Free Culture Research Conference Logo Contest

Winning Submission


Artist: hank0071
Runner Up: timeth
Honorable Mention: isacvale and kuba


A Note From the Judges

We'd like to acknowledge the contributions of several designers who stood out during this contest. Hank0071 impressed us with his select but always high-quality submissions; they are simple yet effective designs that we can really work with for our purposes. A few of the designs ended up becoming favourites, and we eventually converged on one as the grand winner. Timeth was a close second in our view as he was able to produce some truly beautiful and appropriate designs. Isacvale made very interesting conceptual designs, as did kuba. Any of these designers could have easily been our top choice, and we wholeheartedly thank them for their efforts. Finally, we also wish to acknowledge the many original submissions from aungkarns as well as the passion and humour of inky2010, both of whom made this a more vibrant contest in their own, unique way. Many thanks, too, to everyone else! Keep up the good work folks! You are an inspiration to us and to the work we do as academics.

Original Contest Information

Overview

The Free Culture movement promotes the sharing of ideas and the flow of creativity through free content - thereby spurring the distribution of creative works. Operating outside the control of copyright industries, Openclipart is a platform for free culture, allowing users to download free clip art and also to upload their own creations for others to freely use.

Because of the inherent community interaction and ripe territory for research, academics from various disciplines have taken an interest in the study of Free Culture. It is thus, that some years ago, the idea for an annual Free Culture Research Conference was born.


The Free Culture Research Conference is now in its third iteration and will take place in Berlin, October 8-9, 2010: http://wikis.fu-berlin.de/display/fcrc/Home


Details

The conference organizers wish to establish an identity for the event through the selection, use and promotion of an appropriate and memorable logo.

Ideally, the logo should:

  1. indicate that this is an academic research event, i.e. an event for scholars rather than artists, policy-makers, or activists.
  2. communicate that this is an event about free culture, which is an umbrella term for many interrelated initiatives
  3. be usable year-by-year, on different websites and with different designs, online or on print (so, it should not include a date, should have a relatively easy time blending in with changing website colours and designs, and should be made available in both high-res/print and low-res/web formats)

The winning entry will receive:

  1. Acknowledgement of the designer on the event�s pages
  2. Eternal gratitude
  3. Fame :)
  4. An invitation to attend the conference (however, all participants to the confence must find their own funding at present)

Ideas about where to begin can be found by looking at designs of other organizations in this space, like Students for Free Culture, Yale ISP, and Open Video Alliance.


Inspiration from Robert Martinez

Openclipart 2.0 logo designer, Robert Martinez, has gotten the ball rolling with a base design that he has generously offered up as a starting point for anyone wishing to collaborate!


Judges


Jonathan Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previously, he was Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He was also a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School. Zittrain's research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.


Giorgos Cheliotis Giorgos Cheliotis is editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy and founder of the Free Culture Research Conference, an annual interdisciplinary event promoting academic dialogue on issues of freedom, sharing and control on the Internet. Heis best known for his work on assessing the global impact of Creative Commons licensing, which has received support from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, and Creative Commons.


Donna Benjamin Donna Benjamin is the Executive Director of Creative Contingencies, an Australian company specialising in customised web services, research and event management. In addition to this Donna is currently President of Linux Users of Victoria and an active member of LinuxChix, Open Source Victoria and Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA). Donna was a board member of OSIA and served as director for 2006-2008. She was the lead organiser for Australia�s largest free and open source conference, linux.conf.au in Melbourne in 2008.


Michelle Thorne Michelle Thorne is the International Project Manager at Creative Commons and coordinates over seventy jurisdictions worldwide to localize and promote Creative Commons licenses and tools. She also manages the CC Catalyst Grants program and other Free Culture initiatives, and is a co-organizer of the 2010 Free Culture Research Conference in Berlin. More: http://thornet.wordpress.com/


Leonhard Dobusch Leonhard Dobusch is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Management at Freie Universit�t Berlin. Currently he is working on regulation and market institution building in the field of copyright, thereby focusing the role of non-state actors. Recent empirical research projects include an investigation of the transnational organizational network around "Creative Commons" with Sigrid Quack, a qualitative study on Open Access publishing among German researchers and the adoption of Free/Open Source Software on the desktop by large organizations in his doctoral thesis "Windows versus Linux" For more information, please visit www.dobusch.net.


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