BARRINGTON, RI – The Town of Barrington is launching a design contest open to current and past residents of Barrington to create a new logo that is modern and relevant to the community for use in the Town’s branding and collateral materials. The contest begins Friday, August 18th at noon and the public is invited to showcase their skills and creativity by submitting their own original ideas for the Town logo until noon on October 27, 2023. The form can be accessed online at barrington.ri.gov/logocontest
“This contest is an opportunity for people of all ages and artistic abilities to show us what they feel makes the Town a special place,” said Town Manager Philip Hervey. “The new logo will help Barrington project a positive, more inclusive and relevant image to the community, visitors and potential new businesses.”
The purpose of the logo, as envisioned by the Rebranding Advisory Committee appointed by the Town Manager, is to complement, not replace, the Barrington Town Seal. The Town, for example, could continue to feature the Town Seal on Police and Firefighter uniforms, on document stamps used by the Town Clerk, and on the Town flag. The sword-and-shield design of the Barrington Town Seal dates to the 1930s, when the Rhode Island Tercentenary Commission created coats of arms for all cities and towns in the State.
The contest is open to all designers, amateur and or professional, and participants are welcome to submit artwork that is created digitally or in traditional mediums, such as paint, pencil, marker, etc. Artists are asked to incorporate the unique character and history of Barrington, but must make sure that their design is simple enough to be
• Easily replicated in black and white.
• Is easy to view from a distance.
• Can be translated into multiple formats.
The entry form and submission guidelines (including an entry guide with example images for inspiration), are available online at via the online form. Minors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.
The initial contest submissions will be judged by the Rebranding Advisory Committee, a panel of residents, artists, Town officials and business owners. The Committee will select up to six finalists for the public to select the “winner” as part of a Townwide vote later this year. The finalists will work with a professional graphic artist hired by the Town to modify their entry to fit the various needs of a Town logo.
The winning artist selected as part of the Townwide vote will receive a $500 prize; the five runners-up will receive a $100 prize. The winner will also be provided with merchandise featuring the new logo.