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Title: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on October 29, 2009, 07:01:21 AM
A couple months ago we had a thread called show me your best http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,1278.0.html the whole idea for this is that we want to create a banner and custom theme for our site. I've been in contact with Alundra our theme writer and she has been a busy girl lately and hasn't had time to get the banner done yet although she is still planning on doing it. So this is what we a need a banner that spans the top of the site that incorporates some of our members best work from the thread and what we are about.
Handmade Artists.
As far as the size goes maybe 150x1200 or something like that. It needs to say "Handmade Artists' Forum" with our tagline of "Supporting Handmade"
The new theme is still going to be a little while as we are waiting for the official release of the new SMF software and also for Alundra to get some time.
So post your entries here and I'll put up a poll in a couple weeks to vote for our favorite.

This is really a big contest because the banner is a key feature for the developing our brand for our site. Whatever banner we choose though may change so don't get upset if it gets switched after some time.

I hope to get some real participation in the contest because I have a Huge Secret that will be announced in the coming weeks (Maybe a Month or Two) that I'm very excited about and I think everyone will like a lot.

Anyway stay tuned and by the time we put this up for a poll I will have a prize figured out.

Thanks for your participation in advance.
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: InvyStudios on October 29, 2009, 09:35:17 AM
I can't wait to hear the big SECRET. I am not sure what I should nominate, I will have to think about it. Your secret was just too tempting.
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on October 29, 2009, 10:09:49 AM
I think a Handmade Artists' Forum banner that features the HAF shops is a wonderful idea. It not only advertises the Forum, but also the people who ARE the Forum.

There should definitely be a certain branding involved that could easily be recognize as HAF, but switching in and out the different artists works on the banner could be a wonderful way to include everyone in the advertising and also a wonderful way to show the world the kind of talent that resides here.

... and I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about as far as the work involved in something like that, so please take that into account!  ;D
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on October 29, 2009, 08:23:49 PM
Where are you at Seedlings this is up your alley and yes the secret is going to be really cool. I just have a lot of work to get this secret going so any help with this banner will be huge.
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on October 31, 2009, 02:00:25 PM
Whats up?

Nobody going to jump on this?

I have a major secret lurking in the wings and i can't get any excitement about this?



.......................................................


Walks away kicking the dirt pouting..
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on October 31, 2009, 05:42:24 PM
Hold on to yer britches! Hehe...

Okay, will post something tomorrow. Don't go all pouty and kickin' dirt around!
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on October 31, 2009, 07:40:07 PM
Thanks Seedlings, take your time no rush. Think of it this way if no one enters you will be a sure winner. ;D
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 01, 2009, 12:12:40 PM
I worked with the photos that people had already posted in the 'show me your best' thread just in case there were rights/permissions issues. I have another idea I'm going to work up too -- so hard to get all the photos in that I wanted to so please do not feel bad if I didn't get yours -- was trying to get some samples of different colors, shapes, and what folks do.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2736/4064986822_70bb616bd7_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on November 01, 2009, 06:21:42 PM
Wow that's pretty cool can't wait to see what else you come up with. One thing though my little critique no matter How Much I love Nárrína's work the hand front and center is a little creepy.

sorry Nárrína maybe if you move it to the side or back but front in center sort of freaks me out. ;D

my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 01, 2009, 07:22:44 PM
Dang cos I thought that was the coolest part because her hand is sort of holding the steampunk piece  ^-^
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: lisianblue on November 01, 2009, 09:41:53 PM
Oh poor Andrew - don't pout!!

psst Suzie - what's the secret???

Sharon - the hand holding the steampunk piece is pretty cool - it's just that it draws the eye there - instead of wandering through the rest of the banner - maybe if it were a litte smaller and to one side - oh wait why am I giving you tips (lo) - I think I'll try one myself! hehe

when did you say the deadline is Andrew?
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 01, 2009, 10:13:07 PM
Ah ha, okay I see it now! Thank you!  ^-^
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: Heathr03 on November 02, 2009, 01:26:23 AM
Very cool idea! I can't even try - photoshop befuddles me.. :-[

Suzie, shhh.... we were sworn!
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on November 02, 2009, 07:18:57 AM
when did you say the deadline is Andrew?

Deadline maybe a couple of weeks, I don't want to rush it though as this one is very important
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 04, 2009, 07:55:20 PM
Okay here are revisions to version "A":

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3512/4075932575_8f7907c445_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 04, 2009, 07:58:23 PM
I also did an animated version which can be viewed here:
http://www.seedlingsjewelry.com/images/150x1200_anim.html (http://www.seedlingsjewelry.com/images/150x1200_anim.html)
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: chainmaille on November 05, 2009, 06:59:10 PM
Cool does the animated one repeat?


Also I did get a hold of Alundra our forum tech person who is writing our new theme and she is actively working  on a banner also so we'll see how it goes.

I would love to see some others get involved with this as this is your site also so submit and entry and who knows you might win.
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 05, 2009, 07:49:15 PM
I can make that animated one do whatever needs to be done!
I just wasn't sure if site would support .swf so it was more of a 'here's just in case cos it's pretty nifty.'
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on November 05, 2009, 11:22:31 PM
Wow Sharon, I love the one that moves. You are so talented!
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 06, 2009, 07:01:27 PM
Thanks Nancy -- I'd like you to come to my next job review please  ^-^
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: CalcedoniaDesign on November 07, 2009, 08:25:48 PM
 :) ;) :D love it love it love it However it is all about jewelry... there are a few of who crochet and knitted and looking out this it is all jewelry may be you could put a ball of wool in there someplace  :(
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: cMaille on November 07, 2009, 09:58:05 PM
My 2-cents: The animated banner is lovely and dynamic. I wonder, though, if it kept moving (looped, etc), if it would be too distracting. I also agree that it highlights almost exclusively jewelry, while showing the full range of work produced by members of the forum would be inclusive and inviting.
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on November 07, 2009, 11:27:26 PM
Lol, just let me know where and when, Sharon! ;)
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on November 08, 2009, 12:33:01 PM
Due to a family emergency my Etsy shop will be in vacation mode and I will have limited online access for at least week. Thank you for your understanding!
Title: Re: Yes Another Banner Contest
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on November 08, 2009, 02:33:15 PM
Hurry back Sharon ... hope it's nothing too serious ...