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Making your Mark

Image Courtesy The Strong, Rochester, New York.

Do you have a budding artist at home? Or a careful calligrapher who loves to write their letters just so? The Strong National Museum of Play is holding a contest inviting the general public to put their own personal, playful stamp on the museum’s wordmark.

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What is a wordmark you ask? Why it’s the stylized way the title of a company is written, so that the name can also function as a logo. Recognizable wordmarks include Coca Cola (whose wordmark hasn’t changed since 1885), Toys R Us, eBay, Facebook, Instagram…the list goes on and on. Google search wordmark, and while you’re at it, check out theirs.

The contest is simple and involves creating or filling in a new letter O to replace the one currently  in the word Strong. The contest website suggests that contestants take inspiration from the museum’s collection of toys, (other than the one they’re currently using in the wordmark), as well as the idea of play in general. Perfect penmanship is by no means required, but  playful creativity could be just the thing!

For more details check out Sketch with the Strong, and if you have a chance, take a look at some of the wonders the museum has to offer.

Image Courtesy The Strong, Rochester, New York


From the year-round Dancing Wings butterfly garden and the National Toy Hall of Fame, to the nation’s largest collection of dolls, this is a great place to put on the must-see list. And if you happen to win the contest, the Grand Prize is a year-long membership to the museum plus a hefty gift card to spend in the gift shop.