The winner of Los Angeles County’s first official condom wrapper contest sums up the idea of condom use in a sleek and smart manner – a bow tie accompanied by the words “Suit Up.”
The man who designed that wrapper is Adam Lyons of West Hollywood. Lyons is the founder of the two-year-old West Hollywood-based Pop The Pixel design company
“It feels fantastic,” said the 32-year-old Lyons, a Pennsylvania native who moved to LA in 2007. “This is the first award I’ve ever won, not only personally, but as a graphic designer.”
Lyons’ design was chosen out of 500 submissions for the “Show Me Your Package” contest. People voted on their top choices on the LA’s Next Sex Symbol website.
The 12 finalists are displayed on the Official LA Condoms Facebook page.
Lyons said that many of his clients are small, local businesses with a strong sense of public spiritedness about Los Angeles. Participating in a public service campaign helped him feel some of that same enthusiasm.
“Being part of the community is something I really want to uphold and maintain,” he said. “I’m incredibly happy to be part of L.A.”
Lyons will receive $750 in gift cards and a Toshiba 19” LED television with a built-in DVD. The runners-up each get $200 in gift cards. Prizes for the top 10 winners were donated to the contest.
Now through the end of the year one million free condoms with one of the 12 designs chosen as finalists will be distributed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which sponsored the contest.
The department reports that 2,000 new HIV infections occur each year in Los Angeles County. Additionally, 47,500 new cases of Chlamydia were reported last year, 9,500 new cases of gonorrhea and nearly 1,800 new cases of syphilis.