Jul 14, 2010

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Logo Design Contest

I decided it’s time for a new logo. Some of you know this but I’ve neglected to actually post about it. There are those who would say not to change the logo (for the sake of brand consistency, blah blah blah) but I have ignored their advice.

Here’s the current (old) one. It’s been around since the birth of the original Blackbird Press almost 3 years ago. There are also several variants.

Nathan Grajek - current logo

It was great for what it was back then – a small logo quickly thrown together for a brand new publication. But it’s a bit rough around the edges (literally, if nothing else).

Elizabeth Jordan, a talented artist friend of Travis Lambert, was kind enough to make this recently.

Elizabeth Jordan - click to enlarge

Wow, much sharper. The talent here is undeniable. But I’m not quite in love with it yet. It’s very menacing, which I have mixed feelings about. It’s probably better to have a non-terrifying logo, but then again, better to err on that side than on the side of cuteness:

Erm.... no.

Let’s look at Elizabeth’s logo scaled down.

I find it a little hard to make sense of (perhaps its that upper wing?). It’s also very rectangular, making it look stretched out.

So here’s the deal: we’re having a contest. A graphic designer by the name of Derrick Robbins has agreed to give it a go, and we’re looking for other takers. The more, the merrier. If have artsy skills and think you can top Elizabeth’s logo, be a hero and create a logo.

- Obviously, the blackbird logo should be a black bird. Transparent or white background.
- It should be good up close, but easy to comprehend when very small.
- You may send as many entries as you like to editor@blackbirdpress.org.
- Deadline is July 30ish*

Once they’re all in, we’ll have a vote about which people like the most and pick the new logo.**

*May fudge this date if you’re really not done, because it’s arbitrary and because I meant to post this 2 weeks ago.
**Because this is a dictatorship, I still reserve the right to pick the logo everyone hates.

Justin Mulwee

Justin is a penniless vagabond with a tiny internet soapbox.

  1. The Other Nathan says:

    I’ve been busy for awhile and just came by to catch up, so I didn’t notice this until now.
    I made that first old logo back when Ben mentioned they were in need of one 3 years ago.
    I did it in about 6mins.
    When I first saw this post I as upset, but looking at the full-size version again, I remember how choppy it is, and yeah, it probably is for the best. Ah well.
    I think the picture being deemed “mediocre” was the part that stung the most, though…

  2. Justin Mulwee says:

    It was great for what it was at the time. But as you said, you made it in 6 mins.

  3. I’ve always thought the present logo was fantastic, it’s only flaw being that it didn’t look crisp in full size. It seems to me that the best solution would be to make the same logo high-resolution and scalable. What’s more, there were four different positions.

    But…I suppose I could reconcile myself to a new design.

  4. Justin Mulwee says:

    You know, Nathan, the obvious solution to your sadness is to create/revise the new logo. If you made this in 6 minutes, I’d love to see what you could do with the same idea given a couple hours. Just saying.

  5. That Other Nathan says:

    Well, I thought about it before, but then I saw the deadline was past.
    You must have meant July 30th 2011.

    I just might take you up on that.

  6. That Other Nathan says:

    Oh, and thank you, Travis.
    You are both a gentleman and a scholar.

  7. Maybe we should extend or remove the deadline?

  8. Justin Mulwee says:

    The deadline was arbitrary. Ignore it. Just make something.

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