Logo design contest

Students, alumni, friends and community members: we want your art to be part of Earlham’s Nature Reserve System! The Biology Department at Earlham seeks your help in rebranding our outdoor properties (Back Campus, Wildman Woods, Iverson Woods, Reller Woods, Sedgwick’s Rock, Cring Woods, and Test Study Area – totaling around 300 acres) into the Earlham College Nature Reserve System (EC-NRS). To help launch this initiative, we are holding a logo competition to establish an identity for the EC-NRS. For more background information on these properties, you can visit the Biology Facilities website and scroll to “Field sites.” 

Artwork Rules and Guidelines:

  • Simple is better! Please create a logo that will be easily recognizable even at small sizes (stationary and stickers) and at a distance (signage). We are only looking for the image part of the logo, and will add branded text to the design afterward.
  • All artwork must be original. Do not use or borrow from existing logos or design work (including clipart, photos, stock imagery, unapproved fonts, etc.). 
  • Limit your palette to one or two colors (this will be paired with Earlham College branding), and make sure your design will be recognizable if printed in black and white or in a single color.
  • Familiarize yourself with Earlham’s comprehensive brand guidelines and download any resources you might need. Also check out Earlham’s visual standards guide to find the brand color palette and other resources.

The logo will be used on a wide variety of materials, from signage, Earlham’s website, publications related to the EC-NRS and more. 

First Prize = $500

Runner-up = $100

For consideration, upload your artwork below by 1-Feb., 2022.

We anticipate announcing the winning design by Feb. 15. Please send questions to Chris Smith ([email protected]), convener of the artwork competition jury.

Please spread the word to members of the Earlham family.

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