Coversourcing: for your votes
Howe defines Crowdsourcing as "the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call". So that's what Random House and Creative Review did. In our Coversourcing competition, we asked readers, to create the cover design for the UK edition of Crowdsourcing.
Visitors to the Coversourcing site can vote for their favourite designs to form a shortlist of entrants which will be taken forward to a panel vote to decide the final jacket.
The panel will consist of the following people:
Jeff Howe, author of Crowdsourcing and WIRED Editor
Richard Ogle, Random House Art Director
Patrick Burgoyne, Editor, Creative Review
Angus Hyland, Partner, Pentagram Design UK
The chosen jacket design will be printed on all UK editions of Crowdsourcing, which will be available in bookshops from August 2008.
The shortlist currenty includes entries from Vicky Simmons:
You can vote here
let's shall not forget my collage http://www.coversourcing.co.uk/entries/168
suggesting a crowd is a diverse mix of humans after all. Each is an individual with his own private life and a face (not pins, not dots, not lego parts...).
Looks like Vicky Simmons already has it in the bag!
I disagree with the definition of crowdsourcing presented by this competition.
This competition is spec work -- getting lots of designers to design something, with only a few getting compensated.
Crowdsourcing is when 'the many' can do a job better, faster, and more comprehensively than the 'the few'.
Wikipedia is an example of crowdsourcing. Facebook being translated by members into multiple languages is an example of crowdsourcing.
This competition is not.
Vicky sourced a crowd for a book about crowdsourcing. Give her the prize. Dur.
The cover should be clear to read and plaesing to the eye. I understand why Vicki Simmons chose that idea, but it is not something which will look good on the shelf, it is far too cluttered.
The lego heads is an attractive photo, and is a great metaphrical image for crowd sourcing. It is between that one and the Pins on board for me.
Graphic design once again has it's legs kicked out from under itself at the behest of demeaning, devaluing public competition. Perhaps we might leave the editing of Mr Howe's book to the open, scrawling, dribbling masses intent on leaving a mark, no matter how stained with mediocrity. There is no individual amongst the masses romance here. We are becoming ever more tightly reigned in as a marketeers wet dream -- proof being the smirking success of the publishers. A hat is tipped. A head is taken off.
A truly collaborative, humanist effort could have intelligently integrated all efforts.
I vote for seyehniai's lego: the beastial consumer-group hydra.
Good post canyoucrowdsourcecreativity.
I can't agree with your choice of cover though.
The 'lego' cover is badly executed as is Vicky's.
While I acknowledge they're good ideas, neither of them display the requisite typographical finesse that any good cover design should possess.
In other words, the worthiest winner should be the entry that displays both a well conceived concept and a well executed solution.
Letting a cover win purely on concept alone would betray the importance of the aesthetic and communicative requirements of the brief.
In short, the cover must 'work' and not just be 'clever'.
I couldn't give a toss who 'wins'.
Graphic design will still lose.
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