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2013 Bike Winter Mascot/Sticker Design competition- submissions through Sept 7 midnight.

Hiya folks,

It's time to crank on the sticker design for the coming 2013 Bike Winter cycling season . . .  typically we start with a little open brainstorming, and see if we can get any new folks to come out of the woodwork and offer up drafting or design skills to make the ideas reality.


Our target date for sticker distribution is the big 15th Anniversary Chicago Critical Mass on Friday September 28th.

The deadline for submission for sticker proposals will be Friday September 7 2012, with voting taking place the week afterwards.

Lookee here for past stickers/mascots/slogans:


Go ahead and discuss away, but if you'd like to cut to the chase and design a sticker proposal, here are some considerations that will need to be taken into account:

1)These stickers eat up a sizable chunk of our hard-earned funds, and their main purpose is to be seen and read easily so that they can fulfill their function as advocacy tools- thus:

a) Proposed designs need to clearly, prominently, and legibly, at a glance, even in low light conditions, say Bike Winter 2013 (Not
Chicago Bike Winter! we have other cities that we like to support with these).      Bike Winter is two separate words.

b) Need to clearly, prominently, and legibly, at a glance, even in low light conditions, say (hint- the URL is too small on practically every initial submission).

2) Size is 1.5"X 4.25".
Can be oriented horizontally or vertically-- see sticker gallery for examples

3) Should not violate copyrights or contain elements used without permission.

4) In keeping with tradition stickers may feature a 'new' mascot and a slogan that ideally would be a corny play on words, but this is not a requirement. In keeping with tradition designs/themes should also not resemble past years' stickers but present a new look for the coming season.

5) Proposals need to be submitted in final, production-ready form by Friday September 7 2012, either by posting to the sticker/mascot thread in bikewinter group, or as an attachment sent to sent to Please try to reduce your image file to under 500k in size before posting to the bikewinter list.

6) Submissions not meeting 1 through 3 above will not be included in the voting.
Voting will take place via SurveyMonkey and will be conducted under the supervision of the Bike Winter leadership.

7) The winner will be determined by a tally of votes on Friday September 14; by submitting a design the creator hands off ownership to the Bike Winter effort and its volunteers for use in promoting the Bike Winter effort; creators agree that they will assist promptly if their design is chosen in any minor changes needed to assure visibility, compatibility with the printer's requirements, etc., and/or authorize others to make said changes.

8) Designs submitted in the past may be resubmitted with necessary updates,  but must be submitted by the original artist


Questions/comments/complaints/ideas/proposals/submissions below!

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One meme to rule them all!

Game of Thrones?

Okay, thanks for the feedback everyone! I've made some changes... look any better?

Hey All, after feedback/request here is an adjusted version of the Narwhal sticker: with a larger sized tagline ("Nar-ly weather rules") and the Narwhal is moved to the right (her horn is now poking thru the "B") to make more space at the margins for the cutting issue.

And for research geeks here is why the Narwhal makes an awesome Bike Winter Mascot:

The narwhal, or narwhale, Monodon monoceros, is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic. One of two living species of whale in the Monodontidae family, along with the beluga whale, narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, actually an elongated upper left canine. Found primarily in Canadian Arctic and Greenlandic waters, rarely south of 65°N latitude, the narwhal is a uniquely specialized Arctic predator. In the winter, it feeds on benthic prey, mostly flatfish, at depths of up to 1500 m under dense pack ice.[3]

(source: Wikipedia)


And heres more Narwhal ridiculousness  (a short You Tube Video)

Hooray for Bike Winter 2013! Here is my submission this year. "Stick To It!"

Submission per e-mail from Michael Sullivan:

have to wait to get the correct font uploaded, its a snotty font..


Joe said:

Hooray for Bike Winter 2013! Here is my submission this year. "Stick To It!"

i love this

igz said:

have to wait to get the correct font uploaded, its a snotty font..i

Now with URL!

Dang, there are SO MANY GOOD STICKER DESIGNS this year!

It's going to be a really tough decision to make on which to vote for.

Let me also comment on the reflective Bike Winter stickers from (09?).  They were *wonderful*.  Is there any possible way that we can go with a reflective design again?  Can we get money from some sort of grant or major donor?  Lowell was awesome to subsidize the past reflective sticker run, but I know they cost a butt load of cash.


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