Want a logo competition? Do it properly.

Fafa Hafiz Krantz fteg at london.com
Fri May 6 03:24:23 PDT 2005


I believe that the FreeBSD Project -- representing an open and
democratic rule and not a totalitarian power -- should allow its
users to decide what logo would be best suited. Hence, it would
be in the best interest for the future of this project to put
all logo submissions up for public display. This display should
be complimented by a voting system.

It is very important to get things right from the start. Look at
the NetBSD Project and their new logo for instance. The public
expressed great discontent about it, but only after the logo had
sunken deep into the cycles of production and the mentalities
of its contributors.

Even though designers do this for free (and I am sure most act
out of their love for the system and not because of the reward),
the framework of their profession should still apply. That is, a
contract protecting their rights from malicious intentions.

The FreeBSD Project should acknowledge that the elected designer
is entitled some say in the redesign of FreeBSD's website. Its
coders would most likely not know the first thing about design,
and hence compromise FreeBSD's image and its potential as
conceived by the designer. If the website design also should be
staged as a competition, it would be in the best interest of the
project to let the identity designer cooperate with the website
designer on the final outcome.

We all want what is best for FreeBSD.
Having said that, there should be no reason to fight over this.

A working design contract in need of modification:


Fafa Hafiz Krantz
    Research Designer @ http://www.bleed.no
    Enlightened @ http://www.home.no/barbershop/smart/sharon.pdf

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