Thursday, April 23, 2009

Congratulations to Our Winner!

We are so proud of our youngest son, a graphic designer. He recently entered a t-shirt design contest with ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), and he won! ECHO is a local farming organization that experiments in raising food in all sorts of conditions on a small enough scale that hungry people can do the same all over the world. Missionaries and others come and learn the techniques, buy the seeds, and go all over, helping hungry people to grow viable food in their part of the world. Each contestant was allowed up to 3 designs. These are his:

His first design was the bright one above, with the sun. The judges said, "We can tell you put a lot of effort into the organic elements on the ECHO logotype! Overall we liked this design and feel that it would transfer to the medium of a shirt, but feel that the shapes and colors lend it to more of an underwater theme that may distract a viewer used to traditional agricultural icons."

Next was this green bubbly one.

The Judges Said, "We'd wear this shirt :) This is a fun design that looks like many popular tee shirts today. Font selection is very solid and the visuals are engaging. Perhaps a shape other than the circles that would depict ECHO's work would help this design to communicate more about the organization. If your offer for the original vectors still stands, we'd love to use this as a desktop wallpaper and basis for Powerpoint slides. This design is at the top of the heap, but just doesn't say quite enough about ECHO."

Last, he submitted the black one below with the tag cloud. This one was the winner!


The Judges Said, "OUR WINNER! Congratulations to (Our Son at) (New Mission Systems International) for his winning design. The balance and flow of this design is truly excellent, but the research that went into bringing ECHO's function, mission, and ministry really set this design apart. The judges found the META cloud concept to be an effective, current cultural concept that will resonate with younger demographic groups while being accessible to all. Be watching for how ECHO and Josh together refine and develop this concept into a finished product. Thank you so much to all of you who have participated in the contest, the decision was made difficult by your myriad of exciting submissions."

We are very proud of our son and his talents, especially the fact that he uses his God-given talents in service to his Lord. (The link above is to the ECHO facebook page. They have a website also. You should be able to see the t-shirts a little better if you click on the image, but they are a little blurry. The facebook page has the images more clearly).

13 comments:

daffy said...

Many many congratulations to your very artistic and clever son! I love the design and you have every right to be very very proud!

Greg C said...

Congratulations to the winner. And for the other two, don't give up. I would have voted differently. :)

Rosezilla said...

All 3 of these designs were Josh's, but there were lots of other designs in the contest by other people, I just didn't put them on here. You can see them on Echo's facebook page if you are interested.

thedailydish said...

Congratulations!! All three designs are superb.

Cherdecor said...

Congratulations to your son! He did a fabulous job! Everyone was so good!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Congratulations. I too liked all his designs.

Betsy said...

Yay! That's wonderful! Isn't it just great when we get to celebrate our kids! Love it!

Connie said...

Congrats! the designs are great. I would wear them.

Beverlydru said...

Wow. This is awesome. My artistic ablilites are non-existent in the realm of art so I am particularly impressed by those who develop their talents in this area.

Beverlydru said...

Wow. This is awesome. My artistic ablilites are non-existent in the realm of art so I am particularly impressed by those who develop their talents in this area. He's got talent!

jenniferw said...

Great job!~ Good for him!

Susan said...

He did so well - wow, he's talented! It's funny because I liked #1 and #2 better than the one that won ... isn't that how it often goes with judges, though? :)

nikkipolani said...

Well done, Josh! I think they show good use of type intergrated into the design.

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