Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Orange Marmalade Label Design Contest

jelly jar

I had such a ball making grape jelly, that I decided to have a go at preserving some orange marmalade.

One thing that a lot of home bottlers forget is that, just because the jars have cooled and the big awkward pot is stowed, you’re not quite finished. That’s right, you need a label.

For me, affixing the label is the most satisfying part of any canning or bottling project, and with today’s image editing software, free fonts, and inkjet printers, you don’t really have an excuse for leaving your product sitting there without an identity.

nelson ball clock

Design My Label

You say you don’t make jelly? Don’t fret, you can still design a cool brand and label package for my orange marmalade!

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

Well ok, prize. Yes, my friend Pat, world’s most eligible bachelor and proprietor of Portland’s Hive Modern, has donated an authentic and iconic orange George Nelson ball clock to be awarded to whoever comes up with the best label design. Alright, you can choose whatever finish you prefer for the clock, but it would be cool if it were orange, you know, kind of a marmalade tie-in.

Prize Update:

If you come up with the best Fink’s Orange Marmalade label, but you are simply not in the market for a ball clock, you can opt to receive an Eames plastic side chair with wire base instead. Whoa baby!

How To Enter

The jars will be standard half pint Kerr mason jars which are 3 inches tall not including the lid. The final label dimension should be 2″ x 6″, but the actual viewable area will be around 2″ x 3″ because some of the label will wrap around the back of the jar, and not be visible as it sits on the shelf. (see jar photo for reference).

To enter, simply email your design to me at steve(at)finkbuilt.com and I gladly will post it for you.

If you need inspiration, you should check out the great design submissions from the Finkbuilt Ketchup label design contest from a few years back.


It’s pretty loose, just make the label fit the jar, and come up with the best design you can. Feel free to take liberties with the product name, branding approach, slogans, or catch phrases.

Submissions are due by midnight Friday, January 30th.

Pat will be judging this contest, so all bets are off! The winner will be announced here on Saturday, Jan 31st.

UPDATE - Chair prize only available to residents of the continental United States. Clock can be shipped Worldwide.

Good luck!

21 Responses to “Orange Marmalade Label Design Contest”

  1. Tomas Says:



  2. Steve Says:

    Tomas, You’re winning so far!

  3. Archibald Drinkwater Says:

    yeah, lets see some more ideas !

  4. Steve Says:

    Sam Kingstom emailed me with this design:

  5. Toon Says:

    Will you be printing the labels yourself, or will you have them printed? Can I use Pantone colors or other fancy shenannigans? Will they be simple rectangular labels or are more complex cutout shapes OK? What sort of paper stock will you be using? I’ve just labeled some jars myself and I’ve found that the paper you use makes all the difference in achieving that fancy vintage ‘hand-made’ look.

    Hey Toon,

    I will probably be printing them out on a color laser printer. Feel free to use any “die cuts” that you want, but of course, no foils.



  6. archibald drinkwater Says:

    the last one who submits their label design has to eat a Squirrel Melt….. so hurry up and get busy !!!

  7. Toon Says:

    Ok, here’s my entry:

  8. Steve Says:

    Here is my entry:

  9. brad. Says:

    ok steve, here’s mine. thanks for reminding me! i used one of the psdtuts tutorials i followed along with as the basis. click the small image for the full size label…if i html’d it correctly


  10. brad. Says:



  11. peter Says:

    Great contest! Mjam mjam! Love your blog, Eames AND typography! So here’s my entry: (hope my rusty html works …)

  12. Leo Kempf Says:

    had to enter the contest…

  13. Leo Kempf Says:

    let’s try this one more time…

  14. Steve Says:

    From Peter Mulders:

  15. Wesley Treat Says:

    Hmm … let’s try again …

  16. Steve Says:

    From Dave Plint:

    …and an alternate version:

  17. Steve Says:

    from Leslie Hoffman:

  18. Steve Says:

    From James Smith:

  19. steve Says:

    Robert Kohnen came up with the final entry:

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