Monday, August 11, 2008

Information Literacy logo launched

Yesterday the winner of the information literacy logo contest was announced, at the UNESCO session of the IFLA World Library and Information conference. The winner was the design you see here, from young Cuban designer Edgar Luy Perez, based in Havana. At there is more information about the logo and the designer. You can also download the logo in various formats, and with or without the word "information literacy" (in several languages, with more to be added).
The contest was supported by UNESCO and IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and masterminded by Jesus Lau. There were 198 different logos submitted by 139 participants from 36 countries. The 11 judges represented different regions of the world (I was one of these). The logos were rated online using 7 criteria, which included taking into account how good the logo looked in different sizes and in black and white (as well as obvious things like representing the IL concept). Because it is international, it also had to look good without needing the words "information literacy". In the "about the logo" section of the above website you will see a nice explanation from the designer of the logo on his thinking behind the logo.
The idea is that this should become a recognised logo internationally, with more and more people using it. I will therefore be adding it to this blog, but I need to fiddle with the blog template so I will take a few days before loading it.

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