John Rainsford

Excuse for a competition

March 10th, 2010

Printers Proof

I had such a great day today- the weather is nice and bright and work is busy. So busy, in fact, that we have to delay the launch of our Support Web Standards products for another while.

This is probably a good thing as SXSW is on this weekend and maybe it’ll be better to launch after SXSW. I will not be attending SXSW, so I’ll have to endure all the SouthBy chatter this weekend. Luckily though I have my own entertainment lined up involving chilli con carne, tequila and paintballing.

I had such a good day that I decided to run a competition for anyone not going to SXSW. I have two printer’s proofs of our Support Web Standards poster (pictured above), along with anything else I can fit into a mailing tube, as prizes.

Right so, the competition. As I said, two printer’s proofs are the two separate prizes, all you have to do is email me your reason for not going to SXSW. Simple as that. It can be as long or as short. I’ll pick out two winners using the following criteria:

humour, pity and empathy.

Email jrainsford [at] gmail dot com with the subject line ‘Why I’m not going to SXSW’. You can also put it on Twitter ( start your tweet with @usewebstandards) if you can fit it into 140 characters or so. The closing date is March 15th 2010. I’ll post the winning reasons here.

If you are going to SXSW, I wouldn’t dream of excluding you, so there’s a separate raffle-style competition for you. Again, email jrainsford [at] gmail dot com with the subject line ‘Going to SXSW, but include me too’ and I’ll raffle a third prize of a third printer’s proof for that.

The closing date is March 15th 2010. Judges decision is final. Winners will be notified by email. If you’re not going to SouthBy, you can enter both competitions or just the second one, I don’t mind.

To start things off, I’ll give my reason for not going to SXSW-

I’m getting married in five weeks. ‘Nuf said.

“A printer’s proof is a print that is outside of a regular limited edition that is the property of the master printer. Printer’s proofs are produced for the printer’s consideration and approval.”

Please note, the printer’s proofs all have minor discrepancies in their printing, ie the colour solidity might not be 100%. As I did more than the planned print run, I took the posters I thought were not so good and numbered them in a separate edition of 20. I usually keep these for posterity (I do keep an item from the finished edition, but it often gets framed and is inaccessible thereafter). They’re a limited edition in their own right.

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I'm a web designer and developer for Pixelcode, based in Athy, Co.Kildare, Ireland.

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