Friday, October 24, 2008

Design Competition

I usually don't post calls to artists or competition notices because I don't want to get swamped with that kind of date-sensitive material (if you haven't noticed, I am not queen of timeliness).

But when this crossed my desk, it seemed too interesting not to post. Plus, it seemed like an opportunity for a young designer (or any designer for that matter) to do something really cool, specific, and appropriate. Keep in mind that logos need to work in black and white and color, on paper, cloth and any other place it could be printed. It should communicate the purpose without the need of explanation.

So what is this fantastic opportunity I am going on about? The Riverside Arts Markert:

The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) – is scheduled to open next spring. Beneath the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge structure, this huge all-weather weekend artists’ market has its Grand Opening tentatively scheduled for March 14, 2009. The riverfront market will feature nearly 150 artists displaying their wares, accompanied by musical entertainment, street performers, and food vendors, rain or shine.

All of the arts and crafts must be hand-made, and the artist who produced the work will be present at the artists’ market. All art will reviewed by a jury, and only the finest quality of work will be exhibited at the artists’ market.

Modeled after the highly successful Portland Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon, which has over 700,000 visitors per year, RAM is destined to be one of Jacksonville’s most exciting cultural and entertainment destinations.

What about the Logo?

Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc., the non-profit organization which is coordinating this ambitious project, is seeking artists to design a logo for RAM. This logo will be used in all advertising, signage, tote bags, printed literature, banners, etc. We have already received some excellent logo ideas, but this venue is so unique and so compelling that we have decided to open up the competition to the entire Jacksonville arts community.

Please submit your design(s) using the following guidelines:

Limited to no more than 8 designs per artist.
Entries must be in digital format, either .pdf or .jpg files.
Size is from 5 to 9 inches.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 12, 2008.
Send entries by email to Doug Coleman,
Include your name, address, phone number(s), and email address.
The winning entry becomes property of Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc.

The winning logo artist will receive (1) fame and glory; (2) special recognition at the Grand Opening ceremony; (3) the thrill of having your artwork seen and admired by thousands of art lovers; and (4) a free booth in the Riverside Arts Market for one month.