Apr 6, 2016 | By Tess

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, has been a big proponent for additive manufacturing technologies over the years, even having established their very own In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) program. As our readers will know, just last year, NASA and ISM program launched the very first 3D printer into space to be used on the International Space Station (ISS), allowing astronauts to 3D print parts and other necessary objects on demand. Now, and in partnership with Freelancer, NASA is reaching out to graphic designers from around the world to design an official logo for their growing ISM project.

The ISM logo design challenge, which is open to graphic designers from anywhere in the world, has been launched in an effort to find an appropriate and inspiring logo that will be featured on ISM products, including patches, shirts, and mugs, as well as presentation materials for the 3D printing project and public education materials. NASA and Freelancer.com, one of the world’s leading platforms for freelancing and crowdsourcing, are hoping to ultimately find a design that appropriately conveys the combined areas of space exploration and 3D printing technologies in a creative and iconic way.

Deputy Manager for the NASA Center of Excellence and Collaborative Innovation Steven Rader explains, "We have received some really great designs in past crowdsourcing challenges posted on Freelancer.com. Once again, we're leveraging the Freelancer community by engaging the crowd to design a logo for a project that is crucial in advancing deep space exploration.”

If you have the design chops to create a logo that, who knows, could one day even be as iconic and universal as the NASA logo itself, here is some helpful information about the contest requirements. Firstly, your logo design should be submitted in both a color and black and white version, and importantly everything in the logo must be designed by you (meaning no stock images or photography!). Additionally, existing NASA logos or insignia must not be used or incorporated — they are looking for something truly original. In terms of color, the contest administrators suggest sticking to a color pallet of maximum six hues, though which colors used is up to you. Gradients and special effects which can be hard to render through different media are also discouraged. For additional special requirements about file sizes and formats, see NASA and Freelancer’s contest page here.

So far, over 300 designs for the logo have already been received, though a winner has yet to be announced and the space exploration organization is still looking for more entries. The winning logo design will come with a $300 reward, and of course, the prestige of being featured on official ISM merchandise and project documents.

NASA’s In-Space Manufacturing project marks a new stage in space exploration, which is shaped by the notion of “make it, don’t take it”. The approach of additively manufacturing parts in space rather than creating them on earth and transporting them on space ships, not only helps save resources, but will also enable further explorations of deep space, as astronauts will be able to create parts and repair components on the spot.



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Kyle@Brandcouver wrote at 10/12/2016 5:41:41 AM:

Ouch. A logo design contest from NASA and the reward is only $300? It boggles my mind why they'd expect a quality logo from people that have a 1/300 chance of winning just $300 dollars that will potentially bring NASA hundreds of thousands at least.

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