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bluesea

accra, Ghana

Designer (Gaming)

Member since November 19, 2007



  • Funny...all this work and grief for naught:

    from stories from the field website: http://www.mcainy.org/common/11040/?clientID=11040

    "Owing to unforeseen circumstances, the April 2008 edition of Stories from the Field, the United Nations Documentary Film Festival has been [canceled] and the project placed on hiatus until further notice "

  • A Potential Compromise.

    Communication


    Quotes_177_

    Many designers who worked hard on this project may feel that the competition requirements requested a particular framework for the formulation for the logo. There seemed to be limits set: the brief implies a request for unique design used for a specific film festival. The brief went so far as to say:

    'For a film to be considered for inclusion in the festival, it must reflect one or more of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals. Entrants to the logo competition should familiarize him/herself with the MDGs whose target date is 2015.'

    It was assumed that the MDGs and the festival are intimately linked. The logo chosen does not seem to address this link.

    For example, I just ran across this image, just moments ago, doing some shopping. Never would have thought twice about it before. Such an icon has its place. The image is generic and lacks specificity, but it is a quickly recognizable icon, like the play button on a DVD player.

    Some frustration lies in the fact that the chosen design could be applied to nearly any film festival...or nearly any place where there is a call for discussion. As a logo and icon, the quotes without the image of an African village, or a hungry child, or a twilight-wrapped savanna is voiceless.

    In a media campaign, I can see and appreciate the potential of the logo framing images. But this was not a competition about a media campaign.

    Choosing a logo for the festival from the pool entries coupled with using the quotes for a publicity c...

  • Transcultural?

    Communication


    You stated in your message that the logo is transcultural. What about the guillemet (« ») used in French, Italian, and a host of other European languages? They are commonly used worldwide. They are even used in China to indicate the title of a book or a document.

    One could see the use of quotation marks (international or not) as skewing the content or subject matter of the film festival towards the English speaking world. Or even make the statement that the festival will only be from the English speaking perspective.

    Not trying to be a sore loser. Just wondering if this had been considered. The image if the village enclosed in quotes is evocative and draws you in. But I do have to agree with another post that I do not think of film when I see quotation marks.

    And finally, I thought I'd throw this out there only because I know it exists. It is another organisation (non-profit) using similar symbols: http://www.stammering.org/

  • Transcultural?

    Communication


    I think that you stated in your message that the logo is transcultural. What about the guillemet (« ») used in French, Italian, and a host of other European languages? They are commonly used worldwide. They are even used in China to indicate the title of a book or a document.

    One could see the use of quotation marks (international or not) as skewing the content or subject matter of the film festival towards the English speaking world. Or even make the statement that the festival will only be from the English speaking perspective.

    And finally, I thought I'd throw this out there only because I know it exists. It is another organisaion (non-profit) using similar symbols: http://www.stammering.org/

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design