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Logo Design Contest!

So now that I’ve finished writing my new book, I figured I should get back to updating Legends Revealed. However, due to various reasons I won’t bore you with here, I’ve decided to re-name the site Urban Legends Revealed.

As a result, I’ll need new logos for the site’s main page and for both Sports Legends Revealed and Entertainment Legends Revealed. Essentially just adding “Urban” to all three logos.

When I had Brandon Hanvey design the original logos, I had an idea of what they should look like, but then I realized, what do I know about logos? That’s when it occurred to me that it would be interesting to do this as a contest.

If you’re interested in designing a new logo for Urban Legends Revealed, Sports Urban Legends Revealed and Entertainment Urban Legends Revealed, e-mail me your designs for the three logos at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. I’ll post all the entries here and people can vote on which ones they think looks the best. Let’s put the deadline at…say…a month from today.

Don’t take the current logos into consideration at all (except for the size of the space you have to work with, of course), just design what you think would look cool.

Whichever one I end up using gets a $50 prize/payment/whatever you want to call it (and, of course, a credit on the site as the logo designer).


I’m assuming this is also how you get paid by CBR? Jonah asks you and thousands of other people to submit fully researched and completed stories, and if he picks yours you get 50 bucks, and for everyone else they get nothing?

Or, more likely, are you hired up front and commissioned to write your article with payment guaranteed upon delivery of article?

Why should designers be treated with any less respect? What you are doing (asking people to submit work without guarantee of payment) goes against the professional practices of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts). You should formally hire a designer and commission him or her to design your logo, just as you are formally hired and commissioned to write the articles that appear on this site.

Or do professional standards only apply to writers and not designers?

For what it’s worth Steely Dan, I am not paid for any of my CSBG writing work.

Let’s be realistic here – no pro designer would work for $50.

So let’s assume only amateurs enter. Then the opinion of the AIGA doesn’t matter as it doesn’t have the right to tell non-professionals and private citizens what to do.

If the logo isn’t produced isn’t as good as a professionally designed logo, then we’re talking about two different levels. A lower quality, amateur logo for cheap versus an expensive professional logo. If it’s just as good, then the AIGA has a whole different problem.

I’m a professional graphic designer. I get paid good money to design logos for clients, who will then go on to use those logos for commercial purposes and make more money off that brand identity.

I’m pretty sure that Brian (and no slight intended, Brian) is not trying to make money off this brand. This is a lark, a bit of fun, and a way for a reader with a creative flair to make some pretty art that he or she can point to and say “The logo for ULR? Yeah, I did that.” The $50 isn’t payment, it’s incentive.

I’m the first to grab my pitchfork and torch when some company tries to crowdsource its graphic design, or reduce brand development into a “contest” for a pittance of what they would have paid a practiced designer. I’m not seeing that as the case here. And if I wasn’t about to go into the hospital for awhile, I’d certainly enter, just for shats and giggles.

U need to get rid of that 5 years logo isnt it like 8 now??

I’m a third year design student, and I don’t have a problem with this. If Brian was Nike, maybe, and I knew that he could afford to pay a pro to design something that’s going to be used thousands of times over, and he was intentionally skimping by making it a “contest”, that’d be a different issue. As is, this is a nice little hour-long job I can do when I’m procrastinating, maybe win something but I’m really just going to use it for the experience.

See, I’m a student designer too. This is a great way to get my name out, as well as make fifty bucks if I win. I’ll probably change my mind when I graduate, but this really doesn’t seem like a problem to me now. If you don’t think this is worth your time, don’t enter. Its really as simple as that in my eyes.

Great idea for you. How about throwing in some comic books. $50 is really not much for a decent logo.

Thanks for ware about this contest i will try my best to win this and get a big prize.

FWIW, as a professional designer, I’m not going to get up in arms over this…

But to you student designers? Contrary to what all of those posts on craigslist promise, this kind of thing really won’t do that much in terms of “getting your name out there” in any valuable sense. Take my word for it, I’ve been there and done that.

That doesn’t mean don’t do it. Just be aware that you’re getting fun and, at most, practice (neither of which is without value) out of the exercise rather than any sort of career boost.

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