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No Logo Wins FreeBSD Foundation Contest 50

Posted by timothy
from the naomi-klein dept.
RJPDeanLO writes: "The FreeBSD Foundation logo contest has ended with no winners! Check out their statement on the site. To support FreeBSD ... I'm hoping that we can all get a second chance at it. Please reopen the contest!"
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No Logo Wins FreeBSD Foundation Contest

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  • link is broken (Score:2, Informative)

    by swright (202401)
    I know I'm going to get modded down for this but the link in the article is wrong.

    http://freebsdfoundation.org/ [freebsdfoundation.org]
  • How about this statement [freebsdfoundation.org] instead?

    The other one is boring. 404 blah blah blah.
    • What is your problem with that link? If you bothered to scroll to the bottom you'd see:
      The FreeBSD Foundation logo contest has ended.

      We received 106 entries altogether. Many thanks to all of you who took the time to participate! The entries were very creative and showed a lot of design talent. Unfortunately, there was no entry that spoke to us as the logo we should use. So for now, the FreeBSD Foundation will remain logoless.
      • When the story was first posted, the link looked like <a href="blahblah.com">, as opposed to <a href="http://blahblah.com">. When you clicked on the original version, you then went to http://slashdot.org/blahblah.com, instead of http://blahblah.com like you wanted to. The story has since been fixed.
      • When the story first appeared (I believe my comment was the fifth for the story) the link was: /freebsdfoundation.org [slashdot.org]. It was corrected without the editor making note of the fact that there was an error in the original story.

        I'm not the only one who noticed. This person [slashdot.org], this person [slashdot.org], this person [slashdot.org], and this person [slashdot.org] all noticed the problem. Funny thing is that I have seen a story or two on Slashdot complaining when other news cites change stories without indicating it.
  • by ip_vjl (410654) on Tuesday June 25, 2002 @04:14PM (#3764689) Homepage

    We received 106 entries altogether. Many thanks to all of you who took the time to participate! The entries were very creative and showed a lot of design talent. Unfortunately, there was no entry that spoke to us as the logo we should use. So for now, the FreeBSD Foundation will remain logoless.


    This is the type of critique that will drive a designer insane. Most artists are used to taking criticism (at least ones with actual art training) - but it's very difficult to take "no direction" criticism, as it leaves you with no way to improve your work.

    Instead of saying none of the entries were "it", they should be saying WHY none of the entries are acceptable so that future designers will have some idea what to do so as not to make the same mistakes apparently made by the first crew.

    Sounds suspiciously like "we each had our favorites, and couldn't reach a consensus."

    • Am I to assume you are one of the artists, and they did not give you any feedback on your submission? Otherwise, note well that it would be impractical for them to display all of the submissions, much less a critique of each. I'm also a little curious as to why there weren't any real standouts, but I'm not surprised they'd be tight-lipped about it.
      • I don't think the poster wanted in-depth criticism of all the submissions, rather, SOMETHING to go on.

        Saying "we didn't like any of these" is of no use.

        However, saying "we didn't like them because they looked too much like our competitors, lacked distinctive design elements that evidenced what FreeBSD is all about, and were in general too plain" is at least slightly more useful.

        At this point, it is impossible for any of the original artists to improve their submission and try again, even if the contest were still open. The whole thing became a 'skeet-shoot' where FreeBSD Foundation yelled "PULL!", a bunch of artists threw out submissions, and every one was shot down without any comments.
      • Actually, I was *not* one of the artists who submitted. I bookmarked the submission site, but forgot about it until it had already closed. If they were still looking, I would consider making a submission, but without any direction it would most likely be a waste of time.

        This was the nature of my post. Unless they can give a general idea of what was wrong, or what they're looking for, I don't see how ANY artist could provide something. It's a total shot in the dark.

        In the design world, their response is the equivalent of filing a bug report that consists solely of "I got an error." Unless you can be a little more detailed, there's really nothing that can be done to help.

      • Otherwise, note well that it would be impractical for them to display all of the submissions, much less a critique of each.
        Why? Displaying them would be trivial using any of several thumbnail gallery generators. Writing brief critiques would take time, but far less time than the artists invested. If they planned to reap the benefit of all those artists' person-hours, asking for a small fraction of that in return seems reasonable.

        By the same token, if someone invests considerable time in a patch to open source software, we generally expect the maintainer(s) to either accept it or say more than "Your patch is unacceptable."

  • It's their perogative not to pick a winner if they don't like them. After all, knowing this world 104 of them were of the goatse guy, 1 was the exisiting freebsd daemon with "I made this myself" in the email, and 1 of tux. I'd leave things open if that happened too.
  • They got 106 entries and not one was worth using? You've got to be kidding me! Are BSD supporters really that uncreative or is BSD way too anal? Either way it doesn't bode well.

  • by Foozy (552529)
    Can't they be put up online and let the people decide?
    If not, why not?
  • by RJPDeanLO (556655)
    It is a shame there were no winners. I hope they reopen it and display all the entries again. This way all of us can see what was entered and maybe that would guide us on creating bigger and better logos? I already have an idea to out do my entered logo :) Please re-open the contest FreeBSD Foundation. We want to show our appreciation to the foundation and to freeBSD itself!

  • Perhaps they wanted a more "businesslike" logo rather than the cutesy FreeBSD Daemon that we all know. Linux has somewhat succeeded with it's penguin mascot...

    What might be wanted is a logo which may be put on letterheads and correspondences - sans mascot.
    I am no graphic artist so I cannot submit a usuable entry but if all the hundred or so submissions featured the mascot, I might choose for no winner. The FreeBSD foundation can become a very important and serious entity and as such it deserves a serious logo.

    All said, some of the "new and better" logos which many high profile companies have changed to lately strike me as silly and pointless...

    See PriceWaterHouse ==> "MONDAY"

    Or the obsurd new BP "Sunflower" logo.

    The British Telecom logo... What was wrong with the old one?

    Branding is an important issue and maybe the judges wanted a logo which could become a brand symbol which is recognised and respected.

    Examples of brand logos which people recognise (and don't have sillyness in their logos, nor the company name) in no particular order

    1. Chevron
    2. Nike
    3. Pepsi Cola
    4. Apple Computer
    5. Mitsubishi

    ...

    Hmm... Run out of things to say.

  • ...but if I am, surely others are too. Isn't the "Devil" logo FreeBSD's?
    • I think they want a logo for the FreeBSD Foundation, not the OS itself (which uses the devil as a mascot/logo).
  • by sulli (195030)
    Scared me for a minute. From the headline, it sounded like the incredibly annoying No Logo [nologo.org] had won! Thank the Lord that's not the case.
  • I have but one thing to say:

    BSD IS DYING.

    - IP

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