Connecting Cities

Create a logo family for the the Connecting Cities Network & its subdivisions. €2,500 prize pool

Create a logo family for the the Connecting Cities Network & its subdivisions.

Background

The Connecting Cities Network is a European network with the aim of creating an exchange between urban activists, creatives, passers-by and city inhabitants from all over the world via media façades and large digital screens. As an interdisciplinary network, Connecting Cities unites political, economic and artistic interests.

Here are a few words on the idea behind this non-profit project:
We are the city — but who exactly gets to have a say in ‘our’ cities, which are increasingly being defined by economic interests? Commercial communication is taking over our space: our streets and underground trains are being covered with posters, billboards and digital surfaces and even house façades are becoming animated advertisements. The Connecting Cities Network aims to reclaim these public, commercialized spaces and open up space: space for cultural content, for art and for the inhabitants of the city. Through artists' work and socially relevant content the digital screens will be utilized interactively, giving people an opportunity to get actively involved themselves.
We connect urban media façades throughout Europe, from Helsinki to Marseille, from Istanbul to Liverpool! This infrastructure not only unites media façades, but, above all, the people behind them. Beyond national borders an exchange is created that not only shapes local identities, but also heightens the awareness of a broader European community. After all, a sense of community is only possible through joint actions and collective exchange.
 
The project will evolve via three curatorial sub-topics:

  • “Networked City 2013”: Connection of cities and people via media façades.
  • “Participatory City 2014”: Community building through participatory involvement.
  • “Visible City 2015”: Visualization and bringing to life of invisible data streams and information in a city.

 

The Connecting Cities Network is a non-profit project, which is developing a Europe-wide media infrastructure for urban public spaces over a period of four years. With a series of workshops, conferences and artist activities, like the “Research Residency” or the “Mobile Urban Media Lab”, communication in urban spaces will be explored. Selected artists' projects initiate the exchange between cities and their citizens through live streams.
 
The initiator of the project is the Public Art Lab (Berlin) in cooperation with Ars Electronica Futurelab Linz, BIS (Body Process Arts Association) Istanbul, FACT Liverpool, iMAL Brussels, m-cult Helsinki, Medialab Prado Madrid, Media Architecture Institute Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Riga 2014 and Videospread Marseille.

The project is supported by the University of Aarhus, Marseille-Provence 2013, MUTEK Montréal.

Connecting Cities Network is funded by the Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the European Union.

Aim:
Your Connecting Cities logo concept will be established in the long term as a label for high-quality and participatory media art in urban spaces and should represent the Connecting Cities Network worldwide. The logo will be used to announce the individual artists and their works and will be shown at international conferences and media festivals. The logo concept should sum up both the umbrella brand as well as the three curatorial subtopics (Networked City 2013, Participatory City 2014 and Visible City 2015).

Task Definition

Create a logo concept or a logo ‘family’ with the following elements:
1. An umbrella logo for: “Connecting Cities”: the umbrella logo will be used as the sender logo for all projects of the Connecting Cities Network.
2. Sub-logos or adaptations for the curatorial sub-topics:

  • Networked City 2013”: Connection of cities and people via media façades.
  • Participatory City 2014”: Community building through participatory involvement.
  • Visible City 2015”: Visualization and bringing to life of invisible data streams and information in a city

 

The logo concept you develop should support and visually convey the central theme of the Connecting Cities Network. Over a period of at least four years the logo will be established as the umbrella brand for Connecting Cities. For the three curatorial sub-topics coherent adaptations should be developed. The corporate identity must be understandable to an international audience and be timeless. For technical reasons it must also have contrasting colors and not consist of numerous smaller elements, in order for it to be adaptable to different resolutions on the media façades.

When designing your logo ‘family’ it is important to ensure that your logos can be used on all possible media, e.g.

  • Stationery (business cards, letterheads, PPT)
  • Logo animations
  • Print materials like flyers, posters, folders/brochures, etc.
  • Website
  • And of course on media façades

Target Group

The network addresses everyone who wants to actively participate in the city. The initiative’s aim is to lift boundaries and connect younger and older people with one another: between the ages of 15 to 60, from low to high incomes, from the uneducated to professors. No previous technical knowledge is required to take part in the interventions as the focus is on an intuitive understanding of the artists’ work.
As the subject area is highly complex, the initiative is aimed at urban activists, as well as relevant actorsfrom the areas of politics, science, new technologies and urban development, as well as from creative and cultural industries.

Tonality

  • Dynamic and explorative
  • Logical and experimental
  • Coherent and participatory
  • Simple and smart
  • Professional and reliable
  • Open and clear
  • Dialogic and interactive
  • Technological and encouraging

Mandatory requirements

It must be possible to use your logos:
a) for all analog media like business cards, letterheads, PowerPoint slides etc.,
in all sizes and also in black and white (fax test)
b) for digital media e.g. homepage and banner, but of course also for all media façades

The Connecting Cities initiative originates from the Media Facades Festival, which is documented in the following materials:

Comments

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good luck ;-(

public contest /// recruit more and more trolls

Yes. Public projects are open for everybody. If you do not wish to participate in projects that are open that's fine. We'll also have private projects coming up again.

tall order for a cup of pennies...but I say it shouldn't be too bad since the prize is so low..

Kaptn , i understand you like being a shark in a lake(private contest), but you may be a small fish in the ocean (public contest). As Jvanboxtel said , public projects are for everyone, out there are people better than all of us, but they may have never heard of Jovoto until now. Why limit them?

yes public is great - won 3 times, but still there are a lot of Hill Billy's and so one

Good luck too :-((

An OPEN logo contest with ten winners. WOW! Good bye and good luck.

Agree. 100€ for 9th place. Even the actual license - 800€ for three logos? And not to mention the number of entries, and the bitch fighting, and the whole voting backstabbing... will pass on this one.

let's see how bitch fighting is going here ;D

Platz 10: Eine Tafel Schokolade

oder ein Mon Cheri - lasse es mal zwei sein (Helge Schneider)

That will be fun (for those who aren't participating)!!!

Thanks for all taking the time to comment though! :)

Ah i forgot, good luck!!!

Actually I am personally pretty proud of being able to serve our community such a task for great, non-commercial initiative. Those of you who do the background check on the organization hosting the challenge will quickly realize that such a reference is a pearl within any profile. Imagine a global art & media festival running for several years carrying your visual ID ... And in the end as we all know it is always easy to criticize which is fine as long as everyone can make a free decision whether to take part or not. Enjoy!

I agree. This is a great thing for everyones portfolio (Ars Electronica, etc. . .) Every art interested takes a look on this logo. Especialy for students of art. The price money in relation with work time is realy less. That is true but the personal benefit behind is not unnecessary. :-)

But isn't that the most overused cliché? "Be famous, have your logo seen by millions, design the next Facebook/ Google/ whatever?"

Every time I hear this on contest sites, I cry... because fame doesn't pay my mortgage. Or my health insurance. Or my food. Everyone is bitching about 99D, but honestly, 800€ for three logos isn't much more than what 99D pays...

@CrossThe Lime: You are so right again!

Sometimes it is necessary to get stuff for your portfolio. I work for this because it is a good reputation (Especialy for me as student). Take a look on the clients: Public Art Lab Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, BIS Istanbul, FACT Liverpool, iMAL Brussels, m-cult Helsinki, Medialab-Prado Madrid, Media Architecture Institute Wien, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Riga 2014, Videospread Marseille. They are realy outstanding institutes around the globe and leading in different parts of art!

I also think that work/time needs to get paid FAIR not often but sometimes other benefits count more than money and Bastian is absolutely right in my opinion. It's everyones personal choice to spend time for this project or work on other projects where you can earn money for food, health, . . . ;-)

yes mika and crossthelime are right: For some are 100 Euro the income of a month (certain countries) and for some would it be great to have it in the portfolio (Students) and some .... just to have a bitchfight (they like it) So everyone can decide.

I particulary know about MediaLab Prado from Madrid which it´s one of the involved institutions and it´s activity is really interesting, so for me regardless the monetary prizes it seems a very attractive project.

I'M IN!!! TOTALLY AGREE WITH @BUNTERBERG AND @FLEGIDO!!! THIS ARE THE KIND OF PROJECT THAT I POSSIBLE NEVER SEE IN MY LIFE, IS REALLY FAR TO HAPPEN NEAR MY COUNTRY, SO, IT'S KINDA FUTURISTIC AND EXPERIMENTAL!!! LET'S HAVE FUN AND GET DEEP INTO CONNECTING PEOPLE PROJECT!!! :)

XAVIER CAPS LOCK SEAL OF APPROVAL ™

Xavier, what stops you from starting this kind of project in Latin America, start with all you are able to do(the web, graphic part), together with Jovoto friends from Latin America and than look for the other needed people :D.

HEY DEAR TYBY... JUST NEED TIME AND MONEY FROM A SPONSOR!!! THAT'S ALL... THE TALENTED PEOPLE IS ALREADY SETTLE HERE IN LATIN AMERICA... MAYBE I SHOULD TRY IT TO SEE HOW FAR WE CAN GET... THANKS FOR THE MOTIVATION!!! :)

is it possible to use the "public art lab" font (Logo)?

Hey dahu, Good question! I wouldn't make such a clear connection between the two. Public Art Lab is just supporting the Connecting Cities Network. Best, Jess

Yes try it - I still like the font - and to create a visual between us as initiator of Connecting Cities and the network - why not? but not a 'must'

thanks a lot for your feedback. I´ll give it a try then ;-)

media facades are rather superficial connections. is this art, or artifice? a sense of community is only possible through violent actions and hostile exchange.

not limit about the number of logos?

Oh! thank G_Sasha!

I can't find that in Briefing??

when adding a new idea at the top of the page you can see how many variants you have

thank G_Sasha again ^^!

I would advise to check the uniqueness of their logo. why do you need to perform the extra work.

a sure sign your logo is original and unique is if jovoto community doesn't love it. being sheep, they can only appreciate what they've already seen before in mainstream media.

)))) maybe you are right but what is the logic?

one question!!! how could you vote ideas with excellent if their aren't any ideas for the sublogos and so on and so on... seems to be very professional one more time...

one would have to read the briefing, to get to know that there have to be sublogos. But a lot of people don't read the briefing and vote only for ideas wich look good, or for ideas of their friends.

So far nothing new, right?!

...indeed, i'm tired about that all...

If any of you have an specific concerns about ideas or the rating behavior of others, you can feel free to let me know and I'll have a look into it.

well, the task is to develop a logo FAMILY, so i see no real reason to give an entry best notes with only one logo, for sure that could be very good, but still it isn't ready....... would also be interesting if only color change is enough for the client....

good night together...

That is true. I also miss a little bit the connections to the rest of the logo family or the complete family. . .

grafotopia
over 5 years ago

Yes wow and so great to see that a jury is involved too!

The project is only running for one week now. They will for sure be there for feedback.

I appreciate that the jury is involved and will be there throughout.. and also very happy that Jovoto is taking into consideration the suggestions that creatives make towards improving the site.. :)

Hey guys, I love the updates going on here! I want to make sure I'm getting all of it though :-) So a little reminder, if you make an update or development, you can put a little "update" marker on your first slide so everyone knows to take another look! Happy developing :D Thanks, Jess

I'll take a look right now!

I'VE LOST A LOT OF POINTS AND PLACES WITH JUST 1 VOTE?!!! IS THAT OK JESS?...

Me too. :-(

Still under attack!!! :S

Hello hello!

We just had a visit for our “Bergfest”, also known as the half time feedback with our client Public Art Labs. I’ll get straight to it and give you the feedback so you can refine your ideas and really bring it to the big screen in the second half of the project.

Style: Many of you worked on the subject very closely - trying to express 1:1 the words “connecting” and/or “cities”. However the client would prefer: - the less obvious rather than the explicit - the “hidden agenda” rather than the picture story

Content: The “Connecting Cities” Initiative in full length is called “European Media Networks for Connecting Cities” as stated in the background - this might give you a broader background of associations than just “Connecting” and “Cities” - it is all about Art, it is all about (digital) Culture, it is about Openness and Interfaces (not only in the sense of digital interface but also in a figurative sense like the interface between the digital and the physical world) - so make your Logo distinguish clearly from any Corporate Logo like insurances, computer firms etc.

Function: Please reconsider the various functions your logo will have. It has to work on stationary just as well as on a big screen or in a metro station - the film of the MFF shows all the different applications of your design elements.

Our client is definitely excited about the process and the chance to work with you, the community- They are really enthusiastic about the huge diversity and differences in design and culture. After all, like the Connecting Cities network itself, it’s exciting to see everyone, from all over each with their own perspective, work to make something together. To show their enthusiasm, they even added a new jury member, Ekmel Ertan of the Visual Communication Design Program, Sabanc? University, Istanbul.

So for the next half of the project the art of the possible will be to express what it is all about and at the same time stay mysterious and multi-layered just as this cultural initiative is in itself!

SUPER GREAT FEEDBACK!!! IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ABSTRACT AND ARTISTIC TO REPRESENT THIS DIGITAL CULTURE ERA!!! SO, LET'S WORK ON IT!!! LESS OBVIOUS AND MORE EXPERIMENTAL!!! THANKS FOR THE HINTS DEAR JESS!!! :)

That's what really unites the city and the heart. Look, enjoy and inspire! Marcus you are a big well done! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwtGy_nhEd0&feature=player_embedded

So true Elina.. beautiful song Marcus.. love it!

What a great and beautiful song from Markus!

Thanks, this is really awesome! Great job Markus :-)

Hi! :) I have one question, i upload video in my profil ''Conection Cities'' but I dont see it. May be you can help me in it? Thank you! :)

Hey there, let's chat via private message! Best, Jess

I know! But I write five peoples, all do not speak :( Thanks you!

I wrote back already, check your inbox ;)

Submission period is over! Many great entries!!! Best of luck to everyone!!! :)

yes, this is so exciting ;-) Good luck...

It's great to see them commenting under the ideas and give a constructive personal opinion! They show, that they are interested in the design and help to push ideas in the wished direction!

Thanks for this jury!

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final countdown...

Hello there! Just for all the new community members out there, I want to remind everyone that these may not be the FINAL ranks. Rating monitoring is still in process! Best wishes, Jess

congrats to all the winners!

Congrats! winners..

Congrats to all the winners !

Congrats to ALL and WINNERs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

congrats all, nice stuff here

Hey there!

Congrats to all participants and the winners! We will have a meeting next week with the client and we will give you any updates about the Client's Choice as soon as we can! In the meantime you can read this blog post :-)

http://www.jovoto.com/blog/2012/10/winner-announcement-connecting-cities/

Great job! & Best wishes, Jess

CONGRAAAAATS TO ALL THE WINNER!!! :)

xavier, sorry for your score, you have one of the best ideas!

vielleicht ja deins...

ja, schauen wir mal ;-)

Congrats to all winners! :)

Hey there!

We just announced our Client's Choice, and the winner is oxelot with his idea, connections. Congratulations!!! Great job :-)

Best wishes, Jess