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WMC 2013 Portfolio Winners Announced!

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The day has come!  We are proud to announce the winners of our Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2013 Portfolio Contest!  We must admit, we were overwhelmed by the number of submissions and votes, but after much debate we chose five stellar artists/designers.   These lucky folks will be featured at our WMC design gallery this year.

The criteria for voting was heavily influenced by popular vote. Some of these submissions received nearly 1,000 votes! However, our team at Go Media and WMC Fest had final say over what we thought would make a good addition to the gallery this year.

Update 5/17/13:

There has been a lot of debate in the comments over the results of this contest. The debate quickly escalated into cruel and disrespectful insults, accusations, and conspiracy theories. I had to close the comments because it was getting bad and our explanations only seemed to stir up more animosity. The type of behavior exhibited by some of the commenters is not tolerated on the GoMediaZine.

I’m going to make one final point on the subject to set the record straight. This was a contest that was decided by 90% popular vote and 10% judges’ subjective opinion. Contestants (which included both artists and designers of all skill levels) entered and were encouraged to get their friends and fans to vote on a daily basis to improve their chance of winning. The winner(s) would receive an invitation to become one of the featured designers in the 2013 WMC Fest gallery and have their work on display. The five winners were selected mostly by popular vote with a careful consideration of their entire body of work and overall fit into our goals for the gallery. We feel strongly that each person we chose met our criteria to be invited and we stand by our decision. If you were not picked, it’s nothing personal and we’re sorry if we made anyone feel left out.

Lessons Learned: We realized that combining popular vote with a subjective decision is a recipe for disaster. We apologize for the confusion and for anyone who felt offended by our choices. We strongly believe that we made honest choices to award those who played by our contest rules and deserved an invitation. Even if that means the community doesn’t agree with the choices. We have learned to either run our next contest 100% popular vote so that there is a clear distinction on why the five winners were chosen. Or run it without voting at all and choose privately based on merit alone. We’ll get it right next time! 

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Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for:

The Winners Are…

Jillian Adel
Jillian Adel

Heather Davis
Heather Davis

Kyle Sheridan
Kyle Sheridan

Sean Dockery
Sean Dockery

Traci Nelson
Traci Nelson

Celebrating all those who submitted…

Please check out the rest of the designers who also submitted portfolio images this year!  Such talent!  To all of you designers, we hope to see your submissions again next year!

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  • http://simonh.me Simon H.

    Congrats to the winners, thanks everybody for entering and showing us your hard work, and see you all at WMC Fest.

  • Charles

    I say this without intending to be mean, rude or arrogant—I
    don’t understand how some of the entries won. Especially the “doodles” and the
    student packaging entry (essentially, the Bose logo, a thick line and text
    below the thick line). I wasn’t expecting to win and was going to attend the
    event regardless, but there were quality entries by artists including Design By
    Disorder, Chris Rushing, etc that deserved to win.

    • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

      Hey Charles, I see what you mean, but this contest was largely determined by popular vote. The doodles had nearly 1,000 votes. The top ten entries had hundreds. Chris Rushing had less than 20. I love Chris’ work, don’t get me wrong and I was disappointed to see he had so little. But popular vote counted for a big portion of this. I feel like it’s unfair to tell the top vote getter(s) that they don’t deserve it when they busted their ass promoting their entry. It’s also unfair to pick someone at the bottom of the voting ranks essentially wasting the effort spent by everyone else working hard to get in.

      Also, if you look at the response that her portfolio and project The Daily Quipple has with its fans, you would see that it’s more than just a doodle. Is it unfair that a “less good” designer worked harder to get in than a “better” designer?

      Sure some great designers didn’t get in, it’s hard to balance popular vote with what I personally think is good design. Why even have voting if it’s all about the work?

      The contest is also not just about the single entry that the person submitted. It’s about their overall portfolio, their ability to promote themselves as an artist, their personality and enthusiasm for the whole thing, and the excitement that their friends/fans have for them to win. This all adds up to a winner according to the contest guidelines.

      Obviously, the rest of the WMC Fest design gallery is curated and hand selected without a publicized voting process and largely focused on body of work, relevance to the event, etc. If I felt like the top vote getter cheated in some way, they would be disqualified, but I could find no evidence of that. The body of work isn’t exactly astonishing from a technical perspective, but she managed to inspire her fanbase to vote. That says something?

      In the end, there’s always the standard submission process through our website http://wmcfest.com/submissions and these go directly to me and my team. We review every submission and we take into account any prior history with WMC such as volunteering, attendance, support, etc. It’s not just about a good design, there’s so much more to it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

        What about the owl design that was legit 4th before the choke cover that was 5th…KICKED OUT OF THE RUNNING and replaced with an incomplete design in 9th. I call BS don’t patronize people with unfair. There was a competitor in the 4th place that deserved it and they got kicked out.

        • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

          Like I said Megan, it’s not 100% based on popular vote. it was never kicked out of the running, we looked over every single item in the top ten and gave it serious consideration. Where are you getting that they were kicked out or not considered?

          I think the questions isn’t about what is fair or not, I think the question for me is do I open up a public contest in the future? Or only allow private submissions?

          • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

            I was getting that you “kicked the thing out” by not including it in the top 5. The portfolio strong and the packaging ones had weak portfolios. Also the 4th entry followed the rules and had a strong fan base I know for a fact because I personally emailed thousands of people to vote for it.

            I think honestly you should not do contests again because this looks really fishy. And really uncool. Maybe you shouldn’t have a festival because I can’t take week student portfolios and

          • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

            *weak student portfolios and childhood doodles seriously as professional art and I am sure nonaestetically challenged people can’t either.

          • Charlie Lynn McCormack

            I am so glad someone had the guts to say this. I was wondering why a perfectly fine entry got kicked out. I remember voting and going “man, I am glad that the votes only count for so much.” That doodle has to be a joke and this design contest shouldn’t feature students with weak portfolios. But clearly, there was something fishy going on. I personally will not be attending any of these fests or any of their fests in the future. This is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Beth

    I agree with Charles below. I feel like there are only two designs in the winner category that deserve to be there. I feel like a “doodle” that was done in MS Paint (that I could replicate in under a minute) is not worthy of being in the top 5. Also I was under the impression that this was supposed to be original work and I also don’t understand how the using the actual “Bose” logo and coloring it silver counts as original. There were many great designers who simply got “recognized” when they deserved a top 5. Harris, Lampe, Longhi, Bratten and Bailey to name a few. It seems to me that something is off here (cheating? favoritism? the judges didn’t understand Graphic Design as an art?) Either way, I find this offensive. Congrats to everyone who deserves to be in the top 5.

    • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

      Hey Beth, your points are totally valid. See my reply to Charles for my in-depth answer. We had the same concerns you do but when you take into account the popular vote you have to consider it. Her friends and fans have stepped up where the others did not. Favoritism would be choosing a designer I’m familiar with and putting them in when he/she received very little votes compared to the others.

      • brad z

        She used a browser– such as tor– to vote. Refresh her browser. Get a new IP and repeat. She only has around 100 Facebook and dailywuipple fans… doesn’t add up.

        • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

          I will talk to her about this.

        • Jeffrey DeRoche

          I guarantee she did not do this. Whatever “tor” is, she is not a savvy computer programmer with that kind of expertise.

          • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

            You could vote without having a fb account. That was bs. Most of her ‘friends” didn’t log in with accounts and neither did you all the names were fishy and the typing was oddly similar.

        • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

          Ok I looked into things and there is no evidence of cheating, only hustling and hard work. She was very honest and up front about her intentions. She mobilized her fanbase and those fans told their friends to vote. Read her reply in these comments for further clarification.

    • Charlie Lynn McCormack

      I know! I saw those designers, Beth! Bratten? Longhi? They were awesome. I was so impressed by the quality of work submitted in this contest and practically cringed when a doodle was sitting in first place. It was like a bitch slap to all my formal training.

  • http://www.mkleyne.com/ Maarten Kleyne

    Congrats to all winners! Enjoy the WMC Fest and your spot in the design gallery.

  • http://www.alicegraphix.com/ Jen K

    Congrats to the winners! I am sure your work will fit in great with the existing artists at WMC

  • Jeffrey DeRoche

    To Charles and Beth – It is quite discouraging to see fellow artists express such negativity and closed mindedness. Traci’s work in no way should be labeled as a “doodle.” Perhaps you also think Paul Klee just spent much of his time “doodling.” It is a style, and one with great character. If you take a second to think outside the box of graphic design, you will see what this brings to the table. I am confused because for some reason the fact that her art was not done on a computer makes it less credible to some people? That is bizarre.

    Furthermore, and as Jeff points out, Traci did an amazing job mobilizing her fan base. Why would any designer who values their work and the exposure that this terrific festival brings not do the same?

    Congrats to Traci and all of the winners. I think that the nature of this selection process was very clear, and there’s no reason to derail the excitement due to narrow minded viewpoints.

    • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

      I think people are pissed about that not because it looks like it is freehand but because it doesn’t look as visually appealing as other designs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracitrumpet Traci Nelson

    I am the creator of what you see on The Daily Quipple, and I am incredibly disheartened to read these comments. I have been excited about the WMCF since the minute I discovered it and planned on attending, regardless of this contest. What drew me to WMC most was the idea of a community of artists and designers coming together to encourage and challenge each other, share new work and ideas, seek inspiration, and perhaps find it in unexpected places. I read that it was a place to learn, get inspired, collaborate, network, and celebrate creativity, art, and design. I couldn’t wait to meet people whose work I admire, and also to share my project and passion, The Daily Quipple.

    I have a difficult time believing that anyone would attack me in such a way if they knew me, or my artistic mission and goals. I assure you that I have 1) a VERY loyal fan base online, some of whom I know but many that I do not, 2) that I did work very hard to spread the word about WMCF, this contest, and that besides me asking for votes, so many of TDQ fans went out of their way to publicize it as well. The positive support was remarkable. 3) I have NO sense of what the aforementioned computer server program is or how to use it, nor would I ever consider doing that for my own promotion. Also, I have spent time looking at everyone else’s submissions and found so many that I appreciated. I was a big fan of Ryan Kallok’s own screen print, for example, and am saddened that he didn’t make it in. I would never write such biting words toward another artist or designer in this fest or elsewhere, regardless of my personal opinions of their work.

    Based on these comments, my impression of the attending community at this art+design fest has been darkened. I plan on attending and look forward to discussing this more with anyone in person, face to face. I truly hope that my initial opinion of what this gathering of creatives is all about isn’t 100% wrong.

    Traci, artist @ thedailyquipple.com

    • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

      Thanks for the clarification Traci. These boo-birds are not representative of the WMC Fest community or attendees. We have no record of any of them actually attending a single WMC Fest and it sounds like they won’t be in attendance this year. Their spiteful comments say more about them than you.

    • Kyle

      The people that matter are proud of you, Traci! You have so many dedicated followers for a reason. I know that the Festival will be better with you and your work in attendance.

  • Charlie Lynn McCormack

    Seriously, what everyone is saying about the first place quipple is true This isn’t “design” it is cartoony-art-drawing and that is not “design” ALSO it doesn’t look good. I’ve had period stains in my panties that were more visually stimulating than Traci’s whole portfolio. Seriously Traci/retarded non-designer friends stop being stupid. You’re making design look like a joke. This WHOLE FEST is now a joke. I was going to go and now I am not wasting my money on this bullshit. Fucking quipples what the hell are they? Are you mentally retarded? Jesus, I am embarrassed to be a designer.

    Dear WMC/Gomedia why don’t you just admit you picked your friends or people affiliated with you and get it over with. I think everyone aware this fest is just a joke so you call all jack each other off and stroke egos and make you feel all important.

    Furthermore, don’t throw crap around like “fair” and “popular vote” when the ONLY entry that was in the top 5 got rejected for an incomplete design. That is absolutely asinine. You had complete drawing, strong portfolio (just actually looked at it) and replaced for something that wasn’t finished at all and was below MANY complete ones. It would be different if popular vote mattered for maybe 1 – 3rd place and then the other two were random in the top 10. But it is quite clear there is bias and also cheating on some parts. Like I said, this is offensive to me personally as a designer and I am sure, if it isn’t already, eventually your festival will lose credibility for play favorites and allowing cheating and horrible “non-design” to be the focal point.

    Maybe instead of having a contest next year you should dissolve your company and be always ashamed of how you made a joke of an art that people take very seriously.

    Doodles/Drawings in MsPaint =/= Design

    • Nishana

      Dear Charlie,

      Based on your incoherent babbling and unprofessional attitude, I’d think that the design profession must be embarrassed to have you be part of it! If you don’t agree with the way the contest was run or the winning entry you are more than welcome to voice your opinions, but the manner in which you did so only serves to make you seem like you a conspiracy nut whose raging emotions can’t put together a logical sentence without using expletives. You are doing a terrible disservice to the field of design with your poorly constructed comments, and I would advise you to think more thoroughly about public comments that you make on a website in your professional circle.

      • Charlie Lynn McCormack

        It is a good thing that I have a job where everyone else I work with/my boss thinks this is hilarious or I might actually have to be worried huh?

        I was randomly alerted to this contest based on web searching and felt like this would be a cool thing to go out of my way to attend because we don’t have a lot of things like this. But something /is/ off and based on the likes/comments that things are getting I think some other people agree.

        • Charlie Lynn McCormack

          Also, English is not my first language (more like my 5th) so I still mess up sentences/sentence structure sometimes even though I have spoken it/ (sort of) grew up here. But thanks for being rude about my sentences and things.

          • Jeffrey Deroche

            How could you possibly criticize someone for being rude when you left perhaps the nastiest message I’ve ever seen? What’s wrong with you? Clearly you or your boyfriend or something didn’t get it and you are pissed off, but come on, show some class.

          • Charlie Lynn McCormack

            Haha, I don’t have a boyfriend. Also, I don’t know any of the contestants. Just someone who voted. Had favorites and my favorites didn’t even get in the top 5. So that is why I am irritated. Clearly you have a personal reason for being here and know someone and are pissed because I dissed them but I still stand that drawing freehand is not graphic design.

    • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

      While I agree with you that drawings and doodles aren’t graphic design. I don’t really support your off color commments. I can tell you are passionate about your art and I am also a little bothered by the outcomes on an unbiased art perspective but we could have done without the use of retards and lady problem stains.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryankallokprivate Ryan Kallok

    I was going to remain silent since I don’t really care that much, but since there are some of my friends and associates who are really annoyed at the outcome of this contest, I’ll express my thoughts.

    I would like to reply to a few things:

    1) “The contest is also not just about the single entry that the person submitted. It’s about their overall portfolio, their ability to promote themselves as an artist, their personality and enthusiasm for the whole thing, and the excitement that their friends/fans have for them to win. This all adds up to a winner according to the contest guidelines.”

    The only person in the top 5 with a portfolio worthy of winning, in my opinion, would be Sean. He had a great entry and a strong portfolio for a design contest. He also accumulated enough votes to put him in the top 5, he deserved the win. I totally get art is subject to opinion, but I think the students who submitted packaging submitted weak entries and didn’t have the strongest of portfolios. The Quipples are really confusing to me. Sure, Quipples might be nice and inspirational and all of those great things, but they’re simply not [good] design. They have no merit for being a design contest winner. What is also odd is someone who was in 9th place won, and she won with an unfinished design of rather weak hand lettering. If voting counted for 90% of the final decision, why didn’t anyone above her, who had good portfolios, win instead?

    2) “The [Quipple] body of work isn’t exactly astonishing from a technical perspective, but she managed to inspire her fan base to vote. That says something?”

    It would be something to say if she had something like 50k or more fans, but she has only 129 likes on her Daily Quipple Facebook page. Furthermore, most of these “Daily Quipples” on her website go without comments, or have just one or two comments. I don’t see the fan base which throws all kinds of alarms that there is something fishy about how she accumulated so many votes. Are they unique, registered Facebook users? She had a ton of anonymous comments, which would be easy to do

    I totally understand why people affiliated with me are upset: I was in the top 5, I have good design work, I accumulated enough votes to end at #4 in the contest, I had great enthusiasm throughout the duration of the contest and had a bunch of friends excited about it. I had made plans to attend regardless of winning, but this whole thing really left me with no desire to attend, and subsequently, 5-8+ of my friends who were making plans to attend are now not attending.

    When it comes down to it, I don’t really care. Yes, it would have been nice to attend the festival and do some networking and receive some recognition for my work, but I know I produce good design work already. I’ve been fortunate to get steady business and do work for all kinds of bands I love. I was excited especially to see Braid since I haven’t seen them in a while (I even helped Bob of Braid many years back with some Flash stuff for his City on Film website).

  • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

    I’m reposting my explanation as it’s own comment so people can see it easier. This contest was largely determined by popular vote. The doodles had nearly 1,000 votes. The top ten entries had hundreds. Chris Rushing had less than 20. I love Chris’ work, don’t get me wrong and I was disappointed to see he had so little. But popular vote counted for a big portion of this. I feel like it’s unfair to tell the top vote getter(s) that they don’t deserve it when they busted their ass promoting their entry. It’s also unfair to pick someone at the bottom of the voting ranks essentially wasting the effort spent by everyone else working hard to get in.

    Also, if you look at the response that her portfolio and project The Daily Quipple has with its fans, you would see that it’s more than just a doodle. Is it unfair that a “less good” designer worked harder to get in than a “better” designer?

    Sure some great designers didn’t get in, it’s hard to balance popular vote with what I personally think is good design. Why even have voting if it’s all about the work?

    The contest is also not just about the single entry that the person submitted. It’s about their overall portfolio, their ability to promote themselves as an artist, their personality and enthusiasm for the whole thing, and the excitement that their friends/fans have for them to win. This all adds up to a winner according to the contest guidelines.

    Obviously, the rest of the WMC Fest design gallery is curated and hand selected without a publicized voting process and largely focused on body of work, relevance to the event, etc. If I felt like the top vote getter cheated in some way, they would be disqualified, but I could find no evidence of that. The body of work isn’t exactly astonishing from a technical perspective, but she managed to inspire her fanbase to vote. That says something?

    In the end, there’s always the standard submission process through our website http://wmcfest.com/submissions and these go directly to me and my team. We review every submission and we take into account any prior history with WMC such as volunteering, attendance, support, etc. It’s not just about a good design, there’s so much more to it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/resurrectionlily Megan Harris

      Jeff:

      You said: “We review every submission and we take into account any prior history with WMC such as volunteering, attendance, support, etc. It’s not just about a good design, there’s so much more to it.”

      If you take into account things like volunteering and support you are saying that “insiders” have a better chance than “outsiders” perhaps next year your contest should be invite only. If it is open to all – all should be considered without having to have previous contact or support of your organization. That is a very strange way of judging. When I sign up for a contest to win $500,000 from ABC company I can have no direct ties/personal ties to that company to win that contest. What you are saying is that the ties help in this contest which does in fact sound like “The people connected on some level with us had a better chance than the people who randomly submitted work with us for the first time.” That definitely sounds “unfair” and “fishy.”

  • http://www.gomedia.us/ Jeff Finley

    I’m closing comments on this post because at this point nothing more is needed to be added and the discussion had evolved into insults and shaming and that’s not how we conduct ourselves on the GoMediaZine.