Design Progress: The Campus Progress Dry T-Shirt Contest
Design Campus Progress’ new T-shirt!
Contests, May 2, 2006
Thanks to everyone who submitted entries to the contest. Check back at CampusProgress.org in the near future as we annouce more information about the winners!
Campus Progress announces our 2006 Dry T-Shirt Contest, your chance to show off your creative talents, advance the progressive cause, and, yes, win prizes. Between now and June 11, we will accept submissions for t-shirt designs from young people across America.
Beginning in May, we will post some of the entries on our website. A celebrity panel of judges (see below) will review entries, and we will award prizes in three categories: overall progressive message design; single issue; and humor – all as described below. One design will be chosen from each category and the three winners will have their t-shirts produced and distributed at our 2006 Campus Progress National Student Conference on July 12 in Washington, DC.
Senator Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at this year’s conference, and more than 700 students will attend.
- The winner in each of the three categories will receive a $500 cash prize.
- All three winning t-shirt designs will be featured in the August issue of Nylon Magazine.
- The winning progressive message t-shirt will be distributed free to all 700 students attending the 2006 Campus Progress National Student Conference. We’ll produce smaller runs of the other two winning t-shirts, and extra progressive message t-shirts, for sale at the conference.
Campus Progress also will use these designs over the next year on our website and in our print materials.
We have compiled an outstanding panel of celebrity judges. In June, our celebrity judges will select the top finalists’ submissions for each category. Winners will be notified in late June and will be announced on July 11, 2006.
Here’s some entries that have come in so far:
Bloc Party is a British quartet hailing from Essex. Their 2005 debut album Silent Alarm garnered national acclaim for its slicing guitar interplay, energetic and original beats and front man Kele Okereke’s distinct, heavily-accented cries. They are currently wrapping up their world tour and will be heading into the studio to record the follow-up to the NME Album of 2005, which is due for release in September.
David Cross is a comedian known for his politically-charged commentary and broad comic background. He got his start in acting and writing on The Ben Stiller Show and went on to co-star on Arrested Development and co-create the HBO sketch-comedy show Mr. Show. While maintaining his stand-up career, Cross has appeared on TV shows like The Colbert Report and Aqua Teen Hunger Force and video games like Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Eviana Hartman is the Fashion Features Editor at NYLON magazine. She has also written about fashion, music, art, travel and design for such publications as Vogue and The Washington Post, and has two books coming out in September: Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making your Own Clothes, and Street: The NYLON Book of Global Style. A Chicago native, Hartman looks forward to a future spent creating and writing about sustainable and green projects.
Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder co-host The Majority Report, a progressive talk radio show on the Air America network. Seder is a writer and comic, and was particularly hilarious on CNN as an expert on the War on Christmas. Our favorite Garofalo work includes The West Wing, Wet Hot American Summer, Reality Bites and stand-up routines.
John Podesta is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. A frequent guest of Sunday morning news programs, Podesta is known for his straight talk, acerbic wit, and fierce defense of the Clinton Administration, which should come as no surprise – Podesta served as Chief of Staff to President Clinton from October 1998 until January 2001 and from 1997 to 1998 as both an Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff. Providing a progressive answer to the tradition of conservative think tanks, Podesta and the Center help to create policy on national security, renewable energy, economics and other aspects of US politics.
Markos “Kos” Moulitsas Zuniga is the founder and lead writer of Daily Kos, the most popular political blog in America, and a bastion of progressive political commentary. His new book with fellow blogger Jerome Armstrong, Crashing the Gate, delves into the influence of the growing netroots movement and its influence on politics and grassroots movements, expanding his empire from the blogosphere to the world of print media.
Peter Buchanan-Smith has worked for Farrar, Straus and Giroux and at the New York Times, where he was the art director of the Opinions and Editorial Page. His first book, Speck, was published in 2001 and he has since published, designed and packaged many other successful projects. In 2005, he became the creative director at Paper magazine, won a Grammy award for his design of Wilco’s album A Ghost is Born, became the consulting creative director to Isaac Mizrahi and formed his own design studio.
Rogan Gregory designs the denim brand Rogan and Loomstate, a brand of denim made with 100% certified organic cotton. Partnering with Bono and Ali Hewson, Rogan also designs EDUN, a socially conscious clothing company intent on working to solve poverty in the developing world, specifically Africa, by showing a successful model of "trade, not aid."
Whitney Matheson documents the ever-evolving world of pop culture in Pop Candy, USATODAY’s entertainment blog. Covering everything from reality shows to Pulitzer Prize winners, fans turn to her for the lowdown on the hottest issues. Since joining USA Today in 1999, she has covered the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and South by Southwest. Her work has also appeared in Slate.com and a short-lived magazine owned by the Olsen twins.
One prize winner will be selected from each of the following three categories:
- Overall: This award will go to the design that the judges determine best captures the overall energy, spirit and concerns of a new generation of young progressives. To learn more about the roots and values of the progressive movement, check out these remarks by John Podesta.
- Single Issue: This award will go to the judges’ determination of the best design around an issue of significance to young people today. One of Campus Progress’ goals is to support student activism around campus, local, and national issue-based campaigns. In the past we have supported students’ efforts around living wage, climate change, free speech, student debt, and the ongoing genocide in Darfur, among others.
- Humor: Let’s face it—humor sells. So this award will go to the design that the judges decide uses humor to highlight substantive political or social concerns in a fresh and interesting way.
Though we encourage complete creativity, we want to remind you that the Center for American Progress is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, and, as such, is prohibited from partisan political activity. Therefore, we won’t use submissions with an overwhelmingly partisan message, or that focus on particular elected officials or political candidates.
- Using any graphics or design program of your choice, create your t-shirt design. Please note the design guidelines mentioned below.
- Send a low-res version of your graphic- no more than 1MB in size- to firstname.lastname@example.org. The graphic can be any size you want but make sure we’re able to see it clearly!
- The low-res version of the graphic you submit MUST be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG/JPG, TIFF, or PNG. Any e-mails containing attachments that are not of one of those formats will be deleted without opening for virus security reasons.
- Please include the following information in the body of your e-mail (you MUST include ALL information to be eligible):
- First and last name
- Date of birth
- Valid e-mail address where you can be reached
- College/University (if you are currently a student) and expected year of graduation
- Valid phone number where you can be reached
- To be eligible, you must submit your entry by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 11, 2006.
- Anyone can participate in the Dry T-shirt Contest, but in order to win a prize you must not currently be an employee, consultant, or intern of the Center for American Progress.
- Please keep in mind the physical limits of T-shirt printing—photographs or intensively detailed graphics may not work as well on fabric as they do on paper or computer monitors.
- There is no restriction on dimensions, but keep in mind this will be on a t-shirt—banner-wide graphics might not look as good as square or circular ones.
- The graphic must be 100% original—you cannot use trademarked or copyrighted images/logos of any kind.
- Racist, vulgar, or offensive images or text (as determined by Campus Progress) will not be accepted.
- If you are selected as the winner, please note we will eventually need a version of the file suitable for printing. Please make a high-resolution version (600 DPI or larger) or vector-based version if possible.
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