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31: A Worthwhile Emblem

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 by in No Limit

“Sometimes a symbol holds more power than the thing it represents. Like the symbol for Thing, the one I created that is confusing and abstract and makes people ask, What is that thing? And I always reply, “If you already knew, why did you ask?”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

The July Contest is to create any non-flat logo, badge, crest, seal, symbol, emblem or sign of your choice.

It won’t be as simple as placing pixels down on a rectangular or hexagonal grid. Most logos are two dimensional, but for this contest, your creation must have some degree of depth. As a tangible performance benchmark: at most 2/3 of your magnets can be touching the build surface.

All brands of 5mm magnet spheres, including colorful Neoballs, are permitted. Use of a magnetic building surface is allowed, and recommended. No limit on the number of magnets used. Post processing is allowed. No other objects may be used to create your logo/emblem/symbol. Don’t recreate the Zen Magnets logo, as there are already too many magnetic interpretations of such. Use not your bright reflective flash, but instead a self-timer and a tripod (or stand.)

Google Logo as made with neoballs

As usual, the judges will be your peers. Pay attention to resolution, focus, lighting and framing. There will be at least SIX winners, possibly more depending on participation. The prize for first place in this difficult contest will be $75 Zen Credits, usable on or Everything you submit goes into the public domain. Have fun!

Submission deadline is the end of  July.

To enter, load your full resolution photo on to, and fill out this submission form:

 Submit Here