1. Why does the IRO need a new logo?
The decision to rename the former „International Rescue Dog Organisation“ (IRO) to „International Search and Rescue Dog Organisation“ (IRO) was made at the Meeting of the Delegates on 24th of June 2018. The new naming is now unambiguous and helps us to communicate our field of action more clearly to the public.
Additionally, a revision of the current logo is preferable, because the high degree of detail, the gradient and the bilingual text in the logo is not always applicable in a satisfactory way.
Furthermore, the IRO needs a logo which can be adapted to a brand and/or a seal of approval.
2. Why do we do an international logo design contest?
The IRO represents 123 national search and rescue dog organisations from 43 countries worldwide. We would like to take advantage of this chance to get our truly active community involved in this important and creative phase for the IRO.
3. How will this challenge work?
The IRO announces the challenge via email directly to the contact person of the member organisations, via the IRO newsletter „NRO-Info“ and the social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The IRO opens the submission phase of the logo design contest on the 09th of November 2018 at the international design platform „99designs.com“ (www.99designs.com). This is an international platform where professional designers can register and participate for free (further details regarding the conditions of participation under item 4.).
Here are the key dates:
Announcement of IRO logo contest (NRO-Info, email to NROs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, IRO-Website)
Submission phase at 99designs.com
Deadline for uploading logo designs at 99designs.com
Voting phase for the NROs (3 days)
End of voting phase => best five logo designs go to final stage
IRO Board chooses the new IRO logo
IRO logo relaunch
According to 99designs‘ guidelines the competition will last for seven days.
After the deadline each IRO member NRO gets ONE vote for their preferred design. The link to the voting platform will be sent out via email by the IRO office on the 16th of November 2018. The voting phase will be from 16th to 18th of November 2018. The five most voted designs will make it into the final and the IRO Board will choose one winner by November 2018.
To close the IRO‘s 25th Anniversary Year the IRO will relaunch the new IRO logo by January 2019.
4. Who can submit a logo design and what has to be taken in consideration?
The invitation to participate at this logo design contest is exclusively addressed to professional designers, who are able to deliver the logo draft as a vector graphic. Only logos, which are representing the IRO in an appropriate and dignified way, make it to the shortlist. This selection is made during the submission phase (09. - 15.11.2018) by the IRO department for Marketing and PR.
5. How can the IRO organising such a challenge?
The IRO is a non profit organisation and like our member organisations, the IRO, which is based in Salzburg (Austria), has lived since 1993 from the tireless efforts of volunteers, as well as the contributions and donations from all those who care about search and rescue dog work. So we are hoping for a lot of support and contributions by designers. We are very grateful and we thank all of those who participate very much for their support.
As 99designs.com has a Non-Profit-Program we are very glad that we have been chosen to take part for free. 99designs.com covers all of the costs. We are very grateful for this and we would like to thank 99designs.com so much for their support!
6. Announcement: Terms of payment and permission:
Terms of payment and permission apply as outlined in the policies of 99designs.com.