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Vote for your favourite t-shirt design – starting now!

By François Levesque on August 5, 2011

Our top 10 designs!

The time has come to make your vote count once again. We got a great response for our call for designs in our first-ever t-shirt contest (we’d like to thank everyone who submitted a design), and the editors of Apt613 had a hard time narrowing down the submissions to the top 10. Now it’s up to you to decide which three designs will get printed.

The top three designers will be featured on Apt613 and will receive a cash prize: $100 for third place, $200 for second, and $300 for top design. All three t-shirts will be put into production and available for purchase sometime in the near future.

Without further ado, here are our top ten designs! To vote, please scroll down to the end of the post. Voting will close at 11:59pm, Friday, August 12th.

#1: Streets of Ottawa

Design by Alexandre Laquerre

Inspired by a design he saw in Montreal, Alex decided to use the same esthetic to create the simple, classic design using Ottawa’s famous streets and avenues.

#2: Westboro

Design by Mark Ashley

This street scene stood out from the rest due to its attention to detail. The ad for condos on the garbage can, the bicycles and kayaks strapped to the cars, the sign for the #2 bus route: all pretty clear symbols of the neighbourhood, even without the giant ‘Westboro’ floating in the middle. Although this design made Richmond Road seem more happening then I’ve ever seen it, overall it does a great job evoking the feel of Ottawa’s newest yuppie mecca.

#3: Water and Bicycles

Design by Dominic Coballe

“My family came to Ottawa in 1981, we lived in Old Ottawa South near the Civic Centre, my fondest memory growing up was biking along the canal. This design is made up of 2 of the greatest things I appreciate about Ottawa, the access to water (watercolour style) and the bike paths (image of classic biker). Talk about a literal concept.”

#4: Memory of a forest at Beaver Pond

Design by Nicole McGrath

“Portraits and landscapes tell the story of people who fought to save the Beaver Pond Forest, part of the South March Highlands in Ottawa. They are a few, as there were many more in this struggle. Their actions remind us that people who believe in their democratic power and the value of the places they defend can bring us back to the place where we belong, where the air is fresh and rejuvenating,  where we see what our eyes were made to see,  and where the living have always lived from the earth.”

#5:  Maman’s snack

Design by Olga Novoa

“I am a Centretowner who works in the Market. I always wondered what will happen when the arts take revenge on the Hill. I’d like to see Maman coming to life devouring a Gothic piece of architecture. Does the Peace Tower have a bat signal?”

#6: The Most Golden of Triangles

Design by Emma Godmere

“I absolutely loved the idea for this contest and thought it was great that you guys were putting it on… and felt inspired to submit something myself! Especially when my beloved former stomping grounds of the Golden Triangle never got the chance to [make it out of the first round of] the neighbourhood wars. Attached is my design for a t-shirt that brings the Golden Triangle some attention it deserves.”

#7: I am NOT a government employee
Design Steve St. Pierre

Surprisingly, there aren’t very many government employees on the Apt613 editorial team, which may explain the popularity of this simple yet provocative t-shirt design from Steve St. Pierre. Maybe the sole public servant on the team will buy this t-shirt as an ironic piece of weekend fashion?

#8: Hintonburg Logo

Design by Taliesin Cahill

“I was trying to think of something truly representative of Hintonburg (my neighborhood): there’s the lady who carries her stuffed animals EVERYWHERE; the dudes balancing 2-4s on their bike handlebars; tattooed moms and their kids; and the legions of bearded hipsters hanging out at the bar. But what draws people to Hintonburg is the diverse nature of the businesses along Wellington Street. So I devised a logo consisting of little pieces of the signs from some of our local establishments – so many to choose from! Can you tell where each of the letters came from? (A few days after I started this project, the sign for the dive bar Bonkers was taken down and replaced by a sign for Blackpepper Bistro. The iconic Bonkers eight-ball in the design serves as a reminder of the big issue in Hintonburg, gentrification).

#9: Hintonburg Anagram

By David Hicks

A great image that will appeal to Hintonburgers and crossword fans alike, this design is not without some controversy. Some editors questioned whether Cube Gallery and Herb and Spice were actually in Hintonburg, while there isn’t actually a Bridgehead in the area as yet (although one is coming). As someone who has trouble differentiating Hintonburg, Mechanicsville and West Wellington Village from another, I’d be willing to let this pass. Will the voters agree?

#10: Scenes from Centretown

Design by Colin White

Colin White is a local artist making a name for himself depicting the buildings and businesses of Ottawa. This design features some of the details of buildings and businesses familiar to anyone who frequents Bank Street and its surroundings. Can you recognize the five scenes pictured above?

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