Panel Announces Contest to Design Town’s Tricentennial Logo

March 20, 2024
The Bedford 300 Committee’s 2021 Bedford Day booth – Courtesy image

A nine-member town committee is already hard at work planning for a year-long celebration culminating with the town’s 300th anniversary on Sept. 23, 2029. And although the festivities won’t formally begin for another three-and-a-half years, there is an immediate opportunity to get involved.

The Tricentennial Committee has announced a contest for a 300th anniversary logo that will be unveiled on Bedford Day, Sept. 21, 2024. Bedford residents – individually or in groups – can start designing entries now. 

The deadline for submission will be announced – it won’t be for several weeks – and the committee is arranging for a town email address to receive them. Questions can be addressed to  Tricentennial Committee Chair Mike Rosenberg (781-983-1763, [email protected]).

The winning entry will be selected by a panel and the Select Board, as the executive branch of town government, will be asked to endorse it. Entries will be judged based on criteria that include visual appeal, relevance, originality, and flexibility in applications. The design will be used on everything from T-shirts and hats to banners and informational materials, and possibly even a mural to commemorate this milestone.

The committee emphasized some key criteria:

  • The logo must incorporate the number 300 and the word Bedford. It could also include elements associated with the town – local landmarks, symbols, monuments. But the number and the name are mandatory. 
  • The logo must be designed and submitted electronically to maximize effectiveness of replication. The file has to be digital and vector-based so it can be scalable, and feature no more than three colors (and should lend itself to production in one color). Designs must be submitted digitally. Designs may be created with computer drawing programs or traditional media, but must be uploaded in .pdf, .png, or .jpg format.
  • All submitted designs and images must be the original work of the contestant. No third-party artwork or images, including clipart or copyrighted graphics, may be used

The town will acquire ownership of the winning logo by assignment of copyright, and the winning designer will disclaim any trademarks and without limitation, all other rights related to the design. 

By submitting a logo for entry in the competition, the designer acknowledges that they are the person who created the logo and is the rightful owner. The designer also certifies that the logo does not infringe upon the rights of any third party and that it does not violate any copyright.

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