UPDATE: And we have a winner! Thanks to everyone who gave it a try—we got some nice ones. I'll post the relevant details when the new banner goes up.
The "contest" is now over, so no need to send any more. Thanks!
I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty tired of our header—the box at the top of this page that says "The Online Photographer."
I keep puttering with new ones, but I gotta face it, I'm not a designer. I don't seem to have any decent fonts, either.
So...any amateur (or slumming pro) designers out there? Want to try your hand at designing a new header for TOP? (I got a few offers of help last year, when I mentioned this the first time, but I can't find the emails any more.)
Doesn't have to be anything terribly fancy. Just something dignified and not too stylish. Here are the specs:
Needs to be 870 pixels wide. The current one is 140 pixels high, but that's not set in stone.
Has to go with our current color scheme, which I can't change. (Actually I can change the sidebar color, just not the main column color.)
I'd like it if it featured the letters "TOP" somehow, in addition to the words "The Online Photographer." But that's not required. It should also say "Edited by Mike Johnston" somewhere on it, but small.
It can contain images if you want to, but beware, the specific implications of any images would have to be very appropriate, and I just don't know what they would be. Images of current cameras will not make it. Images would be more likely to hurt your chances than help them, I'm guessing. But it's up to you.
Eschew cliché: Please, no stylized apertures replacing the "O" in "TOP"!
First Prize: a $250 Amazon Gift Certificate, sent to you by email. You won't get a permanent credit on the page, but I'll write a post saying who designed the winning entry and linking to your website.
Contest lasts until: we get one I like and want to use.
Send to: my email address, linked in the right-hand column. No jokes, please: I have enough to sort through as it is.
Whaddaya say—give it a shot?