The city’s Festival of Architecture and Design is happening again this year, which means we are planning another Toronto The Good party (details will be announced soon). We’ve co-hosted the event with ERA Architects and Murmur since the festival’s inception, and we’ve added two more partners in Wireless Toronto and the Toronto Society of Architects. TSA has recently invited submissions for a logo design for the Design Matters campaign. The deadline is Monday May 7th, and the top three designs will walk away with some cash. The winner will be announced at the Toronto the Good party.
Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) in association with the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) invites submissions in a design competition to celebrate â€˜design matters’ throughout 2007.
City of Toronto, Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd)
Toronto the Good
The purpose is to generate an image that celebrates architecture and design in Toronto, by engaging any, and all of, the design disciplines, including: architects, graphic designers, landscape architects, fashion designers, interior designers, industrial designers, artists,â€¦
The backdrop to the competition is the TSA’s 120th Anniversary, and our ongoing collaboration with DIAC and the other professional design associations. We are in the mood to celebrate.
While the submission is in the format of a poster, the design concept should be adaptable to a variety of media: T-shirts, bags, buttons, a website, anything. We will work with the winning designer to adapt the design to different uses, as opportunities emerge.
Everybody is welcome to submit.
Awards and Recognition
• Announcements and exhibition of winners will be made at the â€˜Toronto the Good’ party at the Distillery District, 15 May, 2007.
• A cash prize will be awarded to winners selected by the jury: 1st prize – $1,000; 2nd prize – $600; 3rd prize – $400.
• Spacing Magazine will feature the competition outcomes in their magazine and website.
• Selected entries will also be exhibited at IIDEX/NEOCON CANADA 2007.
• Competition organizers will also continue to identify other exhibit venues.
• Selected entries may be exhibited on-line by the participating design societies.
• A certificate will be awarded for each entry selected as a finalist.
Registration — deadline Monday, 7 May
• Registration form must be received no later than 7 May, 2007, 5pm.
• Each entry must be registered by sending a competed entry form by mail or e-mail to:
Toronto Society of Architects c/o Design Exchange
234 Bay Street, P.O. Box 18
Toronto Dominion Centre
Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Upon receipt, a confidential entry number will be issued by email to each registrant as confirmation, to ensure anonymity for judging. This number should be included as the title of the electronic file of the design entry. Only one submission will be accepted per registration. But, any person may register and submit several (no limit) entries.
Questions — deadline Monday, 7 May
Questions will be received by the TSA before Monday, 7 May, 2007 at email@example.com and answers will be distributed to all registrants by email.
• A1 size (594 x 841 mm / 23.4 x 33.1 in).
• The words â€œdesign mattersâ€.
• Uploaded electronically to the Astley-Gilbert FTP site (instructions available with registration).
• Name of designer(s), or any other identification, must not be visible. Submissions must be anonymous.
Submission Deadline — Thursday, 10 May
• Thursday, 10 May, 2007 – entries must be received electronically, no later than 12 pm (noon). Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.
Judging is scheduled for Friday, 11 May, 2007. The list of jurors will be confirmed and provided to registrants, when available. The jury may include representatives of:
• Toronto Society of Architects (TSA)
• Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC)
• Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO)
• Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)
• Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)
• Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC)
• Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA)
• Society of Design Administrators (SDA)
• Universities and Colleges with design programs
Submissions received that meet the requirements of the competition will be printed in colour on A3 paper by Astley-Gilbert and reviewed anonymously by the jury. Selected entries will be printed in A1 format for exhibition.
The selection will be based on:
• The design meets the competition requirements.
• The design demonstrates originality and creativity in describing, representing, or suggesting the celebration of â€˜design matters’ in relation to architecture and to Toronto.
• The design demonstrates â€˜good design’ through its concept and the actual design, layout, and expressiveness.
• The design is adaptable in whole or part to other media applications and formats, such as T-shirts, bags, buttons, etc.
Entries must be original. The design may use any form of photography, illustration, collage, or typography, provided no copyrights are violated in the design.
Entrants retain copyright to their work, but agree to have all or part of any entry displayed, published and/or used, with no further permission or payment by the competition organizers, at the sole discretion of the competition organizers, as supervised by the Toronto Society of Architects.
Competition Terms and Conditions
Competition organizers reserve the right to declare the competition void, and/or to make any changes to the competition process and dates, as well as to the awards, recognitions, and exhibits.
Yes, this came through my RSS the other day, and I was wondering when Spacing would mention it. The terms and conditions are unfavourable to creators, even to the first-place winner. I would advise not entering unless you think your work is worth no more than a grand. The rules list four places where your work will be exhibited, with no upper limit on other places.
If they were serious, they’d hire real designers and pay real fees. If you’re serious, you won’t apply for a pig in a poke.
I would add this to the ongoing list of Spacing’s copyright missteps.
The reason nobody takes you seriously, Joe, is that you are a serial asshole. Do you have anything constructive to contribute? If not, please confine your bitter rants to your own unread blog.
Let’s keep it civil folks.
Joe Clark, no matter what you might think of the tone of his comments, has the benefit of being correct almost all the time. You’d do well to listen to him.
The reason nobody takes you seriously, Joe, is that you are a serial asshole.
One would rather hope that the reason he wouldn’t be taken seriously is if he’s wrong.
If the nicest person in the world tells you that two and two is five, it still ain’t so. And if Joe Clark tells you that two plus two is four, it’s still gonna be four no matter how much he sneers at your insensitivity to red-green color-blindness.
Anyway, the answer to Do you have anything constructive to contribute? is, uh, yes. An unequivocal yes. Unless you happen to be Dave Meslin posting under an alias, I think it’s safe to say he’s contributed a lot more than you have.
Now, let me say up front that Joe has one of the biggest persecution complexes I’ve ever seen, especially with regard to the Spacing Wire folks. Hell, he’s got a whole category in his “blog personnel” about how, quote, Matt “Newsboy Cap” Blackett and his Spacers(tm), unquote, have done him wrong. I read his blog because it’s well-written, but it’s well-written bile punctuated by the occasional snipe at Arial.
And yet, despite being such a meaniepants, Joe’s filed more requests for information and put more document dumps online and written transcriptions of boring committee meetings than anyone else I can think of, and the first people to get copies of that work are Spacing and the TPSC.
Again, unless you’re Mez in disguise, I feel safe in saying Joe’s done more pro bono work than you. And he did it for people he’s so certain hold him in contempt that he doesn’t even think it’s worth bothering to conceal his distaste for them. How much free research have you done for your friends lately, let alone your enemies?
I think the beef with Clark is that there is never a positive word out of him — the only time he ever writes anything its in the negative. Never will you hear him say a good thing about Spacing or any other group that is like-minded.
His personal attacks on Blackett et al is usually unwarranted. While there is room for disucssion about issues, it should never stoop to the level Clark often stoops to – personal attacks are useless and completely unnecessary. His rants often ring hollow and wreak of jealousy. In his hate-on analysis of Spacing and uTOpia, his writing is so rife with errors it is laughable. Even his post today is factually wrong — he claims he post was deleted, but when I followed the link he provides, the comment was here. It completely undermines his credibility.
He may right on web accessiblity issues, but after that I think he sounds like a 14 year old with a insecurity complex.
Right is right, no doubt, but an asshole is an asshole. You can still get the right information from people who treat others with respect.
Sadly, there is no space on Joe Clark’s blog to respond to his writing/raving, but the Wire should not become a surrogate home to rant about his correctness/idiocy.
Let’s keep it on topic folks. Please talk about the TSA contest if possible.
Sorry, Matt, but I do think there’s a meta-issue here that y’all should take note of.
he claims he post was deleted, but when I followed the link he provides, the comment was here
Both Joe and Susan are right: the comment wasn’t there when Joe wrote his original post, but it was when Susan commented just now.
There’s occasionally a time lag between when a comment is submitted to Spacing Wire and when it appears on the site for other people to read. Sometimes it even gets up to a few minutes. (Any accusation that I compulsively reload posts here to follow interesting threads is completely baseless and hey look out behind you no really.) It can be confusing, especially since most other blogs (even other WordPress blogs) add comments in realtime.
Matt, do you have someone moderating the Wire, or is the time lag due to an innate delay in some WordPress component or your spam filtering solution?
We have two or three of us moderating comments. This is due to an onslaught of spam, which is almost rectified. If we’re away from the computer comments will sit for a bit. Just one of the things we live with since there is no money generated from the blog. You wanna talk about pro-bono work? This whole blog is pro bono.
Joe’s comment was made at 12:24am and was approved in the late late morning. If Joe was that concerned with it being deleted he could have inquired with us what was going on (which is what other commenters have done in the past). Instead he wrote a post that, as Susan points out, is wrong. He’s fine to complain about the TSA stuff but he likes to make things personal for unknown reasons.
Anyway, I want readers to read about the TSA. I was not critical of his comment, just the ensuing conversation re: his online social grace.
We’re VERY aware of the meta-issues as Clark has ragged on us for some time now. Its nothing new and this thread is only beating the issue to death.
Joe has done tremendous research on the street furniture program and deserves credit for that. But like Susan writes, there are people out there who treat us with respect that we can garner much of the same information from.
Just one of the things we live with since there is no money generated from the blog.
I started buying the paper magazine because of the blog. And I feel it is my duty to generalize wildly based on my personal experiences. Therefore, there are lots of people who buy the magazine because of the blog, and all of them love chalk drawings on sidewalks.
In fact, this is one way that the TSA contest could offer value to the entrants beyond its prize money. I don’t know the answers to these things, so I’d like to ask the one person here who’s in a position to know: Matt Blackett, how good are things like this at converting social awareness into paying work? 🙂
And speaking as an interested observer…. I’m not a designer, but I am curious what sort of files you expect people to submit, and if you think you’re going to have any problems with them. Inkscape, for example, uses SVG as its native format. Will that guy who’s the intersection of “great Toronto-based graphic designer” and “Linux fanatic” give you a lot of headaches?
And by the way, the meta-issue I was referring to was just the time lag between submit and appear, not anything related to Joe Clark. I was actually curious for my own sake! If there’s going to be a delay, it’s nice to say so with a short “Comments may be delayed for moderation”. It manages expectations and makes people smile to know that you’re on top of things.
The contest is run by the TSA, not us. We are sponsors.
You are correct to assume that the blog drives people to buy the magazine. Certainly, we use it as a marketing tool. But, in real terms, there is nothing on the blog (ads, for example) that specifically that generates money for us.
To answer your question: I do not make a full-time living off of Spacing, but I do get a number of freelance gigs becuz I’m the publisher of Spacing. I did convert my career from a day job at a corporate HQ into a freelance designer career by focusing on enviro groups, arts & culture groups, and other social ventures. Spacing came out of that. When you take a passion/hobby/interest and turn it into paying work, the lines between personal life and career blur dramatically. But it means you can sleep in until 10 and begin to approve over-night comments. 🙂
I’d be happy to have an email exchange with you and try, as I might, to keep this post focused on the TSA.
He made an entire post about his comment being deleted, and it wasn’t even true? And people like thickslab who can’t say a positive thing about anything himself, tells us to listen to him? There is not enough time in the day, thickslab.
This space wire seems to tolerate a lot of discussion that other blogs wouldn’t tolerate — “meta criticism” if you will, and it takes it good naturedly — letting these things go off topic like this. I’m a regular reader, but I don’t comment very much — but I’ve read a few times here the lag is because of spam filtering and approval (and it’s funny that this guy’s blog doesn’t allow comments itself, as somebody pointed out). The tolerance this place shows to people looking for anything to pick on is deep — so Canadian.
And people like thickslab who canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say a positive thing about anything himself, tells us to listen to him? There is not enough time in the day, thickslab.
Tell you what, Jenny Choi: when there’s something positive to say, I’ll say it.
This space wire seems to tolerate a lot of discussion that other blogs wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tolerate Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Å“meta criticismÃ¢â‚¬Â if you will, and it takes it good naturedly Ã¢â‚¬â€ letting these things go off topic like this.
Don’t blog much, do you? Plenty of blogs allow this kind of discussion.
The point is, how can the rules say with a straight face that the artist/designer retains copyright in their entry, yet must “agree to have all or part of any entry displayed, published and/or used, with no further permission or payment by the competition organizers, at the sole discretion of the competition organizers, as supervised by the Toronto Society of Architects.”
There’s no way in hell that would stand up to an intellectual-property lawyer, unless perhaps his name is Lionel Hutz. The winning entry will be a thousand-dollar work-for-hire, and why not just call it one?
I seem to be unable to reach tsa by e-mail or their website. Are there issues?
Wondering if this contest is still on?
Hi Darcie, there are more contests like this at contestcreative.com