Saturday, July 12, 2008

A New Kind of Beauty Contest: you be the judge!

My mom is one of the most beautiful women I know. And since I was a little girl, she's always told me that part of our job on earth is to help practicing her bandaging skills in case of a community emergency. With her philosophy in mind, I tie all my books to community service...whether it's a college scholarship or a challenge grant to fund youth-led ideas.

My next novel, NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, is being published in Feb '09. Which means it's time for me to start working on a cool little community service project. So I'm considering a YouTube contest: iMbeautiful, challenging teens to tell me in 90 seconds or less what they think is Truly Beautiful. For every video that gets uploaded, I'll donate $10 (up to $3,000 total) to this wonderful non-profit group that provides surgeries to kids with cleft lips in third world countries. Thoughts?
My very good friend and amazing graphic designer, Kim Edberg, has started concepting some logos for this program. I love Kim's design work because it's always so layered with meaning. (North of Beautiful is about a mapmaker's daughter. See the compass, which is also on the book cover?) Which logo direction do you prefer? Why?


  1. I like the second one... I don't know why... it feels a little bolder.

    What happened to your arm?

  2. I like the second logo. It feels simple and easy to read, but still gets the map idea across. Plus, I think it could be reduced to a smaller size without losing clarity.

    Good luck with the contest!

  3. OH! the bandaged arm scared me for a moment until I saw your mom was practicing her first aid skills. Ah. . .

    Congratulations on this fabulous North of Beautiful "new kind of beauty" contest. It's a great idea. I like Kim's designs. The first really stands out.