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The five finalists for the NYC Department of Health's condom design contest
Design by Luis Acosta. According to the NYC Department of Health: "A graphic designer from Kew Gardens in Queens, Acosta, 29, heard about the contest through a mass email at work. He believes his design should win because it symbolizes the power to take control and will look great in a NYC Condom fish bowl."
Design by Virgil Alderson. According to the NYC Department of Health: "In addition to its play on words, Alderson, a 39-year-old from Manhattanâs Upper West Side, thinks his design reflects strength, protection, and hygiene, while also reminding New Yorkers of the critical role sewers have played in promoting public health in the city."
Design by Russell Greenberg. According to the NYC Department of Health: "Greenberg, 29, thinks his design will remind men to be gentlemen. 'Safe sex and good manners go hand in hand,' he says, 'and nothing symbolizes chivalry quite like a top hat.' A resident of the Financial District, Greenberg says his design was inspired by old photographs of New York City streets filled with men in top hats and women in evening gowns."
Design by By Gene Lambert. According to the NYC Department of Health: "Lambert, 24, lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He believes his design is appealing enough to get the product into New Yorkersâ hands. 'Once itâs in your hand,' he says, 'might as well keep it and use it, right?'"
Design by Yujin Lee. According to the NYC Department of Health: "After designing 10 different condom wrappers, Lee decided to go with her gut and submit her first creation. She likes that itâs simple and made up of diverse, celebratory colors that will spark positive feelings about safer sex. 'Together, we can protect each other,' says the 27-year-old East Village resident. 'Together, we can protect NYC.'"