The Computer Fair Logo category is an opportunity for you to design the logo for next year's competition! The winning logo will be displayed on the fair's website and all print materials at the regional and state levels. See the Helpful Tips below to give you some guidance as to how the pros do it.

Example Projects

T-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, poster

Example Software

Photoshop, Illustrator, Inkscape

Specific Category Rules

  • Designs must be limited to two colors and suitable for silk screening. (see explanation below)
  • Projects must be submitted in one color scheme only.
  • Each project must demonstrate two different applications of the design.
  • Each project must be shown on paper to fit in a 3" x 3" area.
  • All designs must contain the year 2018, since the winning logo will be used for the following year's competition.
  • All projects must contain PA or Pennsylvania Middle School (not MS) Computer Fair.
  • Color values used in the project must be clearly provided (e.g. RGB, CMYK, hexcode/web color, or Pantone)
  • No computers or access to electric will be allowed.
  • Space will be assigned and limited to 3 feet per project.
  • Spelling and grammar will be judged on narrative and project.

A project will be disqualified if any of the following occur:

  • The narrative description is missing. (see below)
  • Copyright information and credits are not included on the narrative or displayed with the project. (see below)
  • A planning document is not displayed/available that clarifies the process used to create the project. (see below)

If a project meets the above rules it will be judged using the following: Computer Fair Logo Scoring Guideline

Narrative Descriptions

Narrative descriptions are required for all projects; the narrative description/project summary is now included in the PA Computer Fair Participation Packet. If the narrative is not provided, the project will be disqualified. Narratives must be detailed enough to provide the judges with any information to fairly judge the project. Attach additional pages if necessary.

Copyright Requirements

The PA Computer Fair Participation Packet includes a participation agreement that must be signed by all participating students on a project and their teacher sponsor. Part of the agreement outlines copyright expectations, as well as other project requirements.

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The Pennsylvania Computer Fair, although educational, removes the student work from the classroom and therefore requires the student to get permission from the owner to use any copyrighted music, video, graphics, etc. Fair use does NOT apply. Remember to credit music or items that were created by yourself or friends as well.

Planning Document (Storyboard/Flowchart)

All projects need to display the process used to create the project. This should be specific and as detailed as possible to give the judges the necessary background regarding how it was developed. You may choose to put it on your tri-fold display or bring a loose-leaf notebook with your notes.

  • The document will not be judged for grammar or appearance.
  • Tri-fold displays are not judged, they are for clarification purposes only.

Explanation of the Two-Color Rule:

The project may use many different shades of a single ink, but only two ink colors may be used. Assume that the background color is white. If parts of your design show through to the background, then you are not using an ink for that part of the design. To clarify, you may use a single yellow ink color. You may also use percentages of that single yellow ink color throughout your design. You cannot, however, use more than two different inks. For example, purple, red, green on a white background would not be allowed. Black is considered an ink color. The winning design will be used for next year's competition.

  • Your design process is crucial to the development of your logo and a planning document is required for your project. So remember to keep track of any sketches, research, or inspirations you may collect along the way.
  • Think about famous brands that you see everyday and how you could recognize them simply by their logo. What about that logo stands out to you? What makes it memorable?
  • An important part of logo design is balance. You want to make sure that all parts are "weighted" evenly.
  • Logos are generally created in vector format which enables artwork to be resized without losing clarity. Some vector graphics editors include Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, OpenOffice.org Draw, and Vector Paint. Creating a vector logo is highly recommended; remember, your logo needs to look good at 3"x3" as well as on the large Computer Fair posters.
  • Get photo releases signed from everyone in your project in any media format.