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Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter

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  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Communication, Communication Design

    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.

  • Logo2007

    Hi sweetheart, first congratulate you for that great idea. I am pretty sure it will be a great success.

    I write you because, as many ones, I took a time to observe all the images, I mean the 1606 (as far as I saw) and I realised that many of the people who sent their logos have register as user just a few days prior the final date and other ones like me have been just notified only two days prior. That's why I set the logos that I couldn't put "STORIES FROM THE FIELD"

    in my personal blog. You can see them at: [http://www.design21sdn.com/people/12098]

    SUGGEST

    I suggest that everyone who have register and want to send more logos should be able to send them or the competitors you indicate should send more samples of logos if they fulfill the requirments.

    The icon of the Festival must say three things:

    That it is about a Documental Movies Festival That the idea is to enhance the 8 objectives of the millenium And that the goal is to made them up to the year 2015 It must be aesthetically pleasent and aesthetically must attract attention the movie people who wil participate must feel indentified since they are the "soul" of the festival.

    Without leaving the organizers and what is expected to made:

    The 8 goals...

  • It is obviously a real shame that a great open judging process has been destroyed by some internal politics.

    I would guess that all 1,600 + entries were submitted with the good faith that the event and this website no doubt promotes. As one of the finalist I can only say I am incredibly sorry to hear how this has turned sour at the final hour.

    It was obvious something was wrong with the silence and delay in announcing the results.

    To all those who took part and to the finalists - well done on a great display of design. Thanks to Design 21 for taking the time to give an explanation.

    To the MCA-I NY I have just two words - FAIR PLAY? What a shame that the process of an open independently judged contest meant nothing to you!!

  • Can someone please explain me what happened to main prize of SFTF design contest? Official announcement says Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter picked different designs than one selected by jury.

    Even if that is so, why isn't list of those selected designs published and further more, if main prize wasn't to be paid by Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter than how can organizers of contest add that sum to their next contest if they're not going to cooperate with Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter anymore?

    I think that I speak in the name of all entrants when I say:

    1. I want to see list of designs picked by Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter

    2. I want to know who was supposed to pay those 5000$ to winner.

    3. If organizers were supposed to pay that sum than what prevents them from doing so?

    4. If organizers can add that sum as they claim to next competition than why can't they pay it to design that was selected by their jury.

    Perhaps not all entrants are aware of it but main prize was publicly and officially promised and therefore not fulfilling promise from design contest regulations is a criminal offense! I'm not sure whose to blame but I sure do hope some of the entrants know some good lawyer who will bring this farce out to light for the sake of justice. Any internal misunderstandings and conflicts between parties involved in organization of contest are not valid excuse that winner of contest goes unrewarded.

    Least but not last - this is so shameful. UN contest being drawn to dirt just as if it is some banana republic beauty contest.

  • Can someone please explain me what happened to main prize of SFTF design contest? Official announcement says Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter picked different designs than one selected by jury.

    Even if that is so, why isn't list of those selected designs published and further more, if main prize wasn't to be paid by Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter than how can organizers of contest add that sum to their next contest if they're not going to cooperate with Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter anymore?

    I think that I speak in the name of all entrants when I say:

    1. I want to see list of designs picked by Media Communications Association International, New York Chapter

    2. I want to know who was supposed to pay those 5000$ to winner.

    3. If organizers were supposed to pay that sum than what prevents them from doing so?

    4. If organizers can add that sum as they claim to next competition than why can't they pay it to design that was selected by their jury.

    Perhaps not all entrants are aware of it, but main prize was publicly and officially promised and therefore not fulfilling promise from design contest regulations is a criminal offense!

    I'm not sure whose to blame but I sure do hope some of the entrants know some good lawyer who will bring this farce out to light for the sake of justice. Any internal misunderstandings and conflicts between parties involved in organization of contest are not valid excuse that winner of contest goes unrewarded.

    Last but not least - this is so shameful. UN design contest being drawn to dirt just as if it was some "banana republic" beauty contest.

  • Should we believe in an institution that is not able to fulfill it promises?

    Thats the way UN works? If it happens with a simple contest, what about the eight goals? It is only a matter of Public Relations?

    Thats the way Stories From The Field shows the "reality" behind documentaries?

    I am very disappointed.

    ¿confianza?

    ¿Podemos confiar en una institución que no es capaz de cumplir sus promesas?

    ¿Esa es la manera en que Naciones Unidas funciona? Si esto pasó con un simple concurso ¿qué puede pasar con las ocho metas de Naciones Unidas? ¿es sólo un asunto de relaciones públicas?

    ¿Así es como Stories From The Field muestra la realidad en sus documentales?

    Estoy muy decepcionado

  • Like most designers who entered this contest I was hurt and somewhat angered by the news that no winner would be chosen. I do appreciate the explanation given by design21 but reading the responses here surprised me because they seem to place blame for the disappointing end to this contest on the wrong party.

    As designers, our primary goal was to create a logo that met the given criteria in an effective, attractive, and easily communicated way, but from the look of the finalists it seems the judges did not apply that same criteria to the designs they chose.

    While I do understand (and respect) Design21's desire to maintain their own integrity by not going against their chosen judges, I feel that integrity should have been considered before (and during) the judging process and the design specifics should have been communicated effectively before judging began.


  • In response to Question, posted by Ljubomir Vucinic,
    in the thread Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I second the suggestion that the choices of MCA-I be shown (if possible)-- after all, it is the reason why a prize was denied.

    Well, I second it for that reason and out of artistic curiosity. I was browsing the logos and, very nice, there are REALLY good ones! Some which made the cut and some which surprisingly didn't. It'd be interesting to see what MCA-I had their eyes on.

    The outcome of this competition is regretful, but, I suppose, understandable. In the long run all parties must be satisfied (D21- integrity, Media Comm- choice of logo). This will just make room for better competition mechanics in the future hopefully.

    It is confusing though how the prize amount is apparently available (as it will be added to a future competition's purse) yet unawarded-- why not award it now, at least it is for a relevant winner, and MCA-I can opt not to use the logo? This way MCA-I can pursue their own choice in good faith....

    Anyway, just my two cents.

  • First of all, congrats to the entry voted as most popular!

    Next, I second the suggestion that the choices of MCA-I be shown (if possible)-- after all, it is the reason why a prize was denied.

    Well, I second it for that reason and out of artistic curiosity. I was browsing the logos and, very nice, there are REALLY good ones! Some which made the cut and some which surprisingly didn't. It'd be interesting to see what MCA-I had their eyes on.

    The outcome of this competition is regretful, but, I suppose, understandable. In the long run all parties must be satisfied (D21- integrity, Media Comm- choice of logo). This will just make room for better competition mechanics in the future hopefully.

    It is confusing though how the prize amount is apparently available (as it will be added to a future competition's purse) yet unawarded-- why not award it now, at least it is for a relevant winner, and MCA-I can opt not to use the logo? This way MCA-I can pursue their own choice in good faith, and the competition ends according to expectations.

    Anyway, just my two cents.

  • Some people say that Design21 didn't give main prize because MCA-I NY and the UN made an intervention which according to them falls under: "tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes beyond its control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Competition."

    I'll believe in that when I see Design21 suing MCA-I NY and the UN. Until than I believe to none of the 3 parties responsible for organizing of contest and their official explanations. I'm not even among finalists picked by jury but I'm still protesting because I find it shameful and dishonest towards all the participants.

    5000$ is nothing compared to price they'll have to pay to reestablish trust and reputation after this farce.

  • Very disappointing indeed… Well it’s another competition that concludes in a painful blight for all those design enthusiasts out there...If a UN-involved event cannot secure the judging regulations of a simple graphic design contest, I wonder what can…

    In this doleful entanglement where involved parties will throw a shameful self-vindication back and forth, I think the only thing downright worth asking for as participants is the following: Since the MCA-I NY did actually admit liking some designs, finalists or not, they are ethically bound to announce which ones in respect to all those who put the effort of taking part in the contest. They have to pick a winner and make it public. I believe it is also incumbent upon Design21 to follow this up and eventually make sure the winning design according to MCA-I NY becomes public and posted on this website. I will personally chew my tongue to bits and be in the first applauding row if the revealed winner is a great design, caring less if it was a finalist or not.

    I do wish to thank the Design21 staff who have done a good job administering this event. Still, at one point, I believe they needed to be intransient and have the legal pluck to twist some arms forcing their client to abide to the rules. Or else, they might have as well discharged themselves from their client and moved forward with the competition announcing a Design21-selected winner and awarding the prize with no necessary implementation of the design. Adding the money to the prize of future contest is as absurd as a red fish swimming in a toilet bowl.

    In humble epilogue, the budding Design21 needs to build a consistency and credibility if ever it wishes to garner a wide public interest in its future events.
    An apology letter is very sincerely appreciated but not close to being satiating.

    I hope this page fills up with comments…I predict it will break another record just as the 1600 entries did. To all other participants, post your views, it’s vital to make your voice heard…

  • I have a simple suggestion that will hopefully help heal the deep disappointment and confusion caused by this contest and open up positive dialog.

    Why not let all the designers who joined the contest judge the entries?

    Like the others, I put out two entries and voted only for one. But I gave up on the other entry because of the sheer number. I am not saying that the people's choice winner is not deserving. I am sure it was chosen in the most democratic way, which could be the way to go in future contests.

    I know that most of us here took part because we want to be part of something meaningful. Something more than recognition. For me it was being part of the greater social design community that thrilled me most when I clicked the submit button.

    Lastly, a reaction to the statement of MCA-I NY:

    "As marketing and visual communications professionals ourselves, as well as business owners, we know that a logo must be more than a pretty face."

    Perhaps they should really be saying this to themselves, starting with their own logo. Then again, if this is the face of global media communications, then we shouldn't be surprised at all.

  • As one person so rightly put it,

    The most satisfying thing here as designers, above money, would be to know who |really| made the cut for MCA-I? Lets have that short-list pritty please!

    I think this would satisfy all our apetites =)

    Thank you,

    CC


  • In response to my 2 cents, posted by Christian Champagne,
    in the thread Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    A blog post (www.design21sdn.com/organizations/201/posts/1185) made by Linda Lopez, president of MCA-I NY promises "We will announce our first choice as soon as that person responds to our notification that they were chosen." We are waiting for that.

  • http://www.design21sdn.com/vote/9/entry/857/11690

    8 millennium goals?

    A documentary film festival?

    Quotation relates to spoken word. Film is a visual discipline able to tell stories without a single word. I really can't believe all the fuss was made over that design.

  • OK?

    Thanks for the info Ljubomir!

    Yes as you said "can't believe all the fuss was made over that design".

    To be honest, i can't either. And all it took was a design strategy director, 2 senior designers, and an ACCOUNT MANAGER in a pear tree!

  • Well , i was so shocked from the results & also sorry i saw in the finals some designs not powerful at all there re most powerful things should be in final than others ....!!!!! i wonder what was the point of view !!!

    Anyway ..... i noticed that some entries were companies & individuals ....for me i was joined by 8 or 9 ideas ....Its took a lot of time & effort to do such a thing .....& this cost us money, Time equal money !!

    But for me it dosen't matter cuz about my informations the united nations or any famous organizations is fair ..... so if they re already had their own designer why they did this competition from the beginning ??!! & waste all our times ........ !!! & disappointed us !! also many of us will think bad thoughts...!! you know what um sure some of them will say they gathered our works & gonna use them by way or another & for sure this is not acceptable !!!

    Am sure that most of us saved alot of ideas to learn from it to make our brains in creation with no limit .......this is my concept & i wouldn't use any idea cuz i love to do my own style ....!!! what ever ......Who is gonna be responsible for this mistake !!! & how could people trust like this contests ???? for me its first time to participate & now um afraid to join again !!!

    plus we would like to know how the jury made their choices to get to final & their opinions plz ....cuz there re things i didnt see that it deserve to get to fainal ...& Congraaaaaatsss to who deserve it specialy the most popular i loved this design alot & i said to my self he could be the 1st winner not the most popular :) Really !!!

    Finaly , Hope to find answers for what we said .... , & Thanks alot for Design21 .....to give us the chance to participating & had a free talk to send our point of view & makes us learn more & more !!

    In My opinion ..... a little thing to do to send a Thanks certificate to every one entered this contest & Design21 ...to do a new evaluation again & make the 1st & 2nd & 3rd & most popular on Design21 web site ....& the prices may be could be the Allumonde Ring with a certificate even the cheapest one it dosen't matter but just to make us trust in this kind of contests..!!!

    & I am sooooooo confused for Design21 situation i knew that they refused to break rules Ok !!! ...Then how come Design21 added new entries after the deadline ......& in the first day in voting i saw the numbers of entries was 1603 .........the day after was 1606 then the third day was 1607 .....????!!!! ......... So What this mean Exactly !!! you guys owe us an explanation for what happened !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope i made my opinion clear & Sorry to make it so long !!!

    Best Regards,


  • Damn straight. I can't believe a company so concerned with image has that horrific logo associated with their name. Not that it's a good name or anything, but still. What exactly do you think their logo is? At first I assumed it was a gradated eyeball... oooooo originality. But on further examination I think that it is a bowling ball inside of an orb. Or perhaps a woman stretching on her side while wearing a flower on her bald head. And then we have the type. Certainly an interesting blend there. 3-4 weights in media, and then some travesty of tracking and stretched type on the cai part. So yes, I think you hit the nail on the head with your point. Why would anyone want to hire a "media communicator" from them? I hope they don't list graphic design or web as one of their ways to help clients.

    Does anyone really know how to unsubscribe from this site because there doesn't seem to be a way. I don't even want my name on here. Until then I will just be coming back and writing snarky remarks.

  • I would address in this post to 3 parties: The winning team 802, D21 and the jury panel. Addressing MCAI would be highly futile at this time as it seems to me they have long parted this whole competition to form another little one of their own, parasiting on D21 for organization and exposure and actually getting away with it totally gratuitously, not one cent peering out of their pockets. Cynically, the big round of applause really goes to them and a documentary film should be made about how they contrived this masquerade of a competition. It should be screened at the next Stories from the Field festival and a special prize for sabotaging achievement should be awarded to MCAI just as their representatives huddle excitedly on stage and one takes the microphone to repeat an eye watering heartrending soundbite: “But being poor doesn't stop us from wanting the best!”

    Now on to the noteworthy…

    I want to congratulate the winning Swedish team 802 for being picked, sadly by MCAI, but who cares. Whichever aspect of their design is criticized, I expect in the euphoria of the win, their response will be: “bite me!” Thus one can’t refrain from laying down his point of view from a constructive perspective, hoping to be taken as a mere fellow designer’s opinion, to be instantly discarded at 802’s discretion. A lot was said about the design not cleaving to the clear criteria set in the competition brief which is undoubtedly true, but let’s set that aside for we all know it is a designer’s right, if not astuteness, to bend any rule in order to offer a client a fresh new, clever and unexpected insight on representing a business. But when freshness is lacking, the quotation mark being confusingly used all over the place for so many different businesses, we are bound to look for other advantages in the design. Instant-concept-communication maybe? Take that design out on the street, even with the title “SFTF” plunked into it, and find me one person who would recognize in it hints of film, documentary, humanitarian issues…But then again, when “marketing and visual communications professionals ourselves” speak of “totally fresh” and ”instantly recognizable”, then we ought to redefine the meaning of professionalism.

    All that is behind now and I hail a loud and sincere “Congratulations” to the proclaimed winners and with all modesty advise them to re-adjust their proposal to fit the concept. You got the account now, you are happy, so you might as well be ethically correct and propose more pungent versions. Based on your website, you have all the talent needed to do that. Hearty Congratulations again, even if you got insidiously lured into working for free. The “we are poor” soundbite echoes disturbingly in my head…

    Wheeling to D21…

    In the aftermath of this terrible mess of a competition, one thing still baffles me…It’s the dreadful silence of D21 about the posted comments of all disgruntled participants…It seems they have retracted themselves to the viewer’s chair, all warm and cozy, a flavored popcorn filled bowl in their lap, reveling at the clamorous joust between the participants and MCAI. It feels like they want us to bite at them in their place, while they take a comfortable and politically correct stand towards their irreverent clients…They deliberately leave MCAI to post an insulting “Now that things have quieted down a bit and we have had a chance to post the first-place design” without any firm reply…It’s like “Now that all the nonsense barking is behind our backs” while we, the bevy of dogs in question, are still enraged as hell…D21, you ought to have taken a dignifying stand for the participants who entrusted you with their time and creativity. The least you could do forthwith is pick a D21 winner of your own and hand him the cash…What’s more precious to you? A transient client or a block of 1600 solid members willing to champion your next competition? Your decision emphatically comes at a high price…

    And finally, last but not least, our respected jury panel…

    Your apathetic reticence on this blog is bare of scruple. You have been invited to judge a competition and ended up being called masters of “not a perfect science”…You got a piece of the tart in your face too, the creamy part I suppose. But we know judges, they latch onto the politically correct too, for if they trespass it they risk never being invited on high profile panels anymore and that’s exactly where they get a kick at: the glamour of being named jury member. In all earnest, the only positive action you can take to keep a straight face is using your networks to bring some media attention to this catastrophe so impertinently called by MCAI and I quote: “not a perfect contest”.

    Fellow duped designers, let the curtain fall on this morose theatre piece for we all have better shows to watch…as for Design21, the ball is decidedly in your court…


  • I would address this post to 3 parties: The winning team 802, D21 and the jury panel. Addressing MCAI would be highly futile at this time as it seems to me they have long parted this whole competition to form another little one of their own, parasiting on D21 for organization and exposure and actually getting away with it totally gratuitously, not one cent peering out of their pockets. Cynically, the big round of applause really goes to them and a documentary film should be made about how they contrived this masquerade of a competition. It should be screened at the next Stories from the Field festival and a special prize for sabotaging achievement should be awarded to MCAI just as their representatives huddle excitedly on stage and one takes the microphone to repeat an eye watering heartrending soundbite: “But being poor doesn't stop us from wanting the best!”

    Now on to the noteworthy…

    I want to congratulate the winning Swedish team 802 for being picked, sadly by MCAI, but who cares. Whichever aspect of their design is criticized, I expect in the euphoria of the win, their response will be: “bite me!” Thus one can’t refrain from laying down his point of view from a constructive perspective, hoping to be taken as a mere fellow designer’s opinion, to be instantly discarded at 802’s discretion. A lot was said about the design not cleaving to the clear criteria set in the competition brief which is undoubtedly true, but let’s set that aside for we all know it is a designer’s right, if not astuteness, to bend any rule in order to offer a client a fresh new, clever and unexpected insight on representing a business. But when freshness is lacking, the quotation mark being confusingly used all over the place for so many different businesses, we are bound to look for other advantages in the design. Instant-concept-communication maybe? Take that design out on the street, even with the title “SFTF” plunked into it, and find me one person who would recognize in it hints of film, documentary, humanitarian issues…But then again, when “marketing and visual communications professionals ourselves” speak of “totally fresh” and ”instantly recognizable”, then we ought to redefine the meaning of professionalism.

    All that is behind now and I hail a loud and sincere “Congratulations” to the proclaimed winners and with all modesty advise them to re-adjust their proposal to fit the concept. You got the account now, you are happy, so you might as well be ethically correct and propose more pungent versions. Based on your website, you have all the talent needed to do that. Hearty Congratulations again, even if you got insidiously lured into working for free. The “we are poor” soundbite echoes disturbingly in my head…

    Wheeling to D21…

    In the aftermath of this terrible mess of a competition, one thing still baffles me…It’s the dreadful silence of D21 about the posted comments of all disgruntled participants…It seems they have retracted themselves to the viewer’s chair, all warm and cozy, a flavored popcorn filled bowl in their lap, reveling at the clamorous joust between the participants and MCAI. It feels like they want us to bite at them in their place, while they take a comfortable and politically correct stand towards their irreverent clients…They deliberately leave MCAI to post an insulting “Now that things have quieted down a bit and we have had a chance to post the first-place design” without any firm reply…It’s like “Now that all the nonsense barking is behind our backs” while we, the bevy of dogs in question, are still enraged as hell…D21, you ought to have taken a dignifying stand for the participants who entrusted you with their time and creativity. The least you could do forthwith is pick a D21 winner of your own and hand him the cash…What’s more precious to you? A transient client or a block of 1600 solid members willing to champion your next competition? Your decision emphatically comes at a high price…

    And finally, last but not least, our respected jury panel…

    Your apathetic reticence on this blog is bare of scruple. You have been invited to judge a competition and ended up being called masters of “not a perfect science”…You got a piece of the tart in your face too, the creamy part I suppose. But we know judges, they latch onto the politically correct too, for if they trespass it they risk never being invited on high profile panels anymore and that’s exactly where they get a kick at: the glamour of being named jury member. In all earnest, the only positive action you can take to keep a straight face is using your networks to bring some media attention to this catastrophe so impertinently called by MCAI and I quote: “not a perfect contest”.

    Fellow duped designers, let the curtain fall on this morose theatre piece for we all have better shows to watch…as for Design21, the ball is decidedly in your court…

  • Hey everyone,

    Please find in the link below an update letter from Mr.Haruko Smith Director of Design21 about the Stories from the Field contest disentanglement... http://www.design21sdn.com/share/1240

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