Talk to the Hand

I’ve been neglecting this space lately. My days and nights are filled with work, with little time or energy for anything else. Bygones.

I came up for air today and noticed a neat link on my best friend’s Facebook feed, promoting a contest she entered through AIGA Detroit. I have a natural bias for my friend’s amazing postcard design (please vote for her), but I’ve selected my top 10 favorites, and assembled a list, visible after the jump.

1.) Emily Kramer – Emily’s design was pretty awesome. One of the simplest designs but with true design principles. Beyond the graphic information design, Emily’s slogan, “Come See What’s on the Other Side,” is clever and inviting, and suggests in few words that Michigan is more than it seems.

To vote for Emily’s design (not just because she’s my best friend, but because she’s an excellent artist (and person!)) click here. You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

2.) Angela Duncan – Angela’s design was really fun. It reminded me of an ad for a music festival, and pumped a little energy and vibrance into the typically tranquil picture painted of Beulah, Michigan. Her choice of color made an otherwise simple design almost groovy (read: psychedelic).

To vote for Angela’s design click on the image (see right). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

3.) Christine Jones – Christine, like Angela, had a funky color palette and playful typeface, that made Michigan seem hip-hop-happening. Instead of pinpointing a particular city, or creating a new, clever slogan, she went with something typical of postcards — the “Greetings from the Great Lakes State,” phrase. The bright colors and whimsical font make me wish I knew the Michigan that inspired Christine to make such a cool, kitschy card design.

To vote for Christine’s design click here. You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

4.) Derek Kuschel – Derek’s design relied more on photography than illustration, but captured a part of Michigan that has been getting great press lately — Detroit. His 2009 photo of Midtown shows Detroit in true light. From this picture, any stereotype of crime and abandonment is replaced with the potential this metropolitan area holds.

To vote for Derek’s design click on the image (see right). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

5.) Don Kilpatrick, III – Don highlighted one of his favorite areas in Detroit, getting super specific, with Eastern Market. He captured the diversity of its customers, depicting the hipster, headphone-clad girl, the religious man, whose head was wrapped with a turban — Detroit’s movers-and-shakers. His charcoal style of drawing the people, versus the colored building that is the marker of Eastern Market speak volumes about the cultures and hidden spots worth seeing in Detroit.

To vote for Don’s design click on the image (see left). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

6.) Jessie Kassel – Jessie’s postcard reminded me of all things Michigan tourism, and all things postal (ie: postage — would have been a great stamp, too). It captured the spirit of Michigan’s trademarks — the auto industry, Michigan cherries, the Great Lakes, the Mackinac Bridge, downtown Detroit — without imposing connotation, and yet still inspiring state pride.

To vote for Jessie’s design click on the image (see right). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

7.) Lindsay Landgraff – Lindsay’s design is great because it highlights a part of Michigan’s culture that is not often acknowledged — its wine country. I’ve never been to Grand Traverse Bay, but I’ve had the fruits of its labor – Leelenau Wine. She replaces the blue that many of the artists used to illustrate the water, with a whine-y red, and a perfectly positioned bottle, pouring into Michigan.

To vote for Lindsay’s design click on the image (see left). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

8.) Meg Walsh –  Dr. Brown’s Soda is to New York delis as Faygo Pop is to Detroit delis (and restaurants and households, etc.). No matter what my New York friends tell me, or how many times they correct me, Diet Coke and all other carbonated beverages will always be pop. Meg’s design pulls at the heartstrings of ex-Michiganders (or rather, Michiganders at heart). A great retro ad for Michigan tourism, but also a smart ad for the Faygo brand.

To vote for Meg’s design click on the image (see left). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

9.) Saralee Gordon – I love Saralee’s design. I grew up in a tiny, 1-square-mile suburb, that plays home to the Detroit Zoo, so a shout out to this landmark hits close to my childhood memories growing up in the mitten. She used the standard Detroit Zoo font, which helps in branding, and constructed this beautiful peacock, with feathers that sweep through the logo. I love the decoupage meets collage design on its feathers. Besides the logo, no words are necessary for this to amuse and amaze.

To vote for Saralee’s design click on the image (see left). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

10.) Tarun Gehani – Tarun’s design captures something only one other artist touched on: Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan. The Michigan Theater is an Ann Arbor landmark that is situated by other hip spots, and is hard to miss, regardless of whether or not you want to see it. I liked the way Tarun tried to capture the architecture behind the building, and its grand design.

To vote for Tarun’s design click on the image (see right). You’ll see the word “vote” hyperlinked on the page, click on it to complete the process.

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4 thoughts on “Talk to the Hand

  1. Always believed Detroit is a home to a lot of talented people who do love the State of Michigan – these postcard entries prove it. Loved them all! I also appreciate your putting me onto the website.

  2. What a neat surprise to stumble across your blog… thanks for posting about the contest, and for your thoughts on my card design! I truly appreciate it. When you’re back in Michigan, be sure to take that road trip to Traverse Bay and be sure to drive up the wine stream (Old Mission Peninsula)… it’s my favorite spot. On behalf of all of us, we wish you were here! 😉

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