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One of the world's most iconic brands is asking the design community to reinvent its logo.
Coca-Cola, has teamed up with design platform BlankYou Very Much (opens in new tab) to have their logo re-envisioned in the competition (which is open to US residents only).
Along with "bragging rights", the winning designer will receive $5000, and their design will be incorporated into a limited-edition T-shirt.
BlankYou Very Much (BYVM), an ecommerce and design platform created by Darren Romanelli (opens in new tab), gives design enthusiasts the opportunity to re-interpret iconic logo designs (opens in new tab) and assets into fresh new concepts.
Designs for the Coca-Cola logo need to be submitted to the site, where the BYVM community will vote on the finalists.
Once the finalists have been announced, they will be judged by a panel of design experts including:
- Bobby Hundreds, founder of The Hundreds (opens in new tab)
- Wendy Lam, editor-in-chief of Nitrolicious.com (opens in new tab)
- Jared Flint, art director for Gilt Groupe (opens in new tab)
- Michael Dupouy, founder of La MJC (opens in new tab)
- Darren Romanelli a.k.a. DRx (opens in new tab)
Interestingly, the brief is not wide open. Coca-Cola has placed some very specific restrictions on what kind of designs will be considered acceptable including:
- The logo can only be presented in red and white (blue is expressly forbidden)
- No international logos or flags may be used
- The dynamic ribbon logo can only run horizontally
- The outline of the contour bottle needs to be pristine
- The design theme should always reflect a balanced, healthy lifestyle
- All designs should be targeted to a 12-years-and-older demographic
Design submissions for the competition will be accepted until October 29, followed by community votes between October 30 and November 12. The judges will deliberate from November 13-19 and announce the winner on November 23.
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Even industry organisations such as AIGA (opens in new tab) run design competitions - but what are your views on them? Do you see them a bit of fun, a good opportunity for designers to develop their portfolio and skills, or unacceptable "spec work"? Let us know your views in the comments!