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.

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

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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

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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.