The subject has been briefly touched upon recently, but I want to make my opinion known and also invite people's thought's on standards of contest logos.
As we all know, there are certain quality standards to be adhered to with store logos.
I know that contests are slightly different, but I don't think that it should be such a free for all, with any designs welcome and the customer being left solely to choose which logo he/she thinks is the 'best' submission.
The traditional relationship between designer and client is one of ideas coming together, opinions and compromise.
I believe that it's in all of our interests to at least set the bar at a certain minimum standard, because I know for a fact that clients don't always make the right choices because after all they are not designers.
Some of the 'likes' on the ratings that i've seen on some contests are just plain bad decisions and these clients are like a kid in a sweet shop, and if they then ask for amendments etc etc, you can end up with a complete 'manbearpig' of a design which serves the interests of no-one but the deluded mindset of a client.
I apologise if this subject has been covered / or if the wheels of change are in motion, but hope you get my drift. The customer aint' king to a certain extent, and although they are ultimately consumers and know what they like, this doesn't and shouldn't serve as the only factor in getting them to a design which is right for their business.
We should at least strain out the totally crap designs / set a certain minimum standard for contests to give customers and their ego's at least a fighting chance of making a good(ish) decision. Maybe similar to the automatic approval system which is in place for the store logo uploads; new users or 'repeat offenders' should go through a turd vetting procedure before they can release their designs into the public domain.
I waffle, but welcome your thoughts....