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We’re Celebrating a Winner! Space Shirts, a niche provider of space mission shirts, space-themed apparel, space paraphernalia, and much more, is pleased to recognize the winning design concept of graphic artist Jerry Forney of Melbourne, Florida. Jerry’s creative design, along with its “Think Space” theme, was a perfect match for Space Shirts Out-of-This-World T-Shirt Design Contest. The contest, co-sponsored by AmericaSpace.com, was organized to help foster ongoing interest in space exploration, while also creating a fun opportunity for graphic artists and space enthusiasts.
Brenda Mulberry, founder of Space Shirts, and Jason Rhian, editor of AmericaSpace.com, will present Jerry with the coveted prize of an iPAD in a small ceremony at Space Shirts factory and retail shop on Merritt Island, FL, Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Space Shirts soon will begin production of screen-printed T-shirts based on Jerry’s winning design concept. The shirts will be offered for sale at Space Shirts.com and a portion of proceeds will be donated to The Astronaut’s Memorial Foundation and The Center for Space Education. As we wrap up this fun contest, Space Shirts commends all the talented artists who submitted their designs to further interest in space exploration and help support a worthy cause. To see the winning design and a selection of other submissions, visit SpaceShirts.com. Be sure to tune into www.americaspace.com for all your space-related news and more information about Space Shirts’ contest!
The Winning Artist: For 18-years, Jerry was employed in graphic design at the Kennedy Space Center previously owned Future Features Cartoon Syndicate, where he served as creative director from 1992-2000. He is currently the Creative Director for Storytree Productions, a business that he started with his wife, Master Storyteller Ada Forney, as a way to showcase her outstanding creative storytelling accomplishments. An accomplished writer of stories, songs and metaphysical musings, his artwork includes commercial graphic designs, illustrations and cartoons as well as oil painting, drawing and sculpture.
Interested in spirituality, creativity and protecting the environment, Jerry is committed to making the world a better place through teaching and example. He also provides graphics consulting services to businesses and organizations as well as classes in Creative Thinking and Doing.
Thanks to the artistic space-enthusiasts who submitted their work to Space Shirts Out-of-this-World T-Shirt Design Contest, we are in the process of judging a selection of creative designs. The winning design will be officially announced April 15th. Watch for posting of cool design entries at http://www.SpaceShirts.com coming this week. For more information on contest submissions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to put “Design Contest” in your email subject line. The Space Shirts team loves to see new T-shirt designs, feature new art on our Website, and distribute unique products to our clients and friends. Please join us in supporting ongoing interest in space!
There are still three weeks to win the Space Shirts Out-of-This-World Design Contest. Entering is easy. Click here for details on how you can win a new iPAD or a cash prize.
On February 1, 2013 Space Shirts shared in remembering the 10th anniversary of the Shuttle Columbia tragedy in which America and the world lost seven gifted astronauts by launching a design contest designed to inspire ongoing interest in space exploration as an amazing frontier.
The Out-Of-This-World Space Shirts Design Contest is Space Shirts’ way of remembering the ultimate sacrifice made in the name of space exploration. We also honor the dedicated service provided by the astronauts, engineers, administrators,and thousands of space industry andspace shuttle program employees in the quest to improve life on this planet through a better understanding of our universe.
“Despite the loss of the space shuttle program in Florida, Space remains an amazing frontier. We want people to stay energized about the possibility for ongoing contributions to space science and its applications for life on our planet,” said Brenda Mulberry, president of Space Shirts, which has printed millions of space-themed garments over the last 30 years.
“Our contest is designed to spark creativity and interest in space, and we hope to send a positive message that opportunities are as broad as the universe.” A portion of proceeds from sales of the winning shirt design will be donated to support the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. Artists may enter to win by submitting original design art to Space Shirts. Learn how to enter here and help us spread the spirit of space exploration, connect with more space enthusiasts, and also have some fun. Join us!
Earlier, we blogged about JFK’s Race into Space. At Space Shirts, we wonder what it means to us as marketers? Fostering American pride is a terrific example of building a brand. Lessons learned.
1. Create a clear vision using pictures and words that help connect with people’s innermost dreams and fantasies. Articulate a purpose-driven mission, vision and values in a way that stimulates emotions and connections.
2. Develop something meaningful that meets special needs. Show how your products are highly relevant for your intended customers.
3. Connect with your audience. Refine and target your message so it reaches the people who are ready, willing and able to benefit from it.
4. Give buyers something to rave about. Feed your loyal followers by manifesting pride in your products. Engage people who connect with mentally and physically “get” what you are offering. Manage your competition. Win the race.
5. Foster a sense of urgency. Let people know when and why they should rush out to connect with you. Promote, promote, promote, and Never Underestimate the Power of a T-shirt.
6. Lay out the path for consumers to connect your products and services. (Define your distribution channels: Website, mobile Apps, storefronts, distributors and affiliates to speed contacts and sales.)
7. Challenge people to take you up on your product offer. Lead people to the confront their fears and their potential for victory… help them feel why they can’t live without your products. Make your message so big and important that one’s message memory will live even beyond your product life. Build for the long haul so you foster great product outcomes, good will for the world, and a connection destined to touch generations to come.
8. Evaluate your success. Did NASA stop when it landed on the moon? No. Apply science to your marketing: Plan, do, check, act and respond to feedback . Stay tuned for our thoughts on quality control.
And remember: If JFK could mobilize a nation to land people on the moon, you have the power to achieve every goal you set for yourself and your business. What is your vision? How can you make it more visual? What would make it more compelling? What can you do to speed connections with prospects and stay top-of-mind with customers?
If you have a great idea to share it here. We welcome your input, your articles and are always here to help you implement your ideas in a creative way. Thanks for reading!
I’ve heard it said that the most courageous person in the world was the first person ever to swallow a raw oyster. My own vote for most courageous goes to the folks who took the challenge to land a man on the moon and safely return him – along with the amazing astronaut who first touched down on the lunar surface. I remember how unreal that idea seemed to the child I was at the time and wondering whether I would have the courage to stand on the moon. (Since then I’ve committed to bold living, but it took me until age 58 to finally eat a raw oyster.) I remember watching JFK speaking to Americans, and seeing images of the first landing on the moon. I remember my family huddled in front of a square TV box with rabbit ears. What a difference in technology!
How much significance we attach to the events we remember – oyster eating or lunar landing — depends on the quality of the memory and the level of emotion evoked by it. We all encounter great challenges in our lifetimes; we generate new ideas every day; yet, many of those challenges and ideas remain just that. So, where do we find the magic that pushes us to overcome overwhelming challenges or transform a single strange idea into a world-changing event? Does it come from outer space, from the reaches of God’s into our minds and hearts? Or from what we learn about ourselves and our potential as we age?
What was so magical about the way President John Fitzgerald Kennedy used his glorious vision that he was able to lead a nation and a world on a quest through outer space? What is the takeaway for us? Can we peek inside the model he used to transform just one more fantastic idea into an event of world-shifting significance and learn something for ourselves?
Let’s see — JFK launched America’s lunar expedition with an unbelievably exciting vision. He painted us a picture of a man on the moon. He also spoke language that propelled action. Translating his vision into words and pictures, he pushed the button to mankind’s inner spirit and drove a nation to embrace the unusual and unfathomable. In turn, a nation pushed itself to achieve immeasurable excellence in space science, rocketry, logistics, and management while profoundly validating the power of human will.
We learned from JFK that people will rally around a provocative belief. In this case, the belief that Americans should be first on the moon. Beneath it lay the breakthrough belief that people can achieve anything and everything because we are graced with God-given potential. Simply touch spiritual belief, kindle a point of pride, evoke the senses, and you fire the fuel of creativity. The model is that simple. So what does that mean in our daily lives? When we learn to connect creative vision to a purpose higher than our own daily being, link it with a message that transports humanity to new heights, engage people and nations toward greater cooperation, and reach across the universe, we release that magic. We release the raw power of human emotions to draw from unfathomable, innate strength and creativity. It sounds like marketing to me.
JFK embarked on a mission. He fostered teamwork and desire in America by learning what moves people and then challenging us to win the race into space. He made it important, inspired us with belief in American principles and made being American feel like the blessing it is. JFK focused our nation on the previously inconceivable: landing human beings on the moon. He led this vision for humanity and transformed vast imagination into concrete reality. He unleashed positive, world changing action through national pride, and his gift was a legacy that we can, should, and will rekindle together — American pride – along with a lasting vision for the American Space Program.
How can you unleash positive world changing action. What message and vision would you communicate to the world now if you could? — Thanks for Reading! Donna Anselmo
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