Writing Center logo contest is underway

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Peer consultant Danielle Childers, a sophomore studying communicative disorders from Senatobia, works in the Writing Center.  The Writing Center is holding a logo design competition until March 31.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

It is still not too late to enter the Writing Center Logo Design Competition. The winning design will win $100 and be featured at the Writing Center’s new locations in DeSoto and Oxford.

The contest will end on March 31, and all entries must be submitted before the cut-off date. A list of rules for designers to incorporate and avoid in their logo have been provided on the submission flyers.

“This will be an opportunity for students to create a logo that will be used forever,” Jason Jones, director of the Writing Center, said. “We would like something that envisions collaboration.

Jones encourages students to use Northwest Pantone colors, 186 (Red) and 288 (Blue) in the logo; an extra black and white copy for comparison should also be submitted. Jones would also like for the winning design to be 300 resolution, at 100 percent and be saved in a vector format as to be scaled.

For hand drawn entries, Jones suggests using Pigma Micron Pens, available at the Ranger Bookstore or something that is similar for clean lines.

The Writing Center would like the logo to represent its modern side instead of inkwells, quills, and typewriters. The logo should also include its name, WC, Northwest, or NWCC as part of its design.

“I think that it should be something inviting, so that more students will be interested in coming,” Danielle Childers, a peer consultant and sophomore studying communicative disorders from Senatobia, said.

The design will be featured on the signs of the new Writing Centers at the DeSoto and Oxford Centers. Artists from all three campuses are welcome to enter the contest and send their submissions to Jones through webmail.

The hope is for the Writing Centers to be completed next semester for students on the other campuses. The DeSoto Writing Center is being converted from the current reference center. The hope is for the Northwest logos to look different from the Ole Miss Writing Center at the DeSoto Center. The Oxford Writing Center will be shared with the Math Lab.

Jones hopes that the logo design contest will encourage students to try out its successes. The Writing Center was created by the 2016 QEP to improve student success in writing. Students can receive help on  their essays and constructive criticism on ways they can improve their writing skills.

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