• Stories of the Field Logo Competition Results

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    I am disappointed at the results of this competition as I am sure the rest of the entrants are. I understand that Design 21 didn't want to break the rules by adding new designs to the chosen finalists and that it must be very confusing to look at over 1600 logos and decide on one of them unanimously but this will have to be done at some point and I am sure that whoever is chosen would like some sort of recognition. I would love to read your views about this.

  • Its right that Design21 was serious about the rules, cause thats what rules are made for. I must agree that this result and these circumstances are very disappointing. Its kinda sad to see competitions being set up professionally but in the end do not turn out to work as promised. Nevertheless I would like to see the final choice, in the end it is not at all his or her fault that the rules have been broken.

  • Well I guess you can't blame them for not wanting something that was layed out in front of them. I'm real happy for the person who did win and I sure hope that Design21 posts the winner when this is all over with.

  • Such a high-profile competition ended in an embarrassing way for those who organized and were part of the decision-making groups.

    Could it be that not one of the finalists were good enough to represent the festival? I saw several that were definitely noteworthy, and the jury must have thought so, too.

    Most of all, the jury which was comprised of top-level international designers, were implicitly insulted by having their finalist choices completely dismissed by the decision-making committees in favor of a non-finalist selection.

    We wrote about it here: http://reubenmiller.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/12/no-winning-logo.html

    Still, I'm curious about what design was so enthralling that it was chosen over all others and will be representing the event. Also, I'd like to see that the selected designer should be compensated with as much publicity and money as the competition would have provided to a true winner. After all, this designer did something that pleased the clients for this project and should be rewarded as much as any winner.

  • Yeah and I didn't even get a tee-shirt...

  • 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…

  • There is a long explanation of the Stories of the Field Logo competition results by Linda Lopez here

  • In response to Pascal's desire to see the entry that was selected, MCAI has stated that they will announce their selection as soon as they hear back from the person whose work they chose.

    http://www.design21sdn.com/people/9229/posts/1185


  • In response to "T" ease , posted by Anti,
    in the thread Stories of the Field Logo Competition Results

    I agree! That's quite funny! :-)

  • I am sooooooo confused for that ...how come Design21 refused to add 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 .....????!!!! ......... then how come they refused to add new entries ...could anyone give me an explaination ??? !!!

    Best Regards,

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    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 to just to make us trust in this kind of contests..!!!

    Hope i made my opinion clear & Sorry to make it so long :) Ve a nice day all !!!!

    P.S : here re my entries need ur judge & opinion ohnestly ....!!

  • I, like everyone else, am obviously dissappointed in the results of the logo contest. I have to disagree with the popular opinion, however, that it was MCA's tampering that corrupted the competition. If you ask me, this competition was flawed at inception. When branding an event like this you need to treat MCA-I and the UN Representatives as clients who should have a fair say in what logo best represents their vision. I have worked as a designer for many years, and I have yet to meet a client who would relinquish control of their brand to a third party. MCA-I and the UN representatives should have been included on the panel. I also feel that I agree with MCA-I in believing that the selections in the finalist bin were sub-par. I looked through every single logo in this competition, and some of the ones that were selected as finalists were not very good in comparison with some of the others I had seen. Not only that, but some were badly designed, not a logo, or simply inappropriate for the style of a UN Film Festival. Thirty people in my design studio agree with me. It's no wonder MCA-I disagreed. What I would like to know now is this: What logo will the festival use? My clients would kill to have 1,600 options to choose from - for free. Are we to say that all this work will now be utilized without anyone receiving a prize or commendation? All these logos are now readably available to anyone who might want to use them, and noone gets any credit. Wow, not so good, people.

  • You can have a look at the design that has caused so many problems! :-)

    here

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    I just want to remind people of this, taken from the brief:

    Key concepts to consider in the design:

    – The logo is to represent a documentary film festival.

    – The films are about global humanitarian and human rights issues. The films that are screened have been submitted from all over the world. The organization’s goal is to be able to screen the films to audiences all over the world.

    – 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.

    I am no judge but I don't see any of that in the "chosen logo".

  • 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

  • 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

  • My suggestion is that the DESIGN 21's international panel of judges chooses their favorite logo out of the finalists and that the $5000 prize is equally split between the 'judges favorite' and the chosen by MCA-I NY.

    If this isn't an option I think the $5000 prize shouldn't be added to another competition but that it should go to a charitable organization, although ideally someone should win so that the entire competition process doesn't loose credibily.

    Any other suggestions?

  • Dear fellow designers,

    As you may have learned already, D21 took the righteous decision of proceeding with the SFTF competition. I believe this is what most of the discontented participants were hoping for. Our posted protesting views were not ignored therefore we ought to support D21 in whatever way they see fit to wrap up this competition. In their last letter, D21 brandished a firm stand against the alleged MCAI’s misconduct and affirmed their committed position towards the members, the jury and the set regulations reclaiming the integrity of this competition and hopefully securing it for all future ones to come. Thank you D21! That being said, I wish all of you the best of luck in the new selection to come!


  • Dear fellow designers,

    As you may have learned already, D21 took the righteous decision of proceeding with the SFTF competition. I believe this is what most of the discontented participants were hoping for. Our posted protesting views were not ignored therefore we ought to support D21 in whatever way they see fit to wrap up this competition. In their last letter, D21 brandished a firm stand against the alleged MCAI’s misconduct and affirmed their committed position towards the members, the jury and the set regulations reclaiming the integrity of this competition and hopefully securing it for all future ones to come. Thank you D21! That being said, I wish all of you the best of luck in the new selection to come!

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