Here are the 6 big winners of the Hometown League contest! Congrats to all of them. I think there are some great concepts in this batch and we look forward to bringing them to life. I know there are some surprises in here. We really tried to pick entries that had the most interesting concept, not necessarily a production ready design. Jason and I want these contests to be true collaborations between Clinkers and Brandiose and with these winners we will showcase the dynamic of these Clinker X Brandiose collaborations. Below you’ll find a brief look at why we picked these designs to be our winners.
Jesse Velleu’s “Tribe” – Our first ever instant draft jumped out of our inbox when we first got it. The Native American is iconic a classic. Inspired by Jesse’s Hometown City’s seal it Jesse took a retro design and modernized it by adding graphic waves to the shadows. That mix of retro and contemporary makes this very interesting.
David Creighton-Pester’s “Big A Mascot” – Just look at that face, that lean, that swagger. I love his piercing eyes, I love his glowing cheeks, I love his asymmetrical hat.
David Creighton-Pester’s “Big A” – Simple and clean. This sort of entry I really love. The Shadow League produced a lot of this type of entry. That limited color palette is a gift to these contests. I was happy to see that David restrained himself from complicating this concept. I think they’re going to love this in New York.
Martin Lopez’s “Skin Walkers” – This is such a great concept. The powerful symbol of a warrior in black and red face paint wearing the head of a wolf as he screams into battle. We love the idea of this design having 2 icons in it. The wolf and the warrior. We can’t wait to help Martin bring this concept to the next level.
Martin Lopez’s “Aztlan” – This was one of the major vote getters in this contest. And I agree, I think it’s a really cool image. The character radiates strength and confidence. I think the design is a little complicated as is but, working with Martin, we’ll simplify the design so that his concept will look it’s best in embroidery.
Jesse Feltner “Bay Dogs” – It’s unusual to see a design that has such a unique sense of style. The San Francisco icons within the seal head are flat and simplified almost like a hieroglyph. And the shape of the seal’s head is instantly recognizable. Again, simple and iconic was the deciding factor in making this entry a winner.
Thank you to all of you who entered. We’re going to start another contest in a few weeks so you’ll have another chance to win soon. Behind-the-scenes of our first project we did with Mattel starts tomorrow! Pixar, Disney, Mattel, it’s an exciting step in the history of Brandiose. We’re looking forward to sharing that story with you.