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“Scary Hello” Contest Winners

The winners from the ‘Hellos From the Crypt’ contest with The Hello Project are here! 

Handing the reins over to our guest judge, Stefan Bucher:  

Miss Congeniality: Mark Harris
Let me sum this up succinctly: Jesus H. Christ! This is a scary-ass post-it! I think it’s because this one’s got an outie.

by Mark Harris

3rd Prize: Matthew LaFleur
I do believe that the hybridization of lobsters and octopi will lead to the downfall of humanity. And just because the pundits say that horizontal blinds will protect us doesn’t mean it’s true. (Extra credit for the very menacing little “hello.”)

by Matthew LaFleur

2nd Prize: Matthew LaFleur
Again, there is so much here: The Rorschach, the whiteout eyes and teeth, the excellent detailing on the speech bubble, the fine work on the face, and just the idea that your Jamiroquai hat could turn on you at any moment… I love it!

by Matthew LaFleur

1st Price (not a typo, but in honor of Vincent): Jacob Saariaho
It’s got everything! A scary graveyard, ghoulish type, dramatic lighting, and a zombie breaking free of the bonds of hell! What can I say? I’m a classicist.

Winner! by Jacob Saariaho

But all the pieces were so excellent, so I gave everybody an award. Please see the stickies on this PDF.

- Stefan Bucher 


A huge thanks to our guest judge, Stefan Bucher of The Daily Monster!  And thank you to everyone who submitted their Scary Hello’s! 

Here are some clues to the next contest theme with The Hello Project:

2UP.  Hedgehog.   Power Pad. 

 Can you guess what the theme is?

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HELLOs From The Crypt

Halloween is creeping around the corner & like us, the folks at The Hello Project are itching to have some fun!

In case you missed out last month, we are back to do another fun contest with The Hello Project, giving you the opportunity to UNCAP your inner goblin & doodle something scary! 

And so, without further adieu, I give you this month’s contest…


Submit a scary moment with a hello twist by October 31, 2010 and win Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Sharpie Magnum Permanent Markers, and other cool Sharpie prizes!

The Daily Monster himself


Three (3) winners will receive packages full of Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers and Sharpie Magnum Permanent Markers, with the grand prize winner receiving a mystery pack of Sharpie goodies! As usual, bragging rights are also included.


They say it takes a monster to know a monster. That’s why this month’s guest judge is none other than the very talented and monster connoisseur, Stefan G. Bucher, from The Daily Monster® .


  • Must be handmade on a sticky note.
  • Sticky note can be any color.
  • Entries must be scanned at a resolution of no less than 600×600 pixels and send to
  • All entries must be received by 11:59PM CST on October 31, 2010.
  • There is no limit of entries per person.
  • Contest open to US residents only.

Now go ahead and get your spook on!!!

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Without a HELLO Winners!

The winners of The Hello Project’s “Without a Hello” contest have been chosen!!

3rd place…

by Manuel Regalado

2nd place…

by Jane Bredemus

1st place…

by Jennifer Ramirez Johnson

A HUGE Thank You  to everyone who participated and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!  Soon you will be able to view all of the Without a Hello entries at The Hello Project. * Check back later on this month for a new contest with The Hello Project!*

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The Hello Project & Sharpie Present: Without A Hello

We’ve teamed up with The Hello Project to hold a handful of contests giving you the chance to win all kinds of cool prizes, of the Sharpie variety, of course! Each contest will focus on specific types/themes of “Hello.”  And this month, The Hello Project and Sharpie are determined to bring the doodler out in all of you!

Sharpie fans, you should know The Hello Project by now, right?!  They’ve popped up on the blog a few times now, but in case your eyes were closed last time you were here (*cough cough* the latest Q&A posted) here’s a run down of how THP works:

The Hello Project centers around giving people the opportunity to say HELLO on one of the smallest, most well-known surfaces… the sticky note!  The process is simple, on a 3×3 sticky note, write, sketch, doodle your version of hello. Scan it in and email it to, any day of the week and then they’ll post it on their website.  Cool right!?

Now, The Hello Project & Sharpie are excited to present this month’s contest:


Submit a Hello – without using any words that mean ‘hello’ – by September 30, 2010 for a chance to win Sharpie® Pens and other cool Sharpie® prizes!


Three (3) winners will receive packages full of Sharpie® Pens, and one grand prize winner will receive a mystery pack (top secret stuff) of Sharpie goodies, not to mention the most important prize, bragging rights.


A panel of 3 undisclosed judges will select the three (3) winning submissions. Winners will be announced on Monday October 4, 2010 on The Hello Project and the Sharpie Blog.


  1. Must be handmade on a sticky note.
  2. Sticky notes can be any color.
  3. Entries must be scanned in at a resolution of no less than 600×600 pixels and sent to
  4. All entries must be received by 11:59PM CST on September 30, 2010.  
  5. There is no limit of entries per person.


Good luck and have fun!

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The Perfect Hello

Today’s Sharpie artist is the man behind The Hello Project, Joseph Delhommer.  With *Kristen Caston (who you may remember as our LIVE artist at the 2010 Sharpie Squad Virtual Summit), Delhommer launched THP, an “online social collaboration” aimed at recharging the everyday opener. Simply put, The Hello Project invites anyone and everyone to say Hello in a creative way onto a 3×3 Post-it® .  Doodle it, sketch it, write it- whatever your heart desires, there is no right or wrong way to say hello!

 Now here it is, a Sharpie interview for the record books…  Get to know the man who’s taking an ordinary greeting to extraordinary levels.  This is Joseph Delhommer and The Hello Project!

Get to know J.D. & The Hello Project…


Hello Joe!

Background info? Where are you from?

Where I come from, people are always beach ready and never afraid to dance.

In the Dominican Republic it never gets cold so people never get stiff, that’s why Miami Beach was an easy move for me but Hamburg and Chicago weren’t. But I made do.

Occupation? Yes.

Interests? Likes? Dislikes? I am the light up type of person and I look for the same energy in music, people, and anything else I get involved with.

Pet Peeves? Being asked what my pet peeve is.  But in all seriousness, I hate fake people.

Tell me about The Hello Project: It all started back in July last year here in Chicago. A designer friend, Kristen Caston, used to leave me post-it notes that said “Hi” every time she passed by my office when I wasn’t there. One day I arranged four of them on my desk all in a row. And the idea just came to me…it stared in my face and said, “hello.” After talking about it with my copywriter, Carlos Rangel, we came up with the name and registered the URL on the spot. All in all, it took no more than five minutes. We officially launched the site to the public on September 1st. (Happy 1st Bday THP!)

What is it about the word “Hello”?  Why not something else? (Maybe “The How Are You Project,” “The Nice Pants Project”, “The Nice to Meet You Project”) Because HELLO is universal. It’s simple and has the power to instantly change the dynamic between you and a stranger.

What is THP’s mission? / What do you hope to get out of this? When people get a creative urge, Post-its are a great canvas to let it loose on.  The Hello Project gives creative’s a perfect excuse to doodle.  This is what got the first 20 people, all close friends, involved and this seemed like a great way to connect with creative types all around the world.

How many people are involved in THP? Amazingly over 350 people have participated thus far, some having contributed four or five post-its!

What are some favorite “Hello’s” that you’ve received ? Throwing the hard questions at me huh?  I’m not naming favorites, some people have flair and it’s cool to see it shine on their submissions.

Do you limit entries to only words? No. No limits.

Who can submit to the Hello Project? And how? It is open to anyone who wants to say “hello”. (FYI: We do not supply the post-its, the Sharpie products nor do we provide any scanning services.) People hand off their hello in person or email a JPEG to

What’s your idea of “the perfect HELLO?” A Brit saying Ello Govnah!!

How many different ways are there to say hello on a yellow sticky note?  Precisely 312,983,673,345,683,893,450,937 different ways.

Do you think Sharpie has any impact on THP? If so, How? Sharpie has an uncanny way of tapping into the creative vein; I think it’s because of the freedom you get to write as fast or slow as you want.  The ink’s there either way. And it works nicely with a post it because it doesn’t take much work to fill it up with your design.

If you could have any one person in the entire world submit a “HELLO” to THP, who would it be? Stefan Sagmeister.

(This happens to me now and again and I wonder if you have had a similar experience and what your opinion is on this happening…)

SCENARIO: You’re walking down the street when you make eye contact with a passerby, being the friendly person you are, you say Hello!  To which the passerby responds with a dumbfounded look, as if you had three heads and just asked him/her to join you for a PB&J and a light afternoon of cliff diving…

….What are your thoughts on this scenario?  Why do you think some people find it odd when a stranger says hello? I know what you mean! Ever since I came to the US I noticed people are way more defensive.  People create a comfort bubble between plugging in their iPods and staring at the sidewalk.  And when the bubble gets popped, bam. They assume the worst.

Anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add? The really big question is when will the lovely Whitney Kelly send in a hello of her own? Other than that, I think you nailed it. Pat yourself on the back, then grab a post it and doodle us a hello! (Forget about me, I’m getting the entire Sharpie Team to send in Hello’s!)

 Become a fan on Facebook!

Follow THP on Twitter


*Joseph Delhommer and Kristen Caston currently run The Hello Project and have been since Sept. 1, 2009.

Kristen Caston is The Hello Project's greatest contributor with over 35 "HELLO's" (pictured: Susan Wassel, Kristen Caston, Whitney Kelly)

Want more of The Hello Project?  Stay Tuned, Sharpie and The Hello Project are teaming up so that you can say Hello in all sorts of ways and win Sharpie markers, pens & highlighters!  Stay tuned for more info.