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EV Everywhere Logo Challenge

About the Challenge
Design a logo for EV Everywhere

Posted By: Energy Programs
Category: Designs
Submission Dates: 11 a.m. ET, Aug 13, 2015 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Sep 25, 2015 Judging Dates: Sep 26, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 Winners Announced: Nov 07, 2015

The EV Everywhere Logo Design Challenge invites designers to create a compelling graphic that communicates two main ideas: 1) that plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are beneficial and practical and 2) EV Everywhere is the place for drivers to come for data-driven, objective information about them. As PEVs can help increase America’s economic, energy, and environmental security, the Department of Energy and its stakeholders will be leading the way through EV Everywhere. The competition is only the first part of an expanded outreach and education effort to increase consumer awareness of PEVs’ benefits. The winning logo will be featured in EV Everywhere communications products, potentially including a magnetic decal, the program’s website and any other official Department of Energy purpose.

The winner has been selected for the EV Everywhere Logo Design Challenge: Brian Marquis. The winning logo is below.  For more information, see the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s blog post on the winning entry.  

Winner of the EV Everywhere logo contest. The logo is a stylized EV with a cord wrapped around and the words EV Everywhere, U.S. Department of Energy next to it.

Judging Criteria

Effectiveness of communicating the EV Everywhere mission and brand.

This includes the idea of plug-in electric vehicles, their benefits, their viability for the average driver, and the DOE as a source of unbiased, data-driven information. This may be done through a realistic or abstract design. This criteria will count for a maximum of 500 out of 1000 points.

Creativity and originality

Is the visual quality of the design at once informative and representative of imagery connected to EV Everywhere? This criteria will count for a maximum of 300 out of 1000 points.

Replicability

Design can be easily replicated, especially as a magnetic decal. Can this design be replicated successfully, without excessive cost, for many media formats? This criteria will count for a maximum of 200 out of 1000 points.

How to Enter

To create a submission, develop a compelling graphic that can serve as a logo for EV Everywhere.  The logo should translate the core elements of the EV Everywhere brand, including the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles, the viability of plug-in electric vehicles for the average driver, and EV Everywhere as the source for objective, data-driven, reliable information on plug-in electric vehicles. Refer to the full rules for specific requirements around colors, fonts, and text. In addition, in the “Submission Text” field, please include a brief description about your logo entry and thought process behind the design, including any personal experience you have had with plug-in electric vehicles.

Winners
EV Everywhere Logo Challenge Prize $5,000.00 The winning design will be the official logo for EV Everywhere, the umbrella activity for all of the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to increase the use of plug-in electric vehicles. It will be used on EV Everywhere communication materials such as the website, social media, publications, and magnetic decals. The winner of the competition will also receive $5,000. Won by: Brian Marquis
Solution:
Description: The winning logo was submitted by Brian Marquis and the final version can be viewed in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's blog post.

38 Discussions for "EV Everywhere Logo Challenge"

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    sshea
    The winner of the EV Everywhere Logo Design Challenge has been chosen! Congratulations to Brian Marquis for his winning entry, which is now posted on the front page of the Challenge and on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's blog: http://energy.gov/eere/articles/new-ev-everywhere-logo-ready-road We apologize for the delay in this announcement. We also thank all of the designers - we received a number of excellent entries and it was difficult to decide on a final winner.

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      Megan
      I've been following this contest very closely because a relative of mine entered the competition, and I never once saw the "winning design" on the possible solutions uploaded. Even looking back on them now, it still is not there. How is that possible?

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        sshea
        In addition to the fact that entrants had the option to have their entry "hidden" from others, Challenge.gov also did not post all of them to the website. Some of them were sent to me as the administrator and not posted on the website for some reason. So probably more than half of the entries sent were not publicly displayed.

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      sshea
      Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the delay. We received a number of very good entries, making it particularly difficult to choose a winner. We hope to announce the winner next week, dependent on our leadership's approval. I will post it here, as well as in a blog post on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's blog: http://energy.gov/eere/about-us/eere-blog

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      sshea
      Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the delay. We received a number of very good entries, making it particularly difficult to choose a winner. We hope to announce the winner next week, dependent on our leadership's approval. I will post it here, as well as in a blog post on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's blog: http://energy.gov/eere/about-us/eere-blog

  • sshea
    Please check to ensure your logo has been uploaded before the contest closes tonight. For the number of people who have stated that they cannot see their logo, it appears there is a common issue if you have uploaded your entry as a PDF. The PDFs do upload, but they do not show up on the preview screen and it's challenging to find where they are. However, I have been able to find the Challenge.gov URL for every entry so far. If you are having difficulty uploading the graphic file through Challenge.gov, please email them to ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov and shannon.shea@ee.doe.gov. If you have already posted the external URL in the description, that is fine as well. Thank you for your patience!

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    sbogdan
    How would I know if the logo has been uploaded correctly? I've gone back to the solutions that were not hidden - but when I click on my logo nothing comes up. I've uploaded both PDF and JPEG files. Any Advise?

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      Lisa
      Just right above the content description area, there is an "Add image/file" link (I think that's the verbiage. It's kind of hidden in the area where you can change your font, paragraph settings, etc.). I ran into the same issue. Just make sure you have a link in your entry somewhere to your .PDF or the administrator won't see it. When you create an entry, you get a URL too which you can paste into the "External link". I saw the URL when I uploaded an image. Usually starts with , "https://www.challenge.gov/2015/9/name of your file.pdf"

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      Lisa
      Right below the "Description" text, there is an "Add Media" link. (It's kind of hidden in the area where you can change your font, paragraph settings, etc.). I ran into the same issue. Make sure you click on that and you can upload your .PDF and it should show up as a link once you submit/update it. The other thing you can do is copy the URL the challenge.gov site created when you uploaded a file and paste it into the "External link" area. Hope that helps.

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      sshea
      Thanks for your patience - I'm sorry you are having difficulty uploading files to Challenge.gov. If you have posted it to Challenge.gov and it isn't coming up, please email it to ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov and shannon.shea@ee.doe.gov. If you have posted the URL in the description, that works as well.

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      sshea
      The requirement that entrants be "citizen or permanent resident of the United States before the submission period ends" is standard in contests run by the federal government.

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      sshea
      To enter the contest, please go to the submissions page (https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/ev-everywhere-logo-challenge/#tab5) and fill out the relevant text boxes (Name, Email, Title, and Submission Text). Then click on the "Browse" button below the Submission Text box to attach the file of your logo submission. Lastly, click on the box that says "Accept Challenge Terms and Conditions" and click on the Send button.

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      sshea
      There is no limit on how many submissions you can enter. However, we prefer if you put each logo in a separate entry as it is simpler to manage.

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        Lisa
        Hello, Since I'm uploading .PDFs, is that the reason why I can't view my entries in my account? I'm only seeing my entry descriptions. Just want to make sure they've uploaded correctly. Thank you.

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          sshea
          From my end, it doesn't appear that you uploaded files at all either. I would recommend going to Submit Solution again (https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/ev-everywhere-logo-challenge/#tab5), make sure that the files have been uploaded correctly and then resubmit. Submitting as a PDF shouldn't be an issue. If that still doesn't work, please email your entry to ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov.

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            rislander
            I had the same issue. I posted the link that Challenge.gov created for my submission media inside my Description.

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            sshea
            Thank you. That should work, as I am able to access it. I'm sorry that you're having issues with Challenge.gov's upload capabilities.

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            Lisa
            I think they're up now. I posted the link (thanks for the tip, rislander!) and attached the file in my description. Can you view all of my submissions now? Thanks.

  • Hannah
    I agree, the guidelines are pretty lengthy. But I tried my best and hopefully I'll win, I'd be proud to represent electric cars and the money will help me afford school!

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      sshea
      Thanks for your input. The requirements are written that way to meet the requirements for our parent office's guidance on all logos, not just the submissions to this competition.

  • Hello. I'm interested regardless. Electric is OK. Free methane from sewer lines at home or sewer plants on C.N.G. tanks is more friendly and can have it pump from your dump. Designs already made. Got OK from all departments to pursue. I have tested with analizer and its better to burn methane than released to trap heat in atmosphere. CO2 is above CH4. Lithium batteries are expensive and electric power plant is cut by 3/4 to compress to tank. What's your opinion???? Neil

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Rules

1) Subject of Competition: The Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking a new design to be used as the official logo of EV Everywhere.  EV Everywhere is the umbrella activity for DOE efforts to increase the use of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).  Its mission is to raise awareness of the benefits of PEVs, help individuals realize that PEVs are a viable option for them, and position DOE as the definitive resource for unbiased, objective information about PEVs.

EV Everywhere supports DOE’s larger goal of reducing the use of petroleum in transportation to increase energy and environmental security.  In addition to public outreach and education, it also includes efforts to reduce the cost and improve the convenience of PEVs through research and development as well as increase community readiness for the use of PEVs. For further information, contact ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov.

 

2) Dates: The submission period for entries begins at August 13, 2015 and must be received electronically by September 25, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. EST. The winning contestant will be announced October 26, 2015.  All dates are subject to change.  The winning contestant will be notified in advance of the public announcement.

 

3) Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition: To be eligible to win a prize under this Logo Design Competition, you-

(a) Must register to participate in the competition under the link designated for that purpose by DOE on https://www.challenge.gov;

(b) Must comply with all the requirements under this notice and the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-358);

(c) In the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States before the submission period ends;

(d) In the case of a private entity shall be incorporated in and maintain a principal place of business in the United States;

(e) May not be a Federal employee acting within the scope of your employment;

(f) May not be an entity with an outstanding, unresolved financial obligation to, or that is currently suspended or debarred by, the federal government; and

(g) If chosen as the winner of the prize, provide to DOE the necessary personal or business information to allow DOE to award the cash prize.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to participate. If you are a Federal grantee, you may not use Federal funds to develop applications for this competition unless such use is consistent with the purpose of your grant award. If you are a Federal contractor, you may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop or fund efforts in support of applications for this competition. You may use Federal facilities or consult with Federal employees during the competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all contestants participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

 

4) Registration Process for Contestants: Design competition contestants must submit their “EV Everywhere” Logo designs online as a vector-based image in an .ai, .eps, or PDF file using the link designated for that purpose on https://www.challenge.gov. Contestants can find the link on https://challenge.gov, either by filtering search criteria to “Department of Energy” or going to https://www.vehicles.energy.gov, where the link will be posted. DOE will accept logo design competition submissions only through https://www.challenge.gov.

Things to keep in mind as you design your “EV Everywhere” Logo:

a) The logo should translate the core elements of the EV Everywhere brand, including the benefits of PEVs, the viability of PEVs for the average driver, and EV Everywhere as the source for objective, data-driven, reliable information on PEVs. DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center describes the basic technology of PEVs and PEVs’ major benefits;

b) In addition, the logo can evoke through imagery ideas of: electricity, the “fun” factor of PEVs, PEVs’ cost savings, environmental sustainability, and energy security;

c) The use of the words “EV Everywhere” is recommended, but not required;

d) The use of the words “U.S. Department of Energy” is required;

e) The logo should use the following colors alone or in combination:

  1. As primary, dark blue (Pantone 308; CMYK C100 M19 Y8 K46; RGB R0 G91 B130; HEX 005B82) and/or dark green (Pantone 356; CMYK C95 M8 Y93 K27; RGB R0 G121 B52; HEX 007934)
  2. As highlights, light blue (Pantone 2995; CMYK C87 M1 Y0 K0; RGB R0 G169 B224; HEX 1F82BB), light green (Pantone 368; CMYK C63 M0 Y97 K0; RGB R105 G190 B40; HEX 69BE28), yellow (Pantone 116; CMYK C0 M12 Y100 K0; RGB R254 G203 B0; HEX FECB00), red (Pantone 158; CMYK C0 M64 Y95 K0; RGB R227 G114 B34; HEX E37222), and light gray (Pantone 428; CMYK C12 M6 Y5 K12; RGB R195 G200 B200; HEX C3C8C8)

f) If the logo includes text, the text should be in Gotham font, or if not available, Calibri;

g) The logo should be unique enough that it could be easily recognized by the general public in the future;

h) Because it will be used on a vehicle magnetic logo the size of a small bumper sticker, the logo needs to be readable and/or understandable from the back of a moving vehicle.

i) The logo should not focus solely on light-duty PEVs; and

j) The logo should not conflict or be too similar to existing DOE/EERE logos (available on the EERE Communications Standards website) or use elements of the DOE or any other federal agency’s logo.

When uploading your “EV Everywhere” Logo design, in the “Submission Text” field, please include a brief description about your logo entry and thought process behind the design, including any personal experience the designer has with PEVs.

 

5) Prize for Winner: The winning contestant will be awarded a $5,000 prize and the design will become the official logo for the EV Everywhere activities, the magnetic decals, the program’s website and any official DOE purpose.

 

6) Selection of Winner: DOE will select a judging panel that will consist of DOE officials, EV industry leaders, and other communications experts. Judges will be fair and impartial. A judge may not have personal or financial interests in, or be an employee, officer, director, or agent of any contestant or have a familial or financial relationship with a contestant.

Judges will use the following weighted criteria to judge the submitted designs:

(a) Effectiveness of communicating the EV Everywhere mission and brand (500/1000 points).  This includes the idea of plug-in electric vehicles, their benefits, their viability for the average driver, and the DOE as a source of unbiased, data-driven information. This may be done through a realistic or abstract design;

(b) Creativity and originality (300/1000 points). Is the visual quality of the design at once informative and representative of imagery connected to EV Everywhere; and

(c) Design can be easily replicated, especially as a magnetic decal (200/1000 points). Can this design be replicated successfully, without excessive cost, for many media formats.

The judging panel will evaluate the submissions and choose the final winning design from all submissions.  In the event that no entries fully meet the above criteria to the panel’s satisfaction, the Department of Energy is under no obligation to select a winner.  All decisions by DOE are final and binding with respect to the contest.  For questions or further information, please see the contact information listed in the DATES section above.

 

7) Applicable Law: This design competition is being conducted by DOE pursuant to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act requirements at 15 U.S.C. 3719 and is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. By participating in this design competition, each contestant gives its full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. A contestant’s eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon their fulfilling all requirements identified in this notice. Publication of this notice is not an obligation of funds on the part of DOE. DOE reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify this contest, in whole or in part, at any time prior to the award of prizes.

 

8) Resolution of Disputes: The Department of Energy is solely responsible for administrative decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the contest. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the contestant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person or legal entity assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Contestants and potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

 

9) Intellectual Property Rights:

(a) By submitting a design to this competition, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author and copyright owner of the submitted design; that the submission is your original work, and as the contestant, you have sufficient rights to use and authorize others, including DOE, to use the submission, as specified throughout the Official Rules, that the submission does not violate or infringe upon the copyright or upon any other third party rights of other parties, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or material that constitutes copyright or license infringement. Your design may not contain any material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or in any way disparaging. Your design cannot have been submitted previously in another promotion or contest of any kind.

(b) You understand and agree that if your entry is selected as the winning design, it may be modified or altered by DOE, in its sole discretion, as deemed appropriate or necessary to execute, produce, or distribute the winning design in its final logo format.

(c) The winning contestant will, in consideration of the prize to be awarded, grant to DOE an irrevocable, royalty-free, exclusive worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, copy, display, create derivative works, and publicly post, link to, and share, the winning design or parts thereof, for the purpose of the design competition and for any official EV Everywhere or DOE purpose.

 

10) Publicity Rights: Upon registration, each contestant consents to DOE’s and its agents’ use, in perpetuity, of its name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional or informational purposes through any form of media, worldwide, without payment or consideration.

 

11) Liability and Insurance Requirements:

(a) Any and all information provided by or obtained from the Federal Government is without any warranty or representation whatsoever, including but not limited to its suitability for any particular purpose.

(b)Upon registration, each contestant agrees to assume any and all risks of injury or loss in connection with or in any way arising from participation in this contest.  Upon registration, except in the case of willful misconduct, all contestants agree to and, thereby, do waive and release any and all claims or causes of action against the Federal Government and its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury and damage of any nature whatsoever (whether existing or thereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, or consequential and whether foreseeable or not), arising from their participation in the contest, whether the claim or cause of action arises under contract or tort.

(c) Upon registration, you agree to and, thereby, shall indemnify and hold harmless the Federal government and its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury and damage of any nature whatsoever (whether existing or thereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, or consequential and whether foreseeable or not), arising from or related to competition activities.

(d) Contestants are required to demonstrate financial responsibility by certifying that they have $500 to cover claims in the amount of $500 or less, made by: (A) a third party for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss resulting from an activity carried out in connection with participation in the Logo competition; and (B) the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity.

 

12) Record Retention and FOIA: All materials submitted to DOE as part of a submission become DOE records and cannot be returned. Any confidential commercial information contained in a submission should be designated at the time of submission. Submitters will be notified of any Freedom of Information Act requests for their submissions in accordance with 29 CFR 70.26.

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