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Folks,

Our next design contest is here! Sorry, it’s not a game design contest (that will come later), but it’s a logo and motto design contest! All of you are aware of our current logo, which I created when I started the site. However, some of you might not be aware of our current motto, which is “Because the best games have yet to be created.” Although this motto is OK, I feel we can do a better job of describing what the community is about to the rest of the world: That’s where you guys come in.

This is how the contest will work:

For the logo, we will need a ‘banner style’ graphic (approx 2.5 times wider than tall). Submitting a graphic with a resolution of approximately 250 X 100 is recommended, with a format of .gif, .jpg, or .png. However, try to design in a higher resolution for the ‘original’ image and then submit a shrunken image. In case your logo is chosen as the winner, we may need a larger image to work with for other needs. Either that or design the logo with a vector based graphics package (draw, freehand, illustrator, etc.) and then submit it as a raster image. When you have completed your logo, upload it to your My Account Uploads and then private message me so I can post it for others to view.

Likewise, for the motto, private message me with your idea and I will post it for others to review. Keep in mind that the logo should be no more than one sentence and of reasonable length, as these things will affect whether your idea is chosen or not.

The deadline for submissions is November 1st. I will then put up a poll for all the members to choose their favorite from each category. After a week of voting, the polls will close and the administrators will get together and decide which from each category will win.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any prizes to offer other than the obvious bragging rights and glaring exposure of your ingenious creation. However, after the winners are declared, they will both be combined into a tool that I think will help increase exposure to the community for when you out and about at conventions or talking to publishers (you do that on a daily basis, right?).

If you have any questions, just reply to this thread and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thanks!
-Darke

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Re: Logo / Motto Design Contest

Darkehorse wrote:
after the winners are declared, they will both be combined into a tool that I think will help increase exposure to the community for when you out and about at conventions or talking to publishers (you do that on a daily basis, right?).

You mean like a T Shirt?

- Seth

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Very cool!! I can't wait to get started! : )

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Re: Logo / Motto Design Contest

sedjtroll wrote:
Darkehorse wrote:
after the winners are declared, they will both be combined into a tool that I think will help increase exposure to the community for when you out and about at conventions or talking to publishers (you do that on a daily basis, right?).

You mean like a T Shirt?

- Seth

No, that's not what I had in mind... But a Cafepress created t-shirt might be fun... (and raise a little funds/awareness).. Perhaps coffee mugs, sweatshirts... Heh...

-Darke

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Darkehorse wrote:
a Cafepress created t-shirt might be fun...

I am not a huge fan of cafepress, I've heard the quality isn't too good. However I believe Oracle bought a silkscreen...

- Seth

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Re: Logo / Motto Design Contest

sedjtroll wrote:
Darkehorse wrote:
a Cafepress created t-shirt might be fun...

I am not a huge fan of cafepress, I've heard the quality isn't too good. However I believe Oracle bought a silkscreen...

- Seth

The good thing about Cafepress is that it requires no investment in time, cost or materials from us... They do everything. Sure it may be crappy workmanship, but it makes something possible that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

As far as silkscreens go, that would be WAY too much work. It'd be easier just to purchase iron-ons and apply them yourself (which is probably what cafepress does anyway).

-Darke

Anonymous
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Woo!

Looks like I came back just in time!!

Things have been really busy... this is fun stuff.

Andrew

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Logo / Motto Design Contest

Hmmmm.. very interesting.

Wonder how I am going to fit this into my schedule?!?!?

Just so much to do, so little time ;)

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Logo / Motto Design Contest

Darke, a question

How many entries can each member have?

I ask because I've got 2 ideas I like a lot.

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Logo / Motto Design Contest

Trickydicky wrote:
Darke, a question

How many entries can each member have?

I ask because I've got 2 ideas I like a lot.

There are no limits to the # of entries you can make.. We're looking for the best of the best. If you need to use a shot gun approach, so be it.

-Darke

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I looked into cafe press before I bought the first batch of profquotes t-shirts. The prices alone were high enough to make it impossible. It's around $15 for a t-shirt assuming bgdf doesn't get anything. Of course, you can raise the price from there with bgdf getting the difference, but even $15 is very high for a t-shirt. If you do raise the price, you don't get the money until you've earned a fairly high amount like $50.

Add the "sure it may be crappy workmanship" and it's really not worth it.

Darkehorse wrote:
As far as silkscreens go, that would be WAY too much work. It'd be easier just to purchase iron-ons and apply them yourself (which is probably what cafepress does anyway).

before I found the place that could do the small run of silk screened shirts, a store suggested iron ons. They are a lot better than the ones you can make with an inkjet, but they will still look like iron ons; there will be material in all the empty spaces, and it will look like you have painted plastic ironed on - which you do.

I wouldn't be too concerned about the amount of work now; I can use the practice and I don't mind investing some time in bgdf (besides, I'm still at the point where it's fun and has a big novelty factor). The only catch is I will need to get a lot more practice before I can do multi-colour designs (and anyway it would need a screen for each colour).

Cost-wise, I think screen printing makes more sense than cafe press. A silk screen is around $30US for a 16x20" (big enough for a large area on the back and smaller logo on the front like I have for profquotes), so if you want 5 shirts, each would be $6 for the screen and $5-7 for the shirt at Michael's (depending on the colour and if it's on sale that week). It's already cheaper than cafe press' site, and the price drops pretty fast as you get more because you only need one screen.

One cool thing about silk screening is you can very easily print almost anything flat once you have the screen. I bought some spiral notebooks and paper portfolios at back-to-school time, so I screened the profquotes logo on them just for fun since I had the inks out and screen ready.

Jason

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Oracle wrote:
I looked into cafe press before I bought the first batch of profquotes t-shirts. The prices alone were high enough to make it impossible. It's around $15 for a t-shirt assuming bgdf doesn't get anything. Of course, you can raise the price from there with bgdf getting the difference, but even $15 is very high for a t-shirt. If you do raise the price, you don't get the money until you've earned a fairly high amount like $50.

Add the "sure it may be crappy workmanship" and it's really not worth it.

Darkehorse wrote:
As far as silkscreens go, that would be WAY too much work. It'd be easier just to purchase iron-ons and apply them yourself (which is probably what cafepress does anyway).

before I found the place that could do the small run of silk screened shirts, a store suggested iron ons. They are a lot better than the ones you can make with an inkjet, but they will still look like iron ons; there will be material in all the empty spaces, and it will look like you have painted plastic ironed on - which you do.

I wouldn't be too concerned about the amount of work now; I can use the practice and I don't mind investing some time in bgdf (besides, I'm still at the point where it's fun and has a big novelty factor). The only catch is I will need to get a lot more practice before I can do multi-colour designs (and anyway it would need a screen for each colour).

Cost-wise, I think screen printing makes more sense than cafe press. A silk screen is around $30US for a 16x20" (big enough for a large area on the back and smaller logo on the front like I have for profquotes), so if you want 5 shirts, each would be $6 for the screen and $5-7 for the shirt at Michael's (depending on the colour and if it's on sale that week). It's already cheaper than cafe press' site, and the price drops pretty fast as you get more because you only need one screen.

One cool thing about silk screening is you can very easily print almost anything flat once you have the screen. I bought some spiral notebooks and paper portfolios at back-to-school time, so I screened the profquotes logo on them just for fun since I had the inks out and screen ready.

Jason

Jason,

I appreciate you spending the time to reply to the t-shirt possiblity and I will definitely keep in mind for the future, but as I stated, T-shirts were not my objective at all. So before this this threads entirely derails into off-topic-land, let's drop it (or start a new thread ).

-Darke

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One last thing

Guys,

When submitting your logos, paste the full http address to the file in the private message.

You can easily do this in Internet Explorer by right clicking the link to the file in My Uploads, then choose copy shortcut. Then right click and paste into the body of the Private Message. It will make it alot easier for me to post the entries this way; otherwise I have go hunting for the files with an FTP program.

Thanks!
-Darke

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motto/logo combo

Just like to through out a thought direction not necessarily a specific idea.
I really like the look of ZZZZZ's logo entry that looks like a license plate.
If someone could come up with a good logo with "state" in it also it would be a good combo. You know how real plates have "the Buckeye State" etc..

I would submit specific ideas, but I'm all doped up after having surgery done yesterday and can't think of anything specific right now. I'd rather see something cool than me not come up with anything good.

Thanks
Danog

maybe "Board Games: A Higher State of Mind"

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Hmmmm, though I dont want to bash any logo entries.....

MY posted logo is looking a little blurry to me!!!!!

I think this is a result of the DPI (72) I exported it from Freehand. If needed, I can create another version at a higher DPI. Just let me know.

Anonymous
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Did you export as a jpeg or a gif? It looks to me like a jpeg(?). For a better jpeg, change the settings for the export from medium quality to high or maximum quality.

If it's a gif, change the palette from web/adaptive to exact and the colors should be a little sharper.

I like the Christmas version! Very cool idea!

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When is the poll to decide the winners going to be put up?

Don’t wait to long some of us are still in a voting mood.

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Logo / Motto Design Contest

Dralius wrote:
When is the poll to decide the winners going to be put up?

Don’t wait to long some of us are still in a voting mood.

I just contacted Oracle about setting up the polls. Unfortunately, the PHP Nuke poll system isn't complex enough to handle the votes in the method I'd like, so I hope to 'outsource' it out to him. He's great with polls.

-Darke

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Ask for the Danaher Corporation about their voting system. They lost 4200 votes during the last US Election. They should be able to handle our little contest.

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Okay

After much discussing with Oracle, I've decided to do judging the following method:

For the mottos/slogans, private message me with your top FIVE favorites, in ORDER OF PREFERENCE. I.E. Your most favorite will be #1, your second favorite #2, etc.

After a week of collecting, I will put up a poll and folks will vote on their favorites. After about another week, the admins will announce the winner.

For the logos, I will also present a poll at the same time as the slogans/mottos. Since there is only a handful of those, I don't really see a need to narrow down the field. Again, after a week the admins will take the poll down and will announce the winner.

After that the two winners will be assimiliated, and we will move on to phase two!

Any questions? Reply to this thread. Now go get your vote on!

-Darke

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I forget ... what was Phase Two?

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Here's a list of all the mottos (53)

"Always ahead of the game"
"An idea, a design, a game, a community."
"Batteries not included."
"Because Monopoly doesn't cut it anymore."
"Because Monopoly sucks."
"Because the best games have yet to be created."
"By Designers, For Designers"
"Conversations In Design"
"Creating Game Worlds from Card Board."
"Creating the next generation of games today."
"Creating Tomorrow's games Today."
"Designing Games for Real People."
"Designing the world one game at a time!"
"Discover our flat worlds."
"Dream. Design. Develop. Discuss."
"Dream. Design. Discuss"
"Everyone plays'em, we design'em, games."
"Everyone's game designs matter, to us!"
"Fun by design"
"Game on"
"Games: Answers to questions, questions to answer."
"Games: Answers to questions, Questions to answers."
"Gaming from the inside out"
"Get in the game"
"Get your game on!"
"Interaction, Competition, Creativity, Community."
"It's your turn."
"Log in. Hook up. Create something."
"Log on. Connect up. Create something."
"Manufacturing fun"
"Meeting place for playful minds"
"Nice play"
"Our ideas, our game designs, our community."
"The only game in town"
"The only limitation is your own imagination"
"The right play"
"The support group for game design addicts."
"There ain't no shame in makin' a game!"
"Together we design!"
"Together we will redesign the future of board games."
"Tomorrow's fun."
"Turning cardboard into game worlds."
"We bring good games to life."
"We make games tick or What makes games tick?"
"We take the bored out of board games."
"Where Board Game Designers Come Together"
"Where board game designs come together"
"Where games come together."
"Where mind and matter come together"
"Where tomorrow's games are designed today"
"Where tomorrow's games are discussed today"
"Where your game designs will come to life."
"Working Imagination for the Future of Fun."
"Your move"

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