NextFab Studio is a "gym for innovators" and prototyping service center opening winter 2009 at 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA, in the University City Science Center. Our brand-new 3600 sq.ft. facility includes everything from hand tools to 3D printers and computer controlled laser & machine tools, software, collaborative workspaces, training - everything necessary for you to invent, repair, create - innovate! It's the R&D lab, workshop, or studio you would have if price were no object, with expert instructors and a community of collaborators there to help you achieve your vision.
NextFab Studio provides:
• membership-access to our innovation facility for individuals, organizations, and businesses
• technical courses and workshops on software and equipment use, creativity, design and engineering, and all aspects of entrepreneurship.
• prototyping and consulting services: providing technical support for member projects, and product prototyping and model building on a contract basis for the community at large.
• a technical community to which individuals, organizations, and businesses, can turn for fresh perspectives, skilled problem solvers, and interdisciplinary solutions.
• retail sales of raw materials, safety gear, and tools to assist innovators in realizing their vision.
For more details, see: http://www.nextfabstudio.com.
The target audience is extremely diverse but linked by a drive to be hands-on and proactive in learning new skills, creating works of art, solving problems, inventing new products, starting new businesses...
Target groups for facility memberships:
• Technology enthusiasts and hobbyists
• Entrepreneurs and small companies in the region needing access to an R&D facility
• Artists and designers needing workspace/technology/diverse collaborators
• University departments, students, faculty, alumnae associations in fine arts/engineering/sciences/architecture/design desiring enhanced facilities and community interaction
• High school arts/technology project groups/teams
• Primary/secondary teachers looking to learn about new technologies to enhance their classes
• Retirees seeking creative/intellectual/social activity
• Anyone wanting to acquire or maintain technical skills (returning veterans, unemployed)
Target groups for prototyping services:
• Architects/product designers needing accurate architectural/product models built using advanced 3D printing technologies
• Museums needing 3D scanning and/or 3D printed replicas of artifacts/specimens
• Companies needing small quantities of posters, signs, awards
• Individuals needing unique, personalized/customized gifts
The logo needs to seem friendly enough to attract someone with no technical skills while still commanding the confidence of the corporate R&D budget.
We'd like it to be simple and iconic, in the sense that for the broadest possible range of viewers it immediately and memorably conjures up:
• Cutting edge technology
• Do-it-yourself spirit
• Friendly collaboration
• "Philadelphia identity" (Benjamin Franklin, the Liberty Bell, etc.)
Please visit our website for some images of our facility and more details on our business: http://www.nextfabstudio.com.
The winning logo will be used in the following:
• Selecting interior finish colors for our facility
• All ad/web materials (including print, signage, videos)
• Messenger bags/hats/t-shirts/work aprons
• Member ID badges
The winner should provide the logo in one of the following formats:
Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
Contact us to ask about alternative formats.
Suggestions (only - no licenses) for fonts to be paired with the logo will be appreciated as well.
Please do not use any stock images or clip art in the logo - submissions should be entirely new creations of the designer.
10 finalists will be selected by NextFab Studio management. The winner will be selected from among the finalists by a jury of prominent Philadelphia-area professionals.
The winning designer will be engaged for subsequent graphic design work with NextFab Studio, and will be offered a free membership to our facility.
For this reason, submissions by designers located in Philadelphia are preferred.