One’s past is what one is. It is the only way by which
people should be judged.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Playwright. Lady Chiltern, in An Ideal
Husband, act 1.
Symbol Challenge Results
Symbol Challenges of the Past
Results of Symbol ChallengesTM.
SC1 2001 (no Symbol SavantTM
SC2 2002 Symbol SavantTM Allyn Bowker
SC3 2003 Symbol SavantTM William Craig
SC4 2004 Symbol SavantTM John Simpson
SC5 2005 Symbol SavantTM Larry Fries
Sage Symbol SavantTM A Special Award for years of
Contributions awarded to Linda Kekumu.
The Symbol ChallengeTM
was a project I started shortly after the events of September 11th, 2001.
There was so much dissension that I decided to promote something that
hopefully showed what could be done if we worked together. The CC2 Mail
List became my forum, since I knew that people from many countries and
backgrounds were represented on the List. The projection was for two dozen
contributors, though there was the hope for more. The end result was
closer to six dozen, with well over 100 symbols as well as several
catalogs of variant cloned symbols of ProFantasy Symbols. I did not pick a
best Symbol, though I had several that were my favorites.
The Second Symbol ChallengeTM, SC2, was planned a little better
and kicked off in September of 2002. The outcome was even more dramatic.
The number of Contributors was a few more, but the number of Symbols were
over ten times as many. The majority of the Symbols were from one
contributor for some amazing CA Symbols of jewelry and other details.
These sets included all the racial variants for both sexes. Among all the
symbols the choice of the best had to be made this time. The field was
narrowed down to the jewelry mentioned above, a few different sets of
Mountains, a set of Chinese style dragons, several catalogs of detailed
aircraft, several refined and a few humorous skirmish type symbols, and
even a collection of Tile Patterns for fills. These along with others were
compared side by side on only one criteria, the WOW Factor. The winner and
labeled the first Symbol SavantTM
for 2002 was the creator of a Cartouche of a cloth
draped sword, Allyn Bowker aka: Lou. (The GIF Image does not do it
The Third Symbol ChallengeTM, SC³,
consisted of fewer Symbols but the variety improved. The winner of Symbol SavantTM
title went to William Craig for his set of Sea Shells and Corals. It
must be said that this years Challenge was smaller, but picking a winner
was made difficult by the number of outstanding Symbols contributed. Below
are just two of the Sea Shell Collection that William Craig contributed.
The SC4: Symbol ChallengeTM
in 4D had two
parts, the Symbol Challenge and the Iron Symbol Creator Challenge. Many
outstanding Symbols were produced but few first time Symbol Creators
contributed. This also was the closest Symbol SavantTM contest. Several
Symbols WOWed me, but in the end these butterflies and wings took top
honors making their creator, John Simpson the Symbol SavantTM for 2004.
The SC5: Symbol ChallengeTM
in the 5th Dimension had the fewest contributors, due mostly to the time of
year, since it ran between the US Thanksgiving Holiday and Winter Holidays
in the northern Hemisphere. This was also the first time the Community
voted for Symbol Savant and the decision was close, once again showing the
skill and quality from the creators of the community. In the end one group
stood out and Larry Fries was crowned the Symbol SavantTM for 2005. I
will add that in years past, Larry and a couple others, known for their
accurate reproduction of historic and modern vehicles, have always been in
contention. I am glad that the community saw the skill and effort that
went into these Symbols.
2005 also saw the first Sage Symbol
Savant TM. One person has contributed every year and refused to
participate in any of the judging or prizes. Linda Kekumu is known by most
users of CC2 if they have stopped by the CC2 List at anytime. Each month I
am reminded of her service to the community when I read the Posting
Guidelines that start Aloha! This year, I have decided to award a special Symbol SavantTM to
Linda, the first Sage Symbol SavantTM to recognize her skill and years of
contribution to the Symbols for CC2. You can read an Interview with Linda
here. If you need to see any of Linda's
Creations, just check out any of the Hand Drawn sets from SS1 or the
Skirmish from SS2 to name a few.
This Catalog can be
The Symbols from all the Challenges.
SC5 (x MB) Coming Soon! This includes Linda's Railroad Track Symbols.
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