Chicago-based Crowdspring have taken a new ‘nuke on sight‘ policy on members who insist on entering stock images into their logo contests. In case you didn’t know, most stock image licenses strictly prohibit the use of their artwork in ANY logo (or trademark) and can cause all sorts of legal hassles if, or when, it happens. While I still disagree with the spec work business model in general, this is a nice move by Ross Kimbarovsky & Co. and I have to applaud them with a Lift o’ The Pint. The new policy addresses one of the main beefs many designers have with the spec work business model and something many have been carping about relentlessly (guilty as charged). While most design spec work sites claim that officially, stock art is frowned upon on their platforms, it’s usually buried w-a-a-a-y down in their terms and conditions and not generally enforced unless people really kick up a fuss (guilty as charged). Crowdspring’s new stock art policy, which claims a ‘zero tolerance’ stance and will see guilty participants banned on first offense, is the most serious, and aggressive to date on any site. Listen up little Crowdspeckers, you’ve been warned. Yeah, I said Crowdspeckers (more on that in a few weeks) [Crowdspring]
Speaking about Chicago and Ross Kimbarovsky (yeah we were, he’s the Crowdspring dude pictured above with the pirate eyepatch), looking forward to having dinner with him middle of the week when the Mrs. and I travel to Chi-town. While it’s more social than business, hope to knock out a short video interview and/or discussion about the industry, spec work and maybe a little about Crowdspring too. Got a new little HD video camera I’m itching to flex my directorial skills with. Also want to check out how the new Chicago Museum of Science & Industry logo is panning out.
Speaking about traveling, Grant Burton of Melbourne, Australia wanted to give his parents a trip to Germany for their 40th wedding anniversary, but came up a little short in the financing department. His idea? He’d tattoo the rail company’s logo design across his back and they’d toss in some free passes for his folks. Amazingly, the company, european based Eurail, agreed. As part of the “tattoo for tickets” deal, he had to attract 5,000 people to a Facebook fan page outlining the plan. Which he did. Said Burton of his parents: “They’ve done so much for me. Being a human billboard is a small price to pay“. Meanwhile, Eurail liked Burton’s idea so much they’ve started a “What would you do” contest that features the tattooed lad as one of the judges and asks “fans” to do whatever crazy shit they can dream up. For free tickets. [UPI]
Speaking about logos and tattoos, kinda reminds us about this item from last year when a Russian porn star was paid $500,000 to tattoo some website logo and URL on her DD Breasts. According to the press release, My MMO Shop, a World of Warcraft commercial website thinks “the link between porn, the internet, and online gaming is as strong as the pairing of peanut butter and jelly, making this an excellent fit“. As part of the half-a-mill deal, Anna Morgan (right) has agreed to not alter the tattoo for at least two years. Like I always say, the internet is serious business. [News Guide]
Speaking of logos, Google is famous for swapping theirs with various illustrations, doodles and iterations to celebrate specific days, birthdays and dates of note. A lot of the artwork that replaces, or adorns, the Google font logo comes from ongoing Doodle 4 Google competitions in which students submit their ideas to the search engine giant. Usually goes off without a hitch. Emphasis on usually. Take for example, the verision featured on the home page for Australia Day (January 26) that was conspicuously missing the Aboriginal flag, the result of a copyright skirmish.
Originally, Jessie Du, an 11 year old student from Rydalmere East Public School, created a logo using Australian specific imagery of a kangaroo, koala and emu. The central “O” in the original design used the Aboriginal flag as a backdrop (above left) but it was nuked from the version that managed to find its way onto Google’s home page (above right). As they often do, people freaked out about the omission on Twitter, and an official explanation had to be issued by big ‘G’ to explain the perceived slight. Seems the designer of and copyright owner of the flag, Harold Thomas, refused to give Google permission to reproduce the design on its website. Because Google didn’t ask nicely. And when they finally got around to asking, they didn’t offer to pay. [Sydney Morning Herald]
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