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Title: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on August 18, 2008, 02:28:21 pm
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.

Current Logo:
(http://xepher.net/images/XNLogo.png)

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.)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: fesworks on August 18, 2008, 04:02:13 pm
I'll see if I can get in on this...
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: sagebrush on August 24, 2008, 09:40:02 pm
(http://dimensionalhammer.org/randompics/xephernet.png)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on August 24, 2008, 09:45:24 pm
*is stunned*

That's... awesome. I love the pirate eye-patch. If the rest of the entries are anywhere near as cool, this could be a really fun contest. :-)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: sagebrush on August 28, 2008, 10:31:09 pm
Is anyone else gonna play?
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on August 29, 2008, 12:34:57 am
Yeah, I was hoping for more. :-)

I'll announce it on the main page this weekend, maybe that'll get more people.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: fesworks on August 29, 2008, 02:31:23 am
If you want, I can announce on The Webcomic Beacon. Never know.

We have until the 15th ;) :P
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on August 29, 2008, 04:59:37 pm
Yeah, go for it if you want to. Kinda advertises xepher.net itself as well.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: fesworks on August 30, 2008, 02:58:27 pm
Yeah, go for it if you want to. Kinda advertises xepher.net itself as well.

Well, yea :P

I kinda wished we stayed here (the Beacon), but I notice that since we left, I had not noticed the server not working at in convenient times.... Coincidence ? ;)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: sagebrush on August 31, 2008, 04:17:43 am
Ow... burn...
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on August 31, 2008, 04:47:44 am
Hey, the SERVER is working fine! The datacenter it's in though... :-/

Yeah, what can I say, it's super-el-cheapo and you get what you pay for. Now that I've got a job, I'm thinking about finding a better place eventually, but we'll see.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: fesworks on August 31, 2008, 01:58:06 pm
Ow... burn...

Not really ;) I believe that some of the issue for the outage was The Podcast. Even though it was not a huge podcast, it still was the biggest drain on resources/bandwidth last I checked. Towards the end, I started to suspect constant 60+ minute MP3 downloads were sapping the data center's... whatever it is... for Xepher's server. It's seemed to not do that any more since the show hasn't been here all August.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on September 01, 2008, 02:27:31 am
No worries, I'm not really caring what/where the fault lies, I was just giving you a hard time above. I'm just glad it's working for you now, doesn't matter where.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on September 13, 2008, 09:55:03 am
Yay! A reason to design! <3 I'm on it!
Even if I just found out and it ends in two days!
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on September 13, 2008, 03:14:05 pm
Yes! Please contribute! I want a contest, not a default.

Though I will note that with less than 10 entries, it looks like we're going into overtime. Meaning two more weeks. But get stuff in anyway, to encourage others to try.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on September 15, 2008, 02:25:06 am
OK, so I still haven't started. But I'm going to!

It's thumbnail time!
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Gwyn on September 24, 2008, 08:42:36 pm
THIS IS A PIECE I DID ON THE OBSERVATION OF THE INTERNET. THIS CLEARLY SHOWS MY MAD SKILLS AS A GRAPHIC ARTIST SO I CAN TOTALLY BE A DICK ABOUT IT WHILE I'M DRINKING 5 DOLLAR DRINKS WHILE HOVERING OVER MY MAC BOOK PRO AT MY LOCAL DOUCHEBAG HANGOUT AKA TOOL DEPOSITORY (aka local too cool for you coffee shop)

(http://gwynrumbolt.com/images/untitled.JPG)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Gwyn on September 24, 2008, 08:43:58 pm
ha.ha I'm just kidding, I only drink 7 dollar drinks with a minimum of 3 shots and STEAMED MILK ONLY
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on September 24, 2008, 11:41:26 pm
Heheh... well looks like we have a serious contender there! :-)

On a more serious note though, the contest ends this monday, the 29th, so anyone planning to enter should do so by then.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Databits on September 26, 2008, 08:54:21 pm
Man I remember back when Xepher.net had a hell of a lot more traffic. Think the recession shit has something to do with the drop of activity in here?
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on September 27, 2008, 04:18:23 am
Time flies. o_o Wowies.

Okay, gonna start RIGHT NOW. For serious.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on September 27, 2008, 04:45:38 pm
Nah... I think it's just that I haven't really been gaining NEW users in quite a while. The normal pattern is that almost all the forum traffic is users who signed up within the past couple of months, plus the tiny few of us that are long-time forum users here. If I went and did a big push for new users, and got 30 people signed up, 20 of them would be all over this forum for the next 3 months. I've no need to do that though. :-)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: fesworks on September 27, 2008, 09:40:32 pm
Xepher, come up with some clever tag lines or SOME idea for Xepher ads, I'll run a low cost PW campaign (should hit a lot of small sites, but has been very effective for me in the past). It might be best to make a specific page for this ad with some examples of sites hosted here. The big ones plus a good variety of others. (or all of them?)

I think it could work to drive up some traffic. Could get a few applications as well as new readers to various hosted site... even for a low-cost ad campaign on PW.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on September 29, 2008, 02:32:28 pm
Weekend threw me for a loop. Also, sudden freelance.

I faild. Sorry, Xepher, lol. I would have come up with something good, though... (I'll still do something for fun, just not on time.)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on September 29, 2008, 05:37:08 pm
Fes: I probably made that sound like I was lamenting the lack of new users. Don't get me wrong, I like doing this, but I intentionally avoid advertising xepher.net. I'm not trying to push for new users. If people find this place, great, if they don't, that's fine too... and actually means less work for me. :-) My point above was that if I DID push for it, then, just as you said, I could probably drive up traffic quite easily. Maybe at some point in the future, probably if/when I ever launch a new system like the Artica idea, then I'll really go all out for publicity.

Senshuu: If you're too busy, don't worry about it. While I was hoping for more entries here (obviously) it doesn't hurt my feeling or anything that there weren't. I wasn't surprised either... I mean, I wasn't even motivated enough to make a new logo myself. :-)
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on September 29, 2008, 08:31:02 pm
Oooo... A while after I posted that, I did my really quick idea sketches.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/senshuu/dump/xepherlogosketches.jpg)

The top one is the one I'm gonna detail. I'm even gonna do it layered in Illustrator... infinitely scallable logos, yaaay. I'd do cool things with all of them though.
Hehe... I'm more disappointed with myself that I didn't get around to it these past two weeks...
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: sagebrush on September 29, 2008, 09:50:52 pm
Deadline fail.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: griever on September 29, 2008, 09:51:14 pm
I tried but I couldn't think of anything decent.  Well, I thought of some banner-header type images but nothing like a logo.  :(
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on September 30, 2008, 07:17:16 am
Well, that's that folks. The winner (by technical participation) is Sagebrush! DING DING DING DING!

Gwyn: Nice try. :-)

Senshuu... liked where the ideas were going, but I have to play by the rules and it's already been a month.

Sage... I'll get you that iTunes card soon.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: sagebrush on September 30, 2008, 08:36:06 pm
Yay!  I wonder what else I can get by default... <.<;
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on October 01, 2008, 12:06:16 pm
Hehe! I only hoped by chance that you'd extend it again... worth a shot lol.

'Gratz Sagebrush!
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: sagebrush on October 02, 2008, 01:55:19 am
Hah, maybe I'll have a contest on my site with this as the prize, and you'll have another crack at winning it.

Does this iTunes thing expire?  Also, is it a physical card, or is it a coupon code?
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Gwyn on October 02, 2008, 02:38:43 am
I demand a recount!
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on October 02, 2008, 02:22:32 pm
Fine, I'll do a public recount.

One.

:-P
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on October 05, 2008, 06:01:21 am
Bwaha, you know, actually... I wasn't interested in the prize at all. I just wanted to enter this. XD I'm weird.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Xepher on October 05, 2008, 03:16:57 pm
Well, you're still welcome to contribute... I'm not closing the thread or anything. Heck, if I like it, I'll probably put it in a logo rotation with Sage's and whatever else I come up with.
Title: Re: Xepher.net Logo Contest (Win $10 iTunes Credit)
Post by: Miluette on October 05, 2008, 11:01:22 pm
Logo rotation! Also a good idea!