I'm sort of at a loss for how to begin, so let's begin with this:
And now this: FUCK YOU, UCI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, FUCK YOU, SHITTY PERSON WHO MODIFIED MY LOGO AND CLEARLY WOULDN'T RECOGNIZE A LAYERS/PATHS WINDOW IF IT SMASHED YOU IN THE FACE, AND FUCK YOU, UNIVERSITY OF MOTHER FUCKING CALIFORNIA IRVINE.
So. I enter a logo design contest hosted by the UCI Alumni Association. You have to design a logo for them to use for UCI's 2011 Homecoming. Only rules are that it must be at least 6" (they didn't say in which dimension, which should be ominously foreboding to start), must use two specific shades of blue & gold, include UCI Homecoming 2011, and be 300 dpi. Due October 25th. No fine print, no other rules. $300 cash prize, presented to the winner at the homecoming ceremony on Jan 22nd.
So it COMPLETELY MYSTIFIES me where, and HOW, and WHEN, it stated that the dipshit who fucked with my design was EVER ALLOWED TO MODIFY MY
LOGO AND TURN IT INTO A LOUSY PIECE OF SHIT. THE STOCK PHOTO OF A BASKETBALL. THE TRASHY GRADIENT. THE DROP SHADOW.
MY GOD, THE FUCKING DROP SHADOW. DO YOU THINK BY WARPING THE SHAPE OF THE CROWN AND THE LETTERS A LITTLE BIT AND ADDING A DROP SHADOW IT'LL LOOK MORE THREE DIMENSIONAL? AND THE LINES? HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN YOUR GRAPHIC ARTIST'S APPARENT INABILITY TO MAKE A SOLID LINE ON THE LEFT SIDE? 0122? IS THAT HOW YOU REPRESENT A FUCKING DATE? OKAY, WHATEVER.
But what REALLY kills me:
Please know that we did make a couple of modifications to your design to
reflect both the student and alumni perspective of Homecoming and to
ensure the best possible print quality for use in various media. I've
attached the revised version here for you so you are aware of those
How DARE you tell me that you modified my design to ENSURE THE BEST POSSIBLE PRINT QUALITY FOR USE IN VARIOUS MEDIA. How fucking dare
you, when I KNOW it was perfectly acceptable and in fact optimized for print quality. When I'm 100% certain I know more about making images print and web-media ready then whatever fuck face took my design and put a fucking drop shadow
on it. I've sent an email reply to the lady who emailed me to congratulate (and insult) me, more or less begging that I be allowed to modify MY logo MYSELF to make the changes they want. If they don't let me, fine. I asked that I receive the check anonymously--that is, not appearing on the stupid ass stage--and that my name not be attached to the image that I did not make
. That was probably pretty callous and more than a little stupid to possibly snub $300 for a bit of pride. But I fucking lost it when I scrolled down and read that email. What you did, Michelle Williams, miss assistant executive director of communications, marketing, and membership, was take my offering and sucker punch me in the gut. You took what I did, tore it apart and threw it back in my face. If it wasn't good enough, you should have selected something better. You had NO right--never was it written in the non-existent fine print--to modify my design without my asking. You assumed that, because I'm just an undergraduate student, because I'm not a professionally-hired graphic artist, you had the right to do la-dee-fucking-da to my art and expect me to bend over and be grateful
The thing that's the absolute worse: knowing UCI? they would probably use this piece of shit and NOT give me the money for it, either. And I won't have any way to complain about it other than raging in my private livejournal and maybe on facebook. I won't be able to complain to the chancellor, the administration, nor even bring it up in the university newspaper so other students know how an institution freely disrespects and extorts you for your powerlessness.
ETA: sorry for the huge image, but at this time I am so filled with rage I can't bring myself to look at photoshop without dissolving into more tears. I'll fix it later so it won't break anyone's flist.