Commission on Crystallographic Computing

CompComm logo competition

(Submissions were due by 2nd July 2004)

Winners of the CompComm Logo Competition

View the received submissions for the CompComm Logo Competition

[old compcomm logo]

Can you do better than this?

The IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Computing is holding a Logo competition and requests submissions to replace it's current rather moribound and lame Newsletter logo, and very plain webpage banner (both created by this humble scribe). Some might frown upon this emphasis on superficial eye candy, perhaps quoting John Lyly (1554-1606) "The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted". Irrespective, it would be nice to have some graphics that the sun felt happy to irradiate. Potential contributors should feel empowered to use any graphics they feel to be relevant to historical and modern computing and crystallographic symbols: e.g.,

punch cards, digital circuits, mathematical equations, bits of source-code, computer valves, fourier maps, B-L strips, coffee-mug stains, discarded chip/crisp packets, empty softdrink/pop cans, etc

There are three different images that are requested of crystallographic artists:

  1. The IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Computing Newsletter Logo (currently a quickly drawn round thing with some text in it)
  2. A graphical banner logo for its webpages at: (final version for web will most likely be 500 x 120 pixels)
  3. A web banner logo for its 2005 Computing School being held before the Florence IUCr Congress at Siena (18th to 23rd August 2005) (Venue: Certosa di Pontignano, University of Siena: ; University of Siena webpage: )

NB: CompComm is the current abbreviation for the Commission on Crystallographic Computing

The IUCr Commission on Powder Diffraction logo may give people an idea of what has been done in the past for IUCr based newsletters: Or such things as the Shelx homepage may serve as a guide for a banner logo:

Submissions should be sent by 2nd July 2004 to Lachlan Cranswick at Preferably in a vector based format that is rescalable to small and large formats - and a JPG or GIF file representation. It would be nice if artists could contribute some explanatory text of the type given at the following "about the logo" pages. (a paragraph would be fine - and this is optional) :

Artwork should be completely original and not using any copyright or trademarked material from other sources. All submissions become the property of the IUCr Computing Commission; and all submissions will be placed on its website for public viewing.

Lachlan M. D. Cranswick, NRC, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada (

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