CAA logo contest

17 Nov 2013 7:22 PM | Anonymous

Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) is holding a contest to find a logo. Started in 1982, CAA is a volunteer‐run organization that provides opportunities for local archivists, historians, librarians, and others in the Chicago area to meet for discussion, social interaction, and education. Our membership includes archivists, librarians, and records managers in academic, corporate, governmental, institutional, library, and museum settings.


Individuals in the United States who are age 18 and over are eligible to enter. No corporate submissions, please.

Entries per person
Individuals may submit up to three entries; however, please do not submit close variants of a single logo as separate entries.

Entries must be received via email by 4:00 PM CST on Monday, 30 December 2013.

$100 American Express or Visa gift card

Design guidelines
We encourage, but do not require, logos that incorporate one or more of the following:
• The text “Chicago Area Archivists” (without quotes)
• The text “CAA” (without quotes)
• Elements that reflect the archival profession
• Elements that reflect the Chicago area

We will use the logo, and/or elements of it, in various products and media. This may include, and is not limited to:
• website
• social media
• letterhead
• pins/buttons and other promotional items

The logo may be used at several different sizes, and in grayscale as well as in color. Therefore we require a logo that would look good both online and in print, be recognizable at large and small sizes, and look good in black and white as well as in color.

Generally minimize your use of photographic elements unless they are sufficiently simple and graphic to meet the criteria above.

No copyrighted works or trademarks may be included in your design.

Submission guidelines
1. Email entries to by the submission deadline.
2. Use the subject line: Logo Contest Submission.
3. While you may submit multiple entries, please limit your entries to one per email message.
4. Include your name, email address, and phone number in the body of each email.
5. Attach two versions of your logo submission as either JPG or uncompressed TIF files saved at the maximum quality level (10 or 12):
a. one large master file with your logo, saved as to be 1600 pixels in its maximum dimension (e.g. 1600x200 or 1200x1600 pixels). If your logo uses color, this file should be in full color.
b. one smaller grayscale version of your logo, saved at 300 pixels on your logo’s maximum dimension (e.g. 250x300 or 300x115 pixels). If your logo does not use color, you still need to submit this smaller version of your logo in addition to the master file.

The winning designer grants CAA ownership and unlimited use of the winning logo, and elements thereof, in perpetuity. CAA will name the logo designer when announcing the new logo. No payment or other obligation is due to the winning designer other than the acknowledgement and one‐time prize described here.

By submitting your design you agree to the terms of the contest.

Submissions will be reviewed by the CAA Outreach subcommittee, who will select a winner and notify the CAA Steering committee of its decision.

An individual will not be eligible to judge submissions if he or she, or an immediate family member, submits an entry in this contest. If there are not a minimum of three eligible judges from the Outreach subcommittee at the time of the submission deadline, one or more eligible members of the 2013‐14 Steering committee will serve as judges to create a panel of three judges.

We aim to select a winner prior to CAA’s annual spring meeting (tentatively scheduled for March 2014). The winning designer will be notified between 5 February and 5 March 2014. The winning designer may be notified before the results are announced to membership and the public in spring 2014. The winning designer agrees to keep this information confidential until the spring 2014 announcement date selected by CAA. Designers of non‐winning entries should not expect to be notified of contest results before 5 March 2014.

We reserve the right to not select a winner if we feel there are no suitable submissions.

Entries that fail to meet contest guidelines will be disqualified and excluded from consideration.


Originally posted 23 October, 4:40 PM. Reposted, without edits, on 17 November. 

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