Logo Design Contest – The Flower Mound

Background Information

The Flower Mound Foundation is holding a contest to design a new logo for The Flower Mound.

The Flower Mound (the Mound) was created some 66 to 144 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. Once the oceans receded from this region of Texas, the Mound towered some fifty feet above the adjoining Blackland Prairie.

The Mound exists today as it did for hundreds of years and when the first pioneers settled this region of Texas in the 1850’s. The Mound has never had a plow in it or a permanent structure built on it.  The same Bluestem, Indian Grass, Switch Grass and Wildflowers grow there as they did when Buffalo and Antelope grazed them. It is one of the last remaining pieces of unaltered Blackland Prairie.

The Flower Mound Foundation (Foundation) received the deed to the Mound on July 25, 1983, and celebrates its 30th year of existence on this date. This anniversary marks the assurance that the Mound will not be developed and the Mound will survive in perpetuity as one of the last remaining examples of natural Blackland Prairie.

The mission of the Foundation is to preserve the original character of The Flower Mound and to sponsor works of related historic, scientific, and educational interest. The Foundation has a Facebook page for the Mound at www.FaceBook.com/TheFlowerMound and is currently designing a website where the new logo will be utilized. The logo will also be utilized for letterhead, social media, signs, merchandise, and for any other purpose the Foundation deems necessary.

Prizes

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • $200 cash for First Place
  • $100 cash for Second Place
  • $50 cash for Third Place

Contest Basics

  • The logo is open to all individuals that are legal residents of the State of Texas and agree to the rules of the contest.
  • The contest ends at 11:59 pm, June 22, 2013.  Winners are to be selected in early July, and will be notified by email.
  • The logo is open to any design, but must contain ‘The Flower Mound’ in one version, and another version with ‘The Flower Mound Foundation’ (variant version).
  • Judges will be selected by the Foundation Board and may include Foundation Board members.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all logo designs, alter any design, or combine elements of logo designs.
  • See the ‘Official Rules’ for more details at: http://rheudasilfarms.com/?p=564

Official Rules

The Flower Mound Logo Contest

This document describes the official rules (“Official Rules”) of The Flower Mound Logo Design Contest (the “Contest”). The object of this contest is to design a logo for The Flower Mound and The Flower Mound Foundation. Information on how to enter and about the prizes is part of these Official Rules. To the extent of any inconsistency, these Official Rules prevail.

Definitions

“Entry” means a logo design created by the Entrant for this Contest.

“Entrant” means the individual that offers the Entry under the terms of this Contest.

“Mound” means The Flower Mound.

“Foundation” means The Flower Mound Foundation

Eligibility

1. The Contest is open to any individual that is a legal resident of the State of Texas. All individuals submitting designs understand that all rights to the logo are automatically given to the Foundation and become the sole property of the Foundation upon submission to the contest. No further compensation will be awarded other than the contest prize.  All entrants agree to sign a form stating this if they are chosen as the winner.

2. Entrants must be of sufficient legal age and standing to enter into a contract with the Foundation as required below. If the entrant is not of legal age, a parent or guardian must submit the entry on their behalf stating so in the entry email.

How to Enter

1. Initial entries must be submitted by email to The Flower Mound Foundation via email at Mark@iMarkRealty.com   The entries must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and also as a JPG. See the Submission Guidelines below for further information.

2. The email must include the name, age (if under 18), postal address, phone number and email address of the entrant.

3. No more than 3 Entries may be submitted by any one entrant. This does not include the ‘Foundation” variant. (See Guidelines)

4. Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines set out below. Entries which fail to do so will be rejected.

5. The contest ends at 11:59 pm, June 22, 2013, Central Time.  Winners are to be selected in early July, and will be notified by email.

6. We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within one week of receipt; however, we cannot be responsible for entries or responses lost in e-mail.

7. There is no fee to enter the Contest.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The purpose of the contest is to develop a logo and unique brand for the Mound and the Foundation. The design should relate back to unique features of the Mound and mission of the Foundation, but is completely open to the designers creativity.
  2. While open to any design, the logo must contain ‘The Flower Mound’ in one version, and another version with The Flower Mound Foundation’. Both logos will be utilized. The logo must not contain any text, other than is specified above.
  3. The logo will be utilized for letterhead, websites, promotions, social media, signs, merchandise, and for any other purpose the Foundation deems necessary.
  4. The logo should be scalable and will be utilized in a variety of applications. It should work in monochrome, as well as in full color. It will need to be suitable for high quality printing.
  5. Entrants should take care to ensure that their entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images. Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. There are no colors specified for the design, but colors should be limited to a reasonable number to allow cost effective printing.
  6. The Logo must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting. Due to requirements for high quality printing and re-sizing, Entries must be submitted in scalable vector graphic format (EPS). We advise against the use of halftones and gradients unless created inside a vector graphics program. If you chose to use color, the color in this version must be CMYK, no spot colors.
  7. JPGs 1000 pixels square of the logo and “Foundation” variant are also requested so that entries can be posted to social media and websites.
  8. Please send each entry individually and note clearly in your emails that you are doing so. Please name your logo electronic files in this format:  LastnameFirstnameBasic.jpg and LastnameFirstnameFoundation.jpg
  9. Multiple entries should be as:  LastnameFirstnameBasic1.jpg and LastnameFirstnameFoundation1.jpg, LastnameFirstnameBasic2.jpg and LastnameFirstnameFoundation2.jpg
  10.  To recap, a one logo entry will consist of four attachments: the basic logo, and the “Foundation” variant, each in EPS and JPG format.

Judging and Selection of the Winning Design

  1. The contest ends at 11:59 pm, June 22, 2013 – Central Time.  Winners are to be selected in early July, and will be notified by email.
  2. Judges will be selected by the Foundation Board and may include Foundation Board members.
  3. The winners will be posted on our Facebook Page and emails will be sent to the winners.
  4. The Foundation reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. In this circumstance, no prize will be awarded.
  5. The Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all logo designs, alter any design, or combine elements of logo designs.
  6. The Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant or Entry at its sole discretion. There will be no correspondence or appeal with a disqualification.
  7. The winner will be required to sign a legal form assigning all ownership of the logo to the Foundation. No further compensation will be awarded other than the contest prize. Submitting an entry into the contest will show you are in agreement with this rule.
  8. Accepting the prize constitutes permission for Foundation to make public and otherwise use winner’s name and city of residence for publicity purposes. Further personal data may be requested but is not required.

Prize

Subject to the legal requirements outlined above, the winning design will be announced in early July.

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • $200 cash for First Place
  • $100 cash for Second Place
  • $50 cash for Third Place

Intellectual Property

1. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.

2. All Entries become the sole property of the Foundation and may be displayed publicly and utilized in any manner the Foundation deems to use the Entries.

Acceptance

Participation constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. This includes the guides and rules referred to herein. These Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Entrant and the Foundation in relation to the Contest. These rules govern the Entrant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the Entrant and the Foundation and relating to the Contest.

Consideration

The Entrant agrees that the ability to participate in the Contest and to compete for the prizes offered in connection with the Contest constitutes sufficient consideration for the Entrant’s obligations under these Official Rules.

Thank You for Participating!

 


Let’s Preserve Our History & Heritage!

They say many things about history. One is that history belongs to those that invent it. This is a scary thought to me. If true, this means a great deal of history is mere fiction and invented incorrectly.

A large percent of history is simply forgotten as well, never to be revealed of again. As the old-timers fade away, so does the history of their lives.

I knew some of the old-timers around Flower Mound and heard some of their amazing stories. I am still hearing stories, rummaging through old photographs, and collecting what a lot of people consider worthless junk. I sometimes wonder how many boxes of old photographs, newspaper stories, letters, and other artifacts are thrown away or lost as we lose our early residents.

The lives of those that were here before us are a treasure and should be preserved.  The older I get, the more I appreciate history. I hope you feel the same, and together, we can preserve our history and heritage.

I was blessed to have lived with and be a family member of Bob Rheudasil. He was the first Mayor of Flower Mound, my father-in-law, and one of the greatest men I have ever known. I always thought of Bob as the “Last Gentleman Cowboy”.

Bob Rheudasil as a young man

Bob was a real cowboy in early Flower Mound days and ran a cattle ranch with 4,000 acres and hundreds of world renowned Aberdeen Black Angus Cattle. When development and urban sprawl came to Flower Mound and a huge cattle ranch no longer made sense, Bob adjusted and became a renowned tree farmer. He planted many trees that still stand proudly around Flower Mound.

I want to write about Bob Rheudasil and early Flower Mound leaders to preserve these stories, many of which Bob told me.  Hopefully some of you will share your early stories too. Together, we can discover and record the real history and heritage of Flower Mound, and not leave it to others that may distort or guess at it. We can’t have strangers inventing our history and heritage for us, now can we?

Bob Rheudasil died on September 19, 2011, just months after the 50thAnniversary of

Bob Rheudasil receiving a Proclamation for Flower Mound's 50th Anniversary

the birth of Flower Mound. One of the last times Bob stood on his own was at a 50thAnniversary Celebration, where he proudly received a Proclamation from the Town of Flower Mound, honoring his early leadership. I believe Bob and God waited for that 50th Birthday party. Bob loved Flower Mound. He had a major stroke just days after this presentation and never recovered..

Flower Mound was born in 1961 in the midst of a land skirmish known as the Denton County Wars. The City of Irving was attempting to annex a lot of North Texas including Flower Mound.  Flower Mound had to fight a significant legal battle against this annexation, or become part of Irving.

Bob Rheudasil, Doc Wilkerson, Edward Marcus, and other early residents banded together and won a Landmark Legal Case to stop this massive annexation. Flower Mound was incorporated quickly after and Bob was elected the first Mayor.

Bob was a real ambassador for Flower Mound and always said, “I welcome you to Flower Mound, as long as you welcome the next ones to come”. These are some of the most unselfish words I know. Bob said them to every new resident he met, as he watched Flower Mound grow from farms and ranches to the community it is today. I hope more residents adopt this principle, as I have.

Flower Mound was born fighting for land rights and it seems like Flower Mound has been fighting ever since.  If you have been around Flower Mound long, you know the politics are always spirited and sometimes bloody.

Aside from fighting each other, we have always had to fend off outsiders from plundering the town for profits and precious resources. These struggles continue and are a part of who we are – even today. We have always had a lot to fight for and our struggles have made Flower Mound the quality community it is today.

When Bob was with us, a friend wanted me to help get the old-timers together at the Flower Mound Presbyterian Church to discuss the early history of Flower Mound, and to celebrate Flower Mound’s 50th Anniversary. I asked Bob if he would help me organize the old-timers and invite them. Bob told me all the old-timers he knew were already at the Presbyterian Church, in the cemetery next door. Now Bob is there with them.

Bob Rheudasil in his Bluebonnets

Bob and others in Flower Mound led amazing lives and left us a proud heritage. Let’s re-discover and share their lives, before this history is lost forever or invented by those that don’t really appreciate it.