Over 60,000 people flocked to the Mashup Challenge entry since Saturday, which was certainly helped along by being at the top of Reddit and on Digg at overlapping times, so thanks to everybody for digging, submitting, linking, commenting, and reading. On to the good news!
As of yesterday, the logo is gone! I don’t know if it’s down permanently or whether they’re removing it from their ad campaigns, but I think this is definitely something for everybody to be happy about. A few emails were sent on my part to their legal team (no response yet however) but I think the biggest force in this situation had to be the community uprising that everyone participated in, and for that I thank all of you. One of the things that companies don’t realize is the power of blogs, and that’s evident via a quick Google search for Meridian Communications — my friend Nathan Smith’s entry about what happened comes up pretty close to the top. The next time a potential client researches their firm, they might actually end up reading about this entire situation and maybe thinking twice.
I don’t know what legal or logistical steps were involved in removing it from the website, but I want to personally thank the people at Meridian Communications for listening to some random designer’s email pleas. I don’t have a legal team, I don’t have a fancy office, and I sure as hell don’t have (or want!) gigantic multi-national companies as clients, but I do have email, I do have my blog, and I do have 9rules, and I think the combination of those three is pretty darn powerful.
Oh, yeah! The Contest!
The winner of the gift certificate was to be randomly selected today, and — *randomly selects the number 26 in his head* — the 26th commenter, Dave Anderson, wins! He had a great entry with the Toyota logo turned into a pair of vibrating speakers…. great job!
As for my Top 5 favorite submissions, that was a bit tougher, but I managed to pull together a list of my favorites in no particular order:
- Francois’ CEO lettermark
- John B.’s Yota’s Siesta
- Wardini’s MS Paint Snake
- xmpcray’s Awesome Osama
- Phillips’ To… Yoda and Peeter’s Froyoda!