give something great back? and after all it is a contest, so all of you well established professionals really don’t need to participate and present yourself anyways, do you?

    and btw: giving out something for free undermines its value? gee, you need to think about the concept of “making a present”! :-)

    br, schub

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    schub, you are confused.
    I love to make presents. I do it all the time. I also make a living designing logos. These are two different things.

    I have a question I’m sure you can answer correctly; advertising on smashingmagazine.com:
    a. free
    b. not free

    b, correct.

    Did you actually read AIGA’s point on spec work or are you commenting on my comment?

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    To JWO – I do agree with your stance, but I think you should try and put yourself in the position of a young designer who is struggling to break in to the industry.

    To such a person, the exposure of having your work on this site (plus link at the bottom of every page) may be worth a lot more than what an established professional might charge for a logo. The value is relative.

    And lets face it, the authors of this site – who are design professionals – aren’t going to pay anyone to do a logo, they’d do it themselves. I think this has to be seen as an opportunity.

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    To JWO,
    Undermining the design profession has nothing to do with particular situation. SM offer a regular update of useful resources that are used by myself, others and even you.

    So perhaps instead of thinking this is a ‘free’ project for SM, granted the drive is a nice return for the winner, perhaps consider that you are giving something back to an invaluable resource.

    I would consider your position, and indeed your are quite correct in that it is neither profitable or correct for companies to play designers off against one another in return for no fee (not sm’s case), but that is not this particular instance in my opinion. You are entitled to choose how you operate in this instance and i presume you will be offering no submission?

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    Also… Design is a creative industry and individual expression in terms of operating to a brief. Each designer puts a bit of themselves in what they do, if we didnt would you be no different than someone on a factory work line turning out the same product again and again.

    Individual practice and operation is an art form, just as painting a canvas. If you take away the creativity and a designers ability to interpret a brief for themselves what differentiates you from any other designer?

    design love to all

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