[HOT] Logo design competition for HOT

Harry Wood mail at harrywood.co.uk
Tue Jan 25 03:14:04 GMT 2011

It is my pleasure to present the new Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team logo:


Throughout December we held a logo design competition, inviting the community to 
put forward a logo for our organisation. Despite a fairly short deadline, we 
received lots of entries, and we were very impressed by the quality of the 
designs. We’d like to thank all the competition entrants for taking the time and 
applying their talents to come up with logo designs, but we had to pick one logo 
as the winner.

The task of picking a winner fell to the competition judges: Mikel Maron, Kate 
Chapman, Robert Soden, Nicolas Chavent, and Schuyler Erle. I presented the 
designs to them (without revealing the identity of the artists) They then 
deliberated and judged on various criteria before eventually picking this 
winner. The winning design is by Saman Bemel Benrud. Congratulations to him! 
Although less obviously conveying Humanitarian mapping than some other entries, 
it was felt that this design had the most striking impact in its elegant 
abstract simplicity. Saman described the logo as “an abstraction of map tiles. 
In general, I was going for an emblem-style logo inspired by iconic 
international aid logos”

This fantastic new logo can now be used by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team 
in various places to present a more slick message and communicate our work with 
more stylish red spikey flair! The logo is available as SVG: 
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/images/a/af/Hot_logo_with_text.svg  We may use 
it with slight variations where necessary. In particular different text 
arrangements may be necessary. In fact we’ve experimented with a few variations: 
http://harrywood.co.uk/temp/hotlogo_variations.png  B was the original design 
from the artist. The judges preferred “OpenStreetMap” spelled out in full.

The other submitted designs can also be found via links on the wiki: 
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team_Logo  (plus more 
information on the competition and using the logo) Thanks again to all those who 
took part. If you’re keen on logo design, but missed out on this, perhaps you’d 
like to check out the SotM conference logo design challenge running now: 
http://stateofthemap.org/logo-design-challenge/  Thanks also go to the judges 
for taking on this tricky decision!

Harry Wood

----- Original Message ----
From: Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk>
To: hot at openstreetmap.org
Sent: Mon, 6 December, 2010 23:56:25
Subject: [HOT] Logo design competition for HOT

It's time we sorted out a logo for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team. We need 
this for various purposes. Something to replace the egg ( 
http://twitter.com/hotosm ) for a start.

I've set up lots of details for a logo design competition here:


The timescales are quite tight (deadline end of the year) because we don't want 
a long drawn out  process. This way we should end up with a new logo chosen by  

Have a read of the design brief. If you have an idea, email me with your design. 

Also if you have graphics designer contacts, maybe you could ask them to put in 
an entry. We only need something simple, but we'd love to see some professional 
designs. I've asked a selection of key hotties to be the competition judges. 
They won't know who has designed what. It's a blind taster test! 

So get your artistic hats on and email me with your designs!

Harry Wood


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