I’m proud to announce our first group contest! Our website and social sites need some flair. I think we need an awesome logo and accompanying banner to show off what we’re about. I’m envisioning something that we can use across platforms (Meetup, Twitter, Facebook) as well as in other arenas (group projects, group signs for conventions, etc.).

So rather than try to create my own logo and banner (not a great idea), I thought I’d open it up to the group for submissions (much better idea). You are welcome to submit a logo and/or a banner. To sweeten the deal I decided to make it a contest.

Here are the general rules:

Regardless of whether you submit a banner, a logo, or both, the final product needs to be digital and full color.

Additional specifications for each are below:

Logo The logo needs to represent what we’re about (cartoonists and comic artists) and should probably also indicate that we are a Chicago-based group on the Northside. Our technical name is “Northside Cartoonists and Comic Artists” (Northside Comics, for short). So the name should also be somewhere in the design. These are general guidelines, if you think that you can do something cool that doesn’t incorporate these elements, please have at it.

Keep in mind that the logo should also scale well. That means it should still be legible at different sizes. If you want an example, go to this link and resize the browser a bunch of times to see what I mean http://www.responsivelogos.co.uk/­.

You’re final logo should be 300 X 300 pixels at at least 300 dpi.

Banner – All of the above also applies to the banner. I want it to give a similar amount of information about the group. Please keep the text somewhat minimal. Facebook is picky about what % of the banner can include text, so less is better.

Speaking of Facebook specifications, their ideal dimensions are 851 X 315 pixels at at least 300 dpi. If you want more detail about where the logo is placed on top of the banner, what part is shaded, etc. go here: https://www.facebook.com/CoverPhotoSize­ but at minimum please make sure it’s 851 X 315 pixels at 300 dpi.

File specifications – the final file (for both logo and banner) needs to be in a format that is lossless. So please save as a TIFF, BMP, or PNG file (JPEG and GIF are lossy and will make it hard to scale the images up or down).

Prizes:
Logo Winner: Copy of Manga Studio 5 (or $25 Amazon GC)
Banner Winner: Copy of Sketchbook Pro (or $35 Amazon GC)

Judges:
The final submissions will be judged by myself and an independent board of shadowy figures (who, unsurprisingly, wish to remain anonymous). I’ll also open up public voting and factor those results into the final decision. I’ll be rating on originality, clarity, and quality.

Deadline:The deadline for entries is Sunday, July 12th at 11:59pm CST. Please send your entries via email to me at edwardwitt(at)gmail.com­.

Legalese: By entering the contest you are giving the group permission to use your submitted image in any group-related material which includes, but is not limited to, use in promotional materials, on websites, and in digital and print publications. Credit for the logo will be given whenever possible using the manner that the artist prefers (link, twitter handle, etc.). If you are the winner, you will have to sign a document stating that you understand these terms and releasing your work for these uses.

I know I tend to be a little long-winded, and paradoxically I still manage to leave important details out (my father calls it “inefficiency”). So if you’re confused please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.

Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Ed