NYC Condom Redesign


The iconic NYC Condom is going to change – again. Although this time it’s not going to be another major overhaul: The NYC Health Department wants to keep their rubbers interesting and asks New Yorks residents to design their own wrappers.

This is planned to be a limited edition that will replace parts of last years redesign made by Yves Béhar and his team. Their award winning design sure was one reason why the NYC Condom was picked up about 41 million times this year (from 2,200 venues ranging from hospitals and social service agencies to bars, clubs and coffee houses).

The new design will be unveiled in the fall of 2010. Read on to see how you could be the next NYC Condom designer.

Here’s what they say over at the NYC Condom homepage:

Whether you’re a famous artist or just a doodler, this is your chance to promote safer sex in New York City. We’re looking for designs that reflect the city’s diverse, distinctive culture while conveying the message that safer sex is better sex.

Any New York City resident, 17 or older, can submit one entry. The artwork must be original, must not be raunchy, and can’t include copyrighted or trademarked images (no Empire State Building motifs). With those exceptions, anything goes. But think fast – entries are due by midnight on January 22, 2010.

For your convenience I’m going to paste a few rules taken from their readme below:

What Should Your Artwork Be About?

We’re looking for designs that reflect New York City’s distinctive culture and style while also promoting safer sex. We welcome innovation but won’t accept explicit themes or images. All artwork must be original and must not include any copyrighted or trademarked images, such as the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty.

What Size Should Your Artwork Be?

The winning image will have to fit on a surface just 2.3 inches (59 mm) square – too small an area for elaborate design schemes. Electronic entries should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi and an original size of at least 11.5 inches square. Hard copy entries should also be at least 11.5 inches square.

Should Your Artwork Include the NYC Condom Logo?

No, the Health Department may add the logo to the winning design at its discretion.

How Many Works of Art Can You Submit?

We can accept only one entry per person (and per email address).

Entries must be submitted after 12:01 a.m. on December 14, 2009 and before 11:59 p.m. on January 22, 2010.

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