Registered: Aug 1999
Location: Inverness, FL
First of, this contest is really more for fun than anything (As Usonian eloquently stated)
We have plenty of creative and competent graphic artists within our company that can easily design these graphics. However, in this case we wanted to try to involve the VisorCentral community in the process, since you would be the ones using the product.
Homer makes some good points about this contest (and the article is a great read), however we don't feel that the target for this contest are professional graphic designers which we would steal payable hours from, but rather amateurs artists with some free time playing around in Photoshop or Illustrator etc.
As an Internet Solutions consultant, I equally dislike 'spec' work. Often a client wants a detailed proposal on exactly what aspects of his business we could improve using Intranets etc, before he awards us the project. But it is exactly the information in that "proposal" that we earn our living doing.
Back to the contest; It is up to you if you want to be a part of the contest, and whatever drives you (money, recognition, fun, nothing-to-do-right-now) will determine if it is worth it.
So the bottom line is that this contest is targeted to people whose opportunity cost of participating is within reason for them.
How many colors will be used for each item? 1, 2, 3, CMYK full color, etc? For all categories, should it be assumed that the mug/shirt/mousepad base color will be white? What file format ( PCX, BMP, GIF, etc...) are you guys looking for?
Yes, base color is white. All products will handle CMYK full color.
We might use a full service shop like CafePress.com for the products, so that we don't need to handle the logistics. Not sure on the quality of their products yet though.
If we go with CafePress, their "Pictures FAQ" is available at www.cafepress.com/cp/home/help/service_pictures.jsp
Is this a logo redesign contest, or should entries all use the existing logo.
We are very happy with our exiting logo, so the entries should keep the existing logo in some shape and form.
I will find a vector version of it an make available.
... show your appreciation for the artist's support
I am sure we can give away Visor accessories to the winners and runners up (cases, styli etc), in addition to "one of each item" as suggested. Let me get back on that one.