New beginnings are a good opportunity to try out a different look, a bold style. As Audiofile enters a new stage, we feel the need to mix it up a little. But unlike that friend who wore a ridiculous pleather jacket his first year at college, Audiofile is going to get an awesome makeover, and we're seeking the help of our readers to come up with a new logo. The winning design might be something totally off-the-wall or it might have elements of the old design. For the record: We do like the gramophone. But we're not absolutely wedded to it, and designers should not feel they have to incorporate it into the image. Express yourselves, but do your best to stay true to the spirit of Audiofile. Gabe Greenberg, whose wonderful drawing has marked this page for two years, has set a mighty high bar.
The winning submission will be awarded $200 -- plus the unquestionable glory of adorning Audiofile and basking in the admiration of millions for years to come. You'll also get a credit line, and you give us permission to reuse the image in every conceivable way.
Please send your designs to firstname.lastname@example.org. The design should be no wider than 392 pixels, and no taller than 180 pixels (in high resolution, if possible). We will post interesting submissions as they come in, and we will post our finalists on Thursday, Feb. 8. After considering your feedback, we will unveil the winner the following Monday, Feb. 12. So pull out those T-squares and get to work! We're excited to see what you can do. Or forward this contest on to your designer friends. Glory awaits!
The fine print: After reading and agreeing to the Official Rules, please submit your original Audiofile logo design to email@example.com; one (1) grand prize winner will receive $200 and his or her winning design submission will be used as the new logo for Audiofile; total approximate retail value of prize: $200; NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN; the odds of winning depend upon the number (and quality) of eligible entries received; the contest begins on Jan. 18, 2006, and ends on Feb. 12, 2006; open only to residents of the 50 United States of America or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry; void where prohibited; see Official Rules for complete details (including, without limitation, your assignment of the design submission to Salon); Official Rules available at www.salon.com; Sponsor: Salon Media Group Inc., 101 Spear Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94105.