[pp.int.general] European Pirates' logo

Muriel Rovira Esteva muriel at pirata.cat
Thu Nov 7 01:04:23 CET 2013

Dear all,

The European pirate parties gathered at the Warsaw conference, agreed
on the convenience of designating a committee of professional
creatives that organised a selection process for the logo and
corporate identity of the European Pirates.

The call for proposals has been announced this weekend (2nd and 3rd of
November) in the Common Programme meeting in Athens:

* The designers will have until the 31st of December to submit their proposals.

* You can read below the set of rules that has been prepared for the
selection process, or also in the following link:

Please do read them thoroughly before you submit your proposal,
submissions that don't meet the technical requirements will not

* An international committee of creative professionals may suggest
improvements to the proposals submitted before the deadline, and will
pre-select 5 logos (6 if there's a tie) that fulfil the technical
requirements, are creatively interesting, and better represent the
European Pirates values.

* When the proposal pre-selection finishes at the beginning of 2014,
the parties will have time until March to internally decide their
vote. Preferably a few weeks before the meeting in Brussels: if we
know in advance what the parties will vote, we may even be able to
have some merchandising ready for its distribution at the founding.

Apart from the logo and corporate image designers, we are looking for
creatives who would be willing to be a member of the creative
committee. Since the team should be diverse, we would like to ask each
party that intends to be a member of the European Pirates to try to
find one volunteer (or maximum two) among their designers, publicists,
media professionals, etc, that can participate in the selection
committee (he or she doesn't need to be linked to the pirate party).

Keep in mind that designers involved in the selection process cannot
submit their own proposals, so if you have an amazing logo designer,
maybe it's better to engage him/her into submitting a proposal.   :)

You can contact the organisers team at:
pirates-logo at pirata.cat

Best regards,

Juan Irache
Coordinator of the Organising Team



The parties that intend to found the European Pirates organise and
call for proposals for the European Pirates logo and corporate
identity selection process.

Entering the process is free and open to individuals of any nationality.

* Requirements:

Logo and corporate identity proposals must include in some way the
usual pirate party logo: a P-shaped ship sail. The concept of Europe
must also be
present. The creative interpretation of this concept is flexible. That
is: not limited to the stars or a map.

Submitted logos must include the name of the party and allow the
adaptation to any of its legal forms, acronyms and translations
Pirates, European Pirate Party, PIRATES, PPEU).

It is advised to use a ratio between 1.5 *1 and 1 * 1,5.

Vectorial files of every logo version must be included in the
submission, as well as a JPG version 300 pixels wide.

Adaptation to different names, along with general use, must be
explained in a corporate identity manual. It is required to present a
colour version and a black and white one, both including negative
options. If necessary, a
complementary version for small-support situations will also be
included. The manual will also specify safety margins and examples of
correct vs. incorrect uses of the logo.

The manual will explain how to use the whole corporate identity in
physical and digital supports (letters, websites, etc).

Included typographies must be freely accessible and legally usable,
without financial costs or need for attribution.

Documents that will be taken into account during the voting process
are: a 300 pixels wide JPG version of the logo and the PDF corporate
identity manual.

Designers have to submit their proposals to pirates-logo at pirata.cat.

* Selection:

A committee formed by international creatives will pre-select 5 logos
(6 if a tie is reached) that fulfil the technical requirements, are
creatively interesting and better represent the values of the European

The members of this committee are not allowed to submit their own proposals.

The parties that intend to found the European Pirates will assess the
pre-selected proposals and decide their preference internally. Their
votes will be made official at the European Pirates Founding
Conference in Brussels (March 2014).

* Deadlines:

The submission deadline is December 31 2013. However, it is highly
recommended to submit proposals before December 15. That way, the
creative committee will assess the submissions and prepare
recommendations so that participating designers can improve their
proposals before the deadline.

* Legal:

By taking part in the selection process, designers refuse financial
compensation. They sign over the rights of public communication,
direct and indirect reproduction, distribution and transformation to
European Pirates for the use of the work in every communication mode
and in any network, for an unlimited period of time. Designers also
state that they are the only authors of the submitted work and any
pre-existing content has been used with an appropriate permission.

The organisers decline any responsibility in case of bad or no
reception of the contents, for any reason, as well as in case of
Internet or email malfunctions that hider the correct development of
the process.

The organisers the right to modify or even cancel the selection
process without notice in the case of force majeure that prevents the
purposes of the process from being reached. This includes own and
external technical problems. Likewise, the organisers reserve the
right to modify, after notification, the present process regulation
and to settle, to their best judgement, any situation not provided in
the present regulation.

Participation in the selection process implies full acceptance of the
present regulation.

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