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Hiya folks,

It's time to crank on the sticker design for the coming Bike Winter cycling season . . .  typically we start with a little open brainstorming, and see if we can get any new folks to come out of the woodwork and offer up drafting or design skills to make the ideas reality.

Lookee here for past stickers/mascots/slogans:

http://bikewinter.org/misc/stickergallery.php


Thanks!

Howard K




(edit-- changed subject from 2010-2011 to simply 2011-  sorry for any confusion I created)
(edit 8/20:  basic considerations/requirements-- please review:)
(edit 8/24- dropped lower case requirement for URL)


Basic considerations:

1)These stickers eat up a sizable chunk of our hard-earned funds, and their main purpose is to be seen and read easily so that they can fulfill their function as advocacy tools- thus:

a) Proposed designs need to clearly, prominently, and legibly, at a glance, even in low light conditions, say Bike Winter 2011 (<b>not</b> <i>Chicago</i> Bike Winter! we have other cities that we like to support with these).
Bike Winter is two separate words.

b) Need to clearly, prominently, and legibly, at a glance, even in low light conditions, say bikewinter.org.

2) Size is 1.5"X 4". We're in discussion with one vendor who would print 2 side-by-side (or end to end) on 1.5x8.5" stock and cut them down the middle at no charge, so they might be 4.25" by 1.5".
Can be oriented horizontally or vertically-- see sticker gallery for examples

3) Should not violate copyrights or contain elements used without permission.

4) In keeping with tradition stickers may feature a 'new' mascot and a slogan that ideally would be a corny play on words, but this is not a requirement. In keeping with tradition designs/themes should also not resemble past years' stickers but present a new look for the coming season.

5) Proposals need to be submitted in final, production-ready form by Thursday August 26, either by posting to the sticker/mascot thread in thechainlink.org bikewinter group, or as an attachment to the bikewinter@hafd.org e-mail list. Please try to reduce your image file to under 500k in size before posting to the bikewinter list.

6) Submissions not meeting 1 through 3 above will not be included in the voting.
Voting will take place via SurveyMonkey and will be conducted under the supervision of the Bike Winter chairs, Julie and Lowell.

7) The winner will be determined by a tally of votes on Friday September 3; by submitting a design the creator hands off ownership to the Bike Winter effort and its volunteers for use in promoting the Bike Winter effort; creators agree that they will assist promptly if their design is chosen in any minor changes needed to assure visibility, compatibility with the printer's requirements, etc., and/or authorize others to make said changes.

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jamimaria said:
Is that a cow? Bison?
Bison.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll make the final version more bison like
Can't ride a bike in winter? Bull!!!

Dubi Kaufmann said:
This is a rough sketch. I need help with the tagline. ideally some kind of a bad pun / semi entendre (like red eye front page)

Oops . . .

Can't ride a bike in winter? Bison!!!
Okay, just wanted to make sure that it was a bison...Hmm...
"Winter bikers...no longer endangered?"

"Strong and proud are the bikers?"

"Insulate, don't migrate?"

Dubi Kaufmann said:
jamimaria said:
Is that a cow? Bison?
Bison.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll make the final version more bison like
Beautiful!

Cricket said:
Does this work for you?


Thanks!
Since we're getting so many ideas submitted, I went ahead and put them all into a survey monkey survey here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BYHR8S

If anything, you can view all of the ideas in one place. If we do want to do a vote, I can set it up so that we can do that, but we should probably wait until people have finalized designs. Let me know if I missed anyone! If we do get more then 9 designs, we'll have to use a different format since survey monkey free doesn't support longer surveys.

Oh, and I included the designs that are likely jokes, so if I should remove those ones, let me know! Conversely, if I missed any, also let me know.
If my design wins, I quit society.

jamimaria said:
Since we're getting so many ideas submitted, I went ahead and put them all into a survey monkey survey here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BYHR8S

If anything, you can view all of the ideas in one place. If we do want to do a vote, I can set it up so that we can do that, but we should probably wait until people have finalized designs. Let me know if I missed anyone! If we do get more then 9 designs, we'll have to use a different format since survey monkey free doesn't support longer surveys.

Oh, and I included the designs that are likely jokes, so if I should remove those ones, let me know! Conversely, if I missed any, also let me know.
I do like the idea of Narwhals as the mascot....maybe you should redraw the design, Lee? Maybe give the narwhal an eye patch and lable winter riding as "Swashbuckling fun?"
Pack your bags. It's getting at least one vote.

Lee Diamond said:
If my design wins, I quit society.

jamimaria said:
Since we're getting so many ideas submitted, I went ahead and put them all into a survey monkey survey here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BYHR8S

If anything, you can view all of the ideas in one place. If we do want to do a vote, I can set it up so that we can do that, but we should probably wait until people have finalized designs. Let me know if I missed anyone! If we do get more then 9 designs, we'll have to use a different format since survey monkey free doesn't support longer surveys.

Oh, and I included the designs that are likely jokes, so if I should remove those ones, let me know! Conversely, if I missed any, also let me know.
Also, I think you've barely started to scratch the surface in terms of tapping into the powerful graphic design capabilities of Microsoft Word.

jamimaria said:
I do like the idea of Narwhals as the mascot....maybe you should redraw the design, Lee? Maybe give the narwhal an eye patch and lable winter riding as "Swashbuckling fun?"
So far it looks as though Tony's design has the most positive comments in the little unofficial survey here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BYHR8S

When do we want to begin to actually vote on this? Do any of the people who have submitted ideas so far want to go ahead and finalize their stickers or is it okay for people to vote on unfinalized designs? Would it be okay if the winning design isn't the 4 x 1.5 inch size?

Who is going to make the final determination for this? Do we need to make sure that any design work is either copywrite free or the original work of the artist?

If anyone wants me to swap out a design in the collective page, just let me know!

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