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Edit September 3: Vote-

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikewinter2014

Hiya folks,

It's time to crank on the sticker design for the coming 2014 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.

 

Our target date for sticker distribution is the big 16th Anniversary Chicago Critical Mass on Friday September 27th.

The deadline for submission for sticker proposals will be Sunday September 1 2013, with voting taking place the first September week.

Lookee here for past stickers/mascots/slogans:

http://bikewinter.org/stickergallery

 

Go ahead and discuss away, but if you'd like to cut to the chase and design a sticker proposal, here are some considerations that will need to be taken into account:

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 2014 (Not
Chicago 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. (hint- the URL tends to be too small on practically every initial submission).

2) Size is 1.5"X 4.25". This allows readability on bicycle tubing and on bike racks.
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 the end of Sunday, September 1 2013, either by posting to the sticker/mascot thread (i.e. this one) in thechainlink.org bikewinter group, or as an attachment sent to stickers@bikewinter.org, or by posting to the bikewinter "announce" listserv.  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 leadership.

7) The winner will be determined by a tally of votes on Friday September 6; 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.

8) Designs submitted in the past may be resubmitted with necessary updates,  but must be submitted by the original artist

 

Questions/comments/complaints/ideas/proposals/submissions below!

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Is it finally the year of the Narwahls?

Perhaps. Hopefully we're just off to a slow start here.... plan B in the event of sluggish participation is to approach previous-years' also-rans and ask for an update for 2014.

Kevin C said:

Is it finally the year of the Narwahls?

Aaaaaaaack! Noooooooo!!!!!!

Andrew Bedno said:

Our first third (cough) entry, from Michael H:

Finally!  If I had an ounce of creative ability I might give it a go this year.  Won't all of you artistic folks put on your balaclavas and gloves and think winter?

h' 1.0 said:

Our first third (cough) entry, from Michael H:

Depends on your resolution--I went with 300dpi (good for printing), so 4.25" x 1.5" (note it's 1.5", not 1.25") is 1275x450.

echo said:

I think my dimensions are off. How many pixels is 1.25 x 4.25?

Thanks!!! Please send contact info to stickers@bikewinter.org so I know who I'm dealing with and can follow up. I stopped getting alerts to new chainlink personal messages a while back.


echo said:

Thanks!  Ditto re: stickers@bikewinter.org.

Erik Swedlund said:

these look greaaatttt!!!!

We've had past years where someone posted an idea and someone else brought the graphic chops (Icycle and Walrus are two examples of collaborative designs.)

More: http://bikewinter.org/stickergallery

Lisa Curcio 6.5 mi said:

Finally!  If I had an ounce of creative ability I might give it a go this year.  Won't all of you artistic folks put on your balaclavas and gloves and think winter?

h' 1.0 said:

Our first third (cough) entry, from Michael H:

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