Soooo...Dr. She Who Will Not Be Named rather casually asked me to "pretty up" the MS150 Team webpage earlier this week. How hard could THAT be, right? Oooooh, contrare...QUITE difficult! You see, I am working with the creative mind of a neuroscientist here...HERS, not mine.
Some of you have connected to the Saint EB BIKACIDE webpage to the left of this blog and some of you even made a donation (against MY better judgment and scolding). But what you may not have explored from Saint EB's page is the SMYELIN BABES team webpage...it's the main hub for all of the riders and connects the outside world to the entire team of about 16 riders...and this, dear ones, is where the REAL story begins!
Dr. SWWNBN forwards me an email, which has the team jersey design attached to it in a PROTECTED/SECURED file...she nonchalantly says, "Maybe you could use the jersey design somehow on the team webpage?" She may be a neurologist with like a 100 years of education under her belt, but it is painfully obvious she knows very little about the Internet and webpage design...so I told her I would "try", but it was doubtful I could use the email attachment because it was password protected.
Needless to say (and because I have a seriously criminal mind), I WAS able to pirate a print of the design from the attachment, then scan it back into my computer. And, needless to say, being the perfectionist I am, I simply didn't like the resolution of the scan! I worked and worked with it and finally decided to just scrap the idea and try to create something I thought might represent the team in another graphic design.
Let me first add this disclaimer: I AM NO GRAPHIC ARTIST. But I DO like to mess around in PrintShop and PhotoShop alot (as you can tell by my sometimes weirdo pictures I post within this blog! LOL). So, I looked at the jersey design, noted the "fireman's cross" on it and all the flames (there is a group of firemen riding on the team also), and came up with this:
Dr. SWWNBN emailed me back saying, "The flames freaked me out!" Sooooo...back to the drawing board I went. I tried various designs and patterns, but nothing "sold" me...I began to lose hope in my ability to PLEASE Dr. SWWNBN and this was a bit scary! After all, she controls my medications!!!
I decided to consult a dear friend who IS a graphic artist (and just a great artist to boot!) in Houston, pleading with her to rescue me from my dilemma. In typical fashion (and with very little input, too), she cropped the original jersey and came up with this:
Now I ask YOU! Which design do YOU prefer? Did the good doctor simply poo-poo a fabulous idea or was she...er...right AGAIN? She has yet to see my friend, Sharon's, creation (which I happen to like also). I need some help here from you...I need to be able to tell her, "The MS community has spoken and ________ is what they want!"
Let me know if EITHER design is a winner...otherwise, I may be forced to find a new neurologist!...