To the current project of establishment of ICMI awards (see announcement in next paper) is attached the presentation of medals to the awardees. There is thus a need for designing such medals. And this brings back to the forefront the question of an ICMI logo. Such a need for a visual identification of the Commission has been expressed frequently in the past, independently of the project of awards, in connection with ICMI administrative documents (vg letterhead), or for use on posters, publications, website, etc.
Keeping in mind that the essence of the Commission is connected to three crucial aspects: "mathematics" and "education" as seen from an "international" perspective, one can question whether and how to convey this on a logo. Besides the need of specificity about the interests of the Commission, there is also a need to respect design constraints, among which simplicity and clarity stand as crucial.
The ICMI Executive Committee welcomes all comments and suggestions related to the design of an ICMI logo. These could either the form of suggestions of possible parameters for the selection of such a logo, as well as sketches of possible logos. Comments on the design of medals to be presented to ICMI awardees are also welcome.
Those interested in presenting their views should contact the ICMI Secretary as soon as possible.
Bernard R. Hodgson, Secretary of ICMI