How do you fancy your art work being featured as the logo for NORML UK´s Women´s Alliance campaign? Time to don on your design hat and enter our competition.
As you may be aware, the NORML UK Women’s Alliance launched with much fanfare and medication on the 1st June 2014 at the NORML UK AGM. Our goal is simple: to enable women of all backgrounds to come together in a safe space to discuss cannabis activism without fear of stigma. We would also like to get rid of that stigma too. In short we feel that women should have a voice as mothers, friends, and wives in the hope that we can build a community that is as successful as the NORML Women’s Alliance in the USA. In many respects this can be seen to be an area of cannabis activism which up until now has been sorely needed.
It has been long acknowledged that women are especially likely to display reticence with regard to admitting that they use cannabis for fear of intervention from statutory bodies such as social services or in some cases they can experience issues within their families with regard to their cannabis use. NORML UK Women’s Alliance aims to provide a safe space for women to discuss their cannabis use, either for medical or recreational reasons with the hope that not only will a cohesive community emerge, but also that we can spread the word about our cannabis use to other women in wider society with the aim of engendering respect and acceptance rather than judgement.
Understandably this will take time, however we feel that the framework we have in place in terms of strategy and the enactment of ideas will enable the development of this safe space and indeed, we hope to create a community on the same level as the Women’s Alliance in the United States of America where activism such as ‘chalk walks’ and the ‘marijuana quilt’ project have propelled them to the attention of the mainstream with very positive results.
However to do this we need a symbol for our group which will identify us as a NORML UK brand in our own right. This is an area we have struggled with and feel it is time to open this opportunity up to the wider canna community. Some previous logo ideas can be seen below. What we are asking is this: Can you design us a logo? As you can see from the examples we have included with this article of submissions received thus far, the simpler the better. We need something to stand out and make us easily recognisable by fellow activists and eventually the mainstream media. Either men or women can apply and there are no restrictions other than those imposed by the screen printers we employ to create the goods which will have your logo imprinted on them. Basically the specifications are as follows:
- We are aiming to be able to vector graph or plot print the winning design. This then enables us to transfer the logo over to any merchandise we can think of ranging from tshirts to mugs and beyond!
- In terms of spacing the minimum distance we can have between artwork is 1mm and the minimum distance for the thickness of lines on the design is 1.5 mm.
- In terms of colour we are looking at a maximum three colour design for ease of printing as well as keeping production costs low.
- Font to be used for NUK logo text Marbold.
OK I can now hear you thinking, well what’s the prize then; isn’t this a competition?
Yes there are prizes as well as the knowledge that there is artwork out there that you designed. So for the person who wins the prize is: 1 of the first NORML UK Women’s Alliance Tshirts to be printed, a free ticket to the 2015 AGM and a NORML UK goodie bag containing badges, stickers and wristbands. The two runners up will receive a NORML UK goodie bag each. The winner and runners up will be decided by a vote on the Women’s Alliance page and our website. The deadline for submission is the 14th September 2014. The winner will be revealed on the 30th of September.
Best of luck everyone! Please submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. If not new entries are received, then we will chose from existing designs and get them modified for purpose.
Ideas so far – tell us what you think via the comments section below.