Before I get stuck in, let me cut to the chase: the contest if for someone to design me an icon for my new OS X / iPhone utility. What follows is an explanation of who I am and what I'm trying to achieve...
My name is Jamie Kirkpatrick, founder of a new indie software startup, KirkCode. I've been in the software development business for six years now and am finally attempting to strike out on my own with a new commercial venture in my spare time with the long-term aim of giving up the dayjob (how original!)
In my day job I write mostly B2B enterprise level software applications, but for many years now I've been focussing on OS X projects in every spare moment I have. I've contributed to several well known OS X products, and was previously the lead developer for Growl, which some of you will know (http://growl.info/).
The main thing you should know about me is that I write software because I love doing it....I'm extermely passionate about the code I write and always strive for top-quality: I'm looking to form a potentially lasting relationship with a top-notch designer who shares the same passion for their art as I do for my code.
I'd like to stress that even though I'm just getting started out, I know my space well enough to know that the visual appeal of a product is just as important as the code I write. That's why I'm prepared to invest in your time at such an early stage of my venture: I know that in order to cut it in this world a product must not only be better than it's competition in terms of functionality and implementation, it must also look shit hot!!!!