I recently got an iTunes gift card for $10. Problem is, you have to use windows or mac to even use iTunes, and I use linux, and rather than sell it, I figured I'd give it away with a small contest here instead. Plus, I'm bored with the single Xepher.net logo on the front page.
The contest is to design the best-looking new logo. Entries should be the same size as the current image, 450px by 120px, and PNG format. Note that the image must look good IN PLACE on the xepher.net pages. Keep in mind the colors used on the page, and make sure it doesn't clash. The current image makes heavy use of transparency to blend in with the page background (notice how the blue and the shadows are transparent when viewed at http://xepher.net
directly), and I suggest entries do the same. Entries should prominently feature the the site name "Xepher.net" The "Net" part can optionally be capitalized as well, or you can make use of all-caps. Optionally, the logo can include the motto "Free Hosting For Free Thinkers" capitalized/punctuated as you think looks best. Graphically, you can include whatever you wish, and use any style of artwork. You can include characters/objects/etc. in it if you wish, so long as they look appropriate. (Avoid in-jokes that would require knowledge of said characters and/or any comics they appear in.) The logo should be a stand-alone piece of artwork. I'll be looking for something that's friendly, yet professional feeling.
The contest will run through September 15th, unless there are fewer than 10 entries by then, in which case it will be extended another 2 weeks. (There won't be any additional extensions.) Anyone can enter, no need to be a member/regular on xepher.net, so please invite any friends/artists you know. The winner will be given a gift-card code (via email) good for $10 at the U.S. iTunes store. (Sorry to those of you in other countries, but the card already has the U.S. restriction on it. You could, however, win it and give it to a friend if you can't use it.) I'll also be using the winning logo (and possibly a couple of the runner-ups) on xepher.net. Alt-text attribution to the artist (if desired.)