Origin Story – The InterPlanetary Fest Logo

The Logo Contest:

In February 2018, The Santa Fe Institute announced a logo-design competition in anticipation of the inaugural InterPlanetary Festival that year. A $1000 prize would be awarded to the artist whose design best captured the essence of the InterPlanetary Project.

SFI collected 79 logo design submissions from artists in nine different countries, from all backgrounds, ranging in age from nine to 64. A small circle of SFI staff members pared the initial 79 submissions down to 28 semi-finalists. Those 28 logos were printed on large ballots, and those ballots were distributed to a group of post-doctoral researchers at the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) Post-Doc Complexity Conference in April of 2018. Those post-docs indicated their top three logo choices, all votes were tallied, and the five logos with the most cumulative votes were provided to the Interplanetary Steering Committee for final selection.

About the Designer:

LeRoy Grafe is an Artist, Photographer, and Cinematographer. He is currently attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is pursuing a degree in Cinematic Arts and Museum Studies. His photos have been published in multiple books and magazines including Blouin Art and Auction, Big Sky Journal, The Magazine Antiques, and in an upcoming issue of Glamour. In 2017 he was a part of the Sundance Film Festivals Ignite scholarship program, and his most recent film recently premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival.