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  • Many of you have asked to see the MCAI NY team’s requested additions to the list of finalists. We have nothing to hide and we believe you have a right to know. We only wish these designs could have been officially recognized by having been included from the beginning. (There were actually several more we would have liked included, but we felt at the time that the more we requested, the more difficult it would be to have our choices considered at all, so we trimmed the list down to these thirteen.)

    These are the designs we asked to have added as finalists:

    Storytelling by Titania 7

    Stories from the Field Logo by Dan Vlahos

    Eyewitness by Orn Smari Gislason

    Stories from the Field Design .04 by Tsang Seymour

    Stories from the Field Logo by Atkinson

    Record Play Stop by 9b0

    Open Window by Vinu

    Eye See Stories by Chotaro

    The Filmic Eye by Irene Hoffman

    Stories from the Field by Can Lam

    Depth of Field by Nathan Turner

    Circular Logic by Raymund Maravilla

    Ziad Abu Ghali Option

    These two entries made the D21 list and also placed high on our list of favorites:

    Square with Filmstrip by David Muhlfeld

    Stories from the Field by Abi Huynh

    Once again, we extend our sincere thanks to all who participated.

  • STORYTELLING Takes First Place

    Communication, Communication Design

    The First Place Design selected by the MCAI NY team is


    We congratulate them!

    The design team are Anna Kamjou, design strategy director, Franz Enmark, senior designer, Frida Frisén, account manager, and Nikolaj Kledzik, senior designer, of 802 Kommunikation AB, in Stockholm, Sweden.

    The 802 design team have been notified and have accepted our invitation to work with us on an identity program for the festival.

    We would like to take this opportunity to also congratulate the popular choice, Beyond the Boundary, by Yuko Inagaki, of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which received the most votes from among Design 21 members, and will be awarded the $500 prize.

    We support Design 21 in their work to foster "Better design for the greater good" and we thank them for sponsoring this contest. Nonprofits like ours don't always have the funds to hire top designers. My co-producer and I have worked for four years, on a strictly volunteer basis, to create and produce the Stories from the Field festival. MCAI NY, which presents it, is an all-volunteer organization. But being poor doesn't stop us from wanting the best. This contest and the 802 design team gave us a chance to have it, and we are grateful.

  • We know how anxious many of you are to know who the MCAI NY team chose and to see the first place design. We are very proud of our choice and eager to share it with you.

    We have notified the creator of the design and when that person responds, we will be happy to give you their name and a link to their design.

    As you can imagine, there have been many emails and postings regarding the competition outcome. We will respond to everyone as soon as we can.

  • continued - part 3

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    Now what? We hoped the Design 21 jury would agree with us that excellence trumps ceremony, and the best design should win. As judges ourselves, albeit of film, we know that judging is not easy – and certainly not a perfect science. Sometimes winners get overlooked.

    The Design 21 judges felt, as they have stated, that to admit our choices would have been to change the rules, which they could not do midstream. We would have to pick from among their choices or forfeit the declaration of a winner.

    We accepted their decision, but decided to stay true to what we believe is the best design for our festival.

    The design we chose personifies what Stories from the Field is about, and does so in a way that is both instantly recognizable and totally fresh. It is bold, eloquent, transcultural, and refreshingly simple. On the practical level, it can be applied across all media, in any size or color, and in several interesting configurations. The more we looked at it, the more we loved it.

    Some have chosen to interpret our actions as breaking the rules, disrespecting the judges, or not playing fair. We see it as being responsible. We have an important international event to run, one that we conceived and built from scratch. We care about it deeply and want the best for it.

    We don’t even know if the designer we chose will be interested in working with us, considering that there will be no prize money or recognition from Design 21. But we hope so.

  • continued - part 2

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    While the Design 21 team did their work, the producers of the festival looked through all 1,600 plus designs – several times, in fact – becoming familiar with many and truly impressed with several. We had no doubt those several would end up on the Design 21 list; they were too good not to.

    As marketing and visual communications professionals ourselves, as well as business owners, we know that a logo must be more than a pretty face. It must be as legible on an envelope as on a billboard, not lose meaning in black and white, not infringe on another organization’s copyright (or seem to), be applicable across all media, as well as meet other criteria both practical and aesthetic.

    When we received the Design 21 finalists, we were dismayed to find that only two of our thirteen contenders had made the list, but that many who did not meet the aforementioned criteria had. We asked the Design 21 jury to consider expanding the field with our choices, and we explained why.

    While they considered our request, we kept our appointment to judge the finalists – and we included our thirteen among them. It was a daylong process. We carefully considered every finalist, discussed the relative merits of each, and in the end, unanimously chose one – a Design 21 contestant that had not made the list of finalists.

    Now what? We hoped the Design 21 jury would agree with us that excellence trumps ceremony, and the best design should win. As judges ourselves, albeit of film, we know that ju...

  • New York, NY – If you have been following the progress of the online competition, sponsored by Design 21 Social Design Network to find a logo for the Stories from the Field film festival, you no doubt know that we were expecting to declare a winner on December 11, 2007. We regret that no such winner can be declared.

    We know there will be confusion and disappointment about this outcome, which was announced last night by Design 21, and we want everyone – our community and the hundreds of designers who participated in the competition – to know what happened, and to understand why, although we made a final choice, we cannot declare a winner.

    By the competition deadline of November 27 – an extended deadline of 24 hours, by the way, because the Design 21 servers had been overwhelmed by the rush of entries on November 26 – over 1,600 designs had been submitted, the largest showing ever for any Design 21 competition. They and we were ecstatic.

    On November 28, the Design 21 panel began to screen for a field of finalists, which they would hand off to the festival judges to choose a winner. They and we had agreed not to be limited by a number; however many designs proved worthy of consideration was the number we would review.

    While the Design 21 team did their work, the producers of the festival looked through all 1,600 plus designs – several times, in fact – becoming familiar with many and truly impressed with several. We had no doubt those several would end up on th...

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    My colleagues and I want to thank everyone who participated in the Stories from the Field logo design competition. We received over 1,600 entries -- what an amazing response! I am touched by the amount of thought and creativity that went into your efforts. As someone who believes deeply in the Stories mission, it makes me happy to know that the the logo we choose will have come up from a field of many worthy contenders. Please be assured that we are looking at every entry with the care and consideration it deserves.

  • Welcome, new members!

    Communication, Communication Design

    Our group is growing -- already touching three continents -- thank you for your support. We're excited to be a part of this creative Design 21 community and looking forward to a great competition. I invite you to start a conversation, pose a question, or just share your thoughts on the Stories logo design competition -- or design in general -- film, branding, sustainable design, social networking, anything.

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