A public request soliciting logo ideas for the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government attracted 19 entries.
What was great was we saw a lot of commonalities throughout them, said Chris Floore, the citys public affairs director. Many of the designs show the Fort Hawkins blockhouse, cherry blossoms, the Ocmulgee River and historic local buildings.
That degree of overlap shows there is a common public image of what makes this area unique, Floore said.
Other submissions are variations of the current city and county seals.
The deadline to submit an entry originally was Oct. 11, but organizers extended it by two weeks when no entries had arrived as that date approached. Trae McCombs, city multimedia manager, said the communications team of the task force thats overseeing consolidation was pleased with the subsequent response.
Anyone, including amateurs and professional designers, could submit up to two entries. Submitters were asked to register so judges could work with them on professional-quality final versions, said Nick Kouloungis, director of technology services for the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
Floore said reviewers want to see inclusion of the incorporation dates of Bibb County (1822), Macon (1823) and the new government (2014); the phrase Macon-Bibb County; a Latin motto the task force can help select; and some of those common features like Fort Hawkins.
A review committee went over the submitted designs and chose three artists whose entries showed some of those common features, Floore said. Those three artists -- who havent all been contacted yet -- will be asked to work on revised versions incorporating all the requested elements, he said.
Were asking that if theyre interested in moving further along by the process, that they have it back to us by Friday, Nov. 15, Floore said.
On the contest web page, people can add a Facebook-style thumbs-up on the designs, although the votes alone will not determine the winner. The leader, with 73 thumbs-up on Thursday, was a design by Brian Woods showing outline maps of Macon and Bibb County. In second place was a submission from Andrew Mayfield, with 44 votes, which shows Fort Hawkins, the Bibb County Courthouse cupola, a cherry blossom and the Ocmulgee earth lodge. In third was Janel Bailey with 22 votes, showing a generic skyline and cherry tree within an intricate border.
Floore said the Macon Arts Alliance has collaborated with the communications team throughout the contest. When a winning design is chosen, the artist will get $250 from the arts alliance, he said.
We anticipate having (a winner) back to the task force this month, Floore said.
The communications team and city-county staff could have designed a new logo in-house, but the task force agreed it should be a community effort. The seal will be used on official letterhead, business cards, websites, in advertising and on vehicles, so it has to be versatile and functional, Kouloungis has said.
The new government is expected to vote to adopt a seal in January.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.