I don’t know if it’s in the current FIRST logo guidelines (they seem to randomly change every few months…), but in at least one of the previous ones it had the “acceptable” background colors, and as well which version of the FIRST logo you have to use. For example, on certain orange backgrounds, you were only allowed to use a specific black-and-white version of the FIRST logo, since they thought the red did not contrast enough with the orange.
The .eps files FIRST provides may be vector files, but they are great for web design. The .jpeg files posted have a lot of JPEG noise in them, and it’s a trivial task to open a .eps in Illustrator and export it to a .png or shudder .gif to use on your website. Things like logos and graphics should never be done in .jpg format, as .jpg is much better suited for regular photographs. If you don’t have Illustrator, go down to the Arts department at your school, as most schools have at least one copy of Photoshop and Illustrator on some computer somewhere in the school.
If you enjoy adhering to the FIRST logo guidelines…
// But as a running joke for those who like to strictly adhere to the FIRST logo guidelines, I’ve kept a record (via photographs and screenshots) of the number of times FIRST themselves violates their own guidelines. The number of times it occurs, especially on their website and at the Championship Event is truly astounding. Here’s a few of the better ones:
Did you spot it? They took the “FIRST” (“wordmark”) text out of their logo, separated it from the rest of the logo, and put “Championship” next to it. FIRST’s guidelines state that this is illegal.
Looks fine, right? Wrong. They took the “FIRST” part of the logo, increased it’s size relative to the rest of the logo, and centered it under the triangle-circle-square. And upon closer evaluation, it seems the “FIRST” part of the “FIRST SCHOLARSHIP ROW” is exactly the same as their wordmark text in their logo, which would make a second case of wordmark violation. I’d hate to think of how many points a team would lose on a website evaluation if they tried the same thing.
Same thing as above, except worse. Not only did they distort the relative sizes of the different parts of their logo, but they put it on a “busy” background. Their own guidelines state that you are only allowed to use their logo on a solid color background.
I didn’t think they could possibly break any more of their own guidelines in one shot, until I saw this one at the 2008 Championship event, just outside of the pits in the main lobby. This is the Mac Daddy of FIRST logo violations: they distorted the relative sizes of the logo, they put the logo on a busy background, AND they gave it a drop shadow effect. Trifecta!
But wait, upon even closer inspection, it seems they even fell for the same wordmark separation violation again. Sigh. This time it’s the “FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP 2008” text. Quadfecta? :rolleyes:
Protip: If you make guidelines and want them to be followed, it usually helps if you follow them yourself. [/spoiler]