Saturday, June 12, 2004

Northern Alliance logo contest (with special incentives) 

We rolled out the five six finalists for the Northern Alliance Radio Alliance logo. They are, as we say in New England, wicked good. We are collecting votes from listeners and readers this week, which will be factored into the votes of the group to pick the new logo for the site. The winner will be announced on our show next week on AM 1280 the Patriot.

I am offering the winner of this contest a special incentive. Many have commented that, compared to the graphics on the other NA sites, Scholars is pretty low-rent. The Fraters have spoken definitively about this:
Sunlight may be the best disinfectant, but that yellow background color looks like the phlegm a malaria victim might cough up.
Some friends in information media at SCSU have begged me to change the color, but I figured there's no such thing as bad advertising, and being voted worst color scheme beat being ignored.

But 'tis time to finally make the move. We intend to leave our gracious hosts at Blogger within a month and move to new digs and a new design. So one "prize" for winning the logo contest -- and the only one with financial implications -- will be an offer to redesign Scholars in return for a consulting fee. Dave, Jack and I have saved a few dollars from our measly contracts for the purpose, and we'd love to have so spanking new digs like those contemplated by those six logos.

For the rest of you, your vote really will matter, because the opinions of the group are, well, diverse. Three of the six finalists are logos I nominated to be finalists, including my two favorites. If you have one you like, voting for it will mean not only seeing it on the show site, but here as well. So, as they say in Chicago, vote early and often.