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Drunken Boat Design Contest - $2500 - 01 Dec 2008 Deadline

apologies for cross posting– this is from Ravi Shankar who asked me to send it in


Drunken Boat Design Contest

Drunken Boat , an international online journal of the arts, celebrates its 10th anniversary! Part of our conceptual origin has been in exhibiting works of art that use the medium of the Web as constitutive of meaning; with this in mind we are soliciting proposals for the design of a special 10th issue dedicated to arts and literature online. The winning designer receives a $2500 honorarium in return for designing the home page of a publication that attracts nearly half a million unique visitors per year.

To submit a design proposal, follow these steps:
1) Email designcontest@drunkenboat.com with your design proposal (as per below).
2) Pay the $25 Entry Fee online or by mail. Make sure your payment is attached to your entry.
3) Include complete contact information on all submitted materials.
Note: No materials will be returned (unless prior arrangement has been reached).
Please submit disposable materials wherever possible.

Send your design proposal in one of the following formats:
1) a link to a website
2) one or more JPG, GIF or PNG files
3) one or more PDF files
4) a SWF file (Adobe Flash)

Pay the $25 Entry Fee online through Paypal , or by
personal or organizational check. All payments sent by regular mail must include the designer’s
current email address and contact information.

Drunken Boat
119 Main St.
Chester, CT 06412

Contestants grant Drunken Boat permission to display a designer’s name, company name, client name and/or relevant design work at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.drunkenboat.com.

Drunken Boat assumes all submitted artwork is the property of the designer or design firm submitting the work. Drunken Boat will not be liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the contestant. All rights to the work will revert to the designer upon publication.

Drunken Boat reserves the right to revoke the award from any individual or company, whose artwork does not fall within the ethical guidelines set forth by the magazine, whether before, during or after the judging is complete. Fees are non-refundable once the entry has been submitted for any reason.

The winner will receive a $2500 honorarium, payable upon launch date of the 10th anniversary issue. The winner will be responsible for all aspects of the home page design, including its interface with all other sections of the issue (particularly the 10 mini-sites). The winner must also be willing to work with other individuals, as needed, to enable completion of the issue in time for a Winter 2008/2009 launch.

December 01 2008

The Drunken Boat Design Contest is open to designers from any discipline, from anywhere in the world, particularly individuals attuned to the potential dynamics of designing work online. We at Drunken Boat are open to any number of aesthetic models that might encompass this issue’s contents. Best of all would be an interactive / dynamic component that actively invites reader participation. The only parameters of the contest are that all of the home page designs must be structured to encompass a group of 10 mini-sites designed by Drunken Boat Web Editor / Site Designer Shawn M. McKinney. A sample of the visual design of the 10 mini-sites may be found here: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.drunkenboat.com/db10/designcontest

All entries will be considered potential home pages; some finalists may ultimately provide alternate home page designs.

We don’t expect you to submit an entire Web site. We do expect you to provide us with a clear sense of the graphic “look and feel” of a home page, as well as a proposed system of navigation, for Drunken Boat, Issue No. 10. In addition, all proposed design elements must be aesthetically compatible with the 10 mini-sites mentioned previously. Although your email confirmation and digital artwork will be sufficient for our judges to assess your entry properly, contestants may physically mail design samples to allow for a more in-depth evaluation process. In any event, no materials will be returned (unless prior arrangement has been reached). Please submit disposable materials wherever possible.

We urge you to explore the archives of http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.drunkenboat.com. Take a look at some of the creative work we have published in the past, while you consider the design sensibility that has shaped previous issues. Also, you might want to read the “designer’s note” (essay) found in the Oulipo section of Drunken Boat, Issue No. 8. Locate it as follows: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.drunkenboat.com%2Fdb8 > oulipo > shawn m. mckinney > “Oulipo Redux: Extensible, Exegetic, Ex Post Facto.”

A spirit of collaboration is essential to the success of this contest and this special issue of Drunken Boat. The winning designer will be expected to work closely with a staff of designers and editors to complete the design of Issue No. 10. Mavericks need not apply.

If all we have at our disposal is language to articulate the world, its precision and meaning, in abstract form, how do we reconcile the stance that dialogue is nothing more than the congress of arbitrary conceits?
—Ravi Shankar, “Editor’s Statement,” Drunken Boat, Issue No. 9