99 Responses to “DataPortability Logo Competition”

  1. Jacob Chapel Says:

    I am excited to see what kinds of logos turn up from this. I felt like the DP logo was lacking some pizzaz that it needed, so I think this is all a good thing.


  2. Why retool the logo? Red Hat’s logo isn’t unique enough. Show them this: http://tinyurl.com/2a732f

  3. Jacob Chapel Says:

    I submitted this to Digg to get more exposure on this. Here is the link: http://digg.com/design/DataPortability_New_Logo_Contest_Because_of_Red_Hat

    Justin, even if it isn’t unique enough, fighting it could be bad for DataPortability. I could only imagine the ramifications from companies not wanting to join just because of the retaliation from this event. No need to fight when Red Hat is just doing what it has to do to protect its trademark.

  4. chrissaad Says:

    @Justin as Jacob says, we can not have any IPR issues hanging over the logo that might dissuade people from using it on their site – it is best to come up with something free of any concerns to show the community we have taken action and removed the ‘threat’.


  5. [...] After a cease and desist letter from Fedora, we learned our logo was a bit too much like theirs, and rather than waste resources saving the logo and fighting with a company many of us like, it seemed to make more sense to just ask the community to help us come up with another one. If you have mad design skills, please give us a hand with the new DataPortability logo. Details on Chris’ blog. [...]


  6. Chris and Jacob, I now understand and respect the decision to take the high road. I updated my post to drive people to the logo contest and will create an entry myself. I still think it’s shitty of Red Hat since their logo looks more like other logos that came before them than it does like DataPortability’s.


  7. [...] Chris Saad, panelist from my upcoming MIX08 Panel : Web 2.0 and Beyond: What Is the Business Reality?, has launched a little competition to design the new DataPortability Logo. [...]


  8. [...] Chris Saad, panelist from my upcoming MIX08 Panel : Web 2.0 and Beyond: What Is the Business Reality?, has launched a little competition to design the new DataPortability Logo. [...]


  9. [...] chairman of the Data Portability Group though did decide not to argue and instead called for a Data Portability Logo Competition. If you want to be part of it, make sure to submit a logo by March 11 2008. Prizes should come from [...]


  10. [...] Chris Saad, panelist from my upcoming MIX08 Panel : Web 2.0 and Beyond: What Is the Business Reality?, has launched a little competition to design the new DataPortability Logo. [...]


  11. [...] Red Hat’s cease and desist, the data portability project has opted to take the high road and hold a competition for a new [...]

  12. DesignrBlog Says:

    DataPortability Logo Competition.

    Un’altra segnalazione di un’altro concorso? Beh, in effetti.. DataPortability.org ha organizzato concorso per il loro nuovo logo. A chi non ne avrebbe ancora sentito dico subito che DataPortability è un’organizzazione che cerca di cr…


  13. Hi Chris, sounds good. BTW, just wanted to say that it freaks me out to visit your WordPress blog — because I chose the exact same theme. I came here, saw the graphics, and thought: “I didn’t write that!” Cheers – Mike


  14. [...] exactly what they’re doing. Third parties are lining up to donate prizes, and an iPhone is already on the list. We’ll [...]

  15. Allen Stern Says:

    Chris – I’d love to donate a prize as well – I can offer the selected designer a month ad on either CenterNetworks or HTMLCenter. Please shoot me an email (it’s in the email field) when you get a chance.


  16. [...] Saad, as mentioned in yesterday’s post, needs a new logo. Share the love: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and [...]


  17. [...] It seems that the good people working diligently at the WorkGroup already had the same idea. [...]


  18. i’m going to win this one.


  19. [...] it. Treat this as a press opportunity and hold a new logo contest instead. That’s exactly what they’re doing. Third parties are lining up to donate prizes, and an iPhone is already on the list. We’ll throw [...]


  20. [...] DataPortability is running a contest to find a new logo. Cofounder Chris Saad describes the contest. Mike Arrington approves of [...]

  21. chrissaad Says:

    Thank you all for your kind support and offers of prizes!

    Logo ideas are already rolling in :)

  22. John McCrea Says:

    Great stuff! Plaxo is certainly happy to kick in, too. Count us in for $500 and a “Yeah, I’d sync that” t-shirt!


  23. [...] So if any of you have more design skills than me, do to Chris Saad’s blog and find out about the Data Portability Logo Competition [...]


  24. [...] am pleased to unveil my official design for DataPortability’s logo design competition. DataPortability recently received a “cease and desist” letter from RedHat accusing the [...]


  25. [...] אחרים שדומים לרכיב של כובע-אדום). ובמקום זאת יצאו בקריאה לתחרות לוגואים, אליה הצטרפו שורה של תורמים שמציעים פרסים למי שיצור את [...]


  26. [...] There are hundreds of dollar worth of prizes, ad exposure on Techcrunch and CenterNetworks, and iPhone and other goodies, read the full guidelines on Chris’s site. [...]


  27. DataPortability New Logo Contest Because of Red Hat | nerdd.net

    \r\nThey will be holding a logo contest instead of fighting Red Hat over the similarities of the log


  28. Really a great project guys, I’m watching with much interest.

    I’ll be pointing to the final winners too for additional exposure.

  29. Todd Says:

    As Tantek Çelik would say “Just use existing, open standards!” ; )

    Like this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronin691/2285428799/in/pool-592496@N21

    I am finding a lot of irony in Data Portability using a custom ( proprietary ) logo when a perfectly good open standard already exists. AIGA.org is giving this symbol away, why not use it? I just added the bleached green color from the Microformats logo.

  30. Jay Neely Says:

    Is there a limit to the number of submissions an individual/group can make?


  31. [...] lange rumzustreiten hat Chris Saad, der Gründer der DataPortability-Arbeitsgruppe, entschieden das Logo zu ändern und einen [...]


  32. [...] working on this logo for a contest because i believe in the cause and there’s a free iphone to boot.. (i’m always on ginny’s and i [...]

  33. Houstonian Says:

    This is a great idea. I will participate. And before i start, may i know how many entries one can submit. Is there any limitation on how many logo solutions one can submit.
    Thanks.


  34. [...] Portability initiert einen Logo Contest nach der Abmahnung durch [...]


  35. [...] is my entry to the DataPortability.org Logo Competition, it’s a dynamically changing graph that represents the pursuit of universal Data Portability. [...]

  36. chrissaad Says:

    @Jeremiah – thank you for your coverage!

    @Houstonian There is no limit to the number of logos you can submit. If it is a large number, try to put them on one canvas so you don’t drown out the other submissions.


  37. [...] exactly what they’re doing. Third parties are lining up to donate prizes, and an iPhone is already on the list. We’ll throw [...]


  38. [...] a result, we are launching a competition to design a new logo: read the announcement on Chris’s blog. Already we have received some generous corporate support, which includes an [...]

  39. Jesse Says:

    When designing this logo, keep in mind that the “dp” letters used as a logo has been done a lot for other companies. Save yourself some time and do an image search for dp or dp logos so you make sure you dont accidentally copy someone else. For example http://www.danpatching.co.uk/ – nice use of “dp” – I would say half of all of the logo’s that have been submitted have been done already. Great minds think alike?


  40. [...] exactly what they’re doing. Third parties are lining up to donate prizes, and an iPhone is already on the list. We’ll [...]


  41. [...] front, technologists everywhere are sweetening the pot for the winning entry into the logo competition.  This illustrates how much the issue of portability touches every corner of the Internet.  I [...]


  42. [...] There is a competition for developing a logo for the DataPortability Project. [...]

  43. Mike Says:

    Sorry to be the downer here, but am I the only one seeing this as a thinly veiled call for spec work? This reads more like dp spinning the publicity of the dispute into a new (free) logo design, rather than actually going out and paying for a new logo. And you want free legal counsel as well? Come on, guys.


  44. [...] Friday, while checking the latest tech news I found a post about DataPortability’s Logo Contest. Being a graphic designer for over 15 years, I am no stranger to logo design. In fact I would say I [...]

  45. Chris Saad Says:

    Actually Mike, we want everything for free – since the group has no money and everyone is working in their spare time for, what we think, is a good cause.

  46. Metafluence Says:

    Open letter to Red Hat about your logo “similarities” with the DataPortability Workgroup

    digg_url = \’http://digg.com/design/Open_letter_to_Red_Hat_about_their_logo_IT_S_NOT_UNIQUE\’;

    I’ve seen a few things about Fedora recently in my dashboard and I finally decided to take a look at what the stories have all been about. I read…


  47. [...] DataPortability Logo Competition « Paying Attention (tags: dataportability logo competition) [...]


  48. [...] Now Chris Saad, one of the founders of Data Portability has started a new campaign for the public to make a new Data Portability logo, more details can be found here. [...]


  49. Joyent is happy to lend support to the project by providing a free year of hosting to logo contest winner [and to the DP group if interested].


  50. [...] gibt eine Liste mit neuen Logo-Vorschlägen. Wer will kann bis zum 11. März 2008 einen eigenen Vorschlag einreichen. Kategorien: About Web 2.0 Trackback: [...]

  51. Dean Landolt Says:

    I’d usually say logo competitions can be nothing but a good thing, but in this case, it seems to me the current logo _expertly_ conveys the notions this project embodies. It would be a shame to scrap it and have to rebrand when the whole site is already beautifully designed.


  52. [...] could be quite a mess for the burdgening group, but they decided it would be more advantageous to turn this into a positive rather than waste resources pissing in the [...]


  53. [...] love nothing more than a good old fashioned logo contest like the one being held by DataPortablity. Even though I went down for the count in the Ruby logo contest, despite clearly having the logo [...]


  54. [...] will happen now is that those logos not matching the criteria from the contest will be filtered out and the rest of them will be published for a public vote using the TechCrunch [...]

  55. Squarelogo Says:

    I’m excited to see how this all unfolds, however I think a public vote might be trouble. What is to keep a contestant from voting for themselves using aliases or getting their entire family to log on on vote?


  56. [...] 7th March Good 50×70 2008 (Poster competition), helping charities, deadline 20th April Data Portability (Logo competition), iphone, cash, web tools, deadline: 11th March Firefox 3 T-Shirt (T-shirt [...]


  57. [...] a competition was launched , that soon followed with some generous prizes, for who could design the best logo. Over the course [...]


  58. [...] For some history on the competition you can read my previous post. [...]


  59. The DataPortability Public Vote is now open! Go cast your ballot:
    http://dataportability.techcrunch.com/


  60. [...] logo contest instead. The winner would get a lot of attention, and a number of blogs and startups threw in prizes of their own (including [...]


  61. [...] 同グループは法廷で争うことを避け、元のロゴを捨てて新たにロゴコンテストを行うことにした。優勝者は大いに注目を集めることになるだろう。また多くのブログやスタートアップが賞品を提供する(われわれも)。 [...]


  62. [...] druhý den byla na světě soutěž o nové logo DataPortability s celou řadou cen pro vítěze, od iPhonu, přes hotovost až po týdny reklamy na TechCruch. Pro druhé a třetí [...]


  63. [...] Saad originally launched the logo contest back in February and noted that submissions were due by March 11 (although some [...]


  64. [...] logo contest instead. The winner would get a lot of attention, and a number of blogs and startups threw in prizes of their own (including [...]


  65. [...] design side of things is purely commercial I noticed the data portability group got into a little hot water with their logo being too similar to that of Red Hat’s logo (apparently). When I saw they [...]


  66. [...] wat in. In plaats van deze claim aan te vechten besloot de Dataportability Workgroup een nieuw logo te laten ontwerpen door.. ons! De inzendingen werden verzameld, een voorselectie werd gemaakt door de mensen van [...]


  67. [...] in their words) to the Fedora Logo the DataPortability Project needed a new design. So they asked their community to come up with designs and vote on them. They received over 400 designs and thousands of [...]


  68. [...] late February, DataPortability announced a logo design competition to avoid a legal dispute with RedHat (their logo was too similar to their own). I submitted several [...]


  69. [...] finales de Febrero del 2008, DataPortability anunció un concurso de diseño de un nuevo logotipo, mediante Techcrunch y un grupo en flickr que albergó 320 [...]

  70. Dante Paner Says:

    Cool…logo competition..what could be the best masterpiece will win….hope I’ll see it I mean the whole competition…l know a little fedora so it is interesting to find out….

  71. flower Says:

    Your blog is looking beautiful.

    i enjoyed while reading.

    I saw another search engine for logo designs.

    You can check http://xcavator.net/

  72. martialarts Says:

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    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..


  73. I’m sure DataPortability will get a good result. Are the results for this published anywhere?


  74. finally, thanks for this reference…

    Thank’s very much.


  75. [...] wat in. In plaats van deze claim aan te vechten besloot de Dataportability Workgroup een nieuw logo te laten ontwerpen door.. ons! De inzendingen werden verzameld, een voorselectie werd gemaakt door de mensen van [...]


  76. [...] This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… [...]


  77. [...] DataPortability Logo Submission #3 Image by Ronald Lewis This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… [...]


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  79. [...] DataPortability Logo Submission Image by Ronald Lewis This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… [...]


  80. [...] DataPortability Logo Submission #5 Image by Ronald Lewis This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… [...]


  81. [...] This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… [...]


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  87. […] DataPortability Logo Submission #3 Image by Ronald Lewis This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… […]


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  91. […] This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… […]


  92. […] DataPortability Logo Submission #5 Image by Ronald Lewis This is my official logo submission for the DataPortability logo design competition as per chrissaad.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/dataportability-logo-c… […]


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