The winning Peachtree T-shirt

Frank Martinez of Atlanta wears his T-shirt after finishing the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Jessica Ferguson's design was selected as the winner. -- Jason Getz

Frank Martinez of Atlanta wears his T-shirt after finishing the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Jessica Ferguson's design was selected as the winner. -- Jason Getz

Jessica Ferguson

Occupation: A student at West Georgia scheduled to graduate in December.

Residence: Carrollton (from Kennesaw)

Age: 22

Number of Peachtrees entered: None.

Number of Peachtree contests previously entered: None.

What was the goal of your design? When I created it, I wasn’t trying to win. I wanted to create something that I’m proud of. My concentration of painting and drawing, I used those skills. I was trying to do something that was different. My teacher, when he gave us the assignment, we looked at past. They always included the peach or the skyline. My teacher told us we didn’t need peach.

What was your inspiration? I love to paint. Clint Samples, my teacher, said you should try to use stuff other than computer graphics. I started with a palette knife and used acrylic paint. I scanned each letter in with Photoshop and then made it digital. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something risky.

How long did it take to design? Three months. We would do a design and then critique them. We had eight or nine critiques.

What would it mean to win? It would mean a lot. Winning that is a huge accomplishment because 60,000 people will be wearing that. These T-shirts are considered trophies for the runners. It’s a really big honor to know that your design was chosen.

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129 comments Add your comment

Allison Garlingo

July 4th, 2011
7:33 am

These shirts are awful. What happened to the beautifully designed, pretty shirts we had years ago. Why do we always have to have that awful white-background shirt. Come on, Peachtree Road Race controllers, it’s sad to see how disappointed people are when they get their shirts. Bring back the fun shirts that will put smiles on people’s faces. No wonder so few people actually wear those shirts.

Astrid G.

July 4th, 2011
7:36 am

Ugly, ugly, ugly. “My teacher told us we didn’t need peach”. Peach is the point!


July 4th, 2011
7:40 am

Good thing she can draw as she can barely write a complete sentence.

Happy 4th

July 4th, 2011
7:49 am

Ugly!!!!!! Who picks the winners?


July 4th, 2011
7:52 am

What is that supposed to be? What makes it Atlanta?


July 4th, 2011
7:53 am

Great Job – and the peach – - is in – - PEACHtree !!!!


July 4th, 2011
8:02 am



July 4th, 2011
8:04 am

I think it looks great and all the people who said it was ugly probbaly couldn’t do any better!


July 4th, 2011
8:05 am

Three months to make that? Still beats the Izzy Mascot, though.


July 4th, 2011
8:06 am

If that is what is coming out of Arts, it is time to cut all funding for Arts.

Disappointed Runner

July 4th, 2011
8:13 am

I agree with Allison. These shirts always are so ugly that hardly anyone wears them. The only reason people get the shirt is because it symbolizes completion of the race. The Peachtree committee can devise something else to symbolize completion — maybe a big, gold-laminated rimmed button or some other symbol. And maybe the entry fee would be more reasonable. Come on, Peachtree Road controllers, help us.

Shirt is a Bomb!

July 4th, 2011
8:18 am

Jessica Ferguson shouldn’t count on having a career in art. I’ve been an art arficiando for decades, and my unborn child could do better than that. We probably would have saved money and everyone’s time by going to a kindergarten.

Road Scholar

July 4th, 2011
8:21 am

Jessica, congratulations! For the negative posters here, where is your design, since you imply you can do better? Oh, didn’t do one…..


July 4th, 2011
8:34 am

This T-shirt design is terrbile. All the ones that have been produced by the kids at UWG have been terrible. If you’re going to let art students enter, why not ask a real art school like SCAD?


July 4th, 2011
8:36 am

I think the contest controllers should show all the design submissions, and let the registered runners decide the winner through voting. After all, they will be the recipients who earned it. What anyone else says is irrelevant. everyone is entitled to an opinion, but only the runners should have a say. There can be a “people’s choice” winner just for stating popularity, but the runners decide the shirts that gets produced. That will end all whining and negativity, or render it pointless.


July 4th, 2011
8:38 am

Great design! I love how you incorporate the peach into the “C!” Very creative and different for a change!


July 4th, 2011
8:42 am

You are right, the registered runners should be allowed to vote.

lee wilder

July 4th, 2011
8:43 am

I am always amazed at how crass and mean posters can be. Whatever happened to manners?
Congratulations, Jessica — you should be proud. Good luck with your future projects.

And clean up your act, nasty posters. Keep your rude comments to yourself.

Neal Grizzard

July 4th, 2011
8:46 am

Congratulations Jessica! I don’t understand the negative comments since it is obvious they didn’t even participate in the 10K (or they wouldn’t be on the internet during the race). And since UWG always has a presence at the Peachtree, I think there must be a wonderful program of study at UWG. Also, everyone had a chance to vote on the designs and it won, so that is an accomplishment in itself. Be proud of your accomplishment!


July 4th, 2011
8:55 am

To Dave…registered runners and anyone else out there had a chance to vote! I don’t really like the shirt but all the hating on the designer is just plain RUDE. The only year I ran the shirt was gray and I would have preferred white…so it just means you can never please all the people. I think it is great that a college student won! If you finished the race and got the shirt be happy with that!!!!!!!!!!

Sandra in Atlanta

July 4th, 2011
8:58 am


Congratulations Jessica. The design is different from the others in that it doesn’t have the commercially perfect look. Your choice of colors for “Peachtree” and the incorporation of a peach in the letter “C” show your creativity. It is very artistic.

I loved it so much I voted for it. GOOD JOB!

David Granger

July 4th, 2011
9:03 am

And yet again, the design I liked least is the one chosen. Congratulations to Jessica, though…she obviously designed a shirt that most people preferred.


July 4th, 2011
9:07 am

How rude can some of you be? It’s real easy to be an A**hole behind a computer screen isn’t it? You’re probably the same type of jackwagon who won’t debate anything at an event such as a PTA meeting, but will send a dirty email about every choice to the PTA president. I’m a teacher in the fine arts (music) and I appreciate her deign and all of those who put forth their efforts and talents for the shirts. *I also happen to be from Kennesaw

If you dont like the finalist shirts, direct your thoughts to the board who selects the finalists shirts. Hundreds of shirt designs were turned in a they select the finalists. Each person/artist is trying to obviously create a unique and different design for their submission.

Way to go Jessica! For the haters – I hope that if you are parents, you conduct yourself differently in public and in front of your children. Try being a little more thoughtful even if bringing out your inner a**hole from behind the computer somehow makes you feel empowered. Try doing it in public sometime and see how you feel then.

Atlanta mom

July 4th, 2011
9:09 am

It’s a great looking shirt.
I do agree it would be nice for the shirts to be something other than white.


July 4th, 2011
9:14 am


Use spell check, shows what kind of teachers we have.

Beach Bum

July 4th, 2011
9:21 am

Jessica- Congrats on winning the t-shirt design. I would be proud to wear one…..gonna run for the first time next year!!!

Gen Neyland

July 4th, 2011
9:30 am

I’d wager Jessica Ferguson is her own worst critic. The rest of ya’ll hammering on her design probably couldn’t sketch a stick-man…Now when it comes to a color other than white for the t-shirt, I’m with you. Congrats Jessica


July 4th, 2011
9:32 am

Congrats on a great design!


July 4th, 2011
9:33 am

Some of you would complain if given 1,000,000 dollars that the ink was too green!!! Get a life…good job Jessica…..and to 11 Alive TV….good job on your coverage of race……HAPPY 4th !!!!!!!


July 4th, 2011
9:48 am

As an owner of many Peachtree t-shirts I can honestly say, I usually don’t have a problem with the design itself; I would certainly prefer if the committee would go back to the old style soft shirts, rather than the 100% cotton stiff ones of recent years. My favorite is from the early 90’s and is still so comfy. :)


July 4th, 2011
9:50 am

wow that is ugly, the current design trend is less is more, these should be a clean and simple design, this looks like something from the 96 olympics


July 4th, 2011
9:59 am

The more I look at it, the more I like it! It’s simple, the colors are nice, and the peach IS incorporated into the design in a subtle way.

Jessica, I hope you get to be an art teacher someday. But, in all sincerity, I hope you will get some help w/ your writing skills. As a retired teacher, I don’t say this to be snarky or anything like that. I think you have a lot to offer to young people, but your colleagues aren’t going to take you seriously until you work on your English. And it is possible — I worked for a man who grew up in a poverty-stricken home in south GA. He worked hard to improve his English skills and eventually received his PhD. He was revered by all who worked for him!


July 4th, 2011
10:02 am

The colors and lettering are so vivid it looks alive, like an animation about to move about on the shirt. Excellent job at creative expression, Ms. Ferguson. And good for you for thinking outside of the peach box, yet able to capture the flavor with the leaf on the C. Your hard work paid off.


July 4th, 2011
10:06 am

don, what drugs are you taken to make it look like the shirt is alive?


July 4th, 2011
10:17 am

I like the idea of only registered runners voting for the t shirt, and after 17 years I can tell you the runners prefer white t shirts, not gray, offwhite, or any other color. Congratulations to the winning designer!


July 4th, 2011
10:21 am

My two year old made this shirt, actually.


July 4th, 2011
10:21 am

It’s an ugly design for an adult to wear. My seven year old niece would love it.


July 4th, 2011
10:25 am

Congratulations Jessica for creating the winning design. Personally I don;t care for it.


July 4th, 2011
10:25 am

GREAT DESIGN. As a 20+ year professional designer (with an actual graphic design degree from a four year university) i am very pleased that finally a simple but creative design has been chosen. Was getting tired of seeing the very literal and cluttered designs of the past. This design is a WINNER! and despite what some are saying here I predict more people will actually wear these shirts than the ones in the past.


July 4th, 2011
10:25 am

I agree with Pam in that I wish they would go back to using a softer cotton shirt. The newer shirts are very thick and stiff feeling.


July 4th, 2011
10:25 am

There is a difference in not knowing how to spell and making a typing error. Some people miss the entire point a person is making by looking for typos so they can then turn around and tell them how stupid they are. Typically, when reading the entire post, you can tell if a person has a good working knowledge of language and writing skills and has simply made a typing error or if that person does not know how to write a sentence. In the case of Jetdawg, the “s” was left out in the word “design”. But if a person has any sense at all, they can read the entire post and clearly see that the poster later spelled this word correctly. I can look at the entire post and determine that Jetdawg can, in fact, write. Also, you must remember that this is a blog, not a paper. People tend to quickly write what is on their mind and they may be prone to some common and easily made mistakes (key stroke errors, punctuation). Now I have done little to proof this, so I await your disapproval. I am sure you can find plenty of errors if you look closely.


July 4th, 2011
10:30 am

Its terrific. I would love to wear it.

Purple Drank

July 4th, 2011
10:36 am

I’m hooked to crack.


July 4th, 2011
10:36 am

Simplistic and childish design… Fail.


July 4th, 2011
10:40 am

Personally I think it’s an ugly shirt. But the voters spoke, so the designer gets an “A”. I will wear it as I have earned it.

PRR Runner

July 4th, 2011
10:43 am

Saw people wearing the shirt around 14th Street during the race, design could have been better but it is what it is.

BTW, those who want white shirts are going to have to wait until 2014 (The PRR only does them every five years at 30, 35, 40, etc.)

Mister Christopher

July 4th, 2011
10:46 am

This year’s t-shirt was my least favorite of the five (5) candidates. I do like the oatmeal heather though. My favorite design of the 2000’s was 2004. I dug the “collegiate” feel.


July 4th, 2011
11:13 am

Mike, shut up.


July 4th, 2011
11:21 am

I hate this year’s shirt! It’s ugly and not patriotic. The best shirt ever was from 2008. We should stick to that type of design.


July 4th, 2011
11:43 am

Congratulations to all you who finished the race!

Is the shirt so important? I have several and never wear them …