Do you have what it takes to design the Knesset's new logo? That is the challenge that was presented to design students throughout the country as the 2013-2014 school year got underway last month.
The Knesset is seeking a new, modern logo that still incorporates the official symbol of the State of Israel (the seven-branched menorah), while also emphasizing the legislative body's accessibility to and representation of the entire population.
After debating how to go about producing a new logo, Knesset officials decided that a public competition would both yield the best results and get the nation more involved in and excited over the change.
"The time has come for the Knesset to find a way to express its uniqueness and relevance to every citizen in the country," said Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. "This competition has great educational value."
An official challenge was published at design schools around Israel and newspaper ads were placed to ensure all potential participants would be given a fair chance.
Over the coming months the Knesset will collect submissions, after which a shortlist of 10 logos will be presented to the public for voting. The three logos that receive the highest number of votes will then go back to a Knesset committee that will choose the final winner.
All 10 finalists will receive cash rewards, and the winner will be given an additional cash prize.