Barcamps, a people-powered conference, have connected millions of people around the world and given them a place to explore, share, and learn.
ABOUT THE ORG
Barcamp is an organization that helps people across the globe organize, host, and attend events focused on learning and sharing. Barcamp began in Palo Alto in 2005, as an open-source response to invite-only conferences, and focuses on inclusive, user-generated events where attendees provide session topics and participate.
As a founding member, I managed event strategy, brand and outreach, and organizational vision. Created messaging and a mark that was minimal and effective, and would be a representation of what Barcamp aspired to provide: a source of connection and creativity.
By providing an open source logo and allowing event organizers to modify the design for their local needs, each Barcamp developed a sense of individual ownership, as well as a connection to the global community.
At an early point in the founding of barcamp, it was important that we led by example and held the spirit of the event. Allowing for creativity and self-expression within the tenets of barcamp’s philosophy included releasing the logo under a creative commons license.
There have been over 10,000 barcamps hosted in over 350 countries around the world. With this comes thousands of customized Barcamp logos. Each organizer has modified the original design to best represent the needs of their events and regions. This has included changes in colors, additions of local monuments, and icons to technology and industries.
The spirit of the design has held since its inception, with the diverse global community giving the Barcamp logo it’s lasting symbolism.
The Spark and Signal.