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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-02-2012 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Zero-G Corporation announcement
ZERO-G 300th Flight Patch Contest

To commemorate ZERO-G's 300th flight, we are asking our fans to design a patch that will be worn by the flight participants.

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Monday, March 26, 2012, to be considered. Entries must be submitted by email or fax (702.947.6373).

The winner will be announced on April 2, 2012.

The winning design will be transformed into a patch that will be worn on the right arm of the participant's flight suit. The designer will also win a free seat aboard flight ZG 300 out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 14, 2012.

The design must contain the following information and fit within a provided template provided.

  • Company Name: ZERO-G
  • Flight Date: April 14, 2012
  • Flight Number: ZG 300
Click here to download (PDF) contest rules, entry form and template.

p51
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posted 03-23-2012 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How many people here submitted a design for this contest? Would anyone want to post their designs here after the deadline has passed?

I submitted mine last night after an evening of going over my design several times and wondering if I did it justice. I kept mine really simple because I've seen so many patches that were overly complex. Maybe I had mine too simple, but after a while you have to stop second-guessing yourself and hit the 'send' button and move on. I wish it didn't have to be a circle in shape, as I had what I thought was a good idea in a different shape, but a circle it is.

As noted in a thread about variants of the MACH 25 patches, I thought this was a good idea:

quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
I was on standby for a zero-G flight; had I flown, I was thinking of getting a "Mach .25" patch made, with a parabolic arc and a 727 substituted for the shuttle.
If I win, yeah, I'd probably do that as it's a darned good idea!

The thing I got to thinking about was how tough it is for me to get time off at my job (you normally have ask months in advance and often get turned down even then, I even initially had jury duty time turned down once!) and even if I win, I might have to catch the redeye to get there. Thankfully it's on a Saturday I'm not scheduled to work on. That said, I doubt I have that great a chance anyway as plenty of people probably entered as well.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-24-2012 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reminder! I had meant to do this and it looks like I'll put it my design just before the deadline.

I had played around with a few Zero-G patch designs in case I had made a second flight (I still have to make my first!) which I will use for the contest, and be happy to share afterward.

KSCartist
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posted 03-25-2012 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make sure not to release your design until after Zero G makes their announcement. It would be sad to have it disqualified because it was released too soon.

Good luck to all participants.

p51
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posted 03-25-2012 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KSCartist:
It would be sad to have it disqualified because it was released too soon.
Good point.

I know I'm up against people who had designed a LOT more patches than I have. Insignia design was never my main focus, I'm an illustrator. That said, I made mine very 'simplistic' for lack of a better word, because I've always felt that a lot of space-related patches are seriously over-designed and way too busy...

Spaceguy5
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posted 03-26-2012 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
Maybe I had mine too simple, but after a while you have to stop second-guessing yourself and hit the 'send' button and move on.
My feelings, exactly in every way. I just submitted mine about a minute ago. It took me a very long time to finally decide on what font to do some of the lettering in and how to arrange it, but overall I'm happy with my patch design. After the contest, I'll post a picture.

At first I kind of felt mine was too simple, although I don't think it'd do the patch justice to cram anything else inside. I think the artwork is pretty concise and balanced. This is only the second patch I've designed totally from scratch (the first one was for a school project a while ago).

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-26-2012 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sent mine in - I don't have a computer illustrating program, so I used a pencil, pen, and a straightedge....

p51
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posted 03-26-2012 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't worry, there's no way you can be the only one who did that. That's why I didn't stress my weak photo shop skills with the lettering. I've always had real problems trying to get type to exactly follow the contour of a curve. My patch design was pretty weak in that regard. Still, I interpreted the submission process as just showing them what you have in mind, not something showing a "camera-ready" finished product. With mine, I used photo shop because mine had a strong use of silhouettes in color so I wanted to get that across to the judges.

The only patches I've ever designed were illustration-based and I had the criteria already outlined in each case. One was for a GLCM (Tomahawk missiles deployed in trailers by the USAF) unit and the other was for a ICBM test launch, of a Peacekeeper missile.

p51
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posted 04-01-2012 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't wait to see who won tomorrow morning! Of course better yet would be a call on my cell telling me it was me... Hey, a guy can dream, right?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-02-2012 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Zero G Corporation release
We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Blake Dumesnil of Houston, Texas for creating the winning patch for our 300th flight. Not only will all the 300th flight participants don his patch on their flight suits, but Blake will join the flight compliments of ZERO-G.

A big thank you to all that participated in the contest. We had some great entries and would like to credit the Honorable Mentions below. To see their patches visit the ZERO-G Facebook page.

Luc van den Abeelen of the Netherlands, Dean Amstutz of California, Nathan Moeller of Texas and Austin Munoz of Texas.

KSCartist
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posted 04-02-2012 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow an excellent design Blake! Congratulations!

Mine was a very simple design but didn't get an honorable mention. Glad to see Luc and Nathan get recognized though. I can say that all four of these were superior to mine. Can't win them all.

p51
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posted 04-02-2012 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KSCartist:
Mine was a very simple design but didn't get an honorable mention.
Yeah, same here. I thought about doing the 'overly busy' patch design and figured most people would go that route. But I hate busy looking patches because often you have to stare at them a while to figure out what the heck they are. So mine was more like a logo design that would make a patch you'd be able to figure out from a few feet away. I keep forgetting that 'ten pounds of idea stuffed into a two pound container' is a popular design concept with patches. That's just not how I roll.

It's not so much sour grapes when I say, "Good luck getting this made into a patch" to the Zero G people as that's going to be a mother of a design to do embroidery for...

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-02-2012 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine can be found here.

I opted for the four arrows because in weightlessness, what is up is down and vice versa. The placement of the lettering meant the patch could be read either way (save for the Zero G logo), either upside down or right-side up.

And had this gone to production, it would have been easy to embroider.

KSCartist
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posted 04-02-2012 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually it will be easy to embroider the winning design into a patch. Embroidery has come a ways since Gemini.

Spaceguy5
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posted 04-02-2012 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, the toughest part of embroidery is just digitizing the design and picking the thread colors. Though all that can be done easily on computers. Pretty much the only limit is the thread size.

Here's my design. I went for a pretty simple approach. On hindsight, I wish I would have painted the 727 in their company colors, included their logo, and did more stylized test since that seems to be what they were looking for.

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posted 04-02-2012 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nathan.moeller   Click Here to Email nathan.moeller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely love the winning design. I think it'll look stunning when embroidered!

p51
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posted 04-02-2012 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's mine. I didn't make it quite as polished as I normally would as I figured they were more looking for a design concept they liked.

IconDesign29
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Thank you very much for the kind words, Tim & Nathan! You guys have consistently created beautiful designs and hearing feedback from you is always welcomed!

I'd like to extend a huge congrats to Nathan & Luc as well as commend everyone else for their participation! I see some truly excellent creativity in everyone's work! I consider it an honor to be in your company!

lucspace
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posted 04-03-2012 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In very good company for this event. And I am very impressed by the winning design, which will be a gem once embroidered!

Congratulations guys!

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posted 04-03-2012 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a GREAT design without any doubt! Congratulations guys!!

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The 300th flight on Saturday was absolutely incredible and an overall great experience. Zero-G made it an amazing weekend for everyone on the flight and they were all incredibly classy and hospitable!

For those wondering, I asked about the possibility of making some extra 300th Flight patches available to the public and Zero-G is planning on having more made. They weren't sure if they will put them up for sale on their site's merchandise shop, but I'll post here if they do.

Here is a scan of how the patch turned out:

It translated to embroidery very well, in my opinion.

Gonzo
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posted 04-16-2012 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely gorgeous patch in my opinion. Looking forward to the idea of them becoming available. You can tell Zero-G that there's a lot of collectors that would love to add this to their collections (me included)!

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I made a point to mention to the president of Zero-G that the space collecting community might have an interest in these and that it would be worth adding to their online store.

She said that they definitely have thought about the collectors and hope to make them available to you guys.

They legitimately appreciate the support from everyone!

GoesTo11
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I really hope these are made available for purchase...I'd buy a couple just because it's such an attractive design.

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