Showing posts with label IPPB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IPPB. Show all posts

Monday, 6 February 2017

Why this Cheating from India Post Payments Bank?

First of all, don’t think that IPPB has made any financial malpractice while reading this headline. This is about an injustice made by IPPB towards some artists and MyGov initiative of Govt. of India.

I have a pain in my mind for criticizing IPPB, the long-cherished dream of India Post, at this moment when it’s first branches have been inaugurated at Ranchi and Raipur.  At the same time, I am writing this post with immense pleasure because the fact which I had explained earlier through my previous post “Total Confusion in IPPB Logo Design Competition” have come true.


I am not repeating the issues that I had kicked up but you can still read that post from the following link if you didn’t read that article or you forgotten the matter.

Now my questions are very simple.

1.   Where is the selected 20 logos?
2.   Who is the winner and who got the price money?

I am sure that no authority will answer these questions.  But since I have raised the issue and predicted something, I have the responsibility to answer these questions myself.  Before answering the questions, I am quoting some portion of my previous post here so that you can cross check the answer with this scenario.

 “Lots of questions remaining unanswered while seeing the review process.

1.  Whether it is a serious competition or for a media publicity?
2.  What is meant my Approved Submission?
3.  Whether actually reviewed all the submissions?
4.  Whether it is a part of preplanned drama?

What is in short?

1.  Inviting logos from public and declares price money.
2.  4861 logo submissions happening.
3.  Simply shown last submitted 600 logos are approved without making any review.
4.  Selecting 20 logos violating all logo criteria for voting.
5.  Other 4261 logos are still under the review process. “

In the above extract, I had raised so many questions and finally I had come to a conclusion.  Like earlier following are the answer to the question that I have raised now.

1.  Where is the selected 20 logos?

Actually, like everyone I don’t know what has happened for that 20 logos but I can presume something.  Due to the substandard quality of 20 selected logos, the authorities might have been ignored that.  Otherwise some expert scrutiny might have been done on other logos or they decided to drop the contest and take an advice or design from professional design institutions.

2.  Who is the winner and who got the price money?

Since the logo of IPPB is not from the so called selected 20 logos, there is no chance to declare a winner or give the price money.

What about new logo

The final logo of IPPB which I have shown below cannot actually be considered as a new logo.  The first condition of the IPPB logo design competition was it should be original.  But no one will say that the IPPB logo is original, instead it will say that it is a mere copy of India Post logo.  The only notable difference is the round shape of red background instead of rectangle.
 
I don’t know whether it can be registered as Registered Trade Mark or not. Even though IPPB is a fully owned company of India Post or India Post has no objection to take its logo for IPPB, since India Post is a Government Department, I am not sure about the legal implication behind the RTM.

If we leave the criteria, I personally loved the IPPB logo and it has all the brand image of India Post.  According to my opinion the dark theme color is the highlight of this logo and it is superb and it clearly distinguish from all other banks’ theme colours. Only a talented designer can choose a design like this.

The tagline “Aapka bank aapke dwaar” is an apt one for IPPB. My submission in this contest was “Your Nearest Bank”

Conclusion

Even though the IPPB logo design competition was very popular among public and it has got very good attention from medias, the authorities were not serious about this event.  Lots of mistakes, mismatches and suspicious thing had been seen everywhere and it has continued until the final selection of IPPB logo.

It is common that the logos of desired standard may not be received in a competition.  Then the organizers have the full right to cancel the contest and go for another logo.  This condition is also included in the terms and conditions of the contest. 

But here the scenario is different because without reviewing all the submissions by experts they have merely selected 20 below average logos for final voting. That is why the selected logos got negative feedback.  And without any official announcing or explanation they opted another logo for IPPB.

If they have the intension to use this logo for IPPB earlier, the pre-planned logo design competition drama could have been avoided. This is purely an injustice toward the persons who participated in the competition. The complete responsibility of the failure of this contest is vested up on the persons who authorized to review the submissions.

The only thing the authorities can do at this moment is to release an official explanation on this subject.  So, let us wait for that……

Monday, 26 September 2016

Total Confusion in IPPB Logo Design Competition

India Post had invited Logo and tagline for India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) from general public through MyGov portal of Government of India.  For better participation, invitation was conducted in the form of competition and declared a price money of Rs.25,000/- each.


 
The last date for submissions was 09.07.2016 in the earlier stage, but the date was re-fixed to 31.07.2016 due to poor participation.   Totally 4861 creations were received when submission closed.

Persons participated in this competition were eagerly waiting for the next stage of this competition after submitting their creativity.  They were regularly checking the status of their submission in the Activity point of MyGov account.


First abnormality in this competition was found just after few days of submission closure date and still continue.  Some figures shown in the web page made me confused.  IPPB logo and tagline design completion page in MyGov portal shows that total 600 submissions were approved and remaining 4261 submissions out of 4861 were under review process. See the screenshot below.


Still you can see this abnormality through the following link



Accidently or not, the webpage has given the facility for viewing the approved submissions.  Actually there was no review process happened in this competition because we can see lots of discrepancies in this regard.

Lots of questions remaining unanswered while seeing the review process.

1.  Whether it is a serious competition or for a media publicity?
2.  What is meant my Approved Submission?
3.  Whether actually reviewed all the submissions?
4.  Whether it is a part of preplanned drama?

It is clear that the submissions which are shown as approved have not been reviewed actually.  Because the last submitted 600 creations are blindly taken as approved submission.  Remaining 4261 submissions have been put it under the head “Under review”.  When you check the submitted date of the approved 600 creations, you can clearly understand the fact that something wrong happened.

All the approved submissions have been submitted on one month and one or two weeks ago. What a magic. Bulk approval has been done for the Logos submitted on those days.  How this happened?

Now the voting started for selecting the apt logo and tagline from 20 selected submissions.  But now the remaining 4261 submissions are under review.  When we login to the MyGov account, it also shows that your submission is under review.  How this happened?

Why this bad selection happened

Let us leave the above said discrepancies because everyone wants to get a good logo for IPPB.  So we can analyze the selected 20 logos.


Selected 20 logos are shown below



I respect and congratulate all the creators of these 20 selected logos and I understand the effort you put it on each creation.  But I have to express my views on these logos.  Don’t feel bad.

Most of the selected logos except two or three violate all the rules of modern logos and it is very amateurish in style.  And at the same time it is not in accordance with the conditions fixed and published by the authorities.

The most important among them is that the logo should be original.  The original in the sense, it should not be a modified form of other logo or should not have any special image or symbol that indicating some other organization.

Most of the logos in the selected list cannot be considered as original creation because they are using full or part of India Post logo in one or other way.  Some other logos are using the readymade clip art as portion in logos.  India Post is a Government department and IPPB is a fully owned Government Company incorporated under Indian Companies Act 1956.  Registration will not be possible if IPPB logo has any resemblance with India Post logo if it goes for registered trade mark. 

Modern logo should be in such a way that it can be easily marketable through web, social Medias or print media and its shapes can be clearly visible in all size and colours.  Logo should be impressive if we use it on any surface or object.  While considering the selected logos most of them lack these qualities.

The era of complex logos ends and now everyone is behind simple logos and most preferably square or round in shape because same can be used as Mobile App icon, Favicon, Software icon, Avatar image, etc.

If a professional logo designer makes a review on these selected logos, he never consider majority of them as deserving.

Two or three logos in the selected list are very professional in nature.  My doubt is only about the review criteria and who made this review and what about other submissions which are shown as under review.

 What is in short?

1.  Inviting logos from public and declares price money.
2.  4861 logo submissions happening.
3.  Simply shown last submitted 600 logos are approved without making any review.
4.  Selecting 20 logos violating all logo criteria for voting.
5.  Other 4261 logos are still under the review process.

What about my choice?

I will select two logos from this list as ideal logos for IPPB that is Logo 14 and 19.  I am not completely satisfied with these logos because it does not convey any brand image but it possesses almost all qualities of a good logo.


Conclusion

The initiative of Government is appreciable but the concerned department for whom it is carried out should pay adequate attention in the execution process.  Otherwise so many discrepancies will be happened and so many questions will be raised.  Then the activity planned for a good intention will be questioned.
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