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Mad Art Lab Logo Contest: The Reckoning!

At the start of this month, we announced the creation of Mad Art Lab along with a contest to create the new MAL logo. We weren’t sure what kind of results we’d get, but we thought it would be a great way to interact with our skeptical artist readers.

Well, the results were fantastic! It was a tough decision, but we’ve chosen a winner. Congrats to Julianne Harnish:

Julianne’s work appealed to us for a number of reasons: the simplicity, the ease with which we can play with the colors, the reference to street art, and most of all the opportunity to have an awesome little lab rat mascot who we can name and love and care for.

We liked so many of the other logos, though, that we decided to show them all off here and give a Surlyramics necklace to everyone who entered! Check them out:

From Rich Wallace:

From Julie MacTire:

From Claus Larsen:


From Qayin:

From Nick Cavallaro IV:

From Seth Hanisek (commenter w_nightshade):

From Kristi Beisecker:

From Alberto Tilrado:

From David Rodrgiuez, Jr:

From Vanessa Sky:

From Lauren Taylor:

From Captain Disillusion:

From Hjalti Hjalmarsson:

From Beth Voigt:

From Michael Geissler:

From Alex Sanchez:

From Elyse Gebes:

From Beccy Speedie:

And finally, this notable effort from Skepchick’s own Elyse Anders:

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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  1. April 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, how I wish I would’ve known! Some really nice ones, though. 🙂

  2. April 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I’m so excited to have a mascot!

  3. April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    So awesome! I love the rat!

    I am disappointed in myself for not getting an entry done.

  4. April 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I will rub him and pet him and pat him and squeeze him and I will name him George…

  5. April 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    tee hee I guess i couldn’t picture how you were going to post these… 😛

  6. April 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    You know, my entry has easily edited colors, was made in MS Paint – which has spraypaint and therefore references street art, and has an awesome little mascot.


    I also noticed the other Elyse did not win. I demand an investigation.

  7. April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    @Elyse: Hey! Get back in the basement!

  8. April 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Congrats everyone! 🙂 We love you all!

  9. April 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, Skepchicks. Tough call. They were all great, but I think you chose well. Keep some of the others in reserve, though, for special occasions/prizes/Surlies!

  10. April 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I love them all. Thanks to everyone who participated. Keep your eye on the mail in a week or so for your Surly Amy thank-you box!


  11. April 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    The new logo is excellent! Congrats to the winner(which I guess is both the artist and this blog!). I love the blue popping against the black.
    I’m happy to see the other entries represented as well. It’s always nice to find other passionate artists. 🙂

  12. April 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

    A very worthy winner. Congratulations!

  13. April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I feel sorry for the poor dyslexic rat who thought s/he was making a logo for him/herself.

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