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  • TSM Logo Contest (With Prize!)

    So, if you have any artistic / graphic design ability, this thread is directed at you!

    I am in need of a logo for TradeSkillMaster to be used in various places such as our new website (still a work-in-progress), as an icon for TSM's forum (right now it's just my avatar - this is pending Sterling's approval), and various places in the addon itself.

    To up the ante, I am offering a small prize to whichever person creates the best logo. The "winner" will be decided by myself, Geemoney, and other people who I consider on the TSM "staff." I haven't decided on the prize yet but I'm thinking something like a X-month subscription to the forums or TUJ or something more creative if you already have both.

    I'm sort of on the fence on whether or not running a contest for this is a good idea, so we'll see how it goes. Feel free to comment on the idea of it either way.


    RULES:
    1. It will be displayed as a logo so it doesn't have to be gigantic (and preferably should be relatively square-ish), but it can always be resized later.
    2. If the logo includes a graphic / drawing, it should be related to gold making / crafting in some way.
    3. The official name of the addon is "TradeSkillMaster" all one word, 3 capital letters. "TSM" is an appropriate acronym.

    SUBMITTING (pick ONE of the following):
    1. Reply to this thread with the submission, either by uploading it to Imgur and linking it or directly uploading it to the forums.
    2. Send it to me via email (sapu94@gmail.com).
    3. Upload it to Imgur and send the link to me in a private message on these forums.


    The contest will run until 8:00AM (8 in the morning for 24-hour clock people) PST (GMT-7) on Saturday, January 21st. If this deadline rolls around and you are still working on something, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to extend it.


    Thanks and let me know if you have any questions / comments / concerns!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TSM Logo Contest (With Prize!) started by Sapu94 View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Deathwarp's Avatar
      Deathwarp -
      I started to work on one idea befor you replied, this is what i got right now. I have a few more ideas.
      I know its not rectangular, well, whatever - you might like it... or not.
      Feel free to criticize.

      Code:
      http://i.imgur.com/ATl38.png




      Code:
      http://i.imgur.com/SveuB.png




      Code:
      http://i.imgur.com/hvE3J.png


      Code:
      http://i.imgur.com/MwCoT.png
    1. Kathroman's Avatar
      Kathroman -
      That's pretty nice, @Deathwarp. I might do something with the letters on the coin (more inset or something, perhaps?) because it kind of gets drowned out on the lower resolutions. The profession icons are a nice touch, though - I like how you incorporated them
    1. Deathwarp's Avatar
      Deathwarp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kathroman View Post
      That's pretty nice, @Deathwarp . I might do something with the letters on the coin (more inset or something, perhaps?) because it kind of gets drowned out on the lower resolutions. The profession icons are a nice touch, though - I like how you incorporated them
      I agree, I was working on that issue, but something more important came in my way Will do.
      EDIT: Only thing i don't like is that i didn't use the oroginal Inscription icon because i couln't find a way to put it so it would look good and still recognizable.

      EDIT2:
      What about this, is it a bit better? (there is room for improvement, i know )
      Code:
      http://i.imgur.com/pH1Jx.png
    1. Kathroman's Avatar
      Kathroman -
      That colour is definitely easier on the eyes. I still think that if the inset were deeper, the edges would make it stand out a bit more. Just not sure whether it would look less realistic or not . Also, have you tried reversing it, so that the lettering is raised instead? How would that look?
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      Round is good too! I added an update to the original post to hopefully clarify a question that a few people have asked.
    1. kapowaz's Avatar
      kapowaz -
      I'm sorta kinda interested, but only leaving until Saturday doesn't give much time for those of us with jobs. Could you maybe extend it until Sunday? Also, what treatment is it likely to be needed in? Are we talking a full-colour bitmap image, or something that is likely to be used in outline form? What aspect ratio? Smallest vs largest possible size? These things matter
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kapowaz View Post
      I'm sorta kinda interested, but only leaving until Saturday doesn't give much time for those of us with jobs. Could you maybe extend it until Sunday? Also, what treatment is it likely to be needed in? Are we talking a full-colour bitmap image, or something that is likely to be used in outline form? What aspect ratio? Smallest vs largest possible size? These things matter
      If you (or anybody else) plan on doing a logo and need until Sunday, just let me know on Friday night / Saturday morning that you're planning on submitting something by X time (including time zone) on Sunday and I'll be happy to extend it for you. I know this is a bit rushed but I'd like to get the new website up and running before the release version of TSM is released (/subtle release date hint).
    1. Deathwarp's Avatar
      Deathwarp -
      Those are good questions, especially the smallest vs largest size. Would like to know the answer.
      btw: I KNEW you wanted to release it with the new logo!
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Deathwarp View Post
      Those are good questions, especially the smallest vs largest size. Would like to know the answer.
      btw: I KNEW you wanted to release it with the new logo!
      As I mentioned in the original post, it's ok if it's big, it can always be resized later. Any of the sizes you submitted are fine. Thanks
    1. Deathwarp's Avatar
      Deathwarp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sapu94 View Post
      As I mentioned in the original post, it's ok if it's big, it can always be resized later. Any of the sizes you submitted are fine. Thanks
      The thing is, after a certain amount of downsizing, the text might become unreadable.
    1. Valdron's Avatar
      Valdron -
      Quote Originally Posted by Deathwarp View Post
      The thing is, after a certain amount of downsizing, the text might become unreadable.
      While messing around with an idea yesterday, I came across that problem. Before submitting a finished piece, it might be a good idea to scale it down once just to make sure it looks alright in any size.
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      So, the "banner" is going to be fairly large (like the size of Auctioneer's at the top of this page: Auctioneer addon for World of Warcraft). The logo should be able to be scaled to the size of the little forum icons that show up here: http://stormspire.net/forum.php

      Hope that helps.

      EDIT: The deadline has been pushed back 2 days for various reasons.
    1. Ignatowski's Avatar
      Ignatowski -


      Mea culpa maxima though it seems I couldn't help myself incorporating web 2.0 elements.
    1. Sterling's Avatar
      Sterling -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ignatowski View Post


      Mea culpa maxima though it seems I couldn't help myself incorporating web 2.0 elements.
      This is a nice concept, I'd like to see the reflection removed and the font made bigger, and the gear flattened out a bit.
    1. Ignatowski's Avatar
      Ignatowski -

      Sterlings suggestions along with a stronger colorscheme.

      and as Icon:




      Another version with the same cogwheel, for use on a white background:



      And another one:



      And much of the same with the coghweel in another perspective:

    1. Namssob's Avatar
      Namssob -
      When is the vote?
    1. hotpocket's Avatar
      hotpocket -
      Just saw this topic, plz extend this by few days <3
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hotpocket View Post
      Just saw this topic, plz extend this by few days <3
      You have all weekend
    1. Malya's Avatar
      Malya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ignatowski View Post


      Mea culpa maxima though it seems I couldn't help myself incorporating web 2.0 elements.
      I quite like this, has a kinda professional feel, like what you can expect on a microsoft box
      My opinion and subjective of cause
    1. Deathwarp's Avatar
      Deathwarp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ignatowski View Post


      Mea culpa maxima though it seems I couldn't help myself incorporating web 2.0 elements.
      Make it a square. The cogwheel seems too tall.
      Other tha that, it's nice.