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Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition - WINNER

Post by OrangeRakoon » Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:18 pm

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The one year anniversary of Super ONM means that Halloween and Bonfire Night are not far behind! And of course, in now-SONM-tradition, that means we'll be hosting another banner competition. This time we want you to create a banner combining both celebrations of Halloween and Bonfire Night into a single design, preferably with some gaming goodness thrown it there too!

The competition is open for entries now (just post your entry in this thread) and will close on Thursday 29th October. The winner will then be chosen and announced and the new banners used for a week from October 31st.

If you want to take part, then check the out the information and resources that you need below. Feel free to let your imagination go wild, although we ask that you only use official images and art from Nintendo or art of your own creation, so no using any fanart that you find around the internet please. With that said, good luck and we look forward to seeing the standard of entries!

Rules
  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  • Entries must be posted in this thread, and the image must be saved as a PNG file.
  • Size is not strictly enforced, but you should aim to use or be around the current banner size, which is 418px × 172px.
  • It is suggested that the banner should either have a transparent background, or you should create a version matching the colour of the style it will be used with - the blue background (colour #009bc8) is used with ONM Classic and Super Blue, and the red (colour #e30018) with Super ONM.
  • The closing date for entries is Thursday 29th October.
  • The winning entry will be chosen by the mod team.
  • Please ensure your entries follow all the usual forum rules.
Resources

Here are some resources that you may find useful in creating your banner design. Bear in mind that these are just for help - you don't have to use these templates if you don't want to! You are free to come up with an entirely different design if you wish.
SONM Banner Blank Template Transparent
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SONM Banner Blank Template Blue
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SONM Banner Blank Template Red
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SONM Small Logo
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Gamecuben font
Diskun font
Previous Examples

If you're in need of some inspiration, check out the SONM Banner Archive to see our previous banner designs!

Prize

The winner will have their banner used on the site for a week, receive a banner creator profile badge, and the banner will be recorded permanently in the banner archive.

Good luck, and we hope to see some great entries!

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by RichardUK » Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:05 pm

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by komoDIRE joe » Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:19 pm

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by D.J » Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:55 pm

The last time i tried to make one of these from scratch, it was an utter disaster.

On this occasion therefore, i have simply borrowed an existing design, and used that as a template for a (probably rather sucky) halloween banner.

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That said, i may well update this in due course in order to incorporate the fireworks element, though as i type this, i have no idea where the additional theme would even fit in.

I was never very good at this sort of thing. :(
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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by OrangeRakoon » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:20 am

Good to see entries already! And good to actually see yours this time D.J ;)

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by OrangeRakoon » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:47 am

For all those yet to enter, there is now one week to go before closing!

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by Jezo » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:56 pm

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EDIT: Made one for bonfire night. Idk if animated's allowed, but, yeah... Blue:
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red:
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Last edited by Jezo on Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by Kriken » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:21 pm

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by Troggy » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:47 pm

Word of advice for your banners, lads: The banners shouldn't have images that are right up to the border of the banner itself. A few banners from previous events had this issue, which was also a factor as to why they weren't selected. Just a tip so you all can make a great banner for the site!
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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by Jezo » Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:57 pm

I can just move/remove the castle if need be then.
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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by OrangeRakoon » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:28 pm

It's less being up against the edge and more not ending at the edge. If you highlight the current banner you'll see that it doesn't go up to the border of the entire blue header area, so you can imagine how an image cutting off could look not as good. But that doesn't mean it can't win!

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by IronHide » Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:47 pm

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feel free to change the text to the sonm font.

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition

Post by OrangeRakoon » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:10 am

Great to see a final entry, nice work IronHide!

We're now closing and off to the judges - we'll be back with the results on Halloween, so stay tuned!

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition - WINNE

Post by OrangeRakoon » Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:19 am

Halloween is upon us and it's time to announce the winner of the Halloween and Bonfire Night 2015 Banner Competition! There were some great entries, so again thanks to everyone who got involved - hopefully you all enjoyed coming up with your designs - we certainly enjoyed seeing the variety!

There can only be one winner however, and the forumite who will have their design (or in this case, designs) used as the SONM banner across Halloween and Bonfire Night is...
Jezo!

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Congratulations to Jezo with two designs that won the favour of our mod judges. The Halloween banner is live now, while the Bonfire Night design will replace it on the fifth. Here is what our judges had to say:
The animated fireworks banner is pure genius and looks brilliant with a very well executed design. All of the little details really make it, such as the pattern of the fireworks and the score changing across the top. As for the Halloween design, the creepiness of the gameboy camera easter egg images and the accompanying text is a perfect fit for Halloween while also being a nice reference to Nintendo history. The spooky text is great too!
im pretty sure englishgamer used to have those faces and that quote in an old sig, that's spooky in itself tbh.

Congratulations Jezo, and you'll now find yourself the proud owner of a new profile badge! Once again in this competition the standard of entries was high, so a big shout out to everyone who had a go. Unfortunately these designs didn't quite make the cut, but in recognition of some of the other entries, here are our two runners up.
IronHide!

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It's a first entry for IronHide in a banner competition, and it's a good'un! To make full effect of the fiery background would probably have meant reworking the banner to be transparent and having the entire background header on the site covered in flames, but that is by no means a bad idea! It blends both Halloween and Bonfire Night together into a singular design very well.
liberal!

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The choices of Nintendo characters representing Halloween here are both varied and well chosen, making this design very fitting for the theme. The only complaint is the cut-off along the bottom edge of the image (and perhaps some fireworks would have been nice too).

A big thanks to everyone who got involved - it was great to see lots of entries and as always we hope you'll take part in the next banner competition too!

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Re: Halloween and Bonfire Night - Banner Competition - WINNE

Post by IronHide » Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:08 pm

I could have probably managed to get the flames to have transparency but it would have taken ages scouring the Paint.net forums to find out how to do it. Would have loved to have animated flames but that's a little beyond my artistic ability.

Edit: should have used the correct font too.

Perhaps next time.

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