Hahah $300 reward. Hilarious.
I guess it's only $300 because they're not earning any money from it. Unlike Nike or the NFL. They just put it on an equipment and send it off to space. Plus NASA is a government agency. They can't afford to spend $5000 for a logo. They have to build $10000 toilets so astronauts can s*# in space.
Besides the absurd amount of overhead required for a real government contract if they wanted to actually contract this work out.
Based on the way former NASA people talk about the bureaucracy, I think you mean more like $100,000,000 toilets.
But seriously, every government organization has a communications budget. NASA's total budget is $20 Billion for 2016. You don't think they could afford to use just a teeny bit of that taxpayer money to pay an American business to create that logo instead of getting a bunch of Indian kids with a pirated copies of Photoshop to throw out shitty concepts in the hopes of winning $300?
Let's say you're a US citizen. Let's say you made 100k last year. 30k of that went to taxes. Since NASA is .5% of the US budget, you personally donated $150 of your money to them. That $150 was generated by working in the design industry. And now NASA is shitting on that same industry?
I don't know about you, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
It doesn't matter how much bragging rights it gets you, a billion dollar organisation paying $300 for a logo sets a terrible example, totally devalues designers, and encourages the race to the bottom.
I don't know how to feel about this.
On one hand, $300 and a logo design contest. On the other hand, NASA.
Might not be optimal for small sizes, but apart from that I think I really nailed this one: http://cl.ly/0l2Z3N2v410n
$300 for a logo that will be sent into space...
Is it a fair amount for a logo? No. But truthfully I'd pay $300 to have a piece of my work in space.
Well sure, but they'd benefit from a great logo, and no one who's very good will be jumping to participate in this. It's NASA, not a tiny startup, they should be able to afford a real logo.
If you replaced NASA with almost any other large entity, I would agree with you 100%.
With NASA I agree with you 90%.
Ha, yeah I know what you mean. Still, it's a little silly of them, like they just won't get the best work that they could have otherwise afforded.
What leads you to believe that NASA could afford a professional logo design service?
I get the anti-contest thing but this is a cool way to contribute to your country, it doesn't hurt anyone, and frankly I'd prefer that NASA spend their money elsewhere. They're beyond strapped for cash.
I'm fairly certain they can afford more than $300
It would be great PR for a large US firm to jump in and offer to work with them pro-bono. I'm sure many are fans of NASA, and want to see their visual branding to return to it's former glory.
I know it's for a single department in NASA, but it would be a great way to open that door. And hey, you might even get to redesign the actual organization (for real money!) later.
Yeah, let's contribute to the belief that sites like Freelancer.com are an acceptable way to work with designers.
Too bad it's hosted on Freelance.com :<
Long sad journey from here :(
I prefer they spend their budget to find the original footage recording they did on the moon.
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There are $300 logos and $30,000 logos. If NASA wants the $300 kind it's their call.
I'd rather NASA have a $300 logo and spend the remaining $29,700 on better o-rings or another scientist's salary.
These people are delusional about a logo design's role in an organization like NASA.
It's not about a logo having an impact internally, or even within the government. It's about the impact consistent and beautiful visual branding has on the public, and in turn, how the public's perception of NASA plays into its funding.
When NASA launched their Planetary Defense program, we offered to do their ID and logo work for free. It was such a cool idea and an important one, we were just excited at the prospect of working on something so big.
They kindly told us no, that they had internal designers who do all of their logo work.
I wonder if this contest is some sort of misguided attempt to get the public involved and/or excited about a little known program?
Oh man, this is hilarious. And most of the submissions are from foreigners.