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September 17, 2012

Contest: Design the Next Primal Blueprint Poster for Cash Prize

By Mark Sisson
50 Comments

Primal Blueprint PosterThe Prize:

Benjamins. Moolah. Dough. Bread. (No, not that kind of dough and bread.) I’m talking cash. Cold hard cash you can use to buy whatever you want. (May I suggest some Primal fare from a local farmer or dining establishment?)

The winner of this design contest will receive $500. If I actually print the design and distribute the poster the designer will receive an extra $1500, for a total prize value of $2000.

The Contest:

The Primal Blueprint Poster (click the image to the right to zoom in) was designed a few years back. While it’s holding up OK, I think it’s time for an update – a makeover, as it were. And that’s where you, or at least all the graphic designers amongst you, come in. Design the next Primal Blueprint Poster for a chance to win the prize above and have your design end up on garage, bedroom, classroom and gym walls around the world.

Now, what’s this poster all about? The purpose of this poster is to showcase what the Primal Blueprint is and – at a glance – how it is done. So it needs to be educational, but it also needs to be eye-catching and engaging. The best designs will capture the spirit of the Primal Blueprint in the design (we went with a sandstone background and savannah imagery for the last poster), and the message of the Primal Blueprint in the content (what it is, the problems it solves, why it works, how it’s done, etc.).

Here are a few of the things you can include to accomplish this, but there is no requirement to use any of them:

One requirement: “Primal Blueprint” needs to remain in Trajan font. (And if you’d like to use the Primal blue, it’s hex code #1962c6.)

Be creative, have fun with this, and see what you can bring to the look and feel of this poster. Once you’re happy with your design, email it to me in PDF format. Include “PB Poster” in the subject line of your email. I receive hundreds of emails a day. If the subject line isn’t correct, there’s a chance I may miss your submission entirely.

Eligibility:

Open to all denizens of planet Earth.

The Contest End Time:

September 24, midnight, PDT.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

The Worker Bees and I will choose a winner.

Fine Print:

  • MDA reserves the right to not print and distribute the winning design.
  • We reserve the right to publish the winning design on MDA.
  • If we decide we would like to print and distribute the winning design, $1500 will be paid in exchange for the artwork files and a signed contract relinquishing the rights to the design.

To track all the contests visit the 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

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lockard
lockard
4 years 9 days ago

this will be awesome to see some of the graph design talents of MDA readers

Bex
Bex
4 years 9 days ago

Do you have a simple (black on white perhaps) clipart image of Grok we can work with?

Bex
Bex
4 years 9 days ago

Actually, this will probably work:

Meg
Meg
4 years 8 days ago

Yes, would love to have a downloadable Grok and also the preferred poster dimensions. Cool contest!

kim
kim
4 years 8 days ago

if you do a GIS for “grok png” you can find a brown image that is easily photoshoppable.

Meg
Meg
4 years 8 days ago

Thanks kim!

Adriana
Adriana
4 years 9 days ago

I’m in! What’s the preferred size (for print)?

Scott UK
Scott UK
4 years 8 days ago

I just want to take this opportunity to point out that the Carb Curve isn’t really a curve, in the sense that the second axis of the graph doesn’t add any additional information. It could just as easily be represented by a one-dimensional diagram, like the color-coded ‘Homeland Security Advisory System’, without any loss of information.

Sorry — just needed to get that off my chest.

Meg
Meg
4 years 8 days ago

Oh yeah, you’re right. I wonder if reorganizing the carb “curve” data is allowed.

NotApplicable
NotApplicable
4 years 7 days ago

I just received my poster last week and was thinking the same thing.

Kristina
Kristina
4 years 8 days ago

As much as I am against ‘spec’ art, logo farms, and design contests, at least this one is worthy and the prize is juicy.

Amy Furbee
4 years 8 days ago

Thanks for the opportunity! Can’t wait to work on this challenge.

Cal
Cal
4 years 8 days ago

Please fix your link Amy.

i.e. remove www/

🙂

Amy Furbee
4 years 7 days ago

Thanks Cal!

Ed
4 years 8 days ago

Dang that sounds like an interesting challenge…I may have to partake~!

Mark
Mark
4 years 8 days ago

damn, I’m not eligible

kim
kim
4 years 8 days ago

if you do a GIS for “grok png” you can find a brown image that is easily photoshoppable.

Taurie
4 years 8 days ago

I would not recommend using this image because of it’s poor resolution. Printing this png at any reasonable size would cause major pixelation. A better resolution image or a vector file is needed if this ever intended to be printed/distributed.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years 8 days ago
Worse case scenario, drag into Photoshop, change to 8-bits (if you plan to save as JPG). Select (however you wish depending on skill level) and convert selection to paths. Or save as JPG and pull into illustrator. Use live trace. While not perfect, with a little tinkering you can create a usable grok should one not become available. Chances are if you already know how to do this you don’t need these instructions. I am also aware that not everyone will have illustrator but chances are maybe a friend does. There are also plenty of raster to vector programs out… Read more »
Shaun
Shaun
4 years 8 days ago

I would imagine there is a press kit available somewhere on this site. Anyone?

Eric
Eric
4 years 7 days ago

A vector of Grok already exists and can be found in the Primal Blueprint product brochure…

123
123
4 years 8 days ago

That challenge is so interesting but it’s a shame we have so little time.

greg
greg
4 years 8 days ago

this is the size that they sell now.

Product Description

This large 24×30 inch poster beautifully illustrates the core Primal Blueprint fitness, diet and lifestyle behaviors.

Kyle
4 years 8 days ago

I’d love to design your poster, Mark, but you’ll have to hire me. As a professional, I make it a policy to not participate in design contests or spec work, and most designers will end up agreeing. It devalues our time and our work.

I know few people will care, so save your “then GTFO” comments, cause it needs to be said and I don’t mind saying it 😉

Good luck, all.

John
John
4 years 8 days ago

Oh? And just why did it need to be said?

Real professionals don’t clutter other people’s blogs with their personal work ethic (or lack thereof). They are usually too busy working…

Tracer
Tracer
4 years 8 days ago

Haha – Boom, ‘Head-Shot’ – Nice one John

Zing!!!

Kyle
4 years 8 days ago

Hi John, thanks for the comment. Am I to understand that “real professionals” instead clutter other people’s blogs with personal attacks? Classy.

It needs to be said because contests and spec work are a real problem for real professionals like myself. They screw with the collective view of our profession, which affects our livelihood.

But not everyone understands the detrimental impact of such things on professional media designers. So I – and folks like myself – need to speak up for ourselves.

NotApplicable
NotApplicable
4 years 7 days ago
While I whole-heartedly agree with you on the idea that contests are not for professionals, there is no need to insert yourself into an event that didn’t seek to hire you. Simply put; one (or Mark, in this case) gets what one pays for. Someday Mark might have a million dollar budget, and seek to avoid all of the hassles and imperfections that make up an amateur endeavor such as this one. As someone who has to go back and fix the horrible amateur designs of websites and other software, I fully realize the value professionals can offer. However, given… Read more »
Eric
Eric
4 years 7 days ago

Lighten up, Kyle. This contest is for fun and a little bit of cash. As a professional, you wouldn’t enter a design contest with expectations of securing a client. You also wouldn’t back-handedly advertise your services in the comment section of a blog.

Meg
Meg
4 years 8 days ago
I’m brainstorming layout ideas and wonder if we’re allowed to rearrange data into different shapes/forms. Food pyramid (for example): Does the primal blueprint require eating a higher percentage of meat/fish/fowl than vegetables? Most things I’ve seen on this site (and that includes forums) seem to suggest that you can eat an unlimited number of plants and animals…there’s really no hard rule about the percentage of each. I only ask because I’m not a huge fan of the pyramid layout. It seems a little old fashioned and as a designer, it’s hard to fit a long list of spices and herbs… Read more »
Sofie
Sofie
4 years 8 days ago

I don’t see any reason why you should have to stick to a pyramid.

NotApplicable
NotApplicable
4 years 7 days ago

I don’t see any reason why one would want to use a pyramid (other than familiarity), when there is no meaningful hierarchy of foods in a modern sense.

Now, Grok OTOH, might’ve ordered them by speed, or difficulty to catch, or some other factor affecting availability.

Ham-Bone
4 years 8 days ago

Might I suggest the new PB Food Pyramid. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/introducing-the-new-primal-blueprint-food-pyramid/ Mark had been struggling with how to arrange it because meat (really the fat in the meat) makes up the bulk of the calories. But, vegetables make up the majority physically. 85% Green and Black’s Dark Chocolate makes up the rest 🙂

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Nathan
Nathan
4 years 8 days ago

Do you have any links for the ‘Grok’ artwork that we could use? There are a few “cavemen” vectors out there, but Grok is much more fitting of course.

Thank you

Megan
Megan
4 years 7 days ago

Can I get a stock photo of Ken Korg as he appears on the carbohydrate curve as well?

Ian
Ian
4 years 7 days ago

Hey Mark, what should the size of the PDF be? Just standard letter dimensions?

Jen
Jen
4 years 7 days ago

Can non US-residents take part?

Stacy Regan
4 years 5 days ago

Four day! So excited to hear the winner! Hope you guys like the feel of my entry as much as I do! Either way – thanks for the contest, it was fun 🙂

Poliksena
Poliksena
4 years 3 days ago

Hello, I have problems.. i cant find your e-mail to send my project.. Could you write me the e-mail where to send my project.

Thanks.

Katarzyna
Katarzyna
4 years 3 days ago

Mine’s also sent. Can’t wait to see other’s ideas! It was fun, thanks for the contest Mark!

Primal Wanderer
Primal Wanderer
4 years 15 hours ago

Yeah! I also sent mine! So exciting!!!
But, are we the only ones who participated?
Less than 10 people!?
I guess threre could be some more who submitted but didn’t comment about it… Oh well, I’m looking forward to seeing all the posters, I bet that MDA readers don’t lack in creativity, with the clear mind and snappy thought process:) thanks omega 3 haha!

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JosephTheBrawny
JosephTheBrawny
3 years 11 months ago

Are the entrants or the winner going to be shown?

Ian Connel
Ian Connel
3 years 10 months ago

Did this ever get resolved?

Kate
Kate
3 years 10 months ago

I guess it hasn’t been resolved. At least I didn’t get any information.

It is very unprofessional and I guess I speak for all of us here when I say – it is a total lack of respect to completely ignore the people who sacrificed hours if not days of their free time.

I will not take part in any other of the competitions here, as I see no reason to waste my time if as much as writing a simple email with feedback is too much effort in exchange for my work.

Very unprofessional.

Meg
Meg
3 years 10 months ago

He did name a winner on the Contest results page Janée M. But maybe he decided not to print the poster. Which could make announcing the winner awkward if he doesn’t actually want to distribute the design.

womens fitness program
3 years 9 months ago

This is a great a prize! It is great that people can learn of primal ways of eating. As well as different ways to exercise.

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