14 November 2005

Contract Law Contest! Win $200!

CONTRACT LAW CONTEST

Calling all barristers, solicitors and lawyers to be. Here's your chance to expand your resume and make your mark on the lululemon line of legal documents. We are looking for both contract and agreement submissions for all of the following items:
  1. Supplier contracts

  2. Employee agreements

  3. Liability contracts

  4. Litigation initiation

  5. Salary negotiation

  6. Vendor agreements

Each document should focus on the following:
  • Combining legalese with everyday yuppie language

  • Include our logo and name. This can be subtly ingrained in the documents' fine print

  • Justifying the 800% markup on our Olympic sponsored products for yoga, circus, tai chi, pilates and cross training to offset future lawsuits

  • For vendor agreements, focus on dismissing the validity of their profession by grouping amateurs and professionals together to maximize the balance of cost vs services — preferably to as close to zero as possible. (i.e. pit a professional against a grade school student and mine their ideas for free.)

Your work will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  1. Simplicity — is not overly difficult to steal and call our own

  2. The document has to be shown on an actual piece of paper so we can see placement and size of the paragraphs in relation to the paper (being lawyers, we felt it necessary to point this out)

  3. Use of verbage, new way of screwing people over, or a combination of techniques (conniving, swindling, professional hypocrisy, defrauding, scamming)

If we use your document you will receive a $200 cash reward in addition to having your work come to life on a lululemon contract.

All entries must be submitted by December 1, 2005 to Community Relations at the SSC, attention: Jaclyn Josephson.

Jaclyn Josephson
lululemon athletica
community relations coordinator
604.732.6124 ext. 244
www.lululemon.com




Now of course you're sitting there saying, WTF? This isn't real. Of course it's not. Christina Peressini wrote this in response to something equally baffling and it's being circulated on the GDC listserv currently, to much glee: Vancouver-based retailer, lululemon, put up a contest for whoo! $200, and hope to waste many people's time without any direct consultation with the client. And it's not the first time the GDC has made a stand about this. The Vancouver Olympic committe held something similar, link. (Here is one reply, from Madhouse Creative, although many designers did obviously enter the competition.)

The Olympics have since agreed to work with the president of the GDC, Peggy Cady; link:
The president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada says that the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee has agreed to a process that will let the GDC 'influence' the future course of Olympic design competitions.

Peggy Cady, speaking in Toronto where she is involved with the formation of Trade Team Canada, says that during her face-to-face and e-mail discussions with VANOC CEO John Furlong during the past week, he agreed to allow the GDC to "present formal guidelines" that, once approved by VANOC, will be included in the official Transfer of Knowledge Program of the International Olympic Committee. The guidelines, yet to be drafted, will make recommendations on how to conduct future logo-design competitions without raising the ire of international graphic design societies.

And here is lululemon's original request for "contest" entries:
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONTEST

Calling all designers and graphic designers to be. Here's your chance to expand your portfolio and make your mark on the lululemon line. We are looking for both design and graphic submissions on all of the following items:
  1. Men's t-shirt

  2. Men's long sleeve design for fall

  3. Women's t-shirt

  4. Fabric pattern for a women's tank top

  5. Fabric pattern for men's shorts

  6. Christmas gift box

Each design should focus on the following:
  • Combining art with athletics

  • Including our logo and name. This can be subtly ingrained in the artwork

  • Products for yoga, circus, tai chi, pilates and cross training for the Olympics

  • For men's wear, focus on the post metrosexual. (i.e. an athletic man who is in touch with his emotions.)

Your artwork will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  1. Simplicity — is not overly costly to produce

  2. The graphic has to be shown on an actual outlined garment so we can see placement and size of the graphic in relation to the garment

  3. Use of color, new techniques or a combination of techniques (embroidery, stitching, goop, screening, sewing)

If we use your design you will receive a $200.00 cash reward in addition to having your design come to life on a lululemon product.

All entries must be submitted by December 1, 2005 to Community Relations at the SSC, attention: Jaclyn Josephson.

Jaclyn Josephson
lululemon athletica
community relations coordinator
604.732.6124 ext. 244
www.lululemon.com

EDIT — Visit Michael Surtees's blog, design*notes, to check out some of lululemon's responses to e-mails they're receiving from Canada's design industry.

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