I quickly realized the futility of entering crowd-sourced design contests and have since moved on to more meaningful projects. However, during my brief involvement in them, I was able to rack-up a pretty good submission:win ratio. My submission for Hudson Custom Fabrication was a one of these wins.
Well, it just so happened that the client made a quick comment in the general feedback section about the possibility of including a dragon in the logos. (Apparently, the founder of the company had once made a stainless steel dragon at one point. It was kind of an unofficial mascot.) And shit, I know that once a client makes an impromptu suggestion… that is what they want, regardless of how casual the suggestion seems to be. So I gave them a dragon and took my money. I am no fool.