Now it’s time to get your vote on!

We’ve had a great response to our billboard contest with 29 entries and now it’s time to vote for your favorite one.  After the jump you can see them all and let us know which one you like most.

The designs are listed in random order.  Click on the radio button by your selection and remember to click the vote button at the bottom of the page.

To make things fair, please only vote once, thank you.  If you have already voted, you will see the results of the voting upon subsequent visits to this page.

Voting will continue through February 15th.

  • Entry 10

    (10%, 310 Votes)
  • Entry 25

    (9%, 282 Votes)
  • Entry 13

    (9%, 268 Votes)
  • Entry 28

    (8%, 238 Votes)
  • Entry 11

    (8%, 231 Votes)
  • Entry 15

    (7%, 199 Votes)
  • Entry 9

    (6%, 173 Votes)
  • Entry 12

    (5%, 146 Votes)
  • Entry 14

    (4%, 124 Votes)
  • Entry 18

    (4%, 122 Votes)
  • Entry 4

    (4%, 105 Votes)
  • Entry 20

    (3%, 101 Votes)
  • Entry 19

    (3%, 101 Votes)
  • Entry 22

    (3%, 92 Votes)
  • Entry 16

    (3%, 76 Votes)
  • Entry 23

    (2%, 57 Votes)
  • Entry 2

    (2%, 49 Votes)
  • Entry 21

    (1%, 44 Votes)
  • Entry 17

    (1%, 37 Votes)
  • Entry 24

    (1%, 37 Votes)
  • Entry 5

    (1%, 33 Votes)
  • Entry 29

    (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Entry 26

    (1%, 25 Votes)
  • Entry 3

    (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Entry 6

    (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry 27

    (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Entry 7

    (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Entry 8

    (0%, 14 Votes)
  • Entry 1

    (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,980

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Disclaimer – Due to the possibility of fraudulent voting, Mid Ohio Atheists members retain the right to be the sole arbiters and final judge of the winning entry.

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25 Responses to Now it’s time to get your vote on!

  1. White Crow says:

    Column on right blocked parts of the entries. But, I voted and appreciate your efforts!
    White Crow
    Mouth of Wilson, VA

  2. Michael says:

    I’ve checked them in Google Chrome and IE9 and both display the post properly on my pc. If your using a mobile browser they do display cut off, in which case I would suggest using a computer as our website does not always display properly on mobile platforms. If your using a PC please let me know.

  3. Fred says:

    My favorite is the definition of Character. This slogan–based on the one containing “…when no ONE is watching”, which I first heard on the Dr. Laura Program–reclaims the high moral ground that almost all atheists occupy in being good without god, and forces the reader to think of what is it, really, that makes anyone a person of character. This reality is one of the strongest arguments for giving up supernaturalism.

    IMHO, any approach that challenges the reader as an intelligent rational thinker, is much preferred to an attack which use quotes from the bible. Lifelong Christians don’t hear those quoted bible phrases with the same cognitive dissonance that we atheists do. Bible-quoting attacks can push a wavering, freethinking churchgoer back toward the camp of those who insist that they need to take a “leap of faith.”

    In my own case, as a deconverted believer, once I stopped drinking the Kool-Aid of faith in a supernatural being, I brought myself to the realization that those bible quotes were in no way authoritative, and I dismantled the rest of the clerical claptrap quite well all on my own, thank-you-very-much.

  4. Ologies says:

    Well this is awkward. I submitted a billboard about two weeks ago or so but do not see it up here. I will be sending you an e-mail shortly.

  5. Ron Stephens says:

    @Ologies
    I found you submission in the spam folder. I sincerely apologize for that.
    Your submission is up now.

  6. Ologies says:

    I appreciate it, thank you!

  7. Neil says:

    Hands Working > Hands Praying – my favorite.

  8. Elliot says:

    Some great submissions, great job people!

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  10. Trina says:

    That was a difficult decision – you had some very good options here! I’m looking forward to seeing the final choice!

  11. Bryan Schear says:

    The one that says “On the first day, man created God” is rather ridiculous. It’s like conceding that man was present on the first day. You know the YECs will see that and be content in taking only that part of the message. I’m actually raising an eyebrow over the fact that so many people voted for it. Also surprised at the Thomas/doubter one but I’ll blame that on Hemant ;P

  12. Ed Allwein says:

    1. As a marketing strategy, who’s the target? Annoy religionists, attract like-minded individuals, or provoke the curious but hesitant? What’s the desired emotion after reading the message? Do I fell better about myself, do I feel worse about others, hopeful, discouraged, empowered, smarter, sexier, …?
    I recommend selecting only positive messages that makes the reader feel positive without impugning others’ views unnecessarily. This eliminates many of the negative candidates (including “God is busy”, “which is real”, “dragons”).

    2. As a marketing medium, billboards have specific constraints, comprehension speed being the principal one. So avoid: many words (“heard the ‘good’ news?”, “sagan”), low contrast (“dragons”, “unicorns”, “beware of the dragon”), elaborate typefaces (“dragons”, “unicorns”), fast to parse (“come dou&bt”?), esoteric math symbols (e.g., “working > praying” & “knowing > believing” suggests that the first leads to the second).

    3. What is the call to action? Only a few seem focused on next steps (“come and be among friends”), the rest mostly imply (“Alone?”) that agreement naturally leads to engagement.

    We can also assume that the MidOhioAtheists.org is sufficiently self-explanatory, and works well as a major element, not in smaller font.

    I’d vote for a reworking along the lines of
    “1 of 6 Ohioans are Rationalists. Join Us”
    “Reason is a Virtue. Join Us” (without the -Faith- cross out)
    “This Life is All We Have. Lead a Richer Life Now.”
    “Believe in Thinking. Join Us.”

  13. Kayla Norton says:

    Yay! The one I voted for has the highest score!

  14. ahhh says:

    can we have three votes? they are all really good.

  15. Terry says:

    Very impressive. Best collection of billboard designs I have seen in a long while. The display of most of these I would be proud to contribute to.

  16. Dan says:

    I love (and voted for) the “Character is who you are when no god is watching”, but I much prefer the style of the “On the first day, man created god” one (and the ones like it). Not sure who did them, but the iconography and typography of that series is fantastic.

  17. Leon says:

    This is an assortment of some very good designs. I voted for “Reason is a virtue”, though the one saying “Character is who you are when no God is watching” has great potential for encouraging theists (if anything can) to think about whether religion is really what makes people good.

    I have one request: if you end up using the one about “your naughty bits”, could you replace the missing apostrophe in “won’t”?

  18. Kyle says:

    I really think you guys should do the top 3 and put them in rotation. Great messages therein. Great to see you guys shaking up Ohio!

  19. I’m disappointed that so many of the entries didn’t stick with the idea of just letting atheists know your group is there without necessarily putting religion down. It seems like most atheist billboards are meant to be inflammatory or insulting, or come off that way. I’m interested to see what the public response would be to an atheist billboard that simply states the existence of atheists.

  20. Part of what I considered for my entries is whether or not they can be easily read at 60mph. Some of these wordier entries might require someone to pullover and get their reading glasses out. Not that I’m trying to build my own entries up. There are many great designs here that are easy to read at speed. :)

  21. Elliot says:

    Hey guys, I’ll throw my 2 cents in… I designed the silver background series “On the first day, man created god.”, “Reason is a virtue”, etc.

    I tried to keep my design simple, and make sure the type is legible, people are driving, they need to be able to digest the message in a few seconds.

    I tried to make the billboard look interesting and be eye catching. By using a subtle gradient and a colorful logo, that creates some contrast and visual interest. And one of the simplest things you can do to bump up a design is use a different typeface than just the standard arial, georgia, verdana. I used Gotham, it is a modern, clean sans serif typeface that I love, and it is EASY TO READ.

    As for the messages, I’m not one for just saying, hi we’re here. The “you are not alone” message is one of my favorites, but I prefer something a little more thought provoking, or “inflammatory” if you will. And I also like witty, tongue in cheek copy, and playing off common religions phrases like “on the first day, god created” and “faith is a virtue”, you can bait people in with that familiarity, and twist it, hence creating a reaction. I’d prefer it to be a positive reaction, but I’m really happy with anything, anger, curiosity, laughter, whatever.

    Every time we get on the news for a billboard that’s inflammatory, remember that it’s only inflammatory to people who believe in fairy tales. Our billboards are honest and truthful, and if the truth offensive to people, too bad.

    And finally, I just wanted to have fun with these, and help out a cause that I believe in. Thanks everyone!

  22. Rick Hickman says:

    Hi All !
    I voted early on without comment and have followed this thread with interest. Great observations and suggestions. I’m usually an attack dog but in my old age I’m leaning toward a brief, impact ‘invitational’ message befitting a community service organization. The time and effort of the artistic contributors have certainly given MOA some outstanding gems to work with. I thank all submitters for their offerings several of which I may borrow (steal) with permission.
    ~A~
    I’ve committed to submitting classified and/or display ads in my local papers this month. In researching prices I learned that a business card display ad (3” x 2”, or a skosh under) is only $20 for one of the throw-away advertisers, and meeting announcements are free in the once-a-week paper. Anybody else doing this?
    ~A~
    Back to the billboard submissions…
    Diddling around I downloaded each one as a ‘Save Picture as’ and then reduced the pictures to approximately 3” x 2”. They turned out and printed out surprisingly well which got me to thinking…
    What if… when a board or boards are chosen and a time for the display is set we (the MOA) order business cards (4 color photos) with the same image/message (5,000 for $25-$30, for about a penny apiece) and surreptitiously place the cards, one at a time in books at the library, in magazines on display for sale, on counters at stores, at check-outs, on bulletin boards, in shopping carts, etc., etc? Sort of a Kilroy-was-here effect. A sneaky coordinated two-pronged attack/campaign. We each could do a couple hundred apiece. Same time display ads could also be considered for a community blanketing effect.
    ~A~
    What do you guys and gals think?
    ~A~

  23. @Rick.. I’m all for it. I think anything that lets other Atheists know they are not alone and reveals our existence to Christians in the area is a good thing.

    As for using of the submitted designs if there are some you would like to use for such a project let Ron know so he can seek permission from the designer of that image.

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