T-shirt Contest winners

Winning Designs

Thank you for participating in the Advocate’s first ever T-shirt Contest. Over 700 voters chose from their top favorites to bring this insanely close roller coaster of a race to its conclusion. Below are the results and some short bios on your favorite designers. Congratulations to all of the top ten finalists. Thank you again for making this contest such a success.

Grand Prize Winner
Mark K. Platt #6 – Mark Platt
Lakewood/ East Dallas

Mark Platt is the founder/principle of Kendall Creative, a Dallas-based brand design firm. Kendall Creative partners with individuals, businesses, and institutions to identify who and what they are and strategically communicate their message across every touch-point.

Mark and Kendall Creative have won many awards and been recognized for their outstanding work by numerous industry publications including PRINT, Graphis, Graphic Design USA, American Corporate Identity, and others. For 15 years, Mark, his wife Alise, and their four children have lived in the White Rock Lake area. Video: Meet Mark Platt

1st Place
Keith Beasley #6 – Keith Beasley
Lake Highlands

After growing up in the warm swampy marshes of Louisiana, Keith Beasley moved to Dallas in the early 90s after his college sweetheart, Paula was accepted to law school at SMU.

What began as a love of design and football helmet logos has unbelievably turned into what some may call a job – but what Keith refers to as one “picnic of a career.” He started Clayton Everett Design, a design agency in 1991 and continues to be incredibly blessed with tons of wonderful clients that have expanded their capabilities into Corporate Branding, On·Screen Media and general cool stuff.

His two children have grown up in the Lake Highlands area; his daughter Brittany is a sophomore at Lake Highlands High School and his son, Braden, is in the 7th grade at Forest Meadow Junior High. WhoDat.

2nd Place
Jeff Jackson #9 – Jeff Jackson, aka “Lunchbox”
Lake Highlands

I love what I do and have a great time doing it. Working with everyone here at CED is like having that giant tree house we all dreamt about as kids – only bigger. A clubhouse where we create pixels and prints that span across all media.

I’m really am living the dream. I have a career working with great friends, cool clients with challenging projects. I have an amazingly talented and beautiful wife, Jen, and two polar bears for dogs, and cool old car for fun. Life can’t get any better in my eyes.

3rd Place
Sara Lovas #3 – Sara Lovas
Lakewood/ East Dallas

Sara Lovas is a freelance Graphic Designer based in Dallas, TX. She has worked for a variety of clients, advertising agencies and nonprofit arts organizations in both Dallas and New York.

In her spare time, she enjoys making mixed media and metal sculpture. To learn more visit www.saralovascreative.com or www.facebook.com/saralovascreative

4th Place
Erik Schuessler #10 – Erik Schuessler
Oak Cliff

I am a Partner and the Lead Interface/Brand Designer for Brainfood. I have such a hard time explaining what it is I do exactly, but it is fun to try.

I’m a mix of talents and interests and that shows when I work on a project. I am usually trying to make visual elements look good together and catch your eye in web and print, but also work on animations, 3d, flash and video edits. Our client base at Brainfood is pretty wide, and there have been some interesting requests, but I am always happy to have a new challenge.

I also devote time to supporting my alma mater, providing assistance for alumni events and mixers to benefit the school, which I thoroughly enjoy.

5th Place
Sara Lovas #7 – Sara Lovas
Lakewood/ East Dallas

Sara Lovas is a freelance Graphic Designer based in Dallas, TX. She has worked for a variety of clients, advertising agencies and nonprofit arts organizations in both Dallas and New York.

In her spare time, she enjoys making mixed media and metal sculpture. To learn more visit www.saralovascreative.com or www.facebook.com/saralovascreative

6th Place
Robert Hernandez #4 – Robert Hernandez
Oak Cliff


I am 36, married with three children, two dogs and one guinea pig. my wife is Bonner Hernandez and our children are Truett, Louisa and Carolina. we live in the Kings Hwy district and our home is directly across for Twelve Hills, such a great view in the morning.


I’ve lived all my life in Oak Cliff and swindled my wife to move here form highland park, she never regrets it.
We love oak cliff so much because of the diversity here and the wonderful places, that the rest of Dallas has no idea of. Graduate of Adamson High School, and was a Peeler Pirate growing up. Our favorite adult restaurant, Bolsa, of course, and our favorite family hang out is Aunt Stelles. Love it here, wanna die here, and think y’all are doing a great job promoting our great town.

8th Place
Ben Dolezal #2 – Ben Dolezal


Ben Dolezal is from Kendall Creative, a Dallas-based brand design firm.

9th Place
Tim Childress #5 – Tim Childress


Tim Childress is from Kendall Creative, a Dallas-based brand design firm.

10th Place
Tim Childress #8 – Tim Childress


Tim Childress is from Kendall Creative, a Dallas-based brand design firm.

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  • erik

    Hey David! Thanks for liking the word cloud, it would be something cool to mess with. Setting the word sizes based on popularity on google. Good idea!

  • Kathryn Oliver

    I like the fourth one with the tandem bike riders mainly because being an Oakcliffer, we are bike friendly, and really trying to advocate for bike lanes.

  • I think all the finalists are good lookin’, though a couple that I absolutely LOVED did not make the final cut. (maybe I’ll hire you to make my shirt!) David has a good idea about the word cloud … and how do you know that’s not Dick’s real last name? Maybe his parents were just cruel (or hilarious).

  • David Hauck

    Although I liked the drawing of the kid and dog on a brown shirt, the concept of the “label cloud” of local places into the Advocate A won out on idea alone. I hope this is done the why label clouds are on the web with the most popular the larger.

    And you posters realize the “Dick Hangin” is not his real name, but his attitude and and what he does, “hangin” around with nothing better to do…

  • mmoore

    The reason many of them are white is because the template that we put out was white. Thus many people designed on a white background, but some chose not too. We never said it had to be on white.

    We can print our t-shirts on any color of the rainbow, we just chose not to stray from what the artist or designer had originally sent us.

  • mmoore

    Ok, kittens, put the claws away. Dick and Pat, you can get your chance to ‘out design the masses’ this winter when we do a long sleeve t-shirt contest.

    As for your comment on quality of designs, you must indeed be a ‘kick-butt; designer if you are poo-poohing these designs, we are lovin’ them. Can’t wait to see what guns you bring out next time.

    As for the Advocate, (unlike other magazines) we run an honest vote. So far over 250 people have voted and it is just Monday. Everyone of those people’s votes are counted. And before that, every one of the designs that came in were carefully looked at and voted on by real people who, when it is all said and done, get to wear the winning shirts with pride, in public.

    We have no agenda, we are not looking for anything more than a stylin’ t-shirt. We just want to reward our talented neighbors for taking the time and using their talents to keep us lookin’ good. We think an iPad is fair trade. 🙂

    Again, we hope to see what everyone brings to the table next time. So ’til then, play nice. After all, you may live next door to some of these designers.

  • Anijun Goodfellow

    Thanks to all the people who took the time out of their busy schedules to create these really nice designs for us to choose which we like best. Determining whether art and design is good or bad is very subjective. So, since you can only please some of the people some of the time, you will never be able to please ALL the people all of the time. Thank goodness the contest is determined by the majority, not by the tastes of a few.

  • Hairy Satchel

    Why with all the different colors of shirts out there are most of these white????

  • ma bawlbag

    Hey dick pat. I am sure you could do some great work! Participate in the next competition and go for it! Maybe one day you will get off your web browsing ass and you will make a t-shirt that is so amazing everyone’s brains will explode out of their heads from just a mere glance!! Maybe they will give you a Nobel Peace Prize because your design is just so “clever”! Maybe people will be forced to give their first born child to go work in a sweat shop to make more t-shirts so they can be emblazoned with the divine mark of your intellectual prowess! Until then I guess your engagement with the competition is armchair whiner. Do not fret! I am sure the advocate will need a shirt next year and I am confident you will make design that will be worthy of someone else saying how much you suck! 🙂

  • pat field

    well its pretty easy for some of these people to just slap the vectorized image that you put up friday on a shirt and you guys just enter that? i mean seriously no creativity whatsoever! i will say what should be said about this hoax of a t shirt contest. it was mostly BS choices

  • dick hangin

    your choices all are so completely stupid and simple!