Jan 29 2007
Quark VS InDesign.com has announced an open competition to redesign the icons for Adobe Creative Suite 3, CS3-version, and other Adobe software products. The contest is open to graphic designers, illustrators, interface designers, and skinners anywhere in the world. A cornucopia of software, books, and videos are offered to three winners in a prize chest valued at more than USD$7,000.
In late December 2006, Adobe revealed a portion of its branding scheme for the next generation of Adobe applications, including the upcoming Creative Suite 3 and all CS3-version point products like Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Except in a few instances, the branding scheme, which incorporates all the formerly Macromedia-published products, foregoes the symbols and iconography familiar to creative professionals from previous versions of the applications of the last 20 years in favor of color-coded, two-letter symbols for each application. The branding change has met with passionately polarized opinions–some creative professionals adore the new icons while others despise them.
Without taking sides or expressing its own opinion, Quark VS InDesign.com created the Design Your Own Creative Suite 3 Icons Competition to give users of Adobe products the opportunity to express their visions of the perfect Creative Suite 3 application icons. The competition is open to all “citizens of planet Earth . . . even Adobe employees”. Only the organizer’s employees, partners, and relatives are excluded from entering. Additionally, anyone wishing to contribute icons to the collection without competing in the contest may check a box on the entry form. Each entrant may submit up to three suites of icons for consideration in the competition, and the icons may be for any Adobe CS3 application and/or QuarkXPress.
Entries are being accepted from 29 January 2007 through 23 April 2007, with winners announced a week after the deadline.