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December 16th, 2009, 05:46 AM
Any designers amongst us? Jasonik?

Design a Condom Wrapper, City Asks

December 15, 2009, 12:49 pm

By SEWELL CHAN (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/sewell-chan/)
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene The city’s official condom wrapper from 2007, left, and the updated version in 2008. A limited-edition condom wrapper will be distributed next fall; the city is soliciting design proposals.
If you have ever wanted to put your personal imprint on that most personal of items, here is your chance, thanks to New York City. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which unveiled the city’s highly popular first official condom (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/05/nyregion/05condoms.html) on Valentine’s Day 2007 and followed it up with a redesign (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/nyc-condoms-in-translation/) a year later, invited New Yorkers to submit designs (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/condoms/contest.shtml) for a “special, limited-edition” New York City condom wrapper that will be unveiled in the fall.

The design competition (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/condoms/contest.shtml) — the deadline is Jan. 22 — is just the latest incarnation in the city’s long history of making the prophylactic widely available. The health department started distributing condoms at its clinics in 1971, and expanded the program to community-based health organizations during the 1980s — a time when the city faced fierce criticism by advocates who said its response to the AIDS epidemic was too slow.

In 1998, the city expanded the program to include free female condoms.

And in 2005, the department began an Internet-based bulk ordering system, which resulted in a sevenfold expansion of the program, which now distributes 41 million condoms a year in a collaboration with more than 2,000 organizations. (The city uses the lubricated Lifestyles male condom.)

But the idea of making the 2.3-inch square condom wrapper distinctive — initially, the letters “NYC CONDOM” were in the style of subway-line logos, until the 2008 overhaul led by the designer Yves Béhar (http://www.designboom.com/eng/interview/behar.html) — is what’s new.

“The NYC Condom has helped New Yorkers talk about and practice safer sex,” said Dr. Thomas A. Farley (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/commish/combio.shtml), the health commissioner.

The design contest is open to any New York City resident 17 and older. (Applicants who are 17 must obtain and submit written consent from a parent or guardian.) A panel of artists, advertising professionals, health experts and social-marketing experts will announce the finalists in February, and residents will choose the winner through an online vote. “Besides appearing on several hundred thousand condom wrappers, the winning design may be featured in future condom promotions,” the health department said.

The artwork must be original, and it cannot include images that are copyrighted, trademarked or sexually explicit. Design proposals can be submitted online (at nyc.gov/condoms) or, in print, to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, Attention: Director of Condoms and Materials Distribution, 40 Worth Street, CN-A/2, Room 1602, New York, N.Y. 10013.

City Room wants to see your own designs; please e-mail .jpgs or .gifs to cityroom@nytimes.com.


December 16th, 2009, 05:58 PM
This one's been done ...


December 16th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Perhaps more effective if they'd simply stressed the F 'n' G lines :cool:


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene The city’s official condom wrapper from 2007, left, and the updated version in 2008.

... initially, the letters “NYC CONDOM” were in the style of subway-line logos ...


December 16th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Mother Nature has already provided the best condom wrapper.

December 16th, 2009, 10:48 PM

By the rate of unwanted pregnancies (http://www.emaxhealth.com/89/11909.html) I think that's the kind of birth control they're teaching in the schools these days.

December 19th, 2009, 02:43 AM
In China, only use No.1 American Choice

“Feel better than wearing nothing” is the slogan, and it’s been “triple tested”.

However, what I like is that they’re giving some highlights of the reviews the condom has been getting back in the US of A – and boy are they popular. The New York Times say it’s a “Triumph of Excess”, Men’s Health reviewed it twice saying it was a “must-try” and has “sensitivity A+”. The female magazine Cosmopolitan also gave the rubber a run and said it was “Oodles more sensation”. And just in case you were wondering if it was safe for M2M action the San Francisco Boy Guardian gave it it’s “Highest Rating”.

Well there you have it. Who would have thunk that there are editors at these media outlets in the USA giving these a good shag testing for the folks having dirty weekends in Wuxi.

Read more: http://shanghaigingerguy.com/2009/10/05/rubber-reviews/#ixzz0a7OlQLbf

December 19th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Just put this on a wrapper:


NYC Condom: So good, it can go for a third try. :cool:

December 19th, 2009, 04:28 PM
LOL ^ Great :D

Perhaps another one in honor of his predecessor, who at one time supported the policy.

A cover with something like THIS (http://blog.reidreport.com/uploaded_images/giuliani_in_drag-777617.jpg) on it (but then no birth control might be needed, since that image could easily kill the moment) ...

December 19th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Oh….and how about one with Bush on the cover with a caption that reads: “scumbag inside”.

Surprised you missed that one Lofter.

I mean really, you could not pass up that 'stretch' to take a stab at the X Mayor. (http://blog.reidreport.com/uploaded_images/giuliani_in_drag-777617.jpg) . At this point you have completely outed yourself as an obsessed left-wing warrior (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=309961&postcount=18).

And it is getting old, very old, my friend.

December 19th, 2009, 06:01 PM
So put me on your ignore list. :cool:

December 19th, 2009, 07:01 PM
How about this:


Expand the brand.

December 19th, 2009, 07:38 PM
Or... (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8420190.stm)

February 13th, 2010, 11:54 PM
I like the manhole best. Clever :).

Five Finalists Picked in Condom Wrapper Contest


(pics from Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/11/new-york-condoms-design-c_n_459100.html?slidenumber=cl9qebGdOaI%3D&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&slideshow#slide_image))






One way to promote safer sex is to make it more attractive.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced today (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/condoms/contest.shtml) the five finalists in its design competition (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/design-a-condom-wrapper-city-asks/) for condom wrappers. The finalists’ designs are displayed above in the slide show. And now the vote is on.

The people will have the final say on which design will wrap around several million Lifestyles lubricated male condoms that will be available at bars, clubs, restaurants, gyms and coffee houses, as well as clinics and community centers throughout the city this fall. Any New York City-based organization, public or private, can also order them at nyc.gov/condoms.
You can cast your vote here (http://pub28.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=2339800303&cpv=2), or on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NYCcondom). The polls will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28.

“We want to thank all of the creative New Yorkers who participated in the package design contest,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City’s health commissioner. “We still face an epidemic of HIV/AIDS and high rates of other sexually transmitted diseases. When used correctly and consistently, condoms can prevent these infections as well as unintended pregnancies. Involving New Yorkers in this issue is one way we are reminding those who are sexually active to use condoms whenever they have sex.”

A panel of local artists and advertising professionals, as well as public health and social-marketing experts, sifted through nearly 600 entries that were submitted via the Web and snail mail. Among the judges were Kenneth Cole; Cynthia Dantzic, a professor of art at Long Island University; Brian Davis, a senior peer educator of the Child Center of New York’s Teen Impact Prevention Program (TIPP); Christine Murphy, the public sector manager of Ansell Healthcare Products, LLC; Paul Orefice, the managing partner at the creative advertising and design firm the Watsons; and Stephen Stafford, the director of communications at Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical Center.

Whoever wins will be the fourth official condom designer to succeed in having his or her work tucked into the pockets and wallets of New Yorkers. The first official condom (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/05/nyregion/05condoms.html) was introduced on Valentine’s Day 2007, and a redesign followed (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/nyc-condoms-in-translation/) a year later.

City Room put out the call (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/the-wrap-up-of-user-submitted-condom-covers/) for reader’s designs this past December; below are the results. (You’ll notice we received one design that has made it to the finals.)

(see article for pics)


February 15th, 2010, 07:43 PM
I like the subway one. They need to make them in larger sizes though; they only come in one size.

February 15th, 2010, 08:00 PM
I'm old school -- I voted for the Top Hat.

But they should issue them using all the designs.

Just as one size doesn't fit all, more images will connect with more people and could increase their use.

February 15th, 2010, 10:07 PM
Very true Lofter!

February 16th, 2010, 09:57 AM
The tophat one is a cute pun.

But the manhole would probably only be popular in the Village........with a majority that is.....

February 17th, 2010, 07:34 AM
^ I interpreted the manhole a bit differently ;).

March 10th, 2010, 07:21 AM
Excellent and clever association. No restrictions on the use of this ubiquitous symbol?

Power Button Wins Condom Wrapper Design Contest



Luis Acosta A graphic designer from Kew Gardens in Queens, Luis Acosta, 29, says he hopes his winning design will remind people that they are in control.

The NYC condom package design contest (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/design-a-condom-wrapper-city-asks/?scp=1&sq=condom&st=cse) wrapped up Tuesday. After tallying more than 15,000 online votes, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that a design by a Queens man showing a power button would adorn six million limited-edition free condoms set for release this year.

The winner, Luis Acosta, who studied at the Pratt Institute, beat four other finalists (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/five-finalists-picked-in-condom-wrapper-contest/?scp=1&sq=condom%20design%20competition&st=cse), whose designs included an image of a top hat (symbolic of chivalry) and a train going into a tunnel. (We will not explain that.)

“I hope my package design reminds people that they’re in control,” said Mr. Acosta, who received 23 percent of the votes. “It’s about empowering people and giving a positive message, while staying subtle.”

The NYC condom — the nation’s first municipally branded prophylactic — was introduced by the health department on Valentine’s Day 2007. More than 40 million of the male Lifestyles condoms are distributed throughout the city each year in health clinics, bars, shops, hair salons and many more public locations. This year is the first for a wrapper design contest.

“We’re keeping condoms and the conversation about them fresh,” said Dr. Monica Sweeney, the assistant New York City health commissioner. “We want everybody to think and talk about condoms all the time,”

The sleek and simple electronic power button wrapper will be coming to a nightstand drawer, wallet or pocket near you in fall 2010.


March 13th, 2010, 02:23 PM
Well, the power button design although has nothing to do with New York, but it does send a clear message to New Yorkers to keep their (ya know) safe and sound. I actually feel it is a great choice, :)!