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« on: July 08, 2004, 11:35:31 pm »

It is now time and this is the place to submit your logo designs for the "FORVM Award For Numismatic Excellence".  Congratulations to Evan (wolfgang336) again for submitting this name in our recent poll Smiley .  Here are the rules for the design:

1.  The name of our award is "FORVM Award For Numismatic Excellence".  Use that in your logo design, do not come up with a name of your own.  I know this is obvious for most of you but I just had to make that clear before someone works hard on a useless logo. tongue
2.  Do not make separate logos for "Commercial, Academic, and Personal" or put those words in your design.  This issue has been decided by the "One award name or different names?" poll.  As for having categories at all, the "Categories or no categories?" poll is still open and yet to be decided.  Please stop by there to vote if you have not already at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?board=32;action=display;threadid=10962
and if the answer is yes we can separate the award recipients into separate lists on the thread that will cover such.
3.  The logo is to be no larger than 150x150 pixels (smaller is preferred; rule of thumb - make it as small as possible but still completely readable and pleasant)
4.  The image is to be in the .gif or .jpeg format.  Which is better for your design depends on what is in it.  As for my very very short summary, if it involves only graphics created on your part then .gif will look better.  If it involves a picture of a real object, like a coin or landmark, then .jpeg may be better, but on some occasions .gif will be.  There are exceptions; you may want to save the image in both formats and see which is better.  Do a Google search for "gif vs jpeg" and read more if you like.

As for other issues, if you have a .gif you may want to make its background color transparent.  In other words, if your .gif background is white and the award recipient's website background is blue, transparency will make the .gif background blue.  Then when another recipient has a green background, the .gif will have a green background.  Some graphics/photo programs include this function.  If you don't have such a program, here is a free service you can use to accomplish this:
http://www.mit.edu:8001/tweb/map.html

You need to upload your design to your webspace before you can use it.  Also be sure the background color on your .gif is nowhere on your design or those pixels will be transparent too.  To help, pick an odd background color like baby blue, bright green, hot pink, etc.  You do not have to make it transparent, it is just a matter of personal taste on your part.  However, there is no such function for .jpeg images, at least I know of (please post if you know of a way).

Next, keep a copy of your award image in a high resolution format like .bmp and .tif so you can go back and make changes if needed.  Saving .gifs and .jpegs repeatedly will decrease their quality each time.  Believe me, I've been in that situation and it is frustrating when you want to make changes and can't. Embarrassed

On a similar note, those who submitted designs in the other threads, please rework them with our official name and post them here.

Also, you can upload .jpegs to this board but if you want to display your .gifs you need to upload them to your webspace and use tags with the image's address in between in your post.

Submissions will be accepted for at least a week but probably longer.  We hope to have at least six designs before we move on to the first poll.  After that, there will be a runoff poll of the top two.  I hope I covered all possible questions here, if I missed something please ask.  Good luck!

Kevin  Cool  

P.S.:  Joe said he would like us to consider the FORVM logo (the four columns you see at the top) for our design.  Yet, he also said it is totally up to us as to what we design and choose.
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004, 03:04:14 am »

Here is my idea:



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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2004, 09:28:04 pm »



I made this before I saw Pep's post.  The text came out bad, but you get the idea.  It is surprisingly similar to Pep's and I had intended to make it round too.  The differences are that I prefer the blue and white colors and all caps.    Mine is a little smaller which I like, but it may not be possible to get clear text that small.  Anyway this is not meant to be a final design, but the idea is there.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2004, 01:07:28 pm »

Here is my first shot
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2004, 01:18:36 pm »

try # 2
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2004, 02:59:43 pm »

So far I like mine best (with a little more work on the text and round white background).  But, of course I do since it is my idea.  Anyway, a poll will decide.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2004, 09:24:12 pm »

I suppose it is unorthodox to help the competition tongue but I worked on Joe's design.  Here it is:



The letters are slightly blurred from shrinking it down, which actually helps their form in my humble opinion.  

However, this is still Joe's submission, not mine.   Yet, I prefer having the full name "FORVM AWARD FOR NUMISMATIC EXCELLENCE" in the logo, it rolls off the tongue better but like Joe says it is up to all of you to decide.  Wink

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2004, 11:13:32 pm »

Thanks Pep.  Of course it is still the FORVM Award for Numismatic Excellence, I just omit the for from the logo.  Heck, Nike just has a swoosh, no words at all.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2004, 07:37:29 am »

You guys and your curvy letters... you need some color!
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2004, 01:50:09 pm »

Here's my entry,
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2004, 05:16:41 pm »

Wow, I think it is going to be tough competition.  Nice job people!
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2004, 05:34:08 pm »

My pic just vanished when I tried to update it...   Angry

Here it is !  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2004, 08:42:00 pm »

It has not been mentioned in this thread but Joe is offering $200 in FORVM Bucks to the person whose logo wins in the final poll and becomes the official logo for our award.  Just wanted to let everyone know since this thread gets alot more hits than the one he posted with this offer.  Great logos so far, looks like we are going to have an exciting race.  Just keep in mind that web awards should be as small as possible while still keeping their readablilty, the 150x150 is just a maximum limit, not a required size.  However, I know certain designs can only be shrunk down so far compared to others.  We all look forward to seeing more entries.

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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2004, 08:18:41 am »

Having a nice gif is one of the most important aspects of an award.  Nobody wants an ugly gif as a reward.  Smiley  There are actually award designers (specialists).  I thought I was going to have to hire one, but I see that will not be necessary.  Nice job on the submissions.  

My vote is with Windchild so far - Wow! (sorry everyone else)

Keep em coming.
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2004, 12:27:37 pm »

Award logo submissions will be accepted until 0500 Tuesday GMT.  If we get more than eight we will accomodate by posting them underneath the poll as a ninth, tenth, etc.  Take your time though in creating your entry, it should pretty much be the finished product that we will use, though slight "tweaking" will be o.k.  And there are those $200 FORVM dollars for the person whose design wins in the polls. Wink

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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2004, 11:02:09 pm »

The time window for submitting designs is now closed.  Everybody please go and vote at:
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?board=32;action=display;threadid=11641;start=msg81242#msg81242

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