Design Our Logo
- How to Enter the Contest
- Interpretation of Contest Rules
- Representations and Warranties
- Submit Your Entry
February 2012 - "Design Our Logo" Contest
Have a great idea for a Digital Media Services logo? We're excited! Digital Media Services is looking for a new logo identity and want your help to bring it to fruition. We are looking for current Loyola University Chicago students who can design a creative, innovative and professional logo design. The logo should help promote our area’s mission and vision, as well as recognizable.
The following definitions are to help explain certain terms used throughout our contest rules and regulations:
- Entry - a logo designed and created by the Entrant for the DMS contest
- Entrant - the individual that submits an Entry under the terms of this Contest
- Original Source - the native file type for the program used to create the submitted logo
- Student(s) - one who is enrolled in Spring semester classes at Loyola University Chicago
- .JPG - Joint Photographics Experts Group: an image format commonly used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices
- .PNG - Portable Network Graphics: a compressed raster graphic format. It is commonly used on the Web and is also a popular choice for application graphics
- DPI - Dots Per Inch: refers to the dots of ink or toner used by an imagesetter, laser printer, or other printing device to print your text and graphics
- PPI - Pixels Per Inch: see DPI above, depending on your program of choice, either term is used.
In order to submit an entry for the "Design a Logo," all entrants must be currently enrolled in the Spring 2012 semester at Loyola University Chicago (LUC). Staff and Faculty at LUC are not eligible to participate, unless they are currently enrolled in courses during the Spring 2012 semester. Since entries will be judged by members of the Digital Media Services (DMS) staff, DMS full-time staff are not eligible to submit entries, regardless of their academic status.
The following prizes will be awarded for entries that are selected:
- First Place: One (1) WacomTM Bamboo Capture Tablet
- Second Place: One (1) Gift Box, Set of 24 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens
- Third Place: One (1), One-Year Student Membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago
All entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation for their logo, in addition to a printed copy of their logo. (Any logos that contain copyright protected content will not be printed.)
As a reminder, the winning entry may be used internally and externally to symbolize Digital Media Services. By submitting an entry, you will be providing copyright clearance to allow Digital Media Services to produce copies, make reproductions of and adjustments to the entry, thus prohibiting all others from using the logo without the permission of Digital Media Services.
How to Enter the Contest
The contest begins on February 1, 2012. Submissions will be accepted until February 29, 2012. Winners will be announced on March 2, 2012, via our website, social media websites (FacebookTM and TwitterTM) and by direct contact to the winners' Loyola email accounts. In order for your entry to be submitted and reviewed by our judges, all entries must be:
- Submitted on the web at https://myits.luc.edu/techconnect/design-our-logo/;
- Submitted in their original source file;
- Submitted as a vector based image OR an image with 200 dpi (or ppi) and higher.
Only one entry may be submitted per entrant. There are no fees associated with submitting an entry and each submission will receive a confirmation notice once received.
As a quick reminder, we are looking for current Loyola University Chicago students who can design a creative, innovative and professional logo design. The logo should help promote our area’s mission and vision, as well as recognizable.
This logo may be featured on our website, our social media platforms and other mediums. As a result, while we want the logo to be eye-catching, it still needs to be legible, slick and polished. Digital Media Services will be represented by your logo so retaining professionalism is required. A small sample of a professional logos can be found here: http://www.auroradesign.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/logo-samples5.jpg
Maroon and Gold must be part of the design but there are no limitations to any other colors used. Please follow this link for the official colors of Loyola University Chicago to include in your design: http://www.luc.edu/logo/colors.shtml
Must include: “Digital Media Services” and “Loyola University Chicago”. No abbreviations, please.
There is no requirement for the type of program used to create our logo. We do need a digital interpretation of your idea, though. You’re free to use any type of software to draw, paint and create but to allow us to use your logo in all its digital gloriousness, we do have a few setup requirements.
- 200 dpi (or ppi) and higher;
- a Vector based image
The only other requirement is your creativity!
All Entries must uphold the integrity of Loyola University Chicago and Digital Media Services commitments to academic honesty and copyright. For more information, please see the University policy here and Digital Media Services policy here. Entries found to be in violation of any Copyright or Intellectual Property laws will be disqualified and the Entrant will face any consequences outlined by the University and Digital Media Services.
That’s all there is to it! Digital Media Services is a place to discover, develop and innovate and we want our logo to incorporate that attitude.
One entrant will be chosen for the final round of judging specifically by the DMS student employees. Four other entries will be selected by the full-time staff of DMS. Of those five choices, DMS full-time staff will choose one “First Prize” winner, and two runner-up winners - "Second and Third Place", with the remaining two being featured on our social media platforms as “Honorable Mentions.” The First Prize winner’s logo will be featured at the discretion of DMS.
Representations and Warranties
By submitting an Entry, the Entrant agrees to abide by all Official Rules as described, including/but not limited to: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of the Entry and their respective content, as submitted; (b) the Entry is an original; (c) the Entry is not obscene (offensive to moral principles) and does not violate any rights of privacy or publicity; (d) the Entry does not contain any virus, spyware, malware, trap door, watermarking, worm, or any other measure, that damages software or hardware used to view Entries; (e) he/she has the right to grant exclusive ownership of Entry to Digital Media Services; and (f) the Entrant grants sole ownership of the Entry to Digital Media Services, as well as all future duplications.
By participating in our contest, the Entrant agrees Digital Media Services is not responsible, and will not be held liable for any entry that is: (a) corrupt, becomes damaged, garbled, illegible, incomplete, late, lost, or misdirected; (b) computer or network malfunction including error; (c) disruptions caused by unforeseen bugs, Internet traffic, viruses or worms; (d) damages caused by any submissions. If any damage, disruption or error occurs, or the fairness, integrity, or security of the contest hinders the judge’s abilities to allow the contest to continue to the end of the contest date, Digital Media Services reserves the right to terminate the contest, and to (not) declare a winning entry from the submissions entered. Persons found tampering or abusing any aspect of the contest will be disqualified from voting at any time. Any system crafted to manipulate voting or tamper with others’ entries will result in disqualification. Digital Media Services reserves the right to disqualify any entries based on failure to comply with the Official Rules and Regulations.
Interpretation of Contest Rules
Any questions regarding the contest rules should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further concerns regarding the interpretation of the Official Rules and Regulations will be reviewed by the manager of Digital Media Services. A decision towards the overall interpretation of the rules will be determined and all entrants will be bound by the decision.
Setups and Tips
Need a little help to get started? This page will feature tips, tricks and the proper software setup for our contests.
Open Source Tools
This link will send you to a website which will offer FREE software, a possible substitute for the more expensive graphic design software. These tools will show the numerous possibilities for creating a logo.
- 70 Awesome Open Source Tools
These links will send you to sources which will help you design a logo.
- Design an Awesome Logo
- 10 Common Mistakes When Designing a Logo
- Adobe Kuler - A flash site that is color focused, giving users the ability to create their own color schemes, alter uploaded themes, browse a cache of themes and access their personal Mykuler account.
Our Contest Setup
These screenshots are for setting up our contest parameters in Photoshop and Illustrator.