NYC Is Searching for a Designer to Create an Official Logo for Public Spaces


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New York City may not be the first place you think of as a place to wind down and relax, but you might be surprised to learn that this bustling capital of the world has about 3.8 million square feet of dedicated resting areas. These privately owned public spaces (aka POPS) range from quiet parks to relaxing plazas, and they’re all designed to facilitate a break from congested city streets. However, these spaces aren’t usually sign-posted, making them difficult to find. In a bid to bring attention the city’s 550+ indoor and outdoor public resting zones, the NYC Department of City Planning is in search of a designer to create an official POPS logo.

In collaboration with Municipal Art Society, the logo design competition is open to anyone from around the world. Each entry will be considered by a 7-judge panel, as well as an online public vote. “We’re hoping for thousands of submissions,” Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the Municipal Art Society reveals. “These are badly needed open spaces in dense business districts. People need a place to take a breath, to cool their brains, for office workers to sit and eat their lunch.”

Designers of the three best logos will receive up to $2,000, while the creator of the final winning design will receive an additional $2,000. Not only is this a great cash prize, but the project also offers huge exposure for the chosen designer.

Do you have an idea for the new POPS logo? Enter your design and find out more about the project here.

NYC is searching for a new logo design for the city’s 550+ indoor and outdoor public spaces.

The competition is open to all creatives from around the world.

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h/t: [Design Taxi]

All images via APOPS / Municipal Art Society.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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