SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Winner Announced!

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SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Winner Announced!

Post by OrangeRakoon » Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:09 pm

SONM Christmas Banner Competition
Along with the collaborative Christmas Project, this year we are also introducing a competition to design the Christmas SONM banner. The task will be to create a Christmas themed banner to replace the standard design that appears at the top of the forum, and the winner will have their design used on SONM for the entirety of December, along with earning a GAAW Xmas 2014 Contributor profile badge/title to keep and show off!

The competition is open for entries now (just post your entry in this thread) and will close on Friday 28th November. The winner will then be chosen and announced and the new banner used from December 1st!

If you want to take part, then check the out the information and resources that you need below. Good luck!

Rules
  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  • Entries must be posted in this thread, and the image must be saved as a PNG file.
  • Size is not strictly enforced, but you should aim to use or be around the current banner size, which is 418px × 172px.
  • It is suggested that the banner should either have a transparent background, or you should submit two versions, one with a blue background (colour #009bc8) and one with a red (colour #e30018). This is so that the banner can be used with all forum themes. Bear in mind that your design should work with both of these colours when you are creating it! Entries with other backgrounds will still be considered, this is just a guideline.
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 28th November.
  • The winning entry will be chosen by the mod team.
  • Please ensure your entries follow all the usual forum rules.
Resources

Here are some resources that you may find useful in creating your banner design. Bear in mind that these are just for help - you don't have to use these templates if you don't want to! You are free to come up with an entirely different design if you wish.
SONM Banner Blank Template Transparent
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SONM Banner Blank Template Blue
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SONM Banner Blank Template Red
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SONM Small Logo
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Gamecuben font
Diskun font
Previous Examples

Here are some banner designs that have already been used on SONM for special events, which might give you some inspiration.
SONM Classic Banner
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SONM Classic Halloween
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SONM Super Halloween
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SONM's Top 100 Games - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
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Good luck, and we hope to see some great entries!

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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Submit your entries

Post by Tentacle » Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:10 pm

Provided three examples: (Including an example of a theme colour I requested, wink wink)

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Post by Dix » Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:39 pm

Just the one colour/design from me since figured I may as well give it a try.

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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Submit your entries

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Post by PiGreat » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:09 pm

I'll probably do more later but for now here's my obligatory and lazy effort.

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Post by Casplen » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:32 pm

I did a few versions. One with Super ONM, and one as Seasonal ONM. I didn't know if playing around with the name was fine or not so I just did both, but I prefer the latter. Plus I didn't know if we actually had to put a message in the box below, but no-one else did so I made two versions without that there too.

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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Submit your entries

Post by OrangeRakoon » Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:44 pm

Changing the text is perfectly fine, and yes that box is for text!

Great to see so many entries so far

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Post by KameRule » Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:50 pm

Here. Sorry about the size; it was as close to the recommended size as I could get.

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Post by Fabong » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:27 pm

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In it to win it.
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Post by Garf » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:45 pm

No i shall be victorious fabong

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Post by Dix » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:48 pm

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In it to win it.
Don't you mean "in it to tin it" ? lel
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Post by Fabong » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:50 pm

Dix wrote: Don't you mean "in it to tin it" ? lel
Beautiful.
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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Submit your entries

Post by Bix » Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:35 pm

Holy crap and christmas crackers .. I was gonna enter, but what there is already is fabulous ! surely there's a winner in one of these? green holly, sonm baubles and winking jesus are my highlights.
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Post by Lor64 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:05 am

Man, this is the first time I've used Photoshop in over a year.


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Not the most creative idea, but whatever.

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Post by Pepsi Supreme » Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:20 am

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please rtefrain from entering, i already won
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Post by Dizzybow » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:24 am

Very impressed by the entries so far. Been a fair while since I've even opened GIMP but gave it a wee shot anyway.

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Post by JenovaPX » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:27 pm

Garf wrote:No i shall be victorious fabong

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Post by pokemaniac212 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:22 pm

Have to say I'm really impressed with all of these, we're going to have an extremely hard time choosing a winner, since there's quite a few that I like a lot.
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Post by TheHarrisonKaye » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:04 pm

Wow these all look so good! I've got 2 entries and I'll probably make more later:
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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Submit your entries

Post by OrangeRakoon » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:10 pm

Entries close at midnight!

Competition is looking very strong, I am super impressed with both the number and quality of entrants! It's going to be a hard choice I think.

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Post by Fabong » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:07 pm

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Making a second submission with a polar bear theme.
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Post by ABoxerWhoIsPacifist » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:29 pm

ONM Members are very good artists.
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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Winner Announced!

Post by OrangeRakoon » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:45 pm

Well, after much discussion in the mod room, and several favourites identified, I can now announce the winner of the SONM Christmas Banner Competition for 2014!

The winner, who will have their design used as the SONM banner for the entirety of December, and will also receive a special profile tag, is...
Casplen!

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Congratulations to Casplen with a design that got brought up over and over again when discussing our favourites. Here are just a few things people had to say:
The presents coloured and arranged to resemble the SONM logo is a really inventive idea that has been executed superbly, resulting in a design that looks very professional, and the seasonal text is a great touch.
The "seasonal" was the main aspect of this which swayed me, I thought that was a fantastic spin on it and really gives the forums a bit of a personal touch 'cause it shows we aren't too precious with the brand and so on. Also the switch of the icon to presents was, fittingly enough, outside the box, and really made the effort stand out.
The name change to seasonal ONM is a really nice touch, and while the logo was adapted into a christmassy style in other efforts as well, this was probably the most successful of them.
Changing the text to seasonal and adding the Merry Christmas at the bottom of the logo are nice touches with the little addition of some unopenable presents.
Of course, the standard of entries was very high, with the quality and number far exceeding our expectations, so a big shout out to everyone who had a go. Unfortunately there can only be one winner, but in recognition of some of the other entries, here are our two runners up.
Loryuken!

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Again, adapting the logo into a christmas styling looks really nice, and making it into the star on top of the tree is a cool idea. Plus its just really well executed.
The SONM logo where it belongs on the top of the christmas tree turning a normal looking tree into a SUPER TREE! Pretty simple but executed pretty well.
KameRule!

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Doing it in an 8 Bit style was a nice nod to our roots as a vidyagame forum, though I'd suggest that the snow falling would look out of place if it was just a part of the upper banner and not stretched to fit the full width of it.
I love retro looking stuff and works well with the sonm/snes idea the forum is based on with the 8 bit style. It has a really nice charm to it I really like.

A big, big thanks to everyone who got involved - you all made this competition a success, and I hope you all take part in the next one, whenever that may be!

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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Winner Announced!

Post by TJ Hipkiss » Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:17 pm

Dang diddly-ang I meant to make one of these but all of those look super nice so I have zero complaints.
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Re: SONM Christmas Banner Competition - Winner Announced!

Post by KameRule » Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:43 pm

Man all of these are really cool, but I do like Casplen's just a bit more than everyone else's. Glad I made the runners up list though!
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