The T-Shirt DESIGN
CONTEST will end April 17 at
11:59 PM Abq time.
Please create a your design and EMAIL it to:
--- Save/Export your design "to PDF" and attach it to your email * ---
and words must be "family-friendly" (appropriate for any age)
and touch on topics of PFLAG, Pride and Albuquerque.
An OPEN VOTE among members of our Facebook group will select "most popular designs"
from April 19th to the 30th ...
just in time for the ABQ-PRIDE festival.
Winners will be announced on May 1st.
Awards will be VISA gift cards
FIRST prize $100.
SECOND prize $50.
THIRD prize $25.
HOW to vote, and how shirts can be purchased, will be posted by April 19th.
Please DO NOT SEND program-specific data files like MS-WORD or
PowerPoint, or any of the hundreds of incompatible image files.
a "PDF" file (Portable-Document File) is the way to go! We want to see your Ideas!
Personal suggestions from Peter (webmaster)
Stronger design is better than more colors.
People should be able to See the POINT of any graphic at a
Each silk-screened color adds to each T-Shirt's cost; so try to make your graphic design unique, appealing and affordable.
The very best designs do not really need words to "speak"
Three examples that come to mind immediately are:
Apple's "Apple Bite" [on every teacher's desk, every day]
European Union's flag "Stars in a circle" [equality, uniformity]
Nike's "Swoosh" [energy, motion, spontanaity]
Each is instantly recognized at a glance, from a distance, and in any color.
These designs were created by professionals who had a LOT of time to think about how to represent their ideas.
(Has PflagABQ maybe suggested "too many" messages? Just a thought.)
limiting the number. Think about "visibility."
(Can each T-shirt word be seen "across the room"?
If not enlarge size and reduce number. Maybe words are Not needed.)
[I notice that most "wow, very artistic" T-Shirts would be better hanging on walls rather than across people's chests.]
cannot be used* (We cannot
legally duplicate them).
[The organization name PFLAG and Logo could be used -- since we are a local chapter of the organization.
But why would a competition for a NEW design copy an old logo?]
Try to avoid over-used
ideas, symbols or colors.
For example "PINK + inverted triangle" for "Gay / Queer" was NEW IN 1930 for Hitler's concentration camps [yuck].
Our communities' RE-USE of "old symbols of oppression" (and old words like 'Queer') starting in the 1960s and 70s was meant to be disturbing to most Americans -- so these symbols and words continued in use up until the mid 1980s, when their shock-power was mostly gone. (Peter says,)
In 1978, when Gilbert Baker designed the "Rainbow" flag for the San Francisco PRIDE march,
it was a NEW IDEA (and people said "Wow!") -- but, just like "PINK" and "inverted triangles," it soon got commercialized into a pretty cliche.
Your winning design will be
published online (here) identified with YOUR name --
which legally establishes Copyright (c) for artwork. [Hint: You don't need to sign your design]