As we go through the entries to our contest, we will be posting the wonderful ideas that have come in.

This delightful entry is from Sam Holleran.

Since there are plenty of anonymous-looking buses out there, we are also extending the deadline to see what other ideas emerge. We will announce a winner by the end of the year.

Our contest is unauthorized, but we firmly believe that the entries are so phenomenal that Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others will not ignore them.

In the end, how can it be any easier to make the buses friendlier and more human than turning them into art?

For their part, the buses do a job – they take employees down to work and that means fewer cars on the road or vying for parking in the city.

Our contest is simply to draw on all of the talented artists to make them beautiful. Send your ideas to submissions@missionlocal.org

More ideas from other cities are here.