[maemo-community] Suggestions for judges for Maemo logo contest

From: Dave Neary dneary at maemo.org
Date: Mon Jul 28 16:57:30 EEST 2008

Andrew Flegg wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM, Ian Lawrence <vern at riseup.net> wrote:
>> I am just wondering if it is totally necessary a 'panel of judges'
>> ...why not make a quick website of all the entries with a vote button
>> next to each one and then a registered member of maemo has 1 vote to
>> cast for whichever design he/she prefers..
> Sorry, too late.

Well, "Too late" isn't a particularly good reason...

I'd prefer to explain the reasoning if possible.

Poll-selected logos typically aren't very good. All of the best logos
are polarising - some people love them, others hate them. And there are
other logos which are kind of appealing across the board, but a
"distinguished panel" (to use Andrew's phrase) will generally recognise
these as being 2nd cut, and dismiss them early, concentrating on those
"love them/hate them" choices. You also end up with a lot of what the
BSD folks call "bike shedding" - people debating over the best simply
because judging a logo is something that anyone can do (not necessarily
well, but...).

And so I suggested putting together a panel made up mostly of maemo.org
community members who would judge on the merits & take into account
community feedback.


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