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Icon Competition!

Hey y’all!

See that 8-bit blond girl behind the “AstroInfo” desk that adorns much of my AstroInfo correspondence? Well, she’s cute, but she’s a little generic, and she doesn’t fit in some places (like my banner). I generated her with one of those avatar makers. She’s got glasses, she’s blond-ish, she clearly likes stars, and she’s clearly the author of AstroInfo – but … she lacks something.



So, it’s time for a competition! I need a new AstroInfo logo/avatar. I know at least six of you out there are great artists and logo-designers, and I’m sure there’s more I don’t know so well.


– Must scale well to 128px by 128px
– Must be family appropriate
– Preferably it’ll scale up to ~400px by 400px for printing
– If you use fonts, convert them to outlines, so I don’t lose them (and tell me which font you used so I can perhaps use it in other titles and such)
– File formats: .jpg, .ai (CS3 or earlier), .psd, .pdf (if you must, but I’d like some flexibility), ask about others … oh, I’d prefer it submitted digitally, but paper submissions will be entertained.
– CC license it, at least to me. (I need to be able to make alterations, such as text stuff)
– Not an actual photo of me.
– If you give the name of the blog it is correctly referred to as “Alice’s Astro Info” (two spaces) or “AstroInfo” (no spaces)


– I like the fact that she’s a person, and a girl who vaguely resembles me.
– She and I both LOVE STARS!
– Blue is an awesome color – but then again, all colors are pretty. (P.S. There’s blue in my hair)
– I’m open to all media – photos, drawings, comic-style, realism, clay … as long as you take a picture of it and I can use that … whatever.
– I’m usually not much of a fan of abstract, unless it’s full of triangles.

Extra Credit: A related banner!

– Aspect ratio of 770px by 200px

What You Win

– The competition
– My gratitude and excitement
– International recognition (hey, I have at least one reader in Portugal!)
– $0.00
– I’m willing to entertain reasonable suggestions for other compensation, but no guarantees.
– If you want them, I can arrange for free tickets to Pacific Science Center, but you have to tell me you want them. If you want tickets to see Lucy’s Legacy [1] you’ll have to also tell me a compelling reason why I should give my comps to you and not to my parents … but we’ll see what we can do.


– Solely by me. I get to pick, and I don’t guarantee I’ll be fair.
– I promise I’ll look at anything that’s sent to be before November 10th, 2008.

Email me at [the name of this blog] with no spaces, apostrophes, or punctuation {at} gmail

Thank you!! :-)