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Author Topic: Contest - Make a new Banner for Website  (Read 73486 times)
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« on: March 15, 2006, 01:12:42 PM »

BrotherS and CarolH both have suggested that what with the forum upgrade, we really need to revamp the banner at the top of the website pages and forum page.

both are designed as  a pair with a main image and a sidebar that can extend as far as it needs to go.
i think the sizes are pretty good so we should probably keep to them.

I'm attaching current versions to end of this post.

Note you need to design it without the "a new kind of website" text - since we want to change that and may want to change it dynamically or per page.

Actually i was thinking of a new slogan for the site: "A Place for Lovers of Software" or something like that.



NEW: DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE FILE SET TO TEST YOUR IMAGE IN HTML PAGE:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Contests/banner/



DEADLINE
The contest does not have a hard deadline - we will end it when we get a design so good that it demands ending it.
However, it will not end before May 1st, so any entry prior to that will be considered.



Prizes..
hmm... not sure, free donationcoder.com shirt or mug from http://www.cafepress.com/donationcoder
plus a usb 4x5" drawing pad if you want it, or else some other free software


Please submit files in exactly this dimension, file format (png), and file names.  And you need to provide BOTH a forum pair and website pair of images.



* topbanner_website.png (35 KB, 748x132 - viewed 988 times.)

* sliver_website.png (0.12 KB, 1x132 - viewed 1054 times.)

* topbanner_forum.png (6.26 KB, 618x41 - viewed 535 times.)

* sliver_forum.png (0.08 KB, 1x41 - viewed 640 times.)
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2006, 01:22:24 PM »

Whoa.. First forum redesign, now banners changin, things really are evolving here!
I support this idea, only wish i knew how to do these kind of things. But I'm sure someone will come up with some great banner for we all to admire! cheesy

Actually i was thinking of a new slogan for the site: "A Place for Lovers of Software" or something like that.
I also think that slogan could be changed, maybe a new thread could be opened for that?
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006, 01:24:23 PM »

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Actually i was thinking of a new slogan for the site: "A Place for Lovers of Software" or something like that.

 Grin Kiss I don't know, man!  Lovers?  That's funny.  Sounds like some kind of fetish.  How about this:
"For Those Who Get Hard For Software".

(I hope that doesn't violate dc policy!)
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006, 01:27:26 PM »

what about: "A Home for Software Fanatics"
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006, 01:31:46 PM »

how about "connoisseurs of fine software"
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2006, 01:44:14 PM »

The problem here, is the usual problem i have when someone asks me "what is donationcoder.com?".
I never know what to say, I answer "well... it's the best website i know!" Wink
I sense finding an apropriate slogan will be a hard task..
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2006, 03:38:06 PM »

Why is it after only five minutes the whole thing gets gloomy?  Maybe I need to drink more coffee before attempting anything -- or maybe throwing in the towel in advance would be a good move. smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2006, 11:40:25 PM »

When will this contest end?
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2006, 05:21:21 AM »

what about: "A Home for Software Fanatics"

or "A Home for Software Festishists" (probably truer ... now where's that digital whip?)

or "Great Software at YOUR OWN price"

or "A Great Software Community ... Prices? ... Name them!!"

or "A Community Software Project"
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2006, 05:25:37 AM »

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When will this contest end?
the general trend on this site has been a bit informal - no fixed date set, but when we find a new one that is a consensus winner, we end it.

but probably makes sense to have a date before which we promise the contest won't end.  Let's say April 1 at the very earliest.  Probably more like May 1.
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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2006, 11:46:08 AM »

addendum: somewhere in the banner should be a place where we can overlay the title of the current page.
an example from our current design:



also note that cody likes to perch at the lower right of the banner so it should look good with him there..


ps.
im going to upload a sample html page for forum and site banners for you to try out your designs with, to see how they will actually look on the website.
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2006, 12:25:57 PM »

How about this?
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2006, 12:36:49 PM »

I like this a little better:


EDIT sorry the color is a little off here is the right color:


Here is the image you can use to extend the right side:
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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2006, 01:05:20 PM »

Here are the small version files:


Side extender:
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« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2006, 01:07:59 PM »

i've put up a page where we can test submissions, and more importantly i've made a zip file available there with a self contained index.html and all necesary .css and image files for users to test their banners locally on their pc in order to test what they will look like:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Contests/banner/

see download link on the left.  let me know if you need any help.
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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2006, 01:09:16 PM »

Here is another small one...I think I like this one better than the previous:



EDIT:
here is another version of this one where the text isn't see through:
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« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2006, 01:17:11 PM »

I have zipped up PNG files of the 4 files I'd like to submit as my Submission 1 and attached:

I screwed up the small bar side image in the zip...please use this:  I apologize

* ToxMoxSubmission1.zip (73.81 KB - downloaded 345 times.)

* ToxMox-Banner3smallside.png (0.2 KB, 1x41 - viewed 935 times.)
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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2006, 02:26:34 PM »

Here ya go mouser:


* ToxMox-BannerSmall5.png (26.68 KB, 618x41 - viewed 786 times.)

* ToxMox-Banner5smside.png (0.2 KB, 1x41 - viewed 941 times.)
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2006, 01:44:11 AM »

I figured I'd give it a shot so here are my entries for the main page.
Large Banner:


Side Extender:


I'll try to finish up a Forums version when I get a little more time...
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2006, 02:45:51 AM »

The first one was too 'jaggy' so here is a smoother version.
Large Banner:


Extender:
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2006, 03:19:08 AM »

Thanks for your drafts! I'd like to see something in blue, or that combines blue with another color, maybe green?

And don't just focus on the 'bullet holes' layout, feel free to add something completely different smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2006, 04:05:03 AM »

Good to know there are others interested in this competetion!! cheesy
Thanks for your submission, slave138!
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2006, 06:29:18 AM »

great work slave138!

i've added it to the samples page so we can take a look at it in context:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Contests/banner/
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2006, 09:47:53 AM »

As per brotherS request:


* ToxMox-Banner6.png (55.49 KB, 748x132 - viewed 732 times.)

* ToxMox-Banner6B.png (42.67 KB, 748x132 - viewed 656 times.)

* ToxMox-Banner6side.png (0.34 KB, 3x132 - viewed 774 times.)

* ToxMox-FBanner6.png (28.82 KB, 618x41 - viewed 757 times.)

* ToxMox-FBanner6B.png (25.19 KB, 618x41 - viewed 755 times.)

* ToxMox-FBanner6side.png (0.23 KB, 1x41 - viewed 886 times.)
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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2006, 09:52:10 AM »

And some more:


* ToxMox-Banner7.png (56.89 KB, 748x132 - viewed 681 times.)

* ToxMox-Banner7B.png (44.21 KB, 748x132 - viewed 681 times.)

* ToxMox-FBanner7.png (30.54 KB, 618x41 - viewed 733 times.)

* ToxMox-FBanner7B.png (26.86 KB, 618x41 - viewed 730 times.)
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