No one was more surprised by the tie vote than your faithful steering committee.
Here’s how the process went:
We asked for submissions.
We whittled down the field to a reasonable number of pieces we thought best represented the Riveters.
We asked that smaller number of artists for specific changes (ie: can you change the font? can you center this a little?). Some artists responded with changes, some did not.
We brought that smaller, revised group of badges to you to vote.
There’s no way this would end in a tie. Over a thousand people voted. That’s crazy talk.
But it did, in fact, end in a tie. So we approached both of the artists who were left and asked them to revise their badges a.) based on the comments made on the last vote thread and b.) to ensure the originality of the artwork.
One badge came back with what I, personally, would consider minor changes. The other came back with some much larger revisions. And that’s where we’re at.