Sign of the times: Graphic designer wins design award – The Royal Gazette

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Updated: May 20, 2021 07:37

City of Hamilton Chief Executive Dwayne Caines (left) presents a $3,000 prize to Keeon Minors, who appeared online with the help of his brother Korie (Photograph provided)

A graphic designer has won $3,000 in a City of Hamilton sign design contest.

Keeon Minors, the founder of web design agency Lead x Design, will also have his submission installed in the city after topping 60 entries.

Dwayne Caines, Chief Executive and City Clerk of the City of Hamilton, said: “I want to congratulate Keeon on his impressive design – he is exceptionally engaging and conceptually very creative.

“I’m thrilled to see the design come to life and I’m sure it will be a strong addition to Bermuda’s existing national identity.”

Mr Minors, who is currently in Panama, appeared at the ceremony on the steps of Hamilton City Hall on media site Zoom and his brother Korie accepted the award on his behalf.

The competition, launched in March, was part of the Vivid: Public Art initiative and asked members of the public to design a standalone “Bermuda” landmark.

Entrants were encouraged to include Hamilton’s heritage in their designs and showcase Bermuda’s culture.

Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of City of Hamilton officials and art experts.

A City of Hamilton spokeswoman said Mr Minors’ design was selected for its celebration of the island’s flowers, animals and architecture.

Dwayne Caines and members of the Bermuda Marquee Sign Selection Committee present a check for $3,000 for the winning design from Keeon Minors (Photograph provided)

Jessica Astwood, Director of Marketing and Communications for the city, added: “Keeon’s design was chosen because her submission really spoke to the intent of the installation – to inspire engagement with the local community and visitors to the island and improve the environment of the surrounding town.

“With this project, we wanted to create an iconic sign that people would be drawn to and engaged with – a sign that would also celebrate the local arts community and Bermudian culture – and we believe Keeon’s design will do just that. “

She said: “The caliber of entries was extremely impressive, as was the number of entries.

“The competition was open to anyone and everyone in the community, so we had entries from people from a variety of creative backgrounds – graphic designers, students, artists and just ordinary people who were passionate about the idea and giving Bermuda a facility of iconic public art.”

The City of Hamilton will work with Mr. Minors to turn his design into a sign that is expected to be approximately six feet high and 35 feet long.

The panel site is expected to be announced later.

Dwayne Caines and members of the Bermuda Traffic Signs Selection Committee present a check to Keeon Minors for his winning entry in a sign contest to his brother, Korie (photo provided)

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