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Last summer, Skullcandy ran its first ever Aviator Design Contest to great success. Over 2,600 submissions narrowed down to four semi-finalists eventually produced one winning Aviator design by Andrew Threadgill of Illinois.
Threadgill entered with the intent of creating a simple design, especially given the small amount of area to work with. Kudos to Andrew; he laid down a look that flowed well across the caps and band of our signature headphone. We at Skullcandy liked it so much that we declared the design as the winner, sending Threadgill a wad of cash, and taking his bright green and blue Aviators into production as a limited edition you can buy now.
The color combination could have come straight out of the 1980s, inspiring Threadgill to name his creation “Old School”. We asked him if the Aviators came out as expected. “Yes, the design was really spot on! The part I didn't expect was the packaging. It almost looked better than the headphones,” he said.
Threadgill's day job is as a Computer Programmer at a credit union but he's been a “casual graphic designer” for about 10 years. In his free time, he's designed print materials, logos and websites. This contest was his first attempt at headphone design but we think he nailed it.
His reward also included a year's supply of Skullcandy headphones, including the first three pairs produced of his winning “Old School” Aviators. Threadgill only kept a few of the headphones we sent. Most of his winnings were donated to Edwards Hospital in Naperville, IL where his daughter, Annabelle, received chemo therapy to treat a rare tumor. “We met families and children during the process that had an impact on our family,” stated Threadgill, “So, I wanted to give back. It was great experience to hand deliver the headphones, including a D&G pair that Skullcandy sent as a special request for one of the cancer patients at Edwards.”
Skullcandy was completely stoked to have chosen Andrew Threadgill as our winner. And his daughter Annabelle is doing great, “a happy healthy little girl,” he says.
Check out his winning Aviator design, now available as a limited edition in the Skullcandy catalog.