It has been well over a year since I’ve blogged. I think it’s time to get started again. Wish me luck!
Sock it To Me’s Design A Sock Contest is back and it is open to everyone everywhere! This year they have added a note about submissions that don’t win but are still produced, like my key sock design was in the last contest. “If we like your design and want to put it into production we will contact you. Many times we produce more than just 1st Place. If this happens, we reward the artist $200 total per design. If we do not buy the design from you the imagery is still yours. Make sure to include your full name, address, email, and phone number with your submission.”
The voting will be held on Facebook just as it was for the Portland Design a Sock contest so get your submissions in and get your friends to vote!
The contest starts Wednesday, February 23rd and ends March 4, 2011 at 5pm PST.
1st Place winner of this sugar-sweet contest will get a $500 cash prize, 10 pairs of socks, and their design will be produced and sold across the world!
2nd Place receives $100 plus 5 pairs of socks.
3rd Place receives $50 and 3 pairs of socks.
Find templates here. And then submit entries via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Snail Mail: Sock It to Me, 1040 SE Clinton St., Portland, OR 97202, USA
If you’ve ever searched the word crochet in Google Images it’s likely that you have seen the crochet work of the artist Joana Vasconcelos. She was Born in Paris and resides and works in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Much of her recent work has included covering recognizable objects with a beautiful weblike mesh of handmade crochet. A few other pieces of work feature different fabrics and everyday objects like sinks, pans and pan lids. Take a look for yourself and visit her website or facebook page for more stunning work.
I received my new business cards a few weeks ago from Moo.com and though the prints are lovely and the stock is what I would consider perfect for this project, I would NOT recommend them. The business cards they sent are glaringly off-center, and while I realize that putting a border on a printed piece can be risky business I also know it is possible for perfection (unless I’m losing my mind, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it). My second complaint regarding this matter was that there was no information concerning borders available on the website. At the very least I would have appreciated a call from the printer saying it would not be possible to cut the cards accurately.
The Moo.com staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and did offer a free reprint. After thinking long and hard I decided against it. If the cards are off-center with a border, they’ll be off-center without one, and though it may be less noticeable it’s just not acceptable. I have to represent my business and the design I’m selling in the best way possible; having horribly off-center business cards will not reflect well on the quality of my work. The staff at Moo also offered a refund, however that would require sending the cards back and I like them enough to just cut them myself (which is precisely what I was attempting to avoid in the first place – my home printer could have achieved this alignment…grrrrr).
Below are two examples of the detail-side of the cards and the back of the cards.
It’s unfortunate that the company cannot resolve this. The packaging is great, marketing is great, website is great, the Buzzword Bingo and Buzzword Challenge cards are noteworthy additions, great stock, great print, an amazing option of up to 50 different images on one side of the cards, great customer service, reasonable prices…but all of these things do not help me achieve my initial goal of handing out business cards I am proud to share with a colleague or client.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, Google has posted a little sketch featuring Kennedy and key words he used in that address.
I leave you with a few quotes.
“The world is very different now, for man holds in his mortal hands, the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”
“Divided. . .there is little we can do. . .for we dare not meet a powerful challenge, at odds, and split asunder.”
“We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom. . .and to remember that. . .in the past. . .those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
“So let us begin anew. . .remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.”
“In your hands, my fellow citizens. . .more than mine. . .will rest the final success or failure of our course.”
And of course: “And so, my fellow Americans. . .ask not what your country can do for you. . .ask what you can do for your country.”