This summer, we asked Denver residents to send us their best visual representation of Denver and boy did we get some great responses! We received more than 200 submissions that showcased everything from the Front Range mountains to cultural sites to our own Library locations. The creativity and originality of submissions was off the charts and our judges had a hard time narrowing down the selections to just a few.
After an extensive review period, our judges settled on four final designs to be used for Denver Public Library cards in 2016:
Nathan Greyman gives us his take on the Denver Public Library “bookstar” — our iconic logo. This colorful and abstract representation of the Library looks brilliant and crisp on a white background.
Tiffany Tomlin-Shanks beautifully illustrated some well-known Denver landmarks to create a one-of-a-kind card. Denver artist Laurence Argent’s Big Blue Bear is sitting atop Donald Lipski’s famous red chair while the Yearling reads along.
Dustan Nichols gives us a graphic representation of Denver neighborhoods with his map-inspired card. The stately colors and shapes playfully showcase Denver as a series of objects.
Sherry Spitsnaugle snapped a photo of the Spirit of the West in the Western History and Genealogy Department. The structure, otherwise known as the DPL Derrick, is made from lumber from a 1920s sawmill in Washington and is designed to mimic the sights in the old West: a derrick from the days of oil and gold mining, a teepee or a windmill.
We greatly appreciate all of the folks who took time to send us their photos, drawings and original artwork for the contest. Denver has some talented artists and we wish we could have selected them all!
The final designs will appear on DPL library cards next year.
Love these! If I have a split personality, may I get all four?
They're all very very cool!!
I like them all! I am curious about the other submissions from creative folks. Will you share them online?
We received so many applications that unfortunately we will be unable to process and post all the images online, but thank you for your interest!
Great choices. Wouldn't know which to choose.
They look great. It would be nice to see all of them. Maybe you could display them online. It would be a way of rewarding those who were not chosen also.
Unfortunately we will be unable to process and post all the images online, but thank you for your nice comment.
Are they only for new customers, or can we swap out our old cards for one of these?