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#1 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:38 AM

Hello everybody! After the last Jam I decided that we need to standardise things a bit... up until now I have been making all the badges and logos for the GMC Jam, and I confess that I am a bit tired of trying to make something new for every Jam. So... I have decided to hold a mini-competition to get the community to design a new GMC Jam Logo, as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place banners AND the "best of" banners too.

 

These new logos and banners will be used for at least the next four Jams, although it's possible that they will be permanent. We'll see how this competition goes, as it may be fun to run this every year and have a new logo and banners for every four Jams that we run. This is open for discussion...

 

Now, how will this competition work? Well, check out the general rules below:

 

  • Competition open to everyone.
  • You can submit art to one or all categories, and as many different images as you wish. So, if you have 3 different logo designs, you can submit them all!
  • If you do the Winners or Best Of banners, you MUST submit a COMPLETE SET. So, if you do the winners, we need three banners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and for the Best Of, it would be four banners for Best Use Of Theme, Best Use Of Handicap, Best Presentation, and Best Devblog.
  • The competition will run for one week, starting today 25th of June and ending on the 2nd of July.
  • For each of the three categories I personally am offering $20 on Steam for the winner to buy the game (or games) of their choice. So, if they win all three categories, thats $60 worth of Steam Games!

 

As with the GMC Jam itself, this topic will be used for discussion and showing off any rough drafts that you want feedback on before submitting any final designs, however finished designs MUST be posted in the logo entries topic, where no discussion will be allowed and voting will be done at the end of the competition.

 

For the rules on size and style etc.... please see the Logo Entries Topic!

 

 

Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys can come up with!


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#2 Hiznopellagio

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:44 AM

Looks cool! I'm joining this!

 

I'll edit this post later with my banner :D


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#3 FatalSleep

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:11 AM

Personally funding this eh? Well done.

Lets see what I can come up with...


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#4 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:13 AM

Personally funding this eh? Well done.

Lets see what I can come up with...

Indeed. One of the reasons the last Jam results took so long was because I was too snowed under with other things to get time to make a new logo and banners etc... So, since I am requesting that others do the work for me, I feel it only fair to offer a reward to the winner. I also hope that it will spur people to make better stuff!


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#5 land of games

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:28 AM

I might give this a shot, for the lolz


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#6 Hiznopellagio

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:51 AM

Hmm.. i'll edit this post to add my banners.

 

Logo banner

 

Err.. sorry, i can't give direct link, will edit those later once my internet went back to normal.


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#7 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:57 AM

I've moved your post here for now... I'd prefer you to submit all entries at once, and WITH an actual image in the post please! Use this forum to perfect your ideas first and get feedback too. There is no rush!


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#8 TerraFriedSheep

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:03 AM

Nice idea, it will be great if there are enough sets of decent entries to be able to use a unique set for each jam, and then in a years time hold another banner competition.
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#9 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:11 AM

Nice idea, it will be great if there are enough sets of decent entries to be able to use a unique set for each jam, and then in a years time hold another banner competition.

 

That would be fantastic! However, I don't know how I could possibly fork out a prize for all the winning entries if that was the case!!! :(


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#10 Hiznopellagio

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:20 AM

I've moved your post here for now... I'd prefer you to submit all entries at once, and WITH an actual image in the post please! Use this forum to perfect your ideas first and get feedback too. There is no rush!

TeHe. Sorry, couldn't resist. I've been looking for drawing comp these weeks, and once i've found it, i went rushing and..


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#11 Slammin Sam

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:22 AM

Sounds awesome, however, wouldn't it be a better idea to hold off from this until the Win Big competition deadline has come? I for one am working my butt off, but I'm also interested in taking part in this. There's no way I can do that while working on my game.


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#12 newkill

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:36 AM

Already working on some designs :)


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#13 FatalSleep

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:22 AM

Finished my winner banners:

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#14 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:28 AM

@FatalSleep: They are a very nice start... but a bit "plain". Maybe different symbols behind each of the place numbers? Also the font used for the devs/games seems slightly hard to read. on smaller resolution monitors it won't look so good.


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#15 TeamSteeve

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:35 AM

I definitely won't be entering this. Graphics design and me mix like oil and water.

 

Who decides who the winners are? Will there be voting or will Nocturne be deciding?

 

Anyway, logos that look like they're specifically for a game-making comp would be nice if anyone was up for making something like that. People who haven't heard about the GMC Jam should be able to understand what the logos are all about upon first glance.


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#16 FatalSleep

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:36 AM

Hmm... agreed, gotta love getting second opinions. I can attempt to edit the font for dev/games to make

it more readable. Although I can't exactly size it up to say the GMC/JAM font. Long game/dev names wouldn't fit.

I could change up the symbols. Heh I tried to replicate the YYG logo. ^__^

 

I'll see what I can come up with.


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#17 Swifty

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:57 AM

Oh very nice, this looks like it'll be quit fun, I might have to do up some designs. :) Good luck to all those participating!

 

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#18 FatalSleep

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:04 PM

Damn it Swifty is here.... we all have no chance of winning.  :sweat:


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#19 Lune

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:05 PM

Oh snap! Gonna have to take a crack at this myself. I'm thinking absurdist. Will think and sleep on it before coming up with something.
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#20 TerraFriedSheep

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:57 PM

Nice idea, it will be great if there are enough sets of decent entries to be able to use a unique set for each jam, and then in a years time hold another banner competition.

 
That would be fantastic! However, I don't know how I could possibly fork out a prize for all the winning entries if that was the case!!! :(

I hadn't thought of that! To be honest though I don't think you should feel a responsibility to reward people who submit the winning designs- the GMC Jam is a community event after all! And if all your work in the past Jams is appreciated then the motivation for people to submit some designs shouldn't be to empty your wallet, but to be happy that their work will be representing a future Jam!
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#21 Slammin Sam

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:15 PM

What do you guys think? They took me about an hour. $20 here I come!  :teehee:

 

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EDIT: I see my submission is getting rep. Are these votes? 


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#22 ZyklonMiraj

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:36 PM

I am in...


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#23 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:38 PM

What do you guys think? They took me about an hour. $20 here I come!  :teehee:

 

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Hmmmm.... Needs more smiley cog...


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#24 Slammin Sam

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:48 PM

Hmmmm.... Needs more smiley cog...

 

 

So something like this? 

 

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I don't think I'll win, sure, but it sounds like fun! :D

 

 

Of course you won't win. Look at my design! Leonardo da Vinci is probably turning over in his grave right now he's so jealous.


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#25 Greenblizzard

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:36 PM

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I was about finished(and quite happy) with this one when I decided to reread the rules and general purpose of the competition.

:wallbash:

Back to the drawing board...

 

@Slammin Sam:

Those round eyes really made the smiley cog a lot scarier :o


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#26 Floofpaws

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

Hey, are animated GIFs allowed? Or is it strictly PNG and PSD only?


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#27 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:01 PM

it is a pain to edit gifs to reflect each of the different winners, or even Jam numbers so, no gif I'm afraid! Remember I have to add the date and the Jam number and stuff later...


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#28 benf2

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:14 PM

First attempt:

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edit: added a date.

 


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#29 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:26 PM

Not bad! Don't forget that the date has to go on there too...


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:00 PM

Sure I can add it no problemo, what is the date btw?


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#31 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:07 PM

READ THE RULES FOR THE BANNERS AND LOGOS! The actual date is irrelevant. there has to be space for me to edit it in later... this logo will be used for the next four Jams (at least) so the date will need to be changed by me.


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

Edit: Decided on a better replacement for my original logo:

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And a little banner to go with it (not submitting this):

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Winners:

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And as a little extra note, these were made with only the built-in GM sprite editor :P


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#33 Lune

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:46 PM

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I feel productive right now.
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#34 Floofpaws

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:51 PM

[fancy images]

I feel productive right now.

Woah, that's wild!


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#35 Nocturne

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:23 PM

@Lune: I like them a lot, BUT the GMC Jam text seems a bit lost in all of them. Otherwise I think they are great... unique and eye catching. Just what the Jam needs.  :thumbsup:

 

BTW: The final choice will be a straight vote. No fancy SSE or anything unless you think it's better, and in case of a tie I have the casting vote.


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#36 Lune

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:04 PM

Mmm, I see what you mean. I'll spend a little time refining the images later today, after I get home from work and the cinema.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:36 PM

Good show, Nocturne!!  Logo competition is a great idea!  (Too bad it's only once a year, though.)

 

Nice, Lune!  Funny and quite goofy.  I like it.

 

Anyway, here's the one I did earlier.  From the looks of things, I'm gonna have to get back to the drawing board and come up with some more.  Good luck, everyone!

 

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#38 Lune

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:56 PM

So... work was going slow and I decided to spend down time conceptualizing some more.

I couldn't, in the space of five minutes, figure out a great way to better emphasize GMC Jam without taking from the punchiness of the whole design. I threw something of a desaturating/shading gradient behind "GMC Jam", but the results are meh. The main problem was that this was designed for it's absurdity, and not much more.

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So I started fresh, keeping only part of the style and palette. This should be more palatable, maybe.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:58 PM

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Prepare your annals?! I almost misread that.

Anyway, me likey! I noticed you used the old GM logo. Hee hee.  ::lmao::

 

 

EDIT: Oh, ninja'd.

I like the first one better.


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#40 Lune

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:03 PM

I appreciate the feedback.

I'm kinda just throwing stuff at the wall right now, hoping something sticks or inspires others.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:07 PM

Edit: Decided on a better replacement for my original logo:

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And a little banner to go with it (not submitting this):

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And as a little extra note, these were made with only the built-in GM sprite editor :P

They fit perfectly!


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#42 Hiznopellagio

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:01 AM

Concept art, ready..

 

Edit: Eh, concept art being ninja'd by Lune. *Sigh*

 

Edit2: I mean, the hero thingy..

 

Edit3: Meh, it's embarassing, i'm going to delete it anyway. @TeamSteeve: Un-quote my banner, please?


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#43 TeamSteeve

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:19 AM

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Umm, that looks like a guy with a paper bag on his head, about to soil himself...  :blush:


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#44 MikeDark_x

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:31 AM

uhh I think I'll give it a shot if I have time  :sweat:


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:50 AM

 

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Umm, that looks like a guy with a paper bag on his head, about to soil himself...  :blush:

 

 

Exactly :P .

 

Meh, i'm bad at drawing, i'll just get back to my pixel concept.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:00 AM

A quick suggestion for people making the actual Logo, you could make 4 logos, one for each season. 

Nocturne has used seasonal logos before, and it would be pretty cool.

 

(And if he didn't want to use the seasonal ones, he could always pick the most generic one, and use it as the year-round logo.)

Yeah if we use seasonal ones, they'll always be the wrong season for one half of the world.

I did enjoy the changes you made to previous seasonal logos for me though.  :thumbsup:


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:35 AM

What do you think? (number and date are just random)

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#48 Lune

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:43 AM

^Love the idea, incorporating characters from winners' games. Not necessarily feeling the comic book font, but that's my favorite banner that I've seen so far.
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:35 AM

@Lune - Thanks :) I chose a cartoony font because I thought it fit with the cartoony style of the characters, but if people don't like it, it can easily be changed.

 

@Snail_Man - I originally tried using a turtle from Turtle Termination, but the shape just didn't fit with the banner and I just couldn't get it to work, so I threw in one of Dan's pumpkins instead, just because they look cool :P Apologies to Holgerson for that.

 

As for updating the banner, is that really necessary?


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#50 Hiznopellagio

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:01 AM

Aw geez, due to the size limitation, my banner being distorted, and it didn't looks so nice anymore.

 

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Edit: Well, i'll just add the original size of the banner

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