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Old 04-19-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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EPUB Logo Contest

This is something of a belated announcement. The IDPF wants to adopt a new Epub logo, and they're hoping you can design it for them. They're having a contest right now, and are accepting entries until 7 May 2010.

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EPUB Logo Contest: Submissions accepted until May 7, 2010

Dear MobileRead Moderators, Contributors and Readers,

Many of you in digital space work with EPUB in some form or another and I want to ensure you or your company is aware of the opportunity to design the Official EPUB Logo. EPUB logo submissions will be received until 2400 eastern on May 7, 2010.

The purpose of the contest is to design a logo for the EPUB format. The logo is to be used by publishers, distributors, retailers, software companies and anyone else who would like to identify to the public their conformance to the EPUB standard file format. We imagine that companies who ship products and devices will use the logo on boxes and packaging material to identify compliance. We imagine that retailers will use the logo to alert their customers that the product they sell uses this standard file format. We imagine that publishers will use the logo on their websites and possibly on their printed books to alert the public that their books are also available in electronic form. Finally, we hope this will become an industry standard for recognizing product and services that conform to the EPUB standard.

Details for submitting entries and official rules can be found at www.idpf.org/EPUBlogo/epublogocontest.htm

Winning Entry will be unveiled on May 25th at IDPF Digital Book 2010 at BEA.

Best of Luck,

Michael
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:52 AM   #2
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This is something of a belated announcement. The IDPF wants to adopt a new Epub logo, and they're hoping you can design it for them. They're having a contest right now, and are accepting entries until 7 May 2010.
I've submitted an entry.

I'll post it here after May 7th. Does anyone else want to join in? It would be fun to see what the Mobileread crowd can come up with. Don't forget to actually submit your entry to the IDPF before May 7th, and not to post it here until after May 7th

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I look forward to seeing the winning entry. I considered participating, but I cannot conjure enough enthusiasm for epub to bother sketching out ideas. I'd probably have gone for something typographical if I were to join, but I think perhaps that'd be too out of place....
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I have to remember to submit my logo, but I have to (groan) add the letters "ePub" to it, something I didn't initially want to do, to make it a truly international logo.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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I have to remember to submit my logo, but I have to (groan) add the letters "ePub" to it, something I didn't initially want to do, to make it a truly international logo.
Well, the format is still called "EPUB", no matter the language, script or whatever...
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:26 PM   #6
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I have to (groan) add the letters "ePub" to it
or EPUB or epub or perhaps even Epub.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:37 PM   #7
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Hey! I just noticed, "epub" is just "pube" slightly shuffled.

Don't let that influence logo ideas, though...
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Well, the format is still called "EPUB", no matter the language, script or whatever...
Interestingly, the name the IDPF gave to the format was Open EBook (OEB)... ePub is just the file extension, but it has become the default name for the file format among users. My logo was built around the Open EBook concept, which is why I resisted putting for extension acronym in there. But hey, what do I know? I'm just an amateur author... with an extensive graphics and design background...
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:25 PM   #9
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Hey! I just noticed, "epub" is just "pube" slightly shuffled.

Don't let that influence logo ideas, though...
Given IDPF's website and current logo, I would avoid submitting anything with oblique genital references...for fear of winning.

I suspect though they'll be too swamped with beer-related submissions to notice it though.
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Since I am not that great of artist.... here's an idea for you:

An old english pub style sign with an open book and a E or ePub written on it. If you wanted you could write the E or ePub in 1's and 0's.
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I have to remember to submit my logo, but I have to (groan) add the letters "ePub" to it, something I didn't initially want to do, to make it a truly international logo.
Why? Many logos for other formats do not have any letters (e.g. PDF icon). Is that required by the contest rules?
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Why? Many logos for other formats do not have any letters (e.g. PDF icon). Is that required by the contest rules?
Yes. It's in the Submission Guidelines:

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The logo must contain the four letters “EPUB”. For Marketing Purposes the use of Camel Case “ePub,” “epub” or “ePUB” are considered acceptable as well. This image should not be photographic (see below for information on graphic formats), but four letters “EPUB” must be recognizable.
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Why? Many logos for other formats do not have any letters (e.g. PDF icon). Is that required by the contest rules?
Yes it is... unfortunately, IMO.
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Thanks. This is kinda silly IMO. Maybe submit the design with letters and attach the original too "just in case"?
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Thanks. This is kinda silly IMO. Maybe submit the design with letters and attach the original too "just in case"?
I agree... despite the supposed ubiquitousness of English internationally, I still feel a logo without lettering would be better internationally... not to mention making it clearer that "ePub" is not the actual name of the format at all. Besides, a logo does not have to have words or lettering in it to represent itself... witness the MobiPocket and Sony Reader logos, the Windows logo, the Apple logo, etc, etc.

Fortunately, I can modify my logo so that the letters can be removed if desired. Tres adroit, no?
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