Extended Deadline: Monday, September 20 at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time
If you are the kind of person that would rather spend the summer days glued to a computer designing nonsense than being outside biking or swimming or whatever it is that people do during this season have we got something for you.
Our first juried design contest.
And it is with great pleasure to announce and welcome Veer as our partner, collaborator and instigator for this joyful occasion. Once the posters are all printed, Veer will be the only place — other than Speak Up of course — where you will be able to buy these lovely posters.
But “posters about what” right? Right, so here is the basic premise:
Select your favorite quote ever from the Speak Up archives: it can be from anywhere on the site, it can be something an author wrote on a post, the title of a post, or something that somebody said in one of the 20,000 comments — anything, anywhere, anytime. Once you have selected said quote you must get permission from the author to use it for your poster by e-mailing her/him. (You can e-mail us if you have problems getting in touch with anyone). After getting permission you can then do as well as you damn wish. You can set the quote big, set it small, set it next to the silhouette of an orange, set it on fire, whatever you want as long as we can screenprint it in the end. And please acknowledge the author in your poster.
Not a bad deal huh?
After the deadline, the judges will select three winning posters and a public online voting will determine the fourth winning poster. The winning posters will be printed by Intermark 7, one of the finest silkcreen printers in Chicago. The winners will get a set of all four posters, $75 good towards amazon.com courtesy of Speak Up and $75 good towards Veer products courtesy of, of course, Veer.
So what else should you know? A lot actually. We have prepared a nice PDF with all the information about the contest. And I hope you read it. You also must absolutely download a template to work from, your choices are (all downloads include one template and the rules PDF):
To aid you in your search for the perfect quote we have expanded Speak Up’s search capabilities. You can now search in all comments too; results take much longer and just bring back the posts where the comment can be found. So it can be tricky, but it’s pretty helpful.
For your enjoyment, we will be uploading posters on a weekly basis or as they flow in. They will be posted anonymously in pages similar to the Word It format.
I think that pretty much covers all of this. Certainly, if you have any questions or need any help at all, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail.
And when you are all done with your designed poster(s) please submit them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Veer and Speak Up, thank you for your participation. Have fun with this — it’s supposed to be.