by Chris Lingebach
Credit: Mixaurus/99designs

Credit: Mixaurus/99designs

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – If you’re the type of person who believes the Redskins name debate has but one inevitable outcome, you’d likely also be one to indulge in potential alternatives, both in name and imagery.

99designs, a leading online marketplace for graphic designers, put the challenge of crafting Washington’s potential next logo to its online community in the form of a week-long re-branding contest.

Launched on Oct. 2., the San Francisco-based company received nearly 1,900 entries in its competition; all vying for a $500 purse – to be awarded to the lone winner and honorable mention candidate – and the bragging rights of meeting a growing demand for a fresh new look in the nation’s capital.

While most designers adhered to the name suggestions provided by the guest judges – Robert McCartney of The Washington Post, Kevin Ewoldt and Ken Meringolo of Hogs Haven, and Slate editor David Plotz – those suggestions (Warriors, Renegades and Griffins) were merely loose guidelines, so as to not restrict the creativity of participating designers.

Ultimately, the winner – who goes by the username Mixaurus – elected to go with the Warriors, crafting a logo that incorporates the Washington Monument and the Pentagon, harmonizing to form the outline of a W.

Mbingcrosby, awarded honorable mention, strayed outside the lines in creating a Washington Redtails design, in accordance with the alternative famously proposed by D.C. Councilmember David Grosso in April.

The two finalists are featured on either the top or bottom of this page.

Scroll through our Gallery to view more submissions.

Click here for more on the Redskins name debate.

Credit: mbingcrosby/99designs

Credit: mbingcrosby/99designs


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