Last month I designed a Milwaukee Brewers uniform for a contest. The eventual winning uniform will be worn by the team during an upcoming Spring Training game this March.
Earlier this morning, the Finalists in that contest were announced; my design was not among them.
According to the official rules
, the contest was supposed to select four Finalist designs. They announced only three (out of nearly 700 original submissions). And those three aren't all that spectacular in my mind. Rather basic, actually. There were many far more creative, unique and original designs in the contest gallery (not necessarily including my own).
In the end, I'm a bit disappointed. Despite the rules and judging criteria, creativity does not appear to be the overall deciding factor. Nonetheless, congratulations to those who *did* put in the time and effort. You may not have been selected as a Finalist, but you showed some great design talent!
Good luck to the three designs that *were* selected. May the best uniform win.
Feel free to take a look at the three winning Brewers uniform Finalists
, and vote if you feel so inclined.
And for those who are curious, this was my own Brewers uniform design
UPDATE: - 2:20 PM
The Brewers released this official statement about the issue on their Facebook page
By submitting my photo, I agree to give to brewers.com and its
affiliates the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, edit,
modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from my photo in all
" So I'm not entirely sure what kind of trademark and licensing issues they needed to consider. It took fan complaints just to have them release the above statement, when they could just as easily have clarified things on the voting page from the start and avoided all the confusion.